Henry Retired Educators recognize Laney as a man of faith and service

From Staff Reports

As part of Black History Month, the Henry County Retired Educators Association is recognizing the contributions of a longtime area resident.

Wyman Laney is shown with long-time friend, Mrs. Willie Varner. Special photo

Wyman Laney, of McDonough, was born on August 3, 1933 to the late Joe and Elise Laney. Like most people during this era, his family grew up living as sharecroppers.

His mother later met and married Alphonso Hill. Subsequently, they moved to McDonough, where they kept a vegetable garden, chickens, several fruit trees such as applies, figs, pears and pomegranates. Their property also had a bucket-drawn well with cool, clear drinking water. Many who visited the property have agreed this water tasted better than any bottled water on the market today.

At an early age, Laney joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Stockbridge under the leadership of the late Rev. H.M. Alexander. As a young man, Laney joined the Junior Usher Board and served as the president. He has long been a faithful member of the Trustee Board.

He received his formal education through the Henry County Training School.

Laney excelled athletically and was coached by many in baseball and softball throughout Henry County. During that time, he was considered to be an excellent prospect to play professional baseball.

Laney worked as a bus driver for the Henry County Board of Education. For a period of time, he worked with the Smith Lumber Company in Atlanta. Laney began working with Delta Airlines in 1968, and remained there for 25 years until his retirement in 1993.

After retiring, Laney knew he wanted to give back to the county he grew up in, and thus became a volunteer with Meals on Wheels. He is part of a team that has delivered meals since 1998. He believes more retirees should get involved with the program.

Laney is a Charter Member of the Henry County “Men On A Mission” organization, which provides assistance to local families. During the holiday season, the group hosts an annual Thanksgiving dinner for area residents.

Laney can often be found on the grounds at Mt. Olive. Whether he’s raking leaves, trimming hedges, or picking up debris, Laney is committed to ensuring the property is always tidy and clean. He also delivers copies of the Times on Wednesday and the “Daily Word” pamphlet to the church on Sundays.

Laney continues his active lifestyle today, staying physically fit through his love for fishing, hunting and bowling.