James “Jim” Franklin Lanier, of Milton, FL died January 15, 2020 at West Florida Hospital. He was 63 years old.
Jim was born on August 18, 1956 in Asheville, NC to Horace F. Lanier and Dale Drummond Lanier.
He was raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, and graduated from Hoggard High School. Soon after, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served for 6 years. He moved to Pensacola, FL. in the mid 1990’s where he eventually met the love of his life, Karen Bunze.
He enjoyed going to the beach, fishing, working on cars, and spending time with family and friends. He was a huge fan of UNC.
He is survived by: his wife, Karen Bunze, of Milton; his sister and her husband, Margaret and Tony Garibay of Carolina Beach, NC; his two daughters, Tiffany Lanier and Keaira Lanier of Wilmington, NC; and his four grandsons, Michael, Andre, Dellas, and Tristan.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Horace F. Lanier and Dale Drummond Lanier.