Adored father and grandfather, compassionate acute care nurse, and gifted photographer Landis "Lanny" Edward Medlin, Jr., died in Tyler Texas, on August 7, 2019, at the age of 67.
Lanny is survived by his sons Jerry Neal Medlin and Keith Allen Medlin and by eight grandchildren: Andrew Blake, Caitlin, Abby, Jordan, Oliver, Michael, Elizabeth, and Jack. All take after their grandfather in his sly senses of humor, gentleness, and charm. He is preceded in death by his wife, Carol, who he lost to cancer in 2003 and often spoke of with love and longing.
Landis Edward Medlin, Jr. was born on August 1, 1952, in Gilmer, Texas, to Landis Medlin, Sr., who earned a purple heart in World War II; and Doris Pettey Medlin. Wearing a powder blue tuxedo and sporting long sideburns, he married Carol Ann Parker, his Bible college sweetheart, in 1973. They had two sons, nine years apart. To support his family, Lanny drove a bread truck for Mrs. Baird's, worked as a draftsman, assembled tractor trailers for Trailmobile, and ran his own hobby and camera shop, Spare Time, before joining his wife in the nursing profession. He worked for Palestine Regional Medical Center and Good Shepherd Medical Center. His coworkers, friends, and family remember him as creative, loving, and always quick with a good humored prank.
Lanny was an accomplished amateur historian who did deep research into Texas history, building archives of material about fascinating subjects like the Reo Palm Isle, one of the roadside honkytonks where Elvis Presley got his start, or the criminal escapades of Bonnie and Clyde. He photographed the landscapes of Texas with great skill and creativity. His email signature, "A stranger in a very familiar place," epitomized his approach to photographing his native land as though he'd just discovered it.
A devout Christian, he mentored young people as leader of the Royal Rangers and as a deacon at the Frankston Assembly of God Church, where he was an active parishioner for twenty-five years, before his move to Longview after becoming a widower. Before a hereditary hand tremor worsened, he was a gifted model builder and won awards for the creativity and historically accurate detail he brought to scale military models and scenes.
A week before his death, Lanny suffered a catastrophic stroke. From then until his passing, Lanny was surrounded by family, who sat around his bedside telling stories and playing his favorite music. In those final days, they didn't know if he could hear them. Then some hours before his death, when his sons were discussing funeral arrangements, the topic of hymns was broached. Lanny's son Keith said, "How about 'The Old Rugged Cross'?" Lanny's hand rose and pointed at Keith in approval.
That song will be sung at Lanny's funeral, scheduled for Saturday, August 10, at 2 p.m. at the Frankston Assembly of God Church in Frankston, Texas, with a burial to follow at Hopewell Cemetery in Brushy Creek, Texas, and a lunch reception before the service. On the evening of Friday, August 9, there will be a viewing at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Condolences may be sent to the family at PO Box 6305 Longview TX 75608. The family would like to thank everyone at Mother Frances hospital, for taking such good care of him in the wake of the stroke, and especially the Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, for allowing Lanny to die with such grace. For the past sixteen years he has looked forward to being reunited with Carol in the afterlife, and so as much as his family mourns, this is a joyful time, too. On Saturday, his family invites everyone to join them in celebrating his vibrant life, his dignified death, and his heavenly reward. Rather than customary condolences, please make donations to Frankston Assembly of God, PO Box 231, Frankston, TX, 75763.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true
Its shame and reproach gladly bear
Then he'll call me someday to my home far away
Where his glory forever I'll share
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Douglas Lee Medlin
Sep 18, 2019
So sorry I was not able to be at the funeral. I never dreamed Buggs would go first. We spent a lot of time together as kids. We were both very competitive so it is only fitting that Lanny would beat me to Heaven. When I get there He can show me around. See You soon Pal.