August 12, 1953 ~ December 14, 2008

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Candler, NC

James Jay Lance, 55, of 7 Honey Locust Lane, Candler, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 14, 2008, at Memorial Mission Campus Hospitals following a brief illness. Born on August 12, 1953 in Buncombe Co., Mr. Lance was a son of the late James Jay, Jr., and Christine Smathers Lance. He was also preceded in death by his son, Jamie Lance; brother, Charles Lance; and by his maternal and paternal grandparents. Mr. Lance had been employed at American Enka/Colbond for 37 years. He was a member of White Rock Baptist Church and was a member of the Upper Hominy Fire Dept. He was a loving husband, father, brother, and friend and will be missed by all. Mr. Lance is survived by his wife, Sarah Lance; son, Jon Lance; step-daughter, Kelly Walters; step-sons, Bobby and Steven Walters; six sisters, Barbara Lama, of High Point, Susan West, Becky Lance, and Allison Lunsford, all of Candler, Rose Mary Tolley, of Johnson City, TN, and Nancy James, of Leicester; and two grandchildren, Jamie and Mason; six nieces, and three nephews. A memorial service for Mr. Lance will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. with the Revs. R.H. "Bud" Lance and Norman Sanders officiating. His family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one's favorite charity.

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  1. Barbara,

    Just to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,take care of each other.


  2. It was my pleasure to get to know Jim and work with him for many years. He always had a smile for us even when it was tough. He will be missed greatly. We lift our prayers for his friends and family up to God for strength and peace. I’m glad to know that Jim is now at peace and not hurting.

  3. Dear, Susan and Family, I’m sorry for your loss, I will pray God grants you comfort and understanding for days to come. I remember Jim when I was a boy and thought he was the coolest guy I ever meet. I’ll never forget him and your family.

  4. Sarah, We were so sorry to hear about Jim. Please extend our sympathy to the rest of the family. Faith & Bob Walters

  5. I knew the Lance family since 1966, having worked with Jim, Jimmy , and Bub. I always felt close to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.


  6. ill never forget how ole jim was my buddy, how him and gav liked to play those games and how i saw him and his lady , how sweet and true to each other. always there and always w each other , gatlinburg was a blast jim , ill see you when i get there jimbo, love always toy & gavin.

  7. Dear Jim’s family, I am so very sorry for your lost. I have only known Jim for a short time, but in that time, I got to know a very special man. No matter what he was going through, he always wanted to know how my mom was doing, she was in the hospital when Jim first became ill. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Sheila Camby or as Jim would say CHATTY

  8. As the oldest ‘cousin’ and/or grandchild on the Lance side of the family, it is hard to believe that Jimmy is gone. Will always remember all the fun times growing up when our grandparents would have the whole gang there in their yard for a hot dog roast or Christmases with about 50 people piled in their house. Lots of fun and lots of memories. Praying for you Sarah, and all of Jimmy’s sisters and family who took such good care of him – especially during these past few months. May God be with you in these difficult days and this season. Carolyn Stamey

  9. Jimmys’ family, Jimmy was a special cousin, always smiling and such a wonderful cousin. We are praying for you all and if there is anything we can do, please let us know. Love you guys, Les, Sheila and Jennifer King

  10. I worked a lot of years with Jim Sr., Bubba, and Jimmy at the Enka, BASF, and Colbond plants. He will be missed as much as a member of my family.
    May God bless all of you in your time of loss.

  11. Barbara my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of loss. Memories are so dear and precious now. Be kind to yourself and your family and take time to reflect. Take care, Carolyn


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