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Randall Ellis Lanning Sr.

November 7, 1944 - May 15, 2022

Randall passed away peacefully at the Elizabeth House on May 15th, 2022 at the age of 77. He was born in Buncombe County, NC to parents: Wade Ray Lanning and Dorothy Louise Frisbee. Randall was raised by his grandparents: Elbert Loanza Lanning and Ida Emerline Case.

Randall attended Mills River High School until 1960, then attended the newly built West Henderson High School until 1962. He received his High School General Equivalency Degree on April 1st, 1985.

Randall retired from Unisource Worldwide in 1999. As a truck driver, he distributed printing paper, packaging equipment, facility maintenance equipment, and supplies.

In life, Randall was a kind, honest, hardworking man who cherished God, Family, and Friends. He loved telling childhood stories of his youth as he grew up in Fletcher and Mills River. Randall had a wonderful sense of humor and never met a stranger. He could have long conversations with people he just met.

He also loved being outdoors. Randall was an enthusiastic (rabbit/grouse) hunter and loved his hunting dogs. As an avid outdoorsman, this carried over into his retirement years.  He also had a passion for rifles and shotguns. Randall prided himself on his remarkable gunstock refinishing skills. He would spend weeks, and sometimes months, sanding off old factory finishes to bring out the inherent wood grain beauty.

One of Randall’s favorite pastimes was watching old, classic western movies; especially John Wayne and Clint Eastwood movies.

Randall is survived by his immediate family which includes his children: Crystal L. Cattano (Joe), Randall (Randy) E. Lanning, Jr. (Gwenn) and Holly S. Milanese; his grandchildren: Walker R. Lanning and Lucas E. Milanese; his younger brother: Larry E. Lanning (Karen); and his life partner: Linda P. Franklin. Randall was very blessed to have so many loving relatives and long-time friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made to the Four Seasons Elizabeth’s House in Flat Rock, NC.  (Four Seasons Foundation Office, 571 S. Allen Rd. Flat Rock, NC 28731)  www.fourseasonscfl.org

The funeral service will be held at Mt Gilead Baptist Church, 56 Mt Gilead Church Rd, Mills River, NC 28759 on Saturday, June 4th at 11:00 AM. There will be a visitation at the same location beginning at 10:00 AM. Randall’s family will be present to welcome loved ones. *Lunch reception to follow at Mills River Restaurant.

 

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022

Time: 10:00 am

Location:

Mt. Gilead Baptist Church

56 Mt. Gilead Church Road
Mills River, NC 28759


Service Information

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022

Time: 11:00 am

Location:

Mt. Gilead Baptist Church

56 Mt. Gilead Church Road
Mills River, NC 28759


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