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Phillip Dean ("John/Johnny") Lanning

March 10, 1966 ~ September 21, 2021 (age 55)


Phillip Dean Lanning, also known as “John/Johnny”, 55 years old, passed away unexpectantly at his home on September 21, 2021, with his beloved dog by his side.

John was born on March 10, 1966, to Linda Jo Lanning Keys, in Forsyth County, NC.  It was in Davidson County, NC where he grew up with his late grandparents, Frank Lee Lanning and Norma Virginia West Lanning.

Johnny was an Auto Body repair man and manager at Hedrick Body Shop for 30 years.  He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and his dogs Rowdy and Romeo.  His hobbies included, deer hunting, fishing, four wheeling, motorsports, racing, wrestling, woodworking, and gardening.  He enjoyed going to flea markets and antique stores.  He loved cooking and going to the mountains.

He was proceeded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Norma Lanning, his sister, Tammy Morris, his step dad, George Keys, two aunts, Ellen Norman, Janie Lanning and Cathy Lanning, three uncles, David McIntyre, Jeffie Lee Lanning Sr and Larry Hutchins, as well as his beloved dog, Rowdy whom he tried to save in a tragic house fire.

Mr. Lanning leaves behind three children, Elizabeth Lanning of Chapel Hill, Jonathan Lanning (Jasmine) of Lexington, and Jacob Lanning of Lexington, three step children; Judy Wilson of Lexington, George Wilson Jr of Lexington, and Teeshia Justice-Potts (Roger) of Virginia, seven grandchildren; Keela Justice, Harley Justice, Charisma Justice, Chandlain Justice, Benjamin Potts, Heavenly Potts and Katara Potts all of Virginia.

John also leaves behind a wife, Bonnie Lee Gibson of Virginia, an ex-wife, Julie Hedrick of Lexington, his mother, Linda Jo Keys of Lexington, a father in law Boyd Lee Hedrick whom he thought the world of, two sisters, Debbie Manuel (Shane) of Salisbury and Charlene Morris of Lexington, one brother, Eddie Richardson of Lexington, two aunts, Nancy Bruff (Kim) of Lexington, whom he was very close too and Betty Hutchins, one uncle, Albert Norman, whom he spent a lot of time with, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews whom all meant a lot to him.

There will be a gathering of family and friends on Monday, October 4, 2021 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Davie Burial and Cremation Chapel in Lexington.  A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at Thomasville Church of God at 1:00pm, with a thirty minute visitation prior to the service, with the Rev Alan Greene officiating.

We at Davie Burial and Cremation of Lexington are honored to be serving the Lanning Family.  Online condolences may left at  

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Gathering of Family and Friends
October 4, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Chapel of Davie Burial & Cremation Service of Lexington
1403 South Main St.
Lexington, NC 27292

Celebration of Life
October 5, 2021

1:00 PM
Thomasville Church of God
1200 W Holly Hill Rd
Thomasville, NC 27360

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