A true Southern Lady, Janie Yvonne Cloud Kinlaw passed away peacefully on November 28th, 2022, at Morningside Retirement Home in Raleigh, NC. Janie was born on April 25, 1938, in Georgetown, TX and considered her home to be White Lake, NC where she lived for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester Cloud and Sybil Lewis Cloud, husband Lane Kinlaw, son Steve Kinlaw, grandson Joey Thompson, and brothers, Joe and Jimmie Cloud. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Inman (Ronald) and son Sammy Kinlaw (Andra), grandchildren Jamie Thompson (Brandie), Jake Thompson (Laura), Ashton Kinlaw, Olivia Kinlaw, and Chapman Kinlaw. Great grandchildren Connor Smith, Hayden Ornelas, Hannah Thompson, and Elena Thompson. Her brother, Jerry Cloud (JoAnn) and sister Judy Kay. In addition, there are many close cousins that have created a tremendous support system, and a special thank you to Carol Chapman who visited Janie too many times to count.
Janie grew up in Texas and was a proud Texan her entire life. She enjoyed traveling to Texas each year to see her brothers and sister. She would reminisce about her days at the lake in Marble Falls, TX, and about her childhood growing up in San Antonio.
Janie was married for over 50 years to Lane Kinlaw, a hard-working Bladen County, NC farmer. She decided to get her college degree after raising her children and was proud to graduate from UNCW with a degree in Elementary Education. She then taught in Bladen County schools for many years, where she was known for her kindness.
Lane and Janie decided to embark on a new adventure as entrepreneurs late in life when they purchased land at White Lake, NC and began building Regal Resort, an RV Community. Janie was so proud to run the front office of the Regal and cheerfully greeted anyone, at any time, that needed assistance. She considered herself the Queen Bee of Regal and as she drove her golf cart, she sat perfectly erect and "made her rounds" checking to see what everyone was up to.
Church was a mainstay in Janie's life, and she was a longtime member of the Bladen Church of Christ in Elizabethtown. She never wavered in her faith, and we are certain that she was greeted in heaven by Lane, Steve, Joey, Myrum and George and her brothers Jimmie and Joe.
Nobody loved Christmas more than Janie, she would shop and shop and shop until packages overflowed around the Christmas tree. She absolutely loved all of the lights and decorations and had an impressive collection that she put out each year.
Janie cooked a mean waffle; the chirp of the waffle maker and the smell of sweet cream waffles will always remind us of her happily whipping up breakfast. She also made a delicious lemon meringue pie that was frequently requested for potlucks, not her famous family "soup" in which she utilized leftovers to create original concoctions.
She loved her car, and frequently requested that we allow her to drive, even after she broke her second hip, and it was clear that driving was not in the cards for her. She wasn't a slow, careful driver, and she was frequently seen speeding around White Lake, but never got a ticket, the local policeman wouldn't dare stop Mrs. Janie.
Her signature scent of Poison perfume lingered everywhere she went, her hair was done weekly, her nails biweekly, her outfits down to the matching jewelry were impeccable, all of which was simply a part of being a Southern lady.
The family is planning a visitation to celebrate our Southern lady at Bladen Gaskins funeral home on Friday December 2nd at 10am, a service will follow at 11am. Janie loved to send and receive cards. The family requests that you please take the time today to fill out a card and send it to someone you love right away.