James C. Lanier III M.D.

March 29, 1918September 27, 2013

LANIER: James C. Lanier III, MD, age 95, died September 27, 2013. He was born at Riverside Hospital in Jacksonville on March 29, 1918. He attended public schools, graduating from Robert E. Lee High in 1935. He attended Vanderbilt University where he received a B.A. degree, Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.D. degree, Alpha Omega Alpha in 1942. After a brief internship at Vanderbilt, his Commission was activated and he saw service in Europe during WWII as a Medical Officer with a field artillery outfit. He saw combat in France and Germany and was awarded a Bronze Star for combat heroism. In 1946, Dr. Lanier returned to complete his Pediatric Residency at Vanderbilt. In July of 1949 he came home to the Riverside Avondale area of Jacksonville and established one of the first Pediatric Medical practices in the city. He retired in 1991, but the practice continues today as Jacksonville Pediatrics. During his career, Dr. Lanier was a member of local, state, and national medical societies and pediatric societies, and at various times served as Chief of Pediatrics at Riverside Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Vincent’s Hospital and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Lanier also performed pediatric services for the Children’s Home Society, the Boy’s Home, Baptist Home for Children and Lakeshore Baptist Church Medical Mission. Following retirement from active practice, he served for several years with the Social Security Department in the evaluation of disability in children. He was a Director of the First Guaranty Bank for 29 years. He was a member of the Riverside Baptist Church for over 40 years. He subsequently was a member of the Southside Baptist Church and most recently, the Ortega United Methodist Church. At various times he served as deacon, Sunday School teacher, and leader of discussion groups for high school students and young adults. He was a member of the Big Brothers organization, and during his tenure, mentored five boys with whom he remained in contract until his death. He was a member of the Rotary Club of West Jacksonville, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. During his life, Doc had numerous interests and activities, first among them being a devoted husband and father. Dr. Lanier is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years, Mary Duncan Lanier, whom he married the day after he graduated from medical school in 1942; three children, Suzanne Lanier of Nashville TN, Linda Lanier MD (Randy Batista) of Gainesville FL, and James C. Lanier IV, OD (Susan Sanders Lanier) of Jacksonville; four grandchildren, Sydney Shipley, Paige Williams and James D. Lanier, all of Nashville TN, and Meredith Lanier of Tampa FL. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 1:30pm at Ortega United Methodist Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd, Jacksonville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Baptist Children’s Home or Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, October 1, 2013

James C. Lanier III M.D.

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Toni Crockett

October 9, 2013

Suzanne Lanier is my friend. As children we played together and I well remember the strength, warmth, and intelligence surrounding busy Dr. Lanier. He was an exceptional man, father, and condolences to his loving family.

Cindi Pittman

October 8, 2013

When I was a child Dr. Lanier was the first doctor to "treat me like a person" and talk to "me". He had an interest in what I was interested in and make me realize that doctors really are people too! I just loved him and thank God he was in my life. God bless your family.

Shirley (Washington) Valbuena

October 8, 2013

Dr. Lanier was my pediatrician and my siblings during the 50's, 60's and 70's. I remember him as a warm and caring doctor. I was never afraid to go to the doctor. My mother said he would always call you back no matter what time of day. She said she remembers him even coming to our house. He was a dedicated doctor and an integral part of the community. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Gordon Bartholf

October 7, 2013

To the Wonderful Lanier Family,
I know of no other man who had such a positive impact on so many people as Doc. He set an example for all wh had the honor and pleasure to know him.

Ben Fant

October 5, 2013

Jimmy & Family, I was very sad to learn just yesterday of your Dad's passing. My Helen would always love seeing your parents at OUMC and she would always call Doc Lanier "Her doctor". What a tribute to a career well spent and lives touched. I take solace knowing they are in Heaven and both fully healed of any earthly ailments. My best regards and condolences to your family.

Edith Jarriel

October 4, 2013

Mary, I will always remember how Dr. Lanier and my husband John supported us at WMU meeting. Blessings to you. Edith Jarriel

October 2, 2013

A life to be celebrated. A wonderful man. It was an honor to have known and worked for him. He was gracious and kind. Everyone who knew him loved him. It makes me sad that he is no longer with us. He is with the King of all healers and heaven is rejoicing, My prayers and sympathy to his family and friends for their great loss.
Love, Patti Barton

Beth Snowden Burney

October 1, 2013

Dr. Lanier was my pediatrician for 15 years, and I remember him fondly as a gentle soul with a wry wit. When my family joined Riverside Baptist Church in the mid 70's I was delighted to get to know Dr. Lanier as a dedicated Sunday School teacher and jovial fellow church member.

Several years later, I reconnected with Dr. Lanier at Ortega United Methodist where his son and his family were members. I was the youth director and Dr. Lanier regularly volunteered as a guest speaker. I especially remember the time he led a frank and funny, yet spiritual, discussion about sexuality at one of our lock-ins.

To Dr. Lanier's family - you will be in the thoughts and prayers of the hundreds of us who knew and loved him. Know that his legacy lives on!

October 1, 2013

Among Dr. Lanier's patients from the mid-sixties to mid-eighties were my younger sister, nephew, and daughter. He was caring, compassionate and excellent -- a reflection of his Saviour. I pray that these tributes will comfort your family in your loss.

Bob Lynch

October 1, 2013

Dear Mrs. Lanier and family,
Let me add my name to the very satisfied patient list. Dr. Lanier kept well as my 3 siblings...healthy from age 0 to age 18.

And I would always see the Laniers at Riverside Baptist...very faithful...many happy memories.
Love, Bob Lynch