Mr. Joe T. Lane, Sr., 77, a longtime resident of Jonesboro, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Dec. 8, 2012. Mr. Lane was a chairman of the Clayton County Water Authority, and very active in his church. He was the youngest elected Clayton County official and served two terms as Ordinary. Mr. Lane also owned his own real estate office.

He was preceded in death by his son, Joseph T. Lane, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; children, Yvonne (George) Pfeiffer, of Elberta, Ala., Suzanne Lane, of Powder Springs, Ga., Tara (Bill) Van Epps, of Nicholasville, Ky.; brother, Chester (Sally) Lane of Fayetteville, Ga.; grandchildren, Chris Vail, Morgan Thaxton and one great-great-grandchild, Tinsley Vail.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Jonesboro First Baptist Church Worship Center. Rev. Gilbert Fields officiated. Interment was at Jonesboro City Cemetery. The family received friends on Monday, Dec. 10, from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge 770-210-2700. www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.