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In Memory of

Thomas Howell Lanier

April 26, 1996 - September 10, 2017

Obituary


Thomas Howell Lanier Jr., 21, passed away on September 10, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. During his short time with us, he touched so many with his grace, positive attitude and infectious laughter.
Tommy was born in Atlanta, GA to Thomas Howell and Mary Yellowlees Lanier on April 26, 1996. Tommy graduated from The Lovett School with honors in the class of 2014 and went on to attend Vanderbilt University. He was a proud Commodore and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Though he was an excellent student, Tommy's heart belonged to...

Thomas Howell Lanier Jr., 21, passed away on September 10, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. During his short time with us, he touched so many with his grace, positive attitude and infectious laughter.
Tommy was born in Atlanta, GA to Thomas Howell and Mary Yellowlees Lanier on April 26, 1996. Tommy graduated from The Lovett School with honors in the class of 2014 and went on to attend Vanderbilt University. He was a proud Commodore and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Though he was an excellent student, Tommy's heart belonged to the outdoors and his friends. Nothing made him happier than time spent with friends doing the things he loved. He was an exceptional golfer and an avid sportsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as snow skiing and water sports at his beloved Lake Rabun. In his short life, Tommy saw a lot of the world on his many Moondance trips. From backpacking in the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains to hiking in the Swiss Alps, Tommy was always ready for an adventure. When not on the move, he was most content sitting with friends on the side porch of the SAE house listening to country music or enjoying the cabin at the farm.
He is survived by his parents and adoring sister Mary Hamilton (May May) Lanier. He is also survived by his grandparents: Reese and Mims Lanier and Robert and Mary Yellowlees; his aunts and uncles: Craig and Elizabeth Kennedy, Reese and Ruth Lanier, John and Yancey McCollum, as well as his cousins: Alexander, Grace and Ellie Kennedy; Reese III and Liza Lanier; Charlie, Lucy and Ellie McCollum.
Tommy's family wishes to thank so many who offered support and encouragement over the last 3 years, especially his high school and college friends, the Doctors and staff at Emory Winship Cancer Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Piedmont Hospital, Shepherd Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center Neuroscience.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, September 15 at the Cathedral of St Philip in Atlanta. A reception will follow immediately after the service at the Piedmont Driving Club. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to The Tommy Lanier Fund at The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta for distribution to support cancer research and brain injury at the organizations listed above. Gifts should be addressed as follows: The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta in memory of Tommy Lanier; 191 Peachtree Street NE; Suite 1000; Atlanta, Georgia 30303.
Knowing Tommy was to know pure kindness. He was filled with humility, considerate of others, and unwavering in the face of enormous adversity. Tommy was, quite simply, one of the finest people to grace this earth. It was a privilege to know him and his life will continue to be an inspiration to us all.