R. I. P. ALLEN LANIER, FORMER NATIONAL EDITOR: from Debra Alums
Allen Lanier, Postmaster Retired, Guyton Georgia, passed away on December 7, 2019. Allen served as the Postmaster in Guyton, GA for over 30 years. He was National Editor of the Postmaster's Advocate published by the National League of Postmasters for decades. Allen was best known for his motivational speaking at USPS events all across the country. In 2002 he opened Mossy Oak Music Park, which has hosted 55 Bluegrass festivals. Allen's love of Bluegrass developed with his children being musicians. He lost his beloved daughter, Rebecca Rose to cancer in 2013. He is survived by son Doug, 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Allen was a friend and mentor to so many, his legacy lives on in those he influenced. One of my favorite presentations that he did was "The Dash" a poem with a lesson for life. There are two days in your life that you will "stop traffic". The first is the day you are born when everyone gathers around the nursery to see you and the last is the day that cars pull over by the side of the road in honor of your final ride. The point was that it's not the beginning or the end that's important but what you did in the middle. How did Allen use his "Dash"? To share laughter, to inspire ideas, to make others feel important by remembering so much about them but most of all to share his Faith. I am honored to have called him my friend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mr. Lanier's memory to the American Cancer Society, 515 Denmark St. Suite 500, Statesboro, GA 30458. Condolences can be sent to his son, Doug Lanier, 533 Old Louisville Road, Guyton, GA 31312.
R. I. P. MARIO PRINCIPE:
info from Steve Lenoir, past National President, League of Postmasters 12/12/2019
We have just learned that Mario Principe lost his battle with cancer last week. Following retirement from the USPS, Mario was employed by The National League of Postmasters and served as the League's Post Office Continuance Coordinator under the terms of five or more National League Presidents, including Steve Lenoir, who currently serves as Chapter President for the state of South Carolina. Mario started his USPS career as a letter carrier. He advanced into management positions in Van Nuys, CA; was elected as team leader in a joint Postal Service/Peace Corps program to improve postal service in Brazil; was picked as one of a select few 'master instructors' for a new national management training program at the Postal Service Management Academy in Bethesda, MD; and managed many national programs in the areas of delivery and retail services at Postal Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C. After retirement, as an employee of the National League of Postmasters, Mario was instrumental in saving many Post Offices from closure throughout the country. For picture, and to read full obit, www.fairfaxmemorialfuneralhome.com. Cards may be mailed to wife Judy and family at 6237 Wilmette Dr, Burke VA 22015.