Dr. William Lazenby funeral set for Thursday afternoon

OPELIKA, Ala. (WTVM) - Thousands of East Alabama residents are expected to turn out to pay their last respects to Dr. William Lazenby. The longtime East Alabama surgeon, Opelika city council member and philanthropist died in a lawnmower accident at his home over the weekend. He was 79-years old.

Services for Dr. Lazenby will e held at 5 p.m. central time Thursday, at First Baptist Church in Opelika. The church will have visitation from 3 to 5 p.m. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Cemetery.

The Lazenby family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the East Alabama Medical Center's foundation towards a nursing scholarship in Lazenby's honor.