Shirley (Chapman) Lanier

Born: Tue., Mar. 31, 1936
Died: Thu., Jun. 2, 2016


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sat., Jun. 04, 2016
Location: McCommons Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sun., Jun. 05, 2016
Location: Centennial Christian Church

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Shirley Chapman Lanier

Shirley Chapman Lanier, age 80, of the Centennial Community of White Plains, GA passed away Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Greene Point Health & Rehabilitation in Union Point.   Born in Union Point, GA on March 31, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Garnet L. “Buck” Chapman and Lucy Mae Wilkes Chapman.  She graduated from Union Point High School in 1956.  After high school she attended business school in Atlanta and worked as a bookkeeper for the C & S National Bank.  Later she worked for William Hulsey Drugstore in Sparta, GA and also Caldwell Laundry in Greensboro, GA.  In March of 1959 she married James Edwin Lanier, Sr. and they  recently celebrated fifty-seven years of marriage.  She was a longtime active member of Centennial Christian Church, where she lead the singing for many years.  Her joy was taking care of the pond and the ducks that lived there. Shirley also enjoyed cooking, growing flowers and fishing.  

Survivors include her husband, James Lanier of White Plains, GA; grandson, Michael Lanier and his wife Miranda; two sisters, Ella Bramlett and her husband George of Woodville, GA and Vivian Landrum of Griffin, GA; daughter-in-law, Sandy Maxwell; several nieces, nephews and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her only son, Jay Lanier.

Funeral Services will be held Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Centennial Christian Church, 4828 Centennial Road, White Plains, GA 30678 with Rev. Farrett Boswell officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers are William Coleman, Keith James, Andy Shields, Russell Wall, Phil Eley and Wayne Corry. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday night at McCommons Funeral Home.  The family requests that any memorials be made in memory of Shirley to the Centennial Christian Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Judy Hodnett, 7601 Veazey Road, White Plains, GA 30678 or to the charity of your choice. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us online at to sign the guest register.


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Wanda McCannon
   Posted Fri June 03, 2016
I am so sorry to hear of Miss Shirley's passing. I will always remember her as a kind and gentle lady. I pray that God will be with each of you in the coming days and give you all strength ,comfort and peace.

Wanda McCannon

Jan & David Hallman
   Posted Fri June 03, 2016
Michael & Miranda,

So sorry to hear of Miss Shirley's passing. She was a wonderful lady, kind and sweet. She is now with Jay having a great reunion. Know that you both are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jan & David Hallman
Josh & Robert

Terry & Elaine Cantrell
   Posted Fri June 03, 2016
Sincere sympathy in the loss of your wife and grandmother. Prayers for you and family during this difficult time.
Terry & Elaine Cantrell

Billy Corry
   Posted Sat June 04, 2016
James I am so sorry to read about your loss of Mrs. Lanier but by the grace of our most Heavenly Father He has took her to a place where she will not suffer anymore. I know HE will go with you in every step you take from now on to comfort you in this very sad time.

Billy Corry

Tammy Anderson
   Posted Sat June 04, 2016
We were so sorry to hear of Mrs. Shirley's passing. She was a great lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With love,
Shirley, Bubba and Tammy

Chip Merritt
   Posted Sat June 04, 2016
Mr James I was very sorry to hear of Miss Shirleys passinwg. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Mike.

Robert and Annette Dowdy
   Posted Sun June 05, 2016
James and family, we were so sorry to hear about Shirley you have our deepest sympathy. I know you will miss her yet she is in a far better place. she is going to be singing with the angles now.