April 22, 2021
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Modean McMillan Lane

A funeral service for centenarian Modean McMillan Lane of Emory was held on May 30 at Prairie Grove Baptist Church in Emory.

Interment followed in the family plot next to Prairie Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Mrs. Lane died on May 21, 2020. She was born on February 4, 1920, to Jewel McMillan and Euna Martin Abernathy in the Sand Flat community.

Mrs. Lane received her education at the Sand Flat School, a Rosenwald School.

Mrs. Lane’s favorite Bible verse from Isaiah epitomizes her as a woman of God and a devoted life-time resident of Rains County. She knew that God would furnish her strength to move through whatever the conditions. She was always steadfast in her faith.

She lived with a true servant’s heart, as well as a purpose-driven life.  She loved God, family, Prairie Grove Missionary Baptist Church (membership of over 90 years) and Rains County.

Rains I.S.D. Elementary students honored her for her 100th birthday with beautiful artwork and inspirational words on almost 100 cards.  Others joined in and she was blessed with almost 200 cards.  Although her memory had faded, she enjoyed her daughter sharing them with her and whispered “that’s so sweet.”

Her long life on this earth has impacted the lives of many and she will be forever missed as she leaves a sad void, but many happy memories in the hearts of family and friends. 

She will be remembered for her love of life, her fierce love and dedication to her family, church, maintaining lifelong friendships, her gracious demeanor, her ability to never meet a stranger, her willingness to help others, and her mental and physical toughness.

She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband Willie Lane Sr.; children, Joe, Willie Lane Jr., Jeanette and Jerry; and grandchildren, Terence, Kim and LaTonna.

Mrs. Lane is survived by family members, Telesta Jones Riggs and husband Earl of Springfield, Va., Alton Jones of Houston, Tredis Jones Griffin of Desoto, Norris W. Lane of Emory, Willie Lane Jr. and family of Midland; sister, Mildred McMillan Garrett and sons, Hobert, David, Delenis, Howard and Tony; beloved grandchildren, great- and great-great-grans; a multitude of nieces, nephews and other relatives.  

Arrangements were under the direction of Cozine-Tarver Funeral Home in Greenville.