Evelyn Suttles Lance

evelyn lance

May 17, 1920 ~ March 26, 2023

Born in: Henderson Co, NC
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Evelyn Suttles Lance, 102, of Fletcher, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2023.

A native of Henderson County, she was a daughter of the late J. Nelson and Lila Davis Suttles. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry Lance; one son, Johnny Lance; two grandsons, Scotty Thomas and Brandon Thomas and two siblings, Wilburn Suttles and Pauline Ballinger.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Thomas (the late JC Thomas) and Cathy Lee (Eddie); daughter in law, Linda Lance; brother, James Roy Suttles; seven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren and twenty-one great great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Lance retired from Gerber Products Co. after 23 years of dedicated service. She loved cooking for her family and canning her special apple butter. She enjoyed tending to her daffodils, tulips and azalea bushes and kept Ingles, Belk’s and Hamrick’s in business! She once said, “the secret to a long life is to always be happy and don’t be grouchy!”.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 31, 2023 at Words Of Life Tabernacle in Arden with Rev. Carl Bishop, Wilson Bishop and Richard Cole speaking. Burial will follow at Averys Creek Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will greet friends at Words Of Life on Friday from 1:00 until 2:00 PM.

Groce Funeral Home’s Lake Julian team is assisting the family.


Funeral Service: March 31, 2023 2:00 pm

Words of Life Tabernacle
815 Glenn Bridge Rd.
Arden, NC 28704


Avery's Creek Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery
139 Avery's Creek Road
Arden, NC 28704

Visitation: March 31, 2023 1:00 pm - June 21, 2024 2:00 pm

Words of Life Tabernacle
815 Glenn Bridge Rd.
Arden, NC 28704

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Sorry for your loss,there will never another like Evelyn Lance,nothing but fun memories of her,she wss a special lady to my family and me,I still use her recipe when making homemade ice cream.Praying for you all.

    • Thank you, Steve. Mom thought of your family a lot and the Higgins family was very special to her.
      Love you, Cathy

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