Selma Ruth Hardison Lanway, 86, died Monday, December 11, 2017. A native of Greene County, she was born July 1, 1931, to William Arthur Hardison and Beadie Beaman Hardison, the eighth of twelve children. She grew up on the farm with her family and graduated from Snow Hill High School. In the early 1950’s, Selma moved to Miami, Florida, married Erwin “Buddy” Lanway, and worked in retail for a period of time. It was there that her son, Mark Hardison Lanway, was born in 1957. Around 1980 Selma moved back to her beloved Greene County to be close to her mother and sisters, and to live in her recently-built house on the family farm. At this time, in addition to working in retail, Selma became active at Free Union Original Free Will Baptist Church, particularly with the Silver Threads group. She loved to travel and see new sights, and she did so extensively throughout the United States on many bus trips. After Mark died in 1992, she became quite active in Compassionate Friends, a support group for those who have experienced the death of a child.
Selma is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Kay Kearney and Richard Kearney, of Goldsboro; two sisters-in-law, Betty Lou Hardison and Monique Hardison, both of Snow Hill; and twenty-three nephews and nieces: Cyndy Benton, Jenny Blizzard, James Hardison, John Hardison, Beadie Moore and Brenda Moore, all of Snow Hill; Bruce Hardison of Walstonburg, Barbara Joyner of Farmville; Judy Radford of Greenville; Jeff Hardison of Winterville; Rick Kearney of Kinston; Joan Price of Goldsboro; David Kearney of Pikeville; Karen Hanny of Henderson; Joel Hardison of Asheboro; Michael Hardison of Mount Pleasant, SC; Russell Matthews of Batesburg-Leesville, SC; Paul McLaughlin of Greenwood, SC; Connie Gillenwater of Hampton, VA; Linda Hardison of Newport News, VA; Ed and Jessie Jones both of Wilmington, DE; and Ken Jones of Hockessin, DE.
Funeral services will be held 2 PM Friday, December 15, at the chapel of Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service with Reverends Kelley Smart and Phil Wood officiating. Interment will immediate follow at the Snow Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Friday one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Free Union OFWB Church, 2573 Firetower Road, Walstonburg, NC 27888. Online condolences at www.taylor-tyson.com
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Dear Sweet Selma. I remember attending my first Compassionate Friends meeting and meeting this wonderful person. That has been almost 11 years ago. I grew to love Selma over the years as we had something special in common. We both hurt deeply for our only child. She and the other members helped me get through the worst time of my life. I know that she is truly happy being reunited with Mark. She will be missed by many.
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