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Raymond Harris Harry Lane - SAVANNAH - Raymond Harris Harry Lane, who was born in Savannah on December 1, 1941, died July 9, 2013 at Hospice Savannah. Harry was the son of Remer Y. Lane and Louise Harris Lane. He grew up on Combahee Plantation in White Hall, South Carolina, attended Middlesex School for Boys in Concord, Massachusetts and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. At Middlesex he was the first to be the captain of two sports (baseball and hockey). He graduated with honors from Vale with a degree in history. He was an expert on the War Between the States and despised Abraham Lincoln. He was a man of many talents and vocations. He was a successful buyer and seller of wood working and shop tools, a diesel mechanic, a charter pilot, a builder of banjos and of fine furniture with customers from New York to Florida. He traveled extensively. His favorite trips were to India, which he visited 9 times, and to London where he purchased numerous books for his collection. He was a student of the Arts. Harry is survived by his siblings: Mills B. Lane III and his wife, Kaye, Louise Lane Talbot and her husband, Harold, Remer Y. Lane, Jr. and his wife, Susan, and Thomas Middlebrooks Lane and his wife, Dana, and a number of nieces and nephews. A very special thanks to Diane Brannen Stafford for her love, assistance, and support for Harry during his illness as well as the staff at Hospice Savannah, Marshview Senior Living and the friends who not only visited, but stayed with him in the hospital, at Marshview and at Hospice. Remembrances: Hospice Savannah - Post Office Box #13190, Savannah, Georgia 31416-0190. Burial arrangements are private. Please share your thoughts about Harry and his life at www.gamblefuneralservice.com. Savannah Morning News July 11, 2013 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannnahnow.com/obituaries.



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Published in Savannah Morning News from Jul. 10 to Jul. 11, 2013.
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November 28, 2013
I am very saddened to hear of Harry's passing. I built a top-tension banjo using parts that I bought from Harry in the 70's. RIP Harry
Mike March
July 26, 2013
Am so sorry to see Harry has died, we knew each other in the 70's , when I was at Old Time Pickin Parlour. He made a top tension for me, I made neck he made pot,I still have it, I loved him, may he rest in peace, Danny Ferrington
July 19, 2013
harry
July 19, 2013
a favorite car
July 19, 2013
find the secret compartment
July 19, 2013
If you have to ask, you can't afford it
July 19, 2013
Harry in his workshop Nov 09
July 13, 2013
What an interesting life Harry carved-out for himself, so many things to see, and so many places to visit. Therefore he was able to share this with so many others. His love for the beauty of wood, and how it could become so real in the sharing with others. A remarkable man with such eminence talent.
With Deepest Condolences.
Anne and Barry Cobb
Anne Cobb
July 12, 2013
Harry used to visit me often in my sign shop, Banana Graphics back in the 80's. what a complex and amazing man he was. I could never get enough of his stories, his talent with wood furniture and banjos, his knowledge of so many different things...RIP Harry. I think you broke the mold.
Ann Ramee
July 11, 2013
Harry in his shop
Harry was an individual, a true individual in every sense of the word. He avoided attention and the limelight. However, it is clear to me from the time that I spent with him, that he had a very powerful positive influence on so many. I think that this had to do, to a very large degree, with his honesty and sincerity which was evident in every interaction. I can see him now in my minds eye, shepherding along the restoration of that antique Buick. He had a truly remarkable intellect. He made full use of this gift and, once again, sincerity and intellectual honesty where the hallmarks of its application. Renaissance man would be the best descriptor. The same excellence held true when he worked with his hands. He was a true master in this arena as well. He built an incredible number of the rice trunks that are to be found in the Savannah/South Carolina low country area. Not only did he build world class banjos, he carried out experiment into what made for a good sounding instrument and what sorts of modifications might work. Every detail was extremely well thought out. For example, he designed and built his own screws for his banjos, deciding on the number of threads per inch that would give the best hold under tension. He was a loyal friend. He gave unselfishly when he saw a need, often with few aware of his philanthropy. He was the primary caregiver to his mother in her later years. He was very attentive to her needs, often saying that all that was him came from his mother and father, and he could do no less and wanted to do more for her.
Harry was a unique and remarkable one-of-a-kind individual that I am proud to call my friend. When he was alive, he had a strong influence on me. Now that he is gone, I will not forget his words, his personality, his energy in living. He will continue to be an influence in my life.
Rett Alsbrook
July 11, 2013
Sometimes life gives one great gifts.My wife and I received such a gift in the privilege of knowing Harry. He was a good friend, and we shall always cherish the memories. Many were the 3 A.M. mornings that I would find him working in his shop, and I would sit on his antique Barbers chair while we would share stories on virtually any subject while munching on one of Tyna's apple cakes . Yes, as all that knew Harry would agree, we would indeed "walk a country mile" and still never find another man that could compare to our good friend.
God Speed Harry,
John & Valentyna Brown
Savannah, Ga.
john brown
July 11, 2013
Harry Lane was a very interesting and fun person to be around, Harry built and helped me install some water control trunks at Richmond Hill. We spent several days together, Harry told me of his travel and had many , many interesting stories about his other projects. God Bless Harry Lane, Charlie Stafford, Richmond Hill, Ga
charlie stafford
July 10, 2013
Kenneth Spencer Worthy II
July 10, 2013
I only met Mr. Harry once when I was with my mother but in that short time of me being in his presence I felt something special and I was touched. He was a great man and I will always remember him. He will be missed.
Cortez Stafford
July 10, 2013
I bought my first bandsaw and joiner from Harry. He was an amazing craftsman. He will be missed.
roger brucker
July 10, 2013
I will surely miss Harry. It would be difficult to find someone more interesting and opinionated. He loved his classic cars. God Speed Harry!
July 10, 2013
Liked Harry a lot. Met him some 40 years ago. I have two banjos he made. He was truely his own man. Will miss him.
Bill Joyce
July 10, 2013
Harry Lane was one of the great loves of my life. He was a true southern gentleman to the end. I have fond memories of him taking me to New York on the train and to the plantation where he grew up. I can still see him trying to squeeze into that jacket he hadn't worn since college before we went to the Peacock Lounge. He loved my apple pie. He was good to my daughter. He was such an artist and an original. He introduced me to Ayn Rand and Tom Wolfe and opened my eyes to the beauty of exotic woods. My thoughts go out to his family, who were lucky to have him as one of their own. He will be missed and remembered always as a very bright light in a mundane world.
molly baker
July 10, 2013
Still in shock...what a great man you was to us and can't say thank you enough for all you did for us. We missed the visits to the station and seeing your beautiful wood work when we left downtown and the southside. you will be missed in so many was but mostly for your cents of humour. rest in piece harry and enjoy all the many travels you will now make.
Lori & Norman Busby
July 10, 2013
I was so saddened by this news today. Mr. Harry was one special man. His intelligence and his wit made him one charming man. I will truly miss him and his comical stories and antics. His talents were limitless. May God bless all of you at this time and comfort your family. He will truly be missed by the staff at Dean Wilkes Auto Body. He was not only a customer but became a friend as well.
Shannon Wilkes
July 10, 2013
We have lost a true local legend in our bud Harry Lane. We have all laughed at his stories and antics through the years. We will truly miss our dear friend and musical wood working master here at Randy Wood Guitars. God rest our friend, the one and only, Harry Lane.
Randy Wood Guitars
July 10, 2013
Dear Harry, you were one of my great loves and I will never forget the times we shared, especially our trip to NY and to the plantation where you grew up. I can still see you trying to squeeze into that jacket you hadn't worn since college. You were a giant among men, a true artist in every sense of the word and a real Southern Gentleman. I know you are in heaven and happy to be with your mom. Is it as wonderful as everyone says?
Molly Baker
July 10, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. God Bless.
Jeff Fitzpatrick, Jr.
July 10, 2013
What an incredible life Harry lead. I can not begin to recount how much I learned adn laughed with this man. May God bless your family in your time of sorrow.
Dickey Best
July 10, 2013
Dear Remer, Tommy and families:

I never met Raymond but it sounds like he was quite a character, in the true Lane tradition ! Having lost a brother myself I know the void in your hearts right now. May God bless and comfort all of you during this most difficult of times.
Jeff Fitzpatrick
July 10, 2013
Love you Harry! i learned alot from you and will continue to pass on.You were the most interesting man that i have ever known. My thoughts are with the entire Lane family at this sad time.
Lysa Dixon
July 10, 2013
Dear Lane Family,

I am so sorry to hear that Harry passed away. Please accept my sincerest condolences.
Jay Hall
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