John Andrew Laney, III was born September 10th, 1928, died March 1st, 2013. John was born in Montgomery, Alabama to Dera Miller and John Andrew Laney, Junior. He graduated from high school in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1945 and attended the University of Alabama. Soon after John worked for several years for the Tice family in New Orleans before moving to Mobile, Alabama. It was in Mobile that John met the love of his life Jenny Wells at the Tiny Diny on Highway 90. They married in 1952 and moved to Washington State were John proudly served in the army during the Korean War.
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In 1956 John and Jenny moved to Houston, Texas where John began his career as a real estate developer and financier. John worked in the mortgage business and was affiliated with Stewart Title early in his career. As John's career advanced his interests broadened and he developed apartment complexes, shopping centers, hotels and restaurants in Houston during the booming economy of the 1960s and 1970s. John was instrumental in starting Pinemont Bank and developed the Congress Inn in the NASA area in Clearlake. He continued investing and working in finance doing consulting until his death.
John was an active member of the Spring Branch Lions club volunteering at the annual Turkey Shoot and was a member of the Royal Knights of the Round Table in 1962. Jenny and John were members of Pine Forest Country Club for over 35 years and John was active in several civic organizations as well. John was a long time member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church. After his daughters married and he and Jenny relocated to the west part of Houston they joined Memorial Drive United Methodist Church where John served on the New Member team and was a greeter and usher.
John was gregarious, intelligent and very generous father, husband and friend. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed days on the bay and at Lake Livingston out on his boat with his brother-in-law Sam Wiley. John also enjoyed golf; playing and in later years following the pros on tour. As a young man John was quite the car buff, enjoying and collecting a range of cars with a keen eye. Mostly John enjoyed spending time with his family, his grandchildren and friends and neighbors. John never met a stranger and always had a fascinating story to tell.
John his preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife of fifty six years, Jenny. He is survived by his daughters, Ashley Ann Hogg and husband James of Ft. Worth, Shelby Susan Doehring and husband Lee of Houston; grandson, Lee E. Doehring, Jr. of Houston; granddaughters, Arden, Mary Brennan and Caroline Hogg of Ft. Worth and Lexie Doehring of Houston; brother-in-law Sam Wiley and sister-in-law Susan Wiley and their daughter Sara Wiley, all of Houston as well as many other beloved relatives, nieces and nephews.
John's family would like to especially thank the nurses and doctors in the critical care unit at Memorial Herman Memorial City Hospital who were gracious and kind during John's final days. Honorary Pallbearers include Lee E. Doehring, Sr., Lee E. Doehring, Jr., James E. Hogg, Samuel K. Wiley, Don Martin, John R. Price, Newton Schwartz and Dr. Robert Boyd.
A Memorial Service celebrating John's life will be held Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, 12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77079. A reception will follow on the church grounds in Friendship Court. Private interment services will be held at Woodlawn Garden of Memories Cemetery in Houston. Visit www.DettlingFuneral.com to leave online tributes.
Published in Houston Chronicle on March 4, 2013