November 13, 1922 ~ September 12, 2011
LINDEN, TX Thomas Francis Lanier, Sr., 88, of Linden, passed away Monday, September 12, 2011 at his home in Linden. Mr. Lanier was born November 13, 1922 in Linden to William Ruben and Bertha Nancy Frost Lanier. He married Cissi Hargrove on October 25, 1951. He was a graduate of Marshall High School, Class of 39. Mr. Lanier served in the WWII as a 1st Sgt. in the Army where he acted as forward observer for 105MM Howitzers during field operations. He was awarded a Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge for action against the enemy during a liaison mission and the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with three campaign stars. He owned and operated Lanier Chevrolet in Linden for 42 years. He served on the Chevrolet Dealer Planning Committee and was area director of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association. Mr. Lanier attended A & M College of Texas, now Texas A & M University, and was an avid Texas A & M fan, holding memberships in the Texas A & M 12th Man Foundation, Texas A & M Former Student Association, Cypress Valley A & M Club and Texas Aggie Corp of Cadets Association. He was a charter member of the Aggie Club and the Century Club. He held memberships in the following organizations, American Legion, VFW, Linden Lions Club, charter member of the Linden Municipal Hospital Authority serving as president for 30 years, chairman of the Linden Housing Authority, L-K School Board, Linden Round-up Club, Linden Volunteer Ambulance Service, was founder of the Linden Summer Baseball program and Club Lake Association. He was Linden Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year 1992. Mr. Lanier was also active in the Linden Chamber of Commerce, Linden United Fund, L-K Quarterback Club, Linden Small Business Association, Texas Advisory Council of Small Businesses, Sul Ross Reunion Group, Crop of 22, and was an Admiral in the Texas Navy. He was a member of Linden First United Methodist Church where he served on various committees. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Cissi Lanier of Linden; two sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and Judy Lanier and Glenn and Melissa Lanier all of Linden; three daughters and sons-in-law, Lesa and Jeff Lovett of Nacogdoches, Denise and Mike Mahan of Linden, and Dana and Gary Boland of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; five grandchildren, LaShay Mahan Ebarb, Michael Mahan, Lauren Lesa Lanier, Tommy Lanier and Bradley Lanier; eight great grandchildren, Zak Mahan, Max Ebarb, Zoe Ebarb, Dex Ebarb, Mia Mahan, Maci Mahan, Mikey Mahan, and Thomas Francis Lanier IV; plus many other family and friends. A memorial service will be at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at Linden First United Methodist Church with Rev. Kevin Young officiating. A private interment will be in Linden Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis-Schindler Funeral Home in Linden. The family received friends from 6 to 7 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.