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Tommy G. Lane
April 15, 1937 ~ May 31, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Tommy Guy Lane was born in Duncan, Oklahoma to Eulice and Unice (Alexander) Lane on April 15, 1937. Tom passed on May 31, 2023, at Duncan Regional Hospital.
Tom was a loving, dedicated Christian man who cared deeply for his family and friends. Tom was a 1955 graduate of Duncan High School. At the age of 18, while a senior at Duncan High School, Tom accepted Jesus as his personal Savior. Tom spent hours studying his Bible preparing to teach; but he never felt called to preach. Tom served as youth director and Sunday School teacher for over twenty years. First at Lamar Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas for five years. Then returning to Duncan Tom continued teaching at Highland Park Baptist Church and Immanuel Baptist Church. After moving to Granbury, Texas he taught Sunday School at Lakeside Baptist Church and then First Baptist Church, Acton. Tom had a strong witness for Christ. Totally dedicated to mentoring and encouraging young people. Tom was extremely supportive of Southern Baptist preachers, staff members and especially our missionaries during his adult life.
While attending Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma Tom met the love of his life, Bonnie Rodgers who was also attending college at OBU. Tom and Bonnie married on September 3, 1960, and moved to Wichita Falls where Tom completed his degree in English and Mass Communications. Upon graduation they moved to Duncan where Tom taught high school English for three years and on to Murray Junior College at Tishomingo. Then he taught Journalism at Cameron University in Lawton for five years. During this time Tom started building custom homes in Duncan. Even when Cameron University called him back to teaching, he continued his custom home building.
Tom faithfully served our Country in the Navy during the Korean Conflict.
Tom was active in the Duncan Chamber of Commerce, serving as an officer.
In 1996 Tom retired and moved to Pecan Plantation in Granbury, Texas. Tom loved to play golf and there were 12 courses in that area. But Tom ended up building 20 homes during the 21 years they lived there.
In 2019 Tom and Bonnie moved back to Duncan and joined New Hope Baptist Church.
Tom is survived by his wife of 63 years of marriage, Bonnie Rodger Lane, and his son, Kerry Lane of Duncan. Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Eulice and Unice Lane, and five brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 5, 2023 at New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Southerland and Dr. Brad Allen officiating, interment will follow at the Duncan Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the family care of Carter-Smart Funeral Directors.
Pallbearers will be Kerry Lane, Terry Hawkins, John Cardoza, Jason Cardoza, Tony Rodgers, Greg Rodgers, Mark Rodgers, Robert Rodgers, Joel Rodgers, Jeff Rodgers.
Tom was a United States Navy veteran and Military Honors will be provided by the Stephens County Honor Guard at the Duncan Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to cartersmartfuneralhome .com