NETTLETON – Willie "Dwight" Laney, 66, died suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Nettleton on April 30, 1946, to James Clinton Laney and Mary Dale Kimble Laney. He was a graduate of Nettleton High School and retired after 23 years of service as a petty officer 1st class in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed aboard the USS Ranger, CV61, located in the Indian Ocean during the Vietnam War and later at the Naval Air facility in El Centro, Calif. He married Elaine Anna Spence Laumen on Feb. 7, 1985. His hobbies included fishing, gardening and going to every Nettleton High School sports activity. He was an avid Mississippi State Bulldog fan and enjoyed attending the games and loved his Bigbee Baptist Church family, where he was an active member.
A celebration of life service with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Tommy Whaley, Bro. Mike Brezeal and Bro. William Cook officiating. Private burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery of Nettleton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Friday, all at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Elaine Anna Laney of Nettleton; four sons, Bill Laumen (Lesha) of Fulton, Bob Laumen (Christiana) of Tupelo, Chris Laumen of Bremerton, Wash., and Michael Laumen (Richelle) of West Port, Wash.; daughter, Heidi Laumen Hacker (Jacob) of California; daughter-in-law, Cathy Laumen of Bremerton, Wash.; two brothers, Jimmy Laney of Nettleton and Kenneth Laney (Paula) of Pontotoc; sister, Joyce Franklin Coggin (special friend, Duane Parchman of Amory) of Nettleton; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Fred Spence, who died in 2000.
Pallbearers will be Patrick Holley, Grant Franklin, Duane Parchman, Anthony Franklin, Lavon Worthey and Randy Leach. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Threadgill, Randy Blake, Steve Ponders and Bro. Rob Sargent.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Bigbee Baptist Church, P.O. Box 768, Amory, MS 38821.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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