Mrs. Imogene Bennett “Gene” Lanier, 93, passed away peacefully in Rome, Georgia on November 7, 2017. Gene was born on November 23, 1923 in Fairfax, Alabama, daughter of the late Viola Moon and Walter Leander Bennett.
She was a graduate of Valley High School, and attended Auburn University before graduating from Mercer University with a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1945. While at Mercer, she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi and the Blue Key Society. She did additional post-graduate study at the University of Edinburgh and the Women's College of Georgia.
She was a school teacher for many years, first working with the Macon, Georgia and Louisville, Kentucky school systems, and later taught in both the Savannah and Atlanta public schools. She retired in 1989 from the Gordon County School System, where she was a teacher at Red Bud Middle School. For a number of years she was affiliated with Clyde Chester Realty Inc. of Rome, where she was a Sales Associate. After retirement, she lived in Acworth and was a charter member of Towne View Baptist Church.
Throughout her life, she traveled extensively, and was an avid painter who for many years was a member of the Rome Area Council for the Arts Coterie. Being a minister's wife, she served alongside her husband, the late Dr. W. Forrest Lanier, who pastored a number of congregations in both Kentucky and Georgia, and who had been Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Rome (1950-1960).
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one brother, Ralph Bennett, of Beulah, Alabama; one sister, Mrs. Winnie Strother, of Jupiter Beach, Florida; and one grandchild, Allison Brooks Lanier, of Atlanta.
Survivors include four sons, David (Dianne) Lanier, of Kennesaw; Steve (Angela) Lanier, of Rome; Jim (Debbie) Lanier, of Marietta; and John (Elaine) Lanier, of Rome. Several grandchildren also survive: Mrs. Alana Cobb, of Auburn, Alabama; Mrs. Corin Alleyne, of Canton, Georgia; Mrs. Christin Carpenter, of Marietta; Mrs. Alicia Shurley, of Rome; Ms. Kelly Lanier, Birmingham, Alabama; and Miss Alex and Laramie Lanier, both of Rome; and nine great-grandchildren. She was also blessed to have a special daughter-in-law, Ms. Sylvia Lanier, of Rome; two special nieces, Mrs. Pat (Bernie) Gleason, and Ms. Betty Gearhart, both of Jupiter Beach, Florida; and a nephew, Coleman J. Strother, of Greensboro, North Carolina.
OnSaturday, November 11, 2017, a graveside service will be held at10 a.m.at Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens, Rome, Georgia. A 2:00 p.m. visitation will be held at Towne View Baptist Church, 950 Shiloh Road, Kennesaw, Georgia, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m.with the Rev. Jim Conrad officiating. Rome residents, if sending flowers, please deliver to Daniel's Funeral Home in Rome, others deliver to Towne View Baptist Church, 950 Shiloh Road, Kennesaw, Ga. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to Towne View Baptist Church are also welcome - it was Gene Lanier's desire to donate stained glass windows to the church.
Please visit www.daniels-funeralhome.com to share fond memories and condolences with the family.
Arrangements under the direction of Daniel's Funeral Home, Rome, Ga.