Calvin L. Lanier died peacefully Saturday, April 14, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 83.
Born April 19, 1934, to the late Admah and Ada Mae Lanier, Cal was the fifth of eight children. They lived in Magnolia, NC, where he and his five brothers and two sisters worked on the family farm. There, he learned the importance of hard work, and God-Country-Family, values that he passed down to his children and grandchildren.
He proudly served in the United States Army for 20 years. His service included posts in Germany, Japan, and the Philippines, and two tours in Vietnam. After retiring from the Army in 1973, he worked for lnterscience Computer Corp. as Eastern Regional Manager in the Washington D.C. area until 1989. In his retirement, Cal worked part-time for Sears from 1990 until 2010.
In 1990, Cal and wife Carol moved to Melbourne, FL. In 2003, they moved to Wilmington to be closer to their families. He was a member of Wrightsboro Baptist Church, Olde Point Golf and Country Club, and a seniors bowling league. He was also an avid Redskins fan.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 34 years Carolyn Mims Lanier; his daughters Debbie Tucker (Dan) of Rose Hill, NC, and Connie Rivera (Andy) of Germantown, MD; granddaughters Bethany Grundell, Rebecca le Roux (Steve), and Mariah Rivera; great-grandchildren TJ and Brooklynn Holmes-Hale, and Charlotte le Roux; brothers Pearlie Joseph, Billy Ray (Leathia), and Robert (Joyce) Lanier; sisters Marie Knowles and Mary Ann Howard (Hubert); and sister-in-law Maebell as well as numerous family and friends. He is predeceased by parents Admah and Ada Mae Lanier; brothers Admah Lanier, Jr., and Herbert Lanier; brother-in-law Robert Knowles; and sisters-in-law Estelle Lanier and Rosie Lanier.
The family will receive friends at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 21st, at Wrightsboro Baptist Church, with the funeral service at 11:00am. Reverend Steve le Roux and Reverend Mike Lewis will officiate.
The burial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, April 23rd, at Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle, VA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice or Wrightsboro Baptist Church.
The family of Calvin Lanier would like to extend their gratitude to caregivers Darius Burns, Gloria Williams, Gail Bryant, Robert Jones, Cynthia Reed and to the Davis Community.
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Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Wilmington.
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I am so sorry for the loss of your father Mrs Debbie and for the loss of a grandfather for Beth and Becca.
Submitted by Katie Collins Diaz on Apr 20 2018 09:46:56 PM
Al and I always thought so much of Cal. We admired his fighting spirit and his sweet nature. We always enjoyed his company. Kay and Al Stewart
Submitted by Kay and Al Stewart on Apr 17 2018 05:22:48 PM
My good servant. Mr. Calvin, it was awesome to work with you and your wife. Ms. Carol. You helped me to understand you. You are a trooper, and I know you will be a trooper in Heaven.
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