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Mr. Ellis Ray Lanier
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory
Mr. Ellis Ray Lanier
McCaysville, Ga. -- Mr. Ellis Ray Lanier, age 84, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Fannin Regional Hospital in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
    Ray was born in Register, Ga., to the late Erbin and Ruby Lane Lanier. He was a graduate of Register High School. Ray moved to Auburn, Alabama, as a young man, where he worked with his older brother as an electrician. He moved to Metropolis, Illinois, and later to St. Johns, Indiana, where he would spend most of his life working as an electrician.
    He retired from the IBEW following many years of service
    Ray moved to McCaysville, Ga., in 2005 and remained there until his death.
    He was an active Mason and Shriner. Ray was a member of the Ducktown United Methodist Church in Ducktown, Tenn.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jean Lanier; three children, Raymond Edward Lanier, Kathy Lynn Anderson and Debbie Elizabeth Rodriguez; five sisters and two brothers.
    Surviving are three grandchildren, Shawn Lanier and Amy Lanier, both of California; and Jessica Bline of Indiana; a brother, Don Lanier of Auburn, Alabama; and many nieces and nephews.
    The family will receive visitors on Thursday, April 18, 2019, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
    The graveside service and burial will be on Friday, April 19, 2019, at 10:30 a.m in Lake Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Metter, Georgia.
    The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Shriner Children’s Hospital, 2900 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or www.shrinershospitalforchildren.org.
    Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
    Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, April 17, 2019
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