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Dorothy Sparks Lanier

April 1, 1935 — March 9, 2022

Dorothy (Dot) M. Lanier, 86, of Statesboro, GA passed away March 8, 2022 surrounded by her family. Dot was born to the late Wallie and Jewell Sparks on April 1, 1935 and was a lifelong resident of Bulloch County where she was a member of Statesboro First United Methodist Church.

Before she retired, her working career was spent with Statesboro Telephone Company where she was a faithful employee for many years. Ever the animal lover, Dot raised both toy and miniature poodles. She also enjoyed wood working and working in her flowers. But her favorite place was the beach and she loved collecting seashells.

Dot is preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Lanier; a daughter, Kathy L. Davis; and a sister, Aline Sowell.

She is greatly loved and will be missed by her son, Randy M. Lanier (Donna), four grandchildren, Cora Barrs (Steven), Lenora Starling (Chris), Jincey D. Botwinski (Lawrence), and Mitchell Davis (Mindy); seven great grandchildren, Landon Barrs, John Barrs, Camden Starling, Tripp Botwinski, Maddux Davis, Madelyn Davis and Maevery Davis; a sister, Cleo Hodges Lanier; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, March 11, 2022 from 10:00-11:00 AM at Deal Funeral Directors. The Graveside Service will immediately follow at Brannen Family Cemetery at 11:30 AM with Elder Jake Futch officiating.

Honored to be Pallbearers are:  Jason Brannen, Eddie Chester, Bill Bailey, Conner Boyd, Jacob Boyd and Darrell Morris.

The family wishes to thank Heritage Inn Health and Rehabilitation, especially the nurses who took such good care of Mrs. Lanier.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s at

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Friday, March 11, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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Graveside Service

Friday, March 11, 2022

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Brannen Cemetery

, Statesboro, GA 30458

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