Billy Ray LaneyOctober 13, 1965 ~ April 22, 2017 (age 51)
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Billy Ray Laney, 51 of Savannah, Georgia answered the voice of the Lord Saturday, April 22, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Billy is preceded in death by both parent's, Mr. Charlie D. Laney and Dr. Ruth Franklin Laney VanEllison.
Billy was born October 13,1965 in Savannah, Georgia. He was the fourth of five siblings. Billy was educated in the Chatham County Public School System. Billy was baptized at an early age at Conners Temple Baptist Church by the Rev. Bennie R. Mitchell, Jr. where he was a member of the BRM Choir.
Billy Laney leaves a legacy of love and many precious memories with his five children: Jeremy Young, Raevon Laney, Billy Ray Laney Jr., Jamarion Laney and Khadijah Allen, all of Savannah, GA; One brother: Josephus Johnson of Savannah,GA; Three sisters: Patricia Kenniel of Tacoma, WA; Sandra Franklin of Savannah,GA; and Tracy Laney of Selma, AL; One grandchild: Ravon Laney, Jr. of Savannah,GA; One aunt: Doris Hall of Savannah,GA; Two uncles: Ernest (Janice) Franklin of Savannah,GA and Ronald Franklin of Savannah,GA; One godsister: Leslie Lawrence; Two godbrothers Ozzie Walker and Travis Sanders; Two sons that he reared as his own: Raphael Hodges and Joshua Hodges of Savannah, GA whom he shared with the dedicated love of his life for 26 years, Theresa Hodges, along with her mother Bert "Ma" Hodges of Savannah,GA. Billy also leaves to cherish his memories a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017 at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery on HAAF. The family will meet at Bynes-Royall Funeral Home at 1:15 p.m. for departure.