Jo Ann Bartlett Lanier

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Funeral service for Jo Ann Bartlett Lanier, 78, will be held today, October 6, 2015, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Wedowee with the Rev. Josh Hickman and the Rev. Robert Mount officiating. Burial will follow at Wedowee City Cemetery with Benefield Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. The family received friends at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, October 5, 2015. Mrs. Lanier will lie in state one hour prior to services beginning on today. Mrs. Lanier passed away on Friday October 2, 2015, at her home. Survivors include her husband, Sidney Lanier, of Wedowee; three daughters, Mary Ann Lanier, of Boston, Mass., Jo Elizabeth Lanier, of LaGrange, Ga. and Laura Lea Alonso (husband, Larry), of Elijay, Ga.; six grandchildren; one sister, Judy Bartlett Cofield, of Knoxville, Tenn. Pallbearers will be Eddie Deering, Carl Battles, Sanford Chambers, James Kendrick, Bernie McKeone and John Tal Murphree. A Randolph County native, Mrs. Lanier was born on February 23, 1937, the daughter of Walter J. and Cordelle Traylor Bartlett. She was a member of Wedowee Kiwanis Club, Wedowee Garden Club, Women's Study Club, Wedowee Music Club, East Alabama Arts Society, and the United Methodist Women. She graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor's degree. She also received a master's degree from Vanderbilt's George Peabody College for Teachers. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorials may be floral or the family requests donations to the Wedowee First United Methodist Church Building Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at
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Wedowee, AL 36278
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Published in The Anniston Star on Oct. 6, 2015