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Jan. 13, 1933 — March 11, 2020
WILMINGTON — William Franklin “Bill” Lane Jr. passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 11, 2020. Born in Wilson County on January 13, 1933, he was preceded in death by his parents, William F Lane and Katherine Emogene Herring, Joseph David Wheeler (step-father) and his beloved wife of more than 39 years, Barbara Jean (BJ) Deans Lane.
Bill graduated from Charles L Coon High School in 1951. He is a 1959 graduate of North Carolina State University, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. During college he also served in the United States Army for two years in Germany.
He was a devoted member of the Episcopal Church and served on the vestry at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Rocky Mount and St Timothy’s in Wilson. He was appointed to three diocesan commissions by the Bishop of North Carolina.
Bill was active in the local business community as well as in North Carolina politics. He served on the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce for many years. He was appointed to serve as the assistant secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce and awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his service under Gov. Jim Martin. He also served as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles.
He is survived by his children, Leslie Lane Corbett (Tommy) of Greenville; Carter Herring Lane (Jennifer) of Orlando, Florida; Peirson Freeman Lane of Swansboro; Scott Lane Hair (Brent) of Fuquay-Varina; Frances Holdford Goodman (Noel) of Wilmington; Roy R. Holdford (Gina) of Wilmington; Barbara Anne H Montague of Marietta, GA and 12 grandchildren, Lindsey, Joshua, Dorothy, Sarah, Hunter, Kayla, Cameron, Roy IV, Anna Grace, Stephen, Taylor and Matthew.
The family would like to give gratitude and very special thanks to Irene Armstrong, the staff at Bradley Creek and the caregivers at Always Good Company, Inc. for being there for Bill.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St Timothy’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 1527, Wilson, NC 27894, or to St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 301 S. Circle Drive, Rocky Mount, NC 27804 and St. Andrew’s On-the-Sound Episcopal Church, 101 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403.
Services will be held on Saturday, March 21st at 11:00am at St Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Wilson.