Willie Joseph Lanier

July 23, 1954 - February 12, 2024

07/23/1954 - 02/12/2024

Willie Joseph Lanier, born on July 23, 1954, in Florida, peacefully passed away on February 12, 2024, in Norfolk, VA. He was 69 years old.

Willie led a fulfilling life, dedicating 20 years to the US Navy as a cook, serving his country with dedication and skill. Known for his warm and friendly nature, Willie was very personable, likable, and accommodating, making him a beloved figure in the lives of those who knew him.

He will always be remembered for his generous spirit, always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Willie touched the hearts of many with his kindness and giving nature.

Willie Joseph Lanier is preceded in death by his parents, Willie Lee and Bernice Lanier, as well as his sisters, Linda Vaughn and Susie Mae Lanier. He is survived by his loving sister, Stacey McCain, and brother, Mitchell Lanier, along with a host of family and friends who will cherish his memory forever.

In honoring his life, let us remember Willie as a compassionate soul who brightened the lives of all who had the pleasure of knowing him. May he rest in eternal peace.  The family invites you to allow Willie’s giving spirit to continue by clicking HERE and making a contribution in his honor to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

Altmeyer Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 5033 Rouse Drive, ,Virginia Beach, VA is honored to serve the Lanier family.

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Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
2 months ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Willie Joseph Lanier, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Veteran, Willie Joseph Lanier, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †