William F. Lane

January 13, 1933 - March 11, 2020
William F. Lane


William Franklin “Bill” Lane, Jr passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 11, 2020. Born in Wilson County on January 13, 1933 he was preceded in death by his parents, William F Lane and Katherine Emogene Herring, Joseph David Wheeler (step-father) and his beloved wife of more than 39 years, Barbara Jean (BJ) Deans Lane.

Bill graduated from Charles L Coon High School in 1951. He is a 1959 graduate of North Carolina State University, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. During college he also served in the United States Army for two years in Germany.

He was a devoted member of the Episcopal Church and served on the vestry at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Rocky Mount and St Timothy’s in Wilson. He was appointed to three diocesan commissions by the Bishop of North Carolina.

Bill was active in the local business community as well as in North Carolina politics. He served on the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce for many years. He was appointed to serve as the Assistant Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce and awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his service under Governor Jim Martin. He also served as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

He is survived by his children, Leslie Lane Corbett (Tommy) of Greenville; Carter Herring Lane (Jennifer) of Orlando, FL; Peirson Freeman Lane of Swansboro; Scott Lane Hair (Brent) of Fuquay-Varina; Frances Holdford Goodman (Noel) of Wilmington; Roy R. Holdford (Gina) of Wilmington; Barbara Anne H Montague of Marietta, GA and twelve grandchildren, Lindsey, Joshua, Dorothy, Sarah, Hunter, Kayla, Cameron, Roy IV, Anna Grace, Stephen, Taylor and Matthew.

The family would like to give gratitude and very special thanks to Irene Armstrong, the staff at Bradley Creek and the caregivers at Always Good Company, Inc for being there for Bill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St Timothy’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 1527, Wilson, NC 27894, or to St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 301 S. Circle Drive, Rocky Mount, NC 27804 and St. Andrew’s On-the-Sound Episcopal Church, 101 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403.

The Services originally scheduled for Saturday, March 21st, at 11:00am at St Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Wilson, NC, have been postponed till a later date.

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  • March 15, 2020
    Clark Kiger says:
    It was my pleasure to work, through Always Good Company, for Bill. We enjoyed talking about NC State sports and watching our favorite shows on TV. We enjoyed our outings and hot dog lunches. Bill was more than a client, he was my friend and I loved him like a father figure. I'm thankful for our time together. May his family find comfort in all their memories as I know I will. My only regret is that I wasn't able to see him in person in his final days. Goodbye, my good friend, Bill. I will not forget our time together!

  • March 16, 2020
    Jacky and Janice Everette lit a candle:
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  • March 19, 2020
    Kay Stewart says:
    Frances, I am so sorry for the loss of your stepfather. He was well liked in Colony Club, and always popular at our get togethers. I am sure he will be missed by the many he knew here and in Wilson.