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Roy Allen Lanier, 75, patriarch who adored his family

Roy Allen Lanier

WILMINGTON — Roy Allen Lanier, 75, formerly of Wallace, left this earthly life for his eternal rest Saturday, March 7, 2020.

He was born Sept. 15, 1944, in Duplin County, the son of the late Stacy Lanier Sr. and Norma Cavenaugh Lanier Fussell. He was also preceded in death by his son, Tony Brown; brother, Stacy Lanier Jr.; and sister, Dorothy Schafer.

Roy was past governor of the Wallace Moose Club.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his devoted wife of 41 years, Linda Padgett Lanier; sons, David Lanier, and his wife, Alice, of Georgia and Anthony Lanier of South Carolina; daughter, Amanda Brown Rivenbark of Willard; brother-in-law, Bob Schafer of Raleigh; daughter-in-law, Leigh Lanier of Georgia; grandchildren, Bailey Cavenaugh, and her husband, James, Kendall Rivenbark, and wife, Kayla, Laken Lanier, Jessica Lanier, Paige Moore, and her husband, Lance, Rachel Whitwell, Whitney Lanier, Tiffany Smith, and her husband, Justin, John Hardy and wife, Jenna, Tucker Lanier and his wife, Hinako, David Lanier and Chelsea Lanier; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family and friends.

Roy was a loving husband and caring father, grandfather and brother. He found great joy in the simplest things, but his greatest joy was his family. With a big heart and genuine love, Roy was always there for his children and grandchildren. He always took up for them and saw they had everything they needed and a lot of what they wanted.

Roy a hard worker and spent 38 years working for Sears. After retiring from Sears, he enjoyed working in his yard, gardening, NASCAR and Carolina Tar Heel’s Basketball. Roy was never short for words…he always had something to say. Most important, Roy never left his wife, his children or grandchildren without saying, “I love you.” He will surely be missed but wonderful memories will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved Roy.

Funeral services will be held at noon, Wednesday, March 11, at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home Wallace Chapel with the Rev. John Hardy officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon prior to services at the funeral home. Mr. Lanier will be entombed in Riverview Memorial Park Mausoleum following the funeral service. The family asks that you dress casual to the visitation and funeral.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in memory of Roy be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Share online condolences with the family at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home.

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