Lanis Fowler, 88, of Wake Forest, died Wednesday July 31, 2013 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law.
The funeral service was held Aug. 2 at New Bethel Baptist Church. The burial took place the following day at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
Fowler was a longtime member of Bethel Baptist Church where she served as church secretary, with the ushers ministry and with the first aid and food service.
Fowler was predeceased by parents Oscar and Martha Merrit, first husband Leroy Smith and second husband Jesse J. Fowler. She is survived by daughter Jolene Peppers of Raleigh; step-children James Clark, Eva Mae Fowler, Vickie L. Fowler and Clarice F. Lewis, all of Raleigh; F. Alston of Wilson, Jesse T. Lewis of Charlotte, Emily Jean Talley of Bakersville, Va. and Maurice V. Fowler Sr. of Afghanistan; 4 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren, 37 step-grandchildren, 68 step-great-grandchildren, and 15 step-great-great-grandchildren.