1930 – 2017
Rev. Bruce William Lanier of Tabor City, age 87, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, in his home. He was 87.
Born July 24, 1930 in Columbus County, he was the son of the late Lunas and Maude Gore Lanier.
He was a veteran of the United States Army.
He attended American Bible School in Chicago, Illinois, where he obtained a certificate in Advanced Theology.He was a pastor for 43 years.
His first pastoral was Union Chapel Baptist Church, Lake Waccamaw, New Hope Baptist Church in Conway, Elah Baptist Church in Leland, Pleasant Plains Baptist in Whiteville, Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Bladenboro, Galeed Baptist Church in Bladenboro, where he pastored for 20 years.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Alma P. Lanier of the home; a son, David Lanier and wife Daphne of Tabor City; a daughter, Jeannie Lanier Tate and husband George of Union Mills; four grandchildren, Shonna L. Gurkin, Shayne Lanier, Tonya L. Creech, Jeremy McDonald; and six great grandchildren, Grayson Gurkin, Garrett Gurkin, Noah Lanier, Liam Creech, Hollyn Creech, and Jacob McDonald.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by five brothers, Jacob Jake Lanier, D.L. Lanier, Rev. Earl Lanier, Rev. J.P. Lanier, P.C. Lanier; one sister: Georgia Russ.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 in the Inman Ward Funeral Home Chapel, burial following in Wright Cemetery, Minos Meares Road, Tabor City.
Visitation was planned for the hour prior to the service in the chapel.
Family would like to thank all of their friends and neighbors for all of their acts of kindness shown during his years of illness.
A guest register is available here.