Leroy Lane, Sr., son of the late Robert and Edith Haynesworth Lane, was born on April 3, 1933 in Sumter. God in his infinite wisdom called Roy from labor to reward on Thursday, November 12, 2020. “Roy”, as he was affectionately called, was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. He later married Rosa Lee Robinson and to this union they reared five beautiful children. Roy enlisted in the United States Army and served his country with valor and honor. As a youngster and through adulthood Roy was a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church, where he served in several capacities to include: Trustee, United Methodist Men Organization, Transportation Ministry, Sunday School Attendant and President of the Usher Board for fifty plus years. He continued to be an active member until his health declined several years ago. He was also known for sharing juicy fruit gum with the youth members of the church. Roy was a member of the Good Fellows Club, the Bernie Elks Lodge #1195 and a life time member of the NAACP – Sumter Chapter. He was also an Entrepreneur in Sumter and surrounding areas and was well known in the Sumter Community. Roy was employed by Southern Coating Painting as a lab technician for 36 years before he retired in 1994. To receive his legacy and cherish his memory, Roy leaves his wife of 67 years, Rosa Robinson Lane; two daughters, Velma Lane of Sumter and Deborah M. Lane of the home; two sons, SFC (RET) Leroy Lane, Jr. of Sumter and COL (RET) Drefus Lane Sr. (Doris) of Manassas, VA; eight grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; special niece, Bridget Tolliver-Durant; special nephews, Abram Ludd and Byron Goins; special cousin, Maggie Lane; and a host of special family friends, other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. In accordance with the COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during home visitation from 3:00 p. m. to 7:00 p. m. at 34 Byrd Street, Sumter. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 p. m. to 6:00 P. M., and Wednesday 10:00 to 12 Noon in the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter. Graveside services will be held 2:00 p. m., Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at the Mt. Zion - Lane Cemetery, Loring Mill Road, Sumter with Pastor Gwendolyn White, officiating. The processional will leave from the home at 1:20 p. m.
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