*Due to possibility of rain on Thursday, the planned graveside service will instead be held inside Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home on Highway 96 North at 10:00 a.m.

Joseph Phillip Lanier age 81, aka Joe Phil Lanier, a native and longtime resident of Jasper, Texas, passed away on Sunday May 26th, 2019. He was born November 19th, 1937 of parents Joe R. Lanier and Marguerite Francis (Sublett) Lanier. He was raised by loving grandparents, J.L. Lanier and Roberta (Hicks) Lanier, with the untimely death of his young mother.

After school, he served an active enlistment in the U.S. Air Force with Air Police assignments. Upon honorable discharge, he entered the law enforcement field and served with several East Texas Police Departments before entering the security systems business based in Jasper. He later expanded into the wholesale supply realm of that industry where he remained until retirement, having worked in distribution sales and with various manufacturers. He always enjoyed cartooning art and motorcycling as well as ham radio also in latter years. He especially delighted in sharing gospel materials with family and others, having become a Christian by faith and Southern Baptist by choice. He strived with friends to help establish a viable Humane Society as he loved God’s little fuzzy friends.

He is survived by wife, Janice Lanier and former spouse Constance Lanier along with four children- Chris Lanier and wife Julie of Jasper, Wendy Lanier of Manor, Jennifer Spille and husband Eric of Spicewood, Phillip Lanier of Montgomery. Also, step sons Michael and Hoyt Britt of Dallas. Grandchildren include Amy Woods and husband Wylie, Taylor Thompson and husband Tyler, Amber Massey, Austin and Cash Spille, Walker and Wyatt Lanier. Step-grandchildren include Ashley and Hailey Britt. Great grandchildren Anna and Blaine Woods, Silas Thompson, Dallas Massey, Eli and Lana Graham. He is also survived by stepmother Betty Lanier-Stelzer of Houston, Texas. He was preceded in death by daughter Lana Lanier.

Funeral service will be Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Jasper, and burial will follow at Jasper City Cemetery. Services under the direction of Stringer-Griffin Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the Jasper TX Animal Shelter at 506 CR296, Jasper, Texas 75951.

Mr. Lanier has requested a prayer entitled “A Prayer for the Old and the Young” which was published by the Cumberland Presbyterian House circa 1877 and was written by his Great Grandfather, Joseph Benjamin Lanier of Beech Grove Texas, be read at his service. To remember as Ray Comfort says concerning Christians, “Passing is just the doormat they wipe their feet on before entering heaven.” Amen.