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Rae Minick Lanier

1919 - 2019
Rae Minick Lanier Obituary
Mrs. Brooklet - Rae Minick Lanier Brooklet, Georgia

Mrs. Rae Wills Minick Lanier, age 100, died Wednesday September 4, 2019, at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility in Statesboro. Rae was born in Saluda, South Carolina March 7, 1919, to the late Madge Wills Minick and John Addison Minick, Sr. At the age of 18 months, Rae moved with her family to Brooklet, Georgia. She attended Leefield School and graduated from Brooklet High School in 1936. She married James Bennett Lanier, Sr. and they made Brooklet their home. James preceded her in death in May of 2006, following 68 years of marriage.

Rae graduated from Paris Beauty School in Savannah and began her 70 year career as a beautician. She retired eight years ago at the age of 92, from Sassy Hair in Statesboro, where she worked with her dearest friends, Janice Davis and Melanie Spence.

Throughout her life, Rae was active in her community. She received a Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award for her community service. Some of her involvement included, volunteering for "A Day for Southern", an annual fundraising campaign for Georgia Southern University for over 40 years. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star while her husband was a Mason and she served as Grand Marshall of the Brooklet Peanut Festival parade. Rae was a member of the Brooklet Canasta Club for over 70 years.

She was a charter member of the original Brooklet First Baptist Church and later became a member of the Brooklet United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Mollie Lee Sunday School Class, UMW, and many other church activities.

Rae was preceded in death by her parents; her husband James and all of her 14 siblings. She was the last surviving of the 15 Minick children. She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter Carmen Marie Buelvas and great-grandson Raul S. Buelvas III.

Surviving are her two daughters and sons-in-law, Madge and Dr. Joe Edwards, Jr. of Savannah and Carlyle and Dr. Raul Buelvas, Sr. of Savannah; a son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy Lanier, Jr. and Beverly of Brooklet; her grandchildren, Becky Buelvas Nowicki and Raymond, Dr. Raul Buelvas Jr. and Dr. Kay Buelvas, Suzy Buelvas Casey and Joe, Dr. Joe Edwards III and Cindy, Dr. Ben Edwards, Jim Lanier, Joe Lanier and Laura and Jerry Lanier and Dr. Jaclyn Lanier; 14 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Minick and Hazel Minick, as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive visitors on Friday September 6, 2019, from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 11:00am at the Brooklet United Methodist Church. The Rev. Chip Strickland will officiate. The body will lie-in-state one hour prior to the service.

Interment will follow in the Brooklet City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Brooklet United Methodist Church, 201 North Parker Avenue, Brooklet, Georgia 30415 or Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Georgia 30459.

Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.

Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements. Savannah Morning News September 6, 2019
Published in Savannah Morning News on Sept. 6, 2019
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