Joseph Tatum Lane: Holden Beach

    Joseph Tatum Lane of Holden Beach passed away on Thursday, Aug. 15. He was 83.
    Born in Columbus County, he was the oldest son of Bennie and Myrtle Cox Lane. He was preceded in death by parents; brothers Frank, Henry (H.C.), Mitchell; sister Lillian Leggette; and oldest daughter Marcella.
    Joe is survived by his brother Carmen Lane (Cary); his wife Alice White Lane (Holden Beach, NC); two daughters Pamela Fipps (Liberty, SC) and husband Bradford, Regina Dongell (Wilmore, Ky.) and husband Joe; his son Dwane Lane (Tabor City) and Tammy Watts; five grandchildren and spouses Scott and Laura Fipps Bryson, David and Detra Fipps, Jordan and Jenny Dongell, Janna Dongell, Cody and Kristen Lane Fowler; and one great-grandson, Bentley Fowler.
    Joe attended Tabor City High School, Southern Wesleyan University, studying Old Testament and Religion; and N.C. State University studying Electrical and Civil Engineering. He was a U.S. Navy Korean War veteran stationed on Guam. His work career included: owner and operator WYRN radio station (Louisburg); owner and CEO Auto-Vac, Inc. (Tabor City); owner and real estate broker Beach Realty (Holden Beach).
    Across the years, he was an active member in the Ridgewood Wesleyan Church (Raleigh), Old Zion Wesleyan Church (Tabor City), and Sharon United Methodist Church (Holden Beach).
    Joe was a founding member of the Jaycees (Louisburg), the Lion’s Club (Louisburg), and a founding member of The Gideon’s International (Columbus County chapter).
    Visitation was planned for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, with the funeral to follow at 3 p.m., both at Old Zion Wesleyan Church, 10144 Swamp Fox Hwy E, Tabor City.
    Rev. Billy Roy, sons-in-law Dr. Bradford Fipps and Dr. Joseph Dongell were to officiate, with interment following in the church cemetery.
    In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Sharon United Methodist Church Holden Beach or Old Zion Wesleyan Church Tabor City.
    A guestbook is available at here.

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