Joseph Tatum Lane, 83, of Holden Beach passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Born in Columbus County, he was the oldest son of Bennie and Myrtle Cox Lane. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Frank, Henry (H.C.) and Mitchell; sister, Lillian Leggette; and oldest daughter, Marcella.
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Joe is survived by his brother, Carmen Lane of Cary; his wife, Alice White Lane of Holden Beach; two daughters, Pamela Fipps of Liberty, S.C., and husband Bradford, Regina Dongell of Wilmore, Ky., and husband Joe; his son, Dwane Lane of Tabor City, and Tammy Watts; five grandchildren and spouses, Scott and Laura Fipps Bryson, David and Detra Fipps, Jordan and Jenny Dongell, Janna Dongell, Cody and Kristen Lane Fowler; and a great-grandson, Bentley Fowler.
Joe attended Tabor City High School, Southern Wesleyan University, studying the Old Testament and religion, and N.C. State University, studying electrical and civil engineering. He was a U.S. Navy Korean War veteran stationed on Guam. His career included being owner and operator of WYRN radio station in Louisburg, owner and CEO Auto-Vac Inc. in Tabor City, and owner and real estate broker at Beach Realty in Holden Beach.
Across the years, he was an active member in the Ridgewood Wesleyan Church in Raleigh, Old Zion Wesleyan Church in Tabor City, and Sharon United Methodist Church in Holden Beach.
Joe was a founding member of the Jaycees in Louisburg, the Lion's Club in Louisburg, and a founding member of The Gideons International Columbus County chapter.
Visitation was at 2 p.m. and the funeral was at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug.17, at Old Zion Wesleyan Church, 10144 Swamp Fox Highway East, Tabor City, with the Rev. Billy Roy and sons-in-law Dr. Bradford Fipps and Dr. Joseph Dongell presiding. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Sharon United Methodist Church in Holden Beach or Old Zion Wesleyan Church in Tabor City.
A guestbook is available at inmanfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Brunswick Beacon from Aug. 22 to Aug. 29, 2013