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Johnson Funeral Home

2685 Henderson Dr, Jacksonville, NC

OBITUARY

J.C. Lanier

March 26, 1934June 27, 2020
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J.C. Lanier, 86, of Jacksonville, is now in the presence of the Lord. He passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at home surrounded by his family.

J.C. was born on March 26, 1934 to James and Zonnie Shepard Lanier in Onslow County. He started his career at Brothers Grocery in the early 1950's. It was there that he met the love of his life, Madeline Horne. From there, J.C. worked for Wonder Bread before becoming a police officer for the City of Jacksonville in 1964. After 30 years and 6 months of service, J.C. retired at the rank of Commander. Among other awards and recognition received throughout his career, J.C. received a Commendation for saving a man’s life. During his time as a police officer, he also owned and operated Lanier Signs, which continues to be a family-operation today. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, bowling, gardening, and spending time with his family. His legacy in his family and in the community is immeasurable. He will be sorely missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of over 60 years, Madeline Lanier; his parents; his siblings, Bernard Lanier, Ruth Lanier Parker, Sally Lanier Daw, Richard Lanier, Ben Lanier, Velma Lanier Lloyd, and Hugh Lanier.

J.C. is survived by his children, Kenneth Lanier and wife, Wanda, and Linda Huffman, and husband, Ray; brother, German "Bill" Lanier (Martha); five grandchildren, Renee Huffman-Taylor, Jeremy Huffman (Charity), Ashley Lanier Gettler (J.R.), Pakston Huffman (Tiffany), and Hannah Lanier Tallman (Ryan); seven great-grandchildren, Braxton Taylor, Carter Huffman, Adeline Lanier-Foisy, Sadie Huffman, Jackson Gettler, Raylan Huffman, and Madisyn Huffman.

The family will receive friends and family from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Johnson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. A funeral service to honor his life will be held at 8:30 am on Friday, July 3, 2020 at Tar Landing Baptist Church with Rev. Jack Marshburn officiating. J.C. will be laid to rest at 10:00 am at Onslow Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in J.C.'s name may be made to the City of Jacksonville Police Department.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 3, 2020

  • Burial

    Friday, July 3, 2020

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Ron Barham

June 30, 2020

Our most heartfelt condolences, Uncle J.C. was a really great guy.
Great memories of being in the warehouse getting a treat of moon pie or a raisin cake to munch on and helping him load his truck.. I remember him teaching me how to ride the Hondas in the back .He was a kind and gentle soul.
Our prayers are with you.
Ron and Marsha

Jackie Whitman

June 29, 2020

We love Uncle JC! He was a good uncle and a wonderful man. When Aunt Madeline got sick his cooking skills kicked in and every time Jimmy and I went by the house he wanted to feed us . He was a good cook ,hard not to eat. He will be missed here but happy to see his Madeline! Love Jackie and Jimmy

Melissa Morris

June 29, 2020

My thoughts & prayers are with you. I worked at JPD with Cmdr Lanier before he retired. What a great man he was! He loved to share stories, help you work through problems, and he loved to make people laugh.

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