Joe Dean Lanning, 73, a native and lifelong resident of Polk County, passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in a Chattanooga hospital.
He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Delano. He retired from Bowater after 30 years of service.
He was an avid golfer and hunter. He enjoyed sitting at the Roundtable at the Corner Market. He was a wonderful father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene Prueitt Lanning; parents, R.L. Lanning and Irene Sewart Lanning; and grandchildren: Joey Brancefield and Amanda Perry.
Survivors include his two children: Jodi Lanning of Delano and Robby Lanning and wife, Kim, of Reliance; two grandchildren: Seth Wyrick of Delano and Bo and Gatlin Lannig of Reliance; three great-grandchildren: Jade Brancefield of Delano, Aierie Walker and Aalen Wyrick of Benton; one brother, Larry “Ode” Lanning and wife, Dianne, of Etowah; special friend, Angie Vaughn of Reliance; great-aunt, Jean Eaves of Delano; several nieces, nephews and other extended family members and good friends also survive.
A graveside service was conducted Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Benton Memorial Gardens with Pastor Robbie Hatcher officiating.
There will be no formal visitation.
The family requests that memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or the Cleveland or Athens Animal Shelter.
Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Center, LLC of Etowah is in charge of the arrangements.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Lanning family guest book at www.serenityfunerals.com.