Jack D. Lanier

September 21, 1935October 11, 2020

Jack Lanier passed October 11, 2020 at 11:55 p.m., one day before his 63rd wedding anniversary to Mary Jo Deal Lanier. Jack was born in Metter, Georgia to Grady and Beulah Lanier on September 21, 1935. He graduated Valedictorian of his class at Metter High School, and attended Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, Georgia. Jack was a lumber man selling hardwood lumber, operating two warehouses in Orlando FL during the beginning of Disney World. He owned and operated a Lumber Company in Longwood FL, and his last twenty-five years were selling Real Estate. Jack is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Lanier, and his three children, Doug, Lynn, and Allison. Doug and Joyce Lanier live in Winter Springs, Florida, and is owner of Collins Roofing in Longwood. Lynn L. and Daniel Shambach live in Fayetteville, North Carolina and is retired. Allison L. and Bryan Jones live in Atlanta, Georgia and is owner and operator of Insight Design in Atlanta, Georgia. Jack is survived by his sister, Octavia Smith, 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made in Jack's honor to the ASPCA.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020


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Mike Prosser

October 16, 2020

Jack Lanier was a great man ! I've known him and the family most of my life. He taught me simple things such as eating grits with bacon and fruit all mixed in together !!! I love boiled peanuts because of him. I learned to eat fried fish with bones. He let me demonstrate my first Kirby sales presentation to him. I worked for him with Doug and he taught me the lumber business and to be confident and bold.. So many things but mostly because he had a huge heart and the most caring Dad a family could ever ask for. One of my favorite memories of him was when my dad passed away, he spent time with us weeping together at our kitchen table ... That was Jack to a core . Not afraid to shed a tear and to be vulnerable.

Carolyn Kearns

October 14, 2020

I have known the Laniers for many, many years and love them and the entire family. I shall miss Jack forever. He was very special and a wonderful Christian man. Love and many hugs, Carolyn McGahey Kearns


October 14, 2020

Jack worked with us at Southern Realty in Longwood for many many years and we all loved working and socializing with him. He was a great Realtor and loved helping families find their dream home. He always had a positive attitude and and always made us laugh and enjoy being around him. I really wished I had gotten to spend time with him these last few years. We all here at Southern Realty pray for him and Mary Jo and his great family. Miss you all.

Frank Filippelli

Leslie Shahan

October 13, 2020

I met the Laniers when my family moved into Ravensbrook. I was only 9 at that time. We were 2 houses apart and had lots of outdoor activities to do during the summers. As kids we would attend each others church now and then. One time I recall was during a wedding I think. Allison got emotional and asked her dad for a tissue. When he handed her his watch we started giggling. I'm not sure what he was thinking, but us kids sure did get a kick out of it. Thank you Papa Jack for one of many fun memories. RIP💖


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