John Carlton Lanier, 60, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Savannah after a long illness.
Born in West Palm Beach, Fla., John served in the U.S. Army
during the Vietnam era. He was a master electrician, working for civil service for 14 years at Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem, then as chief of engineering for Starwood Hotels. He was also a soccer enthusiast, having been both a coach and state-endorsed referee.
He is survived by his daughter, Amanda Lanier of Atlanta; son, John Eric Lanier of Dothan, Ala.; parents, John E. and Melba Lanier of Midway; sister, Sheryl L. Lanier of Stockbridge; brother, James Kevin Lanier of Hinesville; uncle, Kimsey Helms (Laura) of Havanna, Fla.; aunt, Mary Durden of Savannah; nieces and nephews; and best friend, Henry "Bubba" Villwok.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Carter Funeral Home Oglethorpe Chapel. A private graveside service with military honors will be Friday, Feb. 21, at Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Carter Funeral Home Oglethorpe Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.carteroglethorpe.com.