George Ronald Lane

george lane

December 6, 1935 ~ July 28, 2023

Born in: Dade Co., FL
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Today, family and friends mourn the loss of a strong and caring patriarch, yet rejoice in the Lord with gratitude for the life he lived and the legacy he leaves behind. George Ronald Lane, of Asheville, was born in Dade Co., FL, on December 6, 1935, and later moved to Doggett Mountain to establish a Christmas tree farm. He has since lived in the Leicester community for many years. He was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Asheville. Mr. Lane proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard and held a deep love for his country. Following the Coast Guard, he was employed by Marine Acoustical Services as a supervisor and commercial deep-sea diver and was an entrepreneur of several businesses over the year, including United Farm Agency, Lane Realty, and Leicester Pawn and Gun Shop. He loved and was beloved by many whose hearts he touched over the years. He coached Little League baseball and was known to help others in the community without expectation.

George loved collecting guns, Civil War and WWII memorabilia, history, hunting and fishing, traveling, reading, country music, TV westerns, NASCAR, and family get-togethers. He passed away on July 28, 2023, in his home with his family by his side.

Surviving Mr. Lane are his wife of 31 years, Dorothy Dean Webb Buckner Lane; sister, Carole Klemmensen (Earl), of Avon Park Lakes, FL; son, George Jeffrey Lane (Honey), of Cape Coral, FL; daughter, Deanna Lane Davis (Rick), of Leicester; daughter, Shawn Leisey, of Travelers Rest, SC; daughter, Dawn Chappelear, of Asheville; son, Raymond G. Lane, of Coldwater, MS; daughter, Dianna L. Buckner, of Leicester; son, Bobby Lane Buckner, Jr. (Lisa), of Candler; sister-in-law, Pamela Halsnik, of Leicester; and grandson, Russell A. Whitmire (Shellie), of Asheville; who worked with him and now manages Leicester Pawn and Gun Shop. He is also survived by 13 other grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his best friend and faithful companion, “Blackie,” who he doted on and loved so much.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, Donna A. Lane; son, Mark Ronald Lane; parents, George Judd Lane and Lillian Rome Lane Recupero; and sister, Patricia Lane Attaway.

His family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1, at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. The funeral service will immediately follow at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Ronnie Owen and Pastor Cameron McLaughlin officiating. Burial will then take place at Newfound Baptist Church Cemetery, Leicester.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Newfound Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 6, Leicester, NC 28748.


Visitation: August 1, 2023 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Service: August 1, 2023 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: August 1, 2023 12:15 pm

Newfound Baptist Church Cemetery
New Leicester Highway
Leicester, NC 28748

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  1. Russell Whitmire and Family, and Dianna Buckner
    Jim and I are so sorry to hear the passing of Mr. George today and we will keep you and your families in our Prayers. In deepest sympathy, we pray that you might find comfort and strength knowing the Lord is your refuge in this time of sorrow.


  3. George knew me all my life. He was very close with my father Arturo, and treated us like family. He will be missed dearly.

  4. Barbra and I extend our deepest sympathy to Dorothy and all the family. Our prayers are for comfort and peace as you celebrate the life of George.

    David and Barbra Ball

  5. Russell and family ,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. Teddy and Sallie Edmonds

  6. Dorothy, Russell, and Family
    So sad to hear of the passing of George. Have known him since he and the family moved from Florida. Always been a friend to us. He will be missed. May “The God of ALL COMFORT” be close to each one of you now and in the days to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Jimmie and Shirley Fender

  7. So saddened to learn of George”s passing from this “worldly being”, but tickled to death with his graduation to his Heavenly Christ Like Life! He was never at a loss to give a cheerful word of encouragement and a bright outlook on life. I will miss him, but am so glad I was given the opportunity to get to know him and appreciate his friendship. Vicki and I will be praying for each of you that the Lord will help fill the void you will feel in the coming days. Christ is where you will gain your peace.

  8. Our entire staff at Pawn World send our deepest condolences to George’s family. We each thought highly of him and enjoyed his visits with us. He will be missed by so many. Our prayers are wit each of you.

  9. George was a wonderful man and friend. He will be greatly missed but we can have peace knowing he is with God. Prayers for all of his family and friends. Love all of you. See you later George

  10. To my friend. You taught me a lot of things. Construction, willing and dealing and so much more. Thank you George. I love you and will forever. I miss you and will forever. Dorothy I love you too. Thank you too. Russell I love you too. I see u as a brother. Jeff, Deana, Diane and Lane my heart is with you too. Thank all of you for seeing me as family. And hearts to all the family.

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