Andy Lanier

Andy Lanier

August 11, 1935 - August 9, 2020
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Mr. Andy Lanier, 84, of Eclectic, passed away August 9, 2020. He was born August 11, 1935.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 12 at 2 pm at Linville Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Andrew Schmitt officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:30 pm to service time.

He graduated from Samford University at 17 years of age. He was accepted into Naval Intelligence but was unable to serve due to an injury. He started his teaching career in 1955 and after retirement from public school, he became principal at Haverhill Baptist Day School in West Palm Beach.

He was a world renowned orchid expert. He enjoyed collecting orchid stamps, coins and currency and has the world’s largest collection of each.

His hobbies were raising orchids, pigeons and carnivorous plants, creating bonzais, and researching genealogy.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Helen Lanier. He is survived by his daughters, Terry Lanier and Karen Colligan; brother, James Lanier (Judy); grandsons, Christopher Colligan (Leticia) and Andrew Colligan; great grandchildren, William Colligan and Marianela Colligan; nieces, Salome Vance and Carrie Mitchell (Brad); nephew, David Gresham (Tammy) and friends, Beth and Jay Johnson, Kimberly Whitney and Courtney Martin.

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Linville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory
Eclectic, Alabama

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  • Visitation

    August 12, 2020 | 1:30pm - 2:00pm
    August 12, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm
    Linville Memorial Funeral Home
    84632 Tallassee Hwy
    ECLECTIC, AL 36024
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    August 12, 2020 | 2:00pm
    August 12, 2020 2:00pm
    Linville Memorial Funeral Home
    84632 Tallassee Hwy
    ECLECTIC, AL 36024
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Andrew Schmitt


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Katie Nelson

Posted at 09:04pm
I met cousin Andy about a decade ago and instantly fell in love. He has such a cherish-able demeanor and a delightful intellect. He has a huge heart and made room in his for me, too. I visited him a few times and wish I could have spent an entire summer with him. As a teacher, I loved his education stories. He gifted me, like so many others, a tremendous family history record. His research changed my path and I was able to focus more intently on my family history and learn more about who helped bring me into this world.
I love Andy and will miss him terribly.

Martha Barrington Pipkins

Posted at 03:51pm
I was so sorry to hear about Mr Laniers passing.

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