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Ed Milton Lane

November 18, 1941 –
 November 24, 2022


Ed Milton Lane passed away peacefully at home November 24, 2022, at the age of 81.

Ed was the oldest child of Ivie Lane and Margaret Louise Lane. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and grew up in Crossett, Arkansas.  His earliest work experience was dispatching after school at his dad’s taxi business.  Later he worked in the family sand and gravel business, driving a dump truck at age 11, backing up into the sand pit better than the grown men. He moved to Dallas as a young teenager, but returned to Crossett for another year before finally settling in Dallas. His entire life he loved all things car and truck related, at one point owning his own tractor trailer rig. He was successful in the collision repair industry and the towing industry, earning the honor of Order of Towman, presented in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2016. This award is given to those in the towing industry who go above and beyond in their service and assistance to their local Police and Fire Departments. He retired from Hollywood Transportation and Fast Lane Towing in 2019.

Ed joined the Navy at 17. He was originally stationed in San Diego, then Japan, achieving the rank of Engineman Third Class. During his time in Japan, he served as driver for the captain and other visiting dignitaries, training in evasive maneuvers to protect his passengers from harm. A highlight of his time there was driving the captain to Chiang Kai-shek’s castle for an official visit.  In 1962 Ed was chosen for a then top-secret assignment to Christmas Island for “Operation Dominic.”  This involved atmospheric nuclear detonations, of which Ed witnessed 29 during his time there.

During his time in the Navy, Ed developed a strong affinity for alcohol.  After attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Ed took his last drink September 15, 1968, and was 54 years sober at the time of his death.  He remained active in AA for a number of years, sponsoring others, speaking to groups, sitting with those experiencing delirium tremens, and encouraging many toward sobriety. In the mid-1970s Ed and several other laymen started a Bible study at his body shop. It soon became a place where alcoholics could come and be ministered to, finally organizing under the auspices of his church as Christian Alcoholics Victorious. Men came to Jesus and were set free and discipled. Ed turned his business into a bunkhouse for the converts, and he and others discipled them in the ways of the Lord. Another businessman donated land, and after a certain time of sobriety, men went to the farm to work and live as they continued to grow stronger in the Lord and sobriety. Unfortunately, the ministry was cut short by serious health issues Ed developed, but many lives were touched.

Ed loved Church in the City, helping people, trucks, and the Dallas Cowboys (when they were winning). He was a very generous man who never wanted to see anyone lacking anything. Most of all, he loved Jesus and his family. He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers James L. (Buddy), John and Joe, and his sisters Carol, Virginia and Betty.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn, his four daughters: Cynthia (Jim) Rountree, Shellie (Brett)  Cordell, Emily (Tim ) Bond, Elizabeth (Michael) Allen, and his two sons by marriage: Russell (Jana)  Trousdale and John (Lindsey Barsoum) Trousdale, 17 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and his extended family in Crossett, Arkansas.

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