Lanning, Lelia Belle

1920 class ring of Lelia Belle Lanning. Photo courtesy of great-niece, Vicki Voyles.

Class of 1920
1919 Graduate of Churchland High School, Lexington, Davidson County, North Carolina

Birth: 25 Feb 1900, Lexington, Davidson County, North Carolina
Death: 6 Feb 1985, Lexington, Davidson County, North Carolina

Baxter Franklin Lanning (18711950)
Carrie Aletha Smith Lanning (18721942)
Robert Bruce Talbert (18891979)
Married: 22 Mar 1924, Lexington, Davidson County, North Carolina
(NC Marriage Records)
Jesse Herbert Lanning (18941981)
John Tate Lanning (19021976)
Kenneth Lanning (19081987)

Forest Hill Memorial Park
Lexington, Davidson County, North Carolina

Source:, #46074032.


Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC), 6 Apr 1924, p. 27.

Marriage of Davidson Sheriff to Lexington Young Lady Solemnized Thursday Evening
(Special to Daily News)

Lexington, April 6. – A marriage of much interest is that of Robert B. Talbert, sheriff of Davidson county, and Miss Lelia Bell Lanning, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Lanning, which took place Thursday evening at 7:45 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Sink on South State street, Rev. W. L. Hutchins, pastor of the First Methodist church officiating in the presence of a few intimate friends and relatives.

Prior to the ceremony Miss Lucy Belle Leonard sweetly sang “Because I Love You,” accompanied at the piano by Miss Ethel Hedrick. To the tune of the Bridal chorus the couple descended the stairway and were united by the ritual of the Methodist church.

The soft glow of the candle light made the scene one of beauty and long to be remembered. During the ceremony Miss Hedrick played softly.

The bride wore a lovely yellow picture hat. Her dress was light buff crepe back satin with beaded ornaments. Accessories to match. She wore a corsage of ostrich yellow rosebuds and chameleon ribbon.

Miss Leonard’s dress was iridescent crepe. She held a colonial bouquet of spring flowers tied with yellow tulle. Hiss Hedrick wore a yellow taffeta dress with black lace. Her corsage was of the colonial type made of fern, rosebuds and freesias.

The hall, parlor and dining room were artistically decorated with a profusion of cut jonquils in silver and cut glass vases. Potted ferns and emperor jonquils draped the oriental mats of yellow and orange and Dutch silver stands with yellow candles completed the decorations.

The bride is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Lanning, of Tyro township. For the past two years she has been assistant in the A. E. Sheets jewelry store. Previous to this she taught in the county school. Besides being possessed with womanly graces she is a young woman of splendid intellectual attainment and enjoys a wide popularity here and in the county.

Mr. Talbert is sheriff of Davidson county, having been elected to office in 1922, and during his incumbency of the office has won many friends by his efficiency and courtesy. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Talbert of New Hope Township, but has resided here since attaining manhood. He was for a while chief of police of Thomasville, resigning that position to enter the service of his country in the world war where he served with distinction in the Thomasville company with rank of sergeant. For several years prior to becoming sheriff he was manager of a large grocery business at Thomasville and recently became a member of the grocery firm of Talbert and Gilliam of this city.

Mr. and Mrs. Talbert left for a few days motor trip. They will be at home for the time being with Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Sink on South State street.

Out of town guests were T. J. Finch and J. R. Powell.


Greensboro News and Record (Greensboro, NC), 8 Feb 1985, p. 37

LEXINGTON – Mrs. Lelia Lanning Talbert, 84, of Route 1, Linwood, died Wednesday at Golden Age Nursing Home.

Funeral will be 4 p.m. today at Tyro United Methodist Church, where she was a member. Burial will be in Forrest Hill Memorial Park.

She was a native of Davidson County.

Surviving are brother, Kenneth Lanning of Linwood; sister. Mrs. Davis Palmer of Linwood.

Davidson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.