Earl Thomas Lanham, Jr.

Earl Thomas “Tommy” Lanham Jr., 65, was called to heaven on October 4, 2016, in Greenfield, after a long illness.

Earl or “Tommy” as we called him, was a graduate of Mt. Vernon High School, Class of 1969. Tommy met and married his wife, Cindy (Smith) in 1972. They were married for 44 years.

Tommy had many passions in life, but his two favorites were art and music. He graduated from Herron School of Art and won many awards. Tommy loved painting and sculpting, everything from fine art to impressionism. He left us many pieces of his art to treasure. Tommy played in several bands over the years with one of his favorites being “The Chaser Band.” Tommy was an awesome drummer, making music for over 50 years. Music was Tommy’s true passion. He touched many lives with the music he made. Tommy also loved to work in the yard growing many types of flowers.

Tommy and Cindy had two daughters, Krena Lanham of St. John’s, S.C. and Latisha Lanham of Greenfield. Tommy also leaves behind his beloved grandson, Dominic Lanham; sisters, Gloria (Mike) Brown, Tie (Tim) Brandow; many nieces and nephews, cousins, sister-in-laws, brother-in-law and friends.

Tommy was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Lanham; his father, Earl Lanham Sr.; and his nephew, Michael C. Brown.

Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, October 8, at Bell Mortuary & Crematory, Shangrila Chapel, 1444 W US Hwy 52, Fountaintown, IN. A Memorial Service will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, October 8, at the funeral home. Officiating Lay Servant from Methodist Church, Brian Smith, (Nephew).

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Wheeler Mission Ministries, 205 E. New York St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Online condolences at bellmortuary.com.