Lane Southern Orchards remembers Duke Lane

FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)-  Middle Georgia has lost a peach pioneer.

Eighty-seven year old Duke Lane of Lane Southern Orchards died last Tuesday. He was buried Saturday in Fort Valley.

Friends and family say his humility was his greatest attribute.

“He didn’t have a whole a lot of wants, he took care of his needs and recycled things unknowingly,” grandson Duke Lane III said. “He was just a natural person.”

Duke was a third generation farmer who turned Lane Southern Orchards into one of the biggest in Georgia. The farm produces more than 42 million peaches and thousands of pounds of pecans ever year.

“He takes with him the many years of growing peaches, teaching others about peaches, to best show, not from a book but from his heart,” his son Duke Lane Jr. said.

More than 200 thousand people visit the farm every year. In addition to seeing the peach groves, visitors can eat and shop at the family store.

Longtime sales employee Nick Strickland knew both the business and personal side of Lane.

“Duke Lane was a very private person who tended to his business and looked out for his farm work and loved to go hunting.” Nick Stickland said.

Duke Lane Jr. says his father gave him principles that he will never forget

“My dad was always about business and making sure the product was the best we could produce.” Lane Jr. said.

Duke is survived by his wife, six children, five grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.

The family says his legacy will always carry on.

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