LANIER SERVICE UPDATE - Due to impending wet weather, his Service will now be held in the Chapel at Stringer-Griffin Funeral Home, 2577 North Wheeler Highway 96 North in Jasper, (409)384-5781, at 10AM Thursday, May 30th. A Reception will follow at the offices of LRC inc at 227 E. Milam Street, also in Jasper.
JASPER, TEXAS- Joe Lanier passed away peacefully with family members at his side Sunday, May 26th. After finishing time in law enforcement, his security industry career began in 1968 as an installing dealer and then progressed in 1973 with the formation of Texas based Defensive Security Southwest as a wholesale distributor which became one of the largest independents in the industry at the time. After an attempt at a retirement passion by owning a motorcycle shop, he entered the alarm business again as a factory rep for Moose Products and Fire Burglary Instruments (FBI). He started Linton, Inc, an independent rep company and after 17 years, sold the operation and begin full retirement. He was a big supporter of alarm associations and would help anyone who would let him. Full obituary below:
Joseph Phillip Lanier age 81, aka Joe Phil Lanier, a native and longtime resident of Jasper, Texas, passed away on Sunday May 26th, 2019. He was born November 19 th , 1937 of parents Joe R. Lanier and Marguerite Francis (Sublett) Lanier. He was raised by loving grandparents, J.L. Lanier and Roberta (Hicks) Lanier, with the untimely death of his young mother.
After school, he served an active enlistment in the U.S. Air Force with Air Police assignments. Upon honorable discharge, he entered the law enforcement field and served with several East Texas Police Departments before entering the security systems business based in Jasper. He later expanded into the wholesale supply realm of that industry where he remained until retirement, having worked in distribution sales and with various manufacturers. He always enjoyed cartooning art and motorcycling as well as ham radio also in latter years. He especially delighted in sharing gospel materials with family and others, having become a Christian by faith and Southern Baptist by choice. He strived with friends to help establish a viable Humane Society as he loved God’s little fuzzy friends.
He is survived by wife, Janice Lanier and former spouse Constance Lanier along with four children- Chris Lanier and wife Julie of Jasper, Wendy Lanier of Manor, Jennifer Spille and husband Eric of Spicewood, Phillip Lanier of Montgomery. Also, step sons Michael and Hoyt Britt of Dallas. Grandchildren include Amy Woods and husband Wylie, Taylor Thompson and husband Tyler, Amber Massey, Austin and Cash Spille, Walker and Wyatt Lanier. Step-grandchildren include Ashley and Hailey Britt. Great grandchildren Anna and Blaine Woods, Silas Thompson, Dallas Massey, Eli and Lana Graham. He is also survived by stepmother Betty Lanier-Stelzer of Houston, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Lana Lanier.
A graveside service is planned on Thursday May 30 th , 2019 at 10:00am at the Jasper City Cemetery on North Main Street in Jasper under the services of Brother John Ebarb and direction of Stringer-Griffin Funeral Home. Everyone is welcome to attend. Memorial donations may be made to the Jasper TX Animal Shelter at 506 CR296, Jasper, Texas 75951.
Mr. Lanier has requested a prayer entitled “A Prayer for the Old and the Young” which was published by the Cumberland Presbyterian House circa 1877 and was written by his Great Grandfather, Joseph Benjamin Lanier of Beech Grove Texas, be read at his service. To remember as Ray Comfort says concerning Christians, “Passing is just the doormat they wipe their feet on before entering heaven.” Amen.
PLEASE NOTE- The service is graveside only and is being handled by Stringer-Griffin Funeral Home, 409-384-5781, www.stringerandgriffin.com . Should you wish to mail anything to the family, please forward to Chris Lanier, LRG inc, 227 E. Milam St, Jasper, TX, 75951.