Bynum Sheldon Lance

bynum lance

August 13, 1941 ~ October 28, 2021

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

Bynum Sheldon Lance, 80, went to be with the Lord following a brief battle with cancer on Thursday, October 28, 2021.

Sheldon was born August 13, 1941, in Asheville to the late John Bynum Lance and Virginia Randall “Lucille” Lance. He was a 1959 graduate of Erwin High School and attended Asheville-Biltmore College. He was the co-owner and operator of Steel Graphics until his retirement at age 79.

He was a lifetime member of Zephyr Hills FW Baptist Church where he served as deacon and church treasurer. His love for the Lord never waivered. He lived for his family and helped countless other people with no expectation of recognition. He was the best husband, daddy, papa and brother and will be greatly missed.

He taught us how to live and he taught us how to die.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Peggy Roberts Lance; daughters, Kim Lance Hartless (Kevin) and Karena Lance McCoy (Jon); grandchildren, Savannah, Connor, and Carson Hartless, and Jake and Andrew McCoy; a sister, Theda Robinson, niece Taletha Clark and nephew, Jonathan Scruggs.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday at Zephyr Hills FW Baptist Church with the Rev. Daniel Cason officiating. Interment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery. The church service will be livestreamed on the Zephyr Hills Facebook page.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Hartless, Jon McCoy, Connor Hartless, Carson Hartless, Jake McCoy, Andrew McCoy and Jonathan Scruggs.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zephyr Hills FW Baptist Church, 283 Shelburne Road, Asheville, NC 28806.


Funeral Service: November 1, 2021 2:00 pm

Zephyr Hills Free Will Baptist Church
283 Shelburne Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806



Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Sheldon was such a valued friend of mine and the entire Dave family for so many years. Thoughts and prayers are with Peggy and the family.

    Jeff and Juli Dave

  2. Sheldon was always a great friend to my dad and many at Dave Steel Company. He will be missed. Praying foe the family.

  3. Like his father before him, Sheldon was a fine man who’s life was filled with kindness and love. R.I.P. Sheldon, I know you’ve already been welcomed into heaven. My sincere condolences to Theda and the family, God bless you all.

  4. Peggy, Kim, and Karena and families, I’m so sorry for your loss. Keep the good memories and stories for the grandchildren.

  5. Sheldon was such a kind, compassionate, unselfish man of God. What a heart for missions he had! God bless and give comfort to Peggy and the family.

  6. I think there are no words strong enough or comforting enough for the loss of your husband. Praying for you and your family.

  7. I think there are no words. The loss of your husband is overwhelming. Thinking of you and praying for strength in the days ahead.

  8. Dear Family,
    I’m truly sadden to hear of Sheldon’s passing. He was a good fiend, we well all miss him.
    Charlie Edwards

  9. Peggy, Kim, Karena, we are so sorry for your loss. Each of you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sheldon was a wonderful Christian and a great man. We were honored to have know him.

    Glenn and Carolyn

  10. Peggy, Kim and Karena
    Patsy and I are hearted broken by your loss. It was only recently that we heard of Sheldon’s illness. We prayed for the whole family but especially Sheldon. He was one of the bright stars. May the blessings of God Almighty be yours and may God dwell close to you.

    Patsy and Tom

  11. Dear Peggy, Kim & Karena,
    Sheldon was a kind, gentle person! I’m thankful to have known him! I’ll always remember the special friendship we shared at Zephyr Hills church! May God’s Grace, love from family & friends help you! Love Myra Scruggs

  12. We are sorry for your loss. Sheldon was a great man. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jackie and Sue Penland

  13. Sheldon was a great American and better friend. He was a great husband and father and he will be missed but I know where he is and he is doing well.

    RIP my friend, Anthony

  14. So very sorry! Have been praying, but our Heavenly had other plans and needed him to be in Heaven with Him. I know he will be greatly missed by so many. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Would have driven up for the funeral but had a prescheduled procedure appointment that could not be changed.

  15. You and your precious family have been in my prayers. I have fond memories of my childhood and Sheldon, Peggy, Kim, and Karena were a large part of those. Sheldon was a great example and very kind and loving. I pray that friends and family will be used to bring comfort and peace during this difficult time. Please know that I have lifted you all in prayer from Alpharetta Georgia and will continue to think of your family. Thank You Heavenly Father that we will all be together one day!

    • Dear Peggy and Family,

      I’m saddened for all of you after learning of Sheldon’s passing. I have so many good memories of you, and will always cherish the way you made me a part of your family when I was very young. Please know that you’re in my heart and prayers.


  16. May God be with you as you grieve the loss of this very special man ! we will miss our wonderful neighbor and friend.

  17. Peggy, Kim and Karena –
    Sheldon was truly a very special person and I will always remember the times spent around him during our college years and those wonderful weekends we would travel to spend at your home. Never have I ever felt so part of a family or loved than when I was in Asheville. He always welcomed us with open arms. I will forever cherish those memories from years ago. I love you all very much.

  18. Thought a lot of Sheldon, fine man and servant of Christ. I know every member of the family is going to miss him, as well as the Zephyr hills family. Praying for you 🙏 all.

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