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Mrs. Geraldine “Gerri” Fordham Lanier
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory
Mrs. Geraldine “Gerri” Fordham Lanier
LEEFIELD, Ga. -- Mrs. Geraldine “Gerri” Fordham Lanier, age 80, died Sunday, April 14, 2019, at the Ogeechee Area Hospice inpatient facility in Statesboro. The Bulloch County native was the daughter of the late R.C. Fordham and Mary Bragg Fordham. She was the youngest of their 14 children.
    Gerri was raised in the Emit Community of Bulloch County and was a member of the second graduating class of Southeast Bulloch High School, the class of 1957.
    In 1960, she married Jack Lanier and they made their home on the family farm in Leefield. The remainder of her life was spent being a farmer’s wife and a momma.
    She worked alongside Jack with his farming operation until his retirement in 2006.
    Following over 49 years of marriage, Jack died May 15, 2009.
    Gerri was an active member of Leefield Baptist Church, where she spent many years assisting with Vacation Bible School.
    She loved cooking for family and friends and making floral arrangements for her church and cemetery.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 12 brothers and sisters, which included Luteria Gerrald and Paul Fordham, both of Bulloch County.
    Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Pat Lanier Jones and Larry Jones and Bonnie Lanier Rushing and Mike Rushing, all of Leefield; two grandsons, which were her pride and joy, Chad and Travis Rushing, both of Leefield; a sister, Yvonne Plyler of Winter Haven, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Sally Fordham of Lexington, Ky.; and Frances Lanier of Statesboro; and her extended family, which includes Franklin and Betty Lee of Brooklet and Ginny and Jerome Jones of Leefield; and many nieces and nephews.
    The funeral service will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home with Elder John Scott officiating. Interment will be in Bulloch Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Chip Strickland officiating.
    Pallbearers will be Andy Fordham, Ronnie Carrasco, Lucky Hiers, Jeremy Fordham, Lee Cromley, Charley Cromley, Toby Conner and Donald Joiner.
    Honorary pallbearers will be Lora Akins, Niki Fields, Anne Conner, Dewayne and Terri Starling, Dr. Harsh Bhushan, Carrie Raub and Randy Proctor.
    The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459; St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org; or to the church of the donor’s choice.
    Friends and family may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
    Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, April 17, 2019
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