AUGUSTA, Ga.- Mr. Carl Michael "Mike" Lanier, age 49, of Augusta, entered into rest on Thursday evening, November 11, 2004 at his residence.
He was a native and lifelong resident of the Augusta area, living for many years in Grovetown. Mike was currently working as a Steam Plant Operator at Gracewood State School and Hospital. He was an accomplished musician and composer who will be remembered for his natural talents to perform in many capacities including lead guitar, backup and keyboards. He had performed and recorded with many area groups and enjoyed sitting in wherever and whenever needed. He had attended the Fort Creek Baptist Church and various area churches. He was a U.S. Naval Veteran serving during the Vietnam era. He is preceded in death by: his father, Mr. Jimmy Lanier, who passed away in 1994.
He is survived by: his mother, Doris Blackwell and her husband, Jimmy, Augusta; five children, Clay Lanier, Columbia, S.C., Daniel Lanier, San Diego, Ca., Aaron Lanier, Meghan Lanier, Lydia Lanier, all of Dearing; one brother, Monte Lanier and his wife Jane, Aurora, Col.; one sister, Martha Gunn and her husband, Edwin, Dearing; two grandchildren, Julian and Alexis Lanier; an aunt, Joyce Jaksch, Augusta and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11 am, Monday, November 15, 2004, from the Chapel of Elliott Sons Funeral Home in Martinez with Dr. C. Don Manning, officiating. Interment followed in Bellevue Memorial Gardens in Grovetown.
Pallbearers were Lee Hawkins, Jerry Bullard, Dennis Bullard, Ellis Miller, Roy Wireman and Ricky Culpepper.