Vivian Elane “Lanie” (Van Ness) Hemmert, of Inola, Okla., an 89-years-young woman who loved to sing for the Lord, died March 24, 2012 at home surrounded by her four sons.
Born Dec. 2, 1922 to Roy Ferman Van Ness and Mary Elizabeth (Crook) Van Ness in Little Rock, she attended Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, served in the Order of the Eastern Star and worked in the family businesses at Van Ness Grocery and Market, Andrews and Sons Produce Market, and Vanness Pen, Shaver and Gift.
Vivian married Robert Edward Hemmert Sr. in 1986, moving to Inola, Okla., where she sang in the choir at Calvary Baptist Church. The self-taught pianist, artist and singer later joined Trinity Baptist Church, and traveled with gospel singing groups The SonLights and Thankful Hearts. She loved the gospel song “Death Ain’t No Big Deal.”
Survivors include son Dr. Arlan K. and Joyce Andrews of Corpus Christi, Texas; son Roy A. Andrews and Sue Nelson of Corpus Christi, Texas; son Aaron W. and Mary Daisy Andrews, Alpharetta, Ga.; son Richard A. Andrews of Inola, Okla.; 17 Grandchildren and 23 Great Grandchildren.
Visitation will be held in Inola, Okla., at Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services and interment arranged by Roller-Drummond Funeral Home of Little Rock, Ark., will be held at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church on Arch Street Pike with Rev. Roy Polk officiating.
Pallbearers comprise Dr. Arlan K. Andrews Sr., Aaron W. Andrews, Van Dwight Vanness, Dr. Arlan K. Andrews Jr., Danny Gartrell and Dr. Ronald W. Andrews-Sitton. Honorary pallbearers include Roy A. Andrews, Richard A. Andrews, Dr. Sean Andrews, Kris A. Andrews, Christopher Andrews, Erick Andrews and Austin Andrews.
This obituary appeared in the March 28, 2012, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.