Stephen Henry Lanier

Stephen Henry Lanier

June 20, 2022, 62, Pikeville –

Stephen Henry Lanier, 62, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2022 at Countryside Village in Pikeville. He was born on April 1, 1960 in Park View Hospital, Rocky Mount, NC. Stephen died from autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s. Even though he suffered from Alzheimer’s for five years he lived a productive life. He spent twenty-eight years working for Screen Gems Studio in Wilmington, NC. He finished his career as a Special Effects Coordinator/Supervisor which included television series One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, and Under the Dome and movies, The Secret Lives of Bees, Good Behavior, The Crow, and The Choice, as well as numerous commercials. He also had his own business Elements of Effects that provided equipment for projects with special effects needs. He will be remembered for his warm and generous personality, sense of humor, and his willingness to pitch in and help whenever there was a need.

Stephen was a member of West Edgecombe Baptist Church, Rocky Mount, NC.

He is preceded in death by mother, Nellie Proctor Lanier Fountain and father, James Henry Lanier; grandparents, Henry Edward Lanier, Linda Bailey Lanier, Elijah Lawrence Proctor, and Addyes Smith Proctor; Aunts, Pauline Proctor Johnson and Dorothy Proctor Eason; Uncles, Robert Carlton Lanier, Sr., Horace Ambler Lanier, Timothy O. Lanier, Richard Thomas Proctor, and Robert Earl Proctor; as well as several cousins.

He is survived by brother, James Michael Lanier; nephew, Michael Noah Lanier; and niece, Adeline Grace Lanier; Uncle, Theodore Baines Lanier; and Aunt, Betty Lanier Lewis; numerous cousins; and lifelong friend, Nancy B. Williamson.

Special thanks to the staff at Wayne UNC Health Care, the staff and residents at Countryside Village, Community Hospice, and caregivers Jennifer Montague and Coleen Williams.

There will be private gatherings to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Arbor Day Foundation (Stephen loved all forms of nature, especially long-leafed pine forests).

Arrangements have been entrusted to Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Online condolences may be expressed at