Funeral rites were Tuesday, Jan. 14 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Apalachicola.

William Joseph Lane, aka Honeyboy aka Bill aka Coach, passed away peacefully at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at the age of 86.

Coach Lane was born in Apalachicola on August 8, 1933 to Willie Weese and Frieda Mae Lane. He was a lifelong resident of Apalachicola, where he attended Holy Family Catholic School and Quinn High School.

Being an outstanding baseball player, Coach Lane was initially recruited by the Pittsburgh Pirates farm team to play professional baseball. Unfortunately, Coach did not meet the height requirement to join the farm team, so he decided to serve his country and enter the United States Navy. After serving four years in the Navy, he elected to end his military career to attend college at Florida A&M University and earned a degree in education.

Upon earning his degree Coach was hired to teach in the Gulf County School District where he served as coach, teacher, mentor, and friend for over 30 years. He thought that he had enough, but once again answered the call to educate our youth and began a teaching/coaching career for Franklin County Schools for an additional 16 years. He was able to touch a whole new generation of kids and form friendships with coworkers that would be with him for the rest of his life.

Honeyboy was baptized Catholic and was a devout member of Holy Family/St Patrick’s Catholic churches. As a lifelong member he supported the church through the ministry of service by utilizing his awesome barbecue skills on numerous occasions to raise funds and fellowship on behalf of the church. He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and was bestowed 4th Degree honors by this organization on Nov. 16, 1991.

He is preceded in death by his parents Willie Weese and Frieda Mae Lane (Granny and Grandaddy); niece Monique Galvin (Nickey); his mother-in-law Callie Dale Lewis (Lil Ma); his son William Anthony Lane (Bill); and his sister Mattie Ruth Lane (Mattie Ruff).

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 66 years, Marie Lewis Lane; sister Marion Long (James); sons Patrick Jerome Lane (Doris), Jonathan (Johnny) Lane (Philinda), and Marcus Lane (Cherry); daughter Monica Lane Morón (Michael); daughter-in-law: Patricia Lane (Bill); 13 grandchildren - Tory Lane, Tameka Lane-Moye, Patrick Jamal Lane, Courtney Bell, Chad Wyatt, Erica Lane, Hankie Lane, Jasmine Lane, Lil Willie Lane, Mario Lane, Sport Lane, Martinique Morón-Harris and Monet Morón; nephew Chris Lane; nieces Marzetta Davis, Yvonne Chatman (Tommy), Yvette Jefferson, Michelle Siples (Jerome), and Debra King (James); and a host of great-grandchildren, great-nieces/nephews, friends and colleagues.

Funeral rites commenced with a viewing Tuesday morning, Jan. 14 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Apalachicola, followed by a Rosary and Funeral Mass. The committal rites and interment took place at Magnolia Cemetery in Apalachicola following the Mass.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Damien Davis and the Evans/Walker Funeral Home staff.