STATESBORO, Ga. -- Dr. Robert Whitman Lord of Statesboro passed away Tuesday evening, January 7, 2014, at his home following an extended illness caused by a brain tumor. Dr. Lord, along with his wife, Lurue, owned and operated Lord Eye Center. The company was based in Statesboro, Ga., with eight additional locations throughout coastal Georgia.
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Born in Dublin, Ga., on October 29, 1951, Whit grew up on the Lord family farm in Laurens County. He was a 1969 graduate of Dublin High School, attended the University of Georgia and received his doctorate of Optometry from the Southern School of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee.
At the time of his death, Dr. Lord was the longest serving member of the Georgia Board of Examiners in Optometry. He was a member of a national group of optometrists, "VEC" (Vision Enhancement Council) and was recognized on a national level with his affiliation with optometry leadership groups.
Whit was an avid golfer who enjoyed his time with friends on the golf course and was a pilot and spent much time at the Statesboro Airport. He was a longtime member of the Statesboro First United Methodist Church and the Statesboro Rotary Club.
Dr. Lord was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Roscoe Laircey; and a sister-in-law, Jean Laircey.
Dr. Lord is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lurue Laircey Lord of Statesboro; his parents, R. Minton and Mildred Bryant Lord of Dudley, Ga.; a sister and brother-in-law, Gwen Lord White and Steve of Oxford, Ga.; his mother-in-law, Edith Laircey of Statesboro; two brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law, Creighton Laircey of Augusta, Ga., and Wayne and Susan Laircey of Statesboro, Ga.; four nephews, Captain Chad White of Killeen, Texas, Rhett and Melissa White of Atlanta, Ga., Victor and Nadine Laircey of Evans, Ga., Dr. Brent and Lisa Laircey of Statesboro, Ga.; three nieces, Amy and J.J. Altman of Statesboro, Laura and Randy Thompson and Lynda and John Rabon, all of Pensacola, Fla.; 11 great-nieces and nephews and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation will be Friday from 4-7 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
The funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Statesboro First United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Cason officiating.
The body will lie-in-state one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in Bulloch Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Brent Laircey, Vic Laircey, Chad White, Rhett White, J.J. Altman, Randy Thompson and John Rabon.
Honorary pallbearers will be employees and former employees of Lord Eye Center.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Preston Tisch Brain Tumor Center, for GBM Research, Duke University Medical Center, DUMC Box 3624, Durham, NC 27710; or www.cancer.duke.edu/btc.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.
Statesboro Herald, January 9, 2014
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Published in Statesboro Herald from Jan. 9 to Jan. 17, 2014