November 20, 1927 ~ February 26, 2022

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC

French M. Lance, Jr., 94, passed away Saturday, February 26, 2022 peacefully at his residence.

Mr. Lance was born in Buncombe County to the late French M. Lance, Sr. and Myrtle Cochran Lance. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Elaine Metcalf Lance; three brothers, Morris Lance, Price Lance and Lorenzo Lance; a sister, Betty Lou Metcalf and a great grandson, Adam Music.

Mr. Lance was a long time resident of the Avery’s Creek Community. He was a Marine and Navy Veteran serving during WWII and the Korean War. He loved his Country and being a Marine. He enjoyed hiking and most importantly he loved his family with all his heart.

He is survived by his six sons; Michael Lance, Jeffrey Lance (Dianne), Steven Lance (Theresa), Eric Lance (Barbara), Roy Lance (Marie) and Barry Lance (Kathy); eleven grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Calvin Metcalf and a sister-in-law, Carolene Payne.

A celebration of life service with military honors will be held at 4:00 PM, Saturday, March 5, 2022 at Trinity of Fairview Church. The family will receive friends following the service at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care; 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.


Celebration of Life: March 5, 2022 4:00 pm

Trinity of Fairview
646 Concord Road
Fletcher, NC 28732


Gathering of Friends & Family:

Trinity of Fairview
646 Concord Road
Fletcher, NC 28732


Room: Following the Service

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. Mike,Barry and all the Lance family, sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. I remember him from the many years he attended your ball games at Valley Springs fields when you all were playing. He always had a smile on his face as he enjoyed watching you play. My condolences. Rick Elingburg

  2. Barry, and family, I am sorry to hear about your dad, he always let me park there when I went coon hunting. Praying for y’all

  3. This man and his family have meant so much to so many for so many years. My prayers go out to all of the many family members.

  4. Mr Lance was a good man and had alot of great times thur the years at the ballfields when he Coached us growing up. Sorry for the loss.

  5. Steve, Roy, and Barry, I’m truly sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great guy. He’s with your mom now and they both will be at the gate to meet you some day, and then there will be no more death and sorrow. Rev. 21:4

  6. Mike and Jeff – So sorry to hear about your dad’s death. He was one of the last founding families of Avery’s Creek. He grew up with and was friends with my parents, Ralph and Retha Hill. That was a special generation and I know the values he taught you are continued in your families now as they are in mine. I pray that you are comforted by the knowledge of his heavenly welcome and praise for a life well lived.

  7. Our love, our thoughts and our prayers go out to the entire Lance family. We had the honor of meeting Mr. Lance and knew immediately that he was a great man who loved his family. So sorry for your loss.

  8. Mike, Jeff, Steve, Eric, Roy, and Barry,

    Your Dad and Mom adored all their children and grandchildren. The entire family were great neighbors and good friends. Your parents are both with the good Lord and together again. May God bless all of you and your beautiful families.

    We love you.

    The Rash Family (Gerald, Mary, Jeff, Arthur, Shirley, and Mary)


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