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Way to go, Judy. It is very interesting to include contemporary obits.
And thanks again for the info you sent me on the new Pacific Aviation
Museum on Ford Is.. I sent them a small donation. Month or so ago a
member of our Irving GenSoc told me he was headed for HI & suggested he
check it out. He came back raving about it.
Bruce was my husband's 1st cousin, once removed. He died from a massive
heart attack while watching the Masters at Augusta, Ga. on Friday.
Bruce's father, Bruce, Sr., and my husband's Grandmother, Lucy Janet
(Lanier) Nixon were siblings, children of George Huguley Lanier, Sr. & Marie (Lamar)
Lanier. The name Bruce Nichols Lanier comes from Walter Bruce Nichols,
brother of Josephine Elizabeth (Nichols) Lamar - the mother of Marie (Lamar)
Lanier [Bruce Nichols Lanier, Sr.'s Grand-Uncle]
"The Atlanta Journal Constitution"
Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia
Issue of April 13, 2008
Bruce Lanier Jr.
Family-Placed Death Notice
Mr. Bruce Nichols Lanier, Jr., of Lanett, Alabama, died suddenly on Friday
in Augusta, Georgia, at age 65. A graveside service with full military honors
will be held at Marseilles Cemetery, West Point, Georgia, Monday at 11 AM.
The family will receive friends at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in
Lanett from 5 PM until 7 PM on Sunday evening.
He was born April 29, 1942, in LaGrange, Georgia, the son of Jane Dickson
Lanier and Bruce Nichols Lanier. He attended West Point public schools, the
Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, and graduated from Clemson University. He
was a passonate booster of Clemson athletics. Following graduation, he served
as a Ranger in the United States Army, reaching the rank of First Lieutenant
with the 101st Airborne Division. A combat infantryman, he served with
distinction in Vietnam, including missions behind enemy lines. He earned the Combat
Infantry Badge, a Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart, among other honors. Upon
his honorable discharge from the Army, he joined Wehadkee Yarn Mills,
Alabama's oldest continuously operating textile company and served as its President
from 1982 until his death. A champion of American manufacturing, Lanier took
an active and collaborative role within the textile industry. He served as
President of the Alabama Textile Manufacturers Association and the American Yarn
Spinners Association and was active in leadership positions in both
organizations for many years, including membership on the AYSA's international
negotiating team in Europe and the Far East. He was also honored to be a member of
the Lintheads Group, an informal association of textile industry executives.
Lanier was a member of the original support group to pursue Atlanta's vision
of hosting the 1996 International Olympic Games and served in informal
fund-raising and marketing roles. He was also very active in local business, civic
and charitable organizations, serving on numerous boards of directors and
professional organizations, including the Board of Directors of the First
National Bank of West Point and as Chairman of the George H. Lanier Memorial
Hospital. His service to the Boy Scouts of America was rewarded with the Silver
Beaver, the highest service award given by the organization. Throughout his
life, Lanier was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing around the
world and was a passionate steward of natural resources. He took great pleasure
in being a member of a group of close friends known as the Fisherman's
Academy for Relief and Thought, as well as the Valley Sportsmen's Club. Mr. Lanier
is survived by his wife, Susan Illges Lanier; a son, Bruce Nichols Lanier,
III and daughter-in-law Leewood Avary (known as Scottie) of Birmingham,
Alabama; his daughter Shannon Illges Lanier and son-in-law David F. Steele, III, of
Lakeland, Florida; his mother Jane Dickson Lanier of LaGrange, Georgia; his
brothers George H. Lanier, II of Atlanta, Georgia, Louis Dickson Lanier of
Gainesville, GA., and John Laney Lanier of Lexington, Va.; two grandchildren
Avary Lanier and Bruce Nichols Lanier, IV. He was preceded in death by his
father Bruce Nichols Lanier, Sr. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial
donations to Lanier Memorial Hospital, 4800 48th. Avenue, Valley, Alabama,
36854, the Boy Scouts of America, Chattahoochee Council, 5526 Schatulga Road,
Columbus, Georgia, 36869, the American Heart Association, 110 Medical Drive,
LaGrange, Georgia, 30240, or an organization of the donor's choice in his
memory. Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home - Lanett, Alabama, directing.
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I am glad some people put current Lanier obituaries on the list, such as the
recent one for the late Bruce Nichols Lanier, Jr. It adds a present-day
interest to our long family history in America. The only thing I wondered
about was from which son of John Lanier the Emigrant did Bruce descend?