Mrs. Imogene Bennett (Gene) Lanier, 93, passed away peacefully in Rome Georgia on November 7, 2017. Gene was born on November 23, 1923 in Fairfax, Alabama, daughter of the late Viola Moon and Walter Leander Bennett.
She was a graduate of Valley High School, and attended Auburn University before graduating from Mercer University with a B. S. degree in Chemistry in 1945. While at Mercer, she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi and the Blue Key Society. She did additional post-graduate study at the University of Edinburgh and the Women’s College of Georgia.
She was a school teacher for many years, first working with the Macon, Ga., and Louisville, Ky., school systems and later taught in both the Savannah and Atlanta public schools. She retired in 1989 from the Gordon County School System, where she was a teacher at Red Bud Middle School. For a number of years, she was affiliated with Clyde Chester Realty Inc. of Rome, where she was a Sales Associate. After retirement, she lived in Acworth and was a charter member of Towne View Baptist Church.
Throughout her life, she traveled extensively, and was an avid painter who for many years was a member of the Rome Area Council for the Arts Coterie. Being a minister’s wife, she served alongside her husband, the late Dr. W. Forrest Lanier, who pastored a number of congregations in both Kentucky and Georgia, and who had been Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Rome (1950-1960).
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one brother, Ralph Bennett of Beulah, Alabama, one sister, Mrs. Winnie Strother of Jupiter Beach, Florida, and one grandchild, Allison Brooks Lanier of Atlanta.
Survivors include four sons, David (Dianne) Lanier of Kennesaw, Steve (Angela) Lanier of Rome, Jim (Debbie) Lanier of Marietta, and John (Elaine) Lanier of Rome. Several grandchildren also survive: Mrs. Alana Cobb of Auburn, Alabama; Mrs. Corin Alleyne of Canton, Georgia; Mrs. Christin Carpenter of Marietta; Mrs. Alicia Shurley of Rome; Ms. Kelly Lanier, Birmingham, Alabama, and Miss Alex and Laramie Lanier, both of Rome, and nine great grandchildren. She was also blessed to have a special daughter-in-law, Ms. Sylvia Lanier, of Rome, two special nieces, Mrs. Pat (Bernie) Gleason, and Ms. Betty Gearhart, both of Jupiter Beach, Florida and a nephew, Coleman J. Strother, of Greensboro, North Carolina.
On Saturday, November 11, a graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. at Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens, Rome, Georgia. A 2 p.m. Visitation will be held at Towne View Baptist Church followed by a Memorial Service at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Jim Conrad officiating. Rome residents, if sending flowers, please deliver to Daniel’s Funeral Home in Rome, others deliver to Towne View Baptist Church 925 Shiloh Road, Kennesaw, GA. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to Towne View Baptist Church are also welcome – it was Gene Lanier’s desire to donate stained glass windows to the church.
Susan Pilcher Wilson, age 62, of Rome, GA, passed away Monday, November 6, 2017. At the time of her passing, she was holding the hands of her friends, loved ones and family in a moment that was filled with mercy and peace given by her gracious God.
Susan was born December 14, 1954, the daughter of Sammie Plemons Pilcher and the late James Hershel Pilcher. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Lee Wilson, on December 19, 1995, and an infant daughter, Holland Wilson.
Susan was associated with Traditions in downtown Rome and also owned and maintained rental property while enjoying retirement. She was a loving mother, grandmother, wife and free-spirited individual who loved being outdoors, spending time with her son, grandson and family and looking for flea market bargains on the side while enjoying life whatever came her way. Even in the moment of her diagnosis of cancer, she looked for her ray of sunshine, the silver lining.
Survivors include her son, Aaron Wilson, and his wife Hollie, Rome; one grandson, Gavin Lee Wilson, Rome; her mother, Sammie Pilcher, Rome; two sisters, Cynthia Pilcher, Rome, and Lori Pilcher, LaFayette; one brother, Michael Pilcher, Rome; and special friends, Cynthia McWhorter and Linda Smith. The family would like to thank her caregiver, Delta Bentley, for her special care during her illness.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 9, 2017, from 4 until 6 p.m. A service of celebration will then be held at 6 p.m. in the Griffin Memorial Chapel of Daniel’s Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Holt officiating.