David ‘Wayne’ Lanier, 65, gentle giant who could fix anything under the sun

David ‘Wayne’ Lanier

SURF CITY — David “Wayne” Lanier, 65, died suddenly Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at “The Man Building” in Surf City.

Wayne was born Jan. 16, 1956, the son of the late D.C. and Wilma Brown Lanier.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 33 years, Robin Best Lanier; daughter, Jordan Lanier Barkman; son-in-law, Brian Barkman; grandson, Lanier Mac Barkman; and a second grandson who is expected to arrive in September. He is also survived by his three sisters, Elizabeth Outlaw, Donna Lanier and Sandra Raynor, and their families. He had numerous nieces and nephews that he loved dearly. Wayne is also survived by his brothers-in-law, Roman Best and Rick Best; sister-in-law, Renee’ Best, and their families; childhood and lifelong friends Andy Griffin and Kent Evans.

Wayne was a respected land developer and took pride in his partial ownership of Lanier’s Campground.

He loved working on classic cars, his family, GRIT tv, and Joel Osteen radio. A beautiful woman was not under appreciated in his presence. If he thought so — he told you. He was a gentle giant who could fix anything under the sun. He was a hilarious and captivating story teller, his stories and “wayne-isms” will live on. His code word when he was ready to leave an uncomfortable situation was “Hoss.”

A viewing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 1, at Andrews Hampstead Chapel-Sea Lawn. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 2, at the funeral home. Interment will immediately follow the service in Sea Lawn Memorial Park.

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