Thomas Lewis Lane ’73

Thomas Lewis Lane ’73, 59, of Riegelwood, N.C., went home to be with his Lord, his dad, sons, and other loved ones on March 17, 2011. Lane was born Nov. 25, 1951, in Whiteville, N.C., the son of Virginia L. Lane and the late Neal A. Lane. In addition to his mother, Lane is survived by his wife, Judy Marsh Lane, 15058 Old Lake Rd., Riegelwood, NC 28456; sons, Sean (Amanda) and Kevin Lane; and daughters, Caitlin Lane, Bryce Marsh (Lindsey), and Terri Marsh Rixon (Pete). He was preceded in death by sons, Jason and Adam Lane, and their mother, Linda Lane. Left to cherish his memory are three brothers, Roy Lane (Diane), Jeff Lane (Becky), and Jon Lane (Allison), and four sisters, Neala Hardie (Roger), Nancy Lane, Susie Smith (Gary), and Janice Dayton (Ron). He had two aunts, Martha Reinert and Georgia Morgan, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless friends. Lane was raised in rural Columbus County, and from his childhood had a great love of the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and had a tremendous appreciation for the beauty in God’s world. He was an extraordinarily intelligent and capable man, and was known as someone who could fix anything, build anything, and do anything. Lane served as a deacon in Riegelwood Baptist Church and taught Sunday school there. He worked for most of his life at the Leland Dupont plant, where he was loved and respected by his fellow workers. He was a devoted father, a loving husband, an unfailing brother, and a compassionate friend. He could always be counted on for a kind word and a helping hand, and asked little for himself. He was quick with a smile, and kept a harmonica in his pocket to add a bit of cheer to any moment.