John Landis Fanning passed away peacefully on October 4, 2019 with his wife and children in their family home in Suwanee, Georgia after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 70.
John was born in Lynchburg, TN on February 12, 1949 to Bill C Fanning and Fannie Dance Fanning. He graduated Moore County High School in 1967 and just celebrated his 50th reunion with classmates last year. Then graduated with an undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State and a master’s degree from Georgia State University. He had many professional accomplishments in life but his greatest accomplishments were his marriage to his wife and best friend Vicki Fanning of 35 years and raising his three kids.
His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his loving wife and longtime caretaker, Vicki Fanning; children, John L Fanning II (Niso), Jennifer Morris (Benjamin), Justin Fanning; his eight grandchildren who know him as Papa, Peyton, J.J., Gracyn, Azamat, Landis, Jude, Thea Jo, and Oliver; his brother, Joe Fanning (Gerry) and sister in law Norma Fanning; and five nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his mother and father and brother, Billy Fanning.
John was an avid lover of golf, die hard Vols fan, played guitar, gun collector, sang in the choir. He was a Christian man who accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Two of his favorite recent trips were one out west to a dude ranch where he herded cows and told stories by camp fire and the other was to sing in his church choir with David Phelps in New York at Carnegie Hall where he was accompanied by his wife to tour the Big Apple.
He was a story teller and loved by all. No one ever knew of any physical struggles he may have had. He will be missed by many but never forgotten. Son, Brother, Husband, Dad, Friend, Fighter!
Friends and Family are invited to celebrate John’s life at Jennings-Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Lynchburg for visitation from 12-2 pm on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Jennings-Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Lynchburg. Interment will be in Lynchburg City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Zero-The End of Prostate Cancer, 515 King Street Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22314.