March 8, 1954 ~ June 25, 2022

Born in: Kingsport, TN
Resided in: Etowah, NC

Lance Carter, 68, of Etowah, passed away Saturday, June 25 in Asheville.

A native of Kingsport, TN, he was a son of the late Roy Howard Carter and Eula Faye Stewart Carter.

Lance was the owner and operator of Southside Cafe, which he established in 1989 and successfully ran for more than 20 years. He was an avid golfer and served as a dedicated caregiver to both of his parents in their later years.

Lance is survived by two sisters, Carolyn Jackson (Charles) and Pamela Sprague; one brother, Larry Carter (Theresa); three nieces, Sarah Sprague, Lindsey Sprague Crabtree and Carly Jackson Hensler, as well as many good friends.

A private service for the family will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to French Broad Baptist Church, 182 Grandview Lane, Hendersonville NC, 28791.

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

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  1. Very sorry to hear of lance passing. I haven’t seen him in years but always thought of him as a friend. Larry and rest of the family I send prayers of Gods peace at this time.

  2. Carolyn and Scooter, I’m so sad and so sorry to see that Lance has passed. He was truly a good and kind person. Prayers for all of your family. Karen Edwards

  3. Carolyn and Scooter – and all of Lance’s loved ones. My deepest sympathy to each of you during this difficult time.

  4. Carolyn and Charles. So sorry May Gods peace and love surround you and all your family. With deepest Sympathy. Nancy and Chuck Jervis

  5. Breaks my heart to read this. Lance aka “The Boy” was always a special guy to us.. Not just a cousin. So glad we got to talk at Faye’s service. Fly high Lance. And give mom and dad Roy and Faye a big hug from us. We will see you soon. Love you!!

  6. I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of my friend Lance! He was a kind, gentle soul and as genuine as anyone could be. Rest In Peace, hit ‘em straight in Heaven buddy! Prayers to all his family and friends during this difficult time.

  7. My heart is breaking for this precious family. I have so many memories of Lance as we we’re growing up. My Dad always called him “The Boy”, not sure why, but that was Dad. He had a nickname for everyone. I am so thankful I was able to see and talk to him at his Mom’s funeral, it had been many years since I had seen him, so we were able to catch up on life. We told stories as we reminisced of years long gone by and grieved together as I had recently buried my own Mom. We said they were together now, once again with the loves of their lives and strolling the streets of heaven. Dad and Roy singing and Mom and Faye talking and laughing. Lance you will be greatly missed here on this earth, but we will see you again when God calls us home. Larry, Carolyn, Pam and the rest of the family remember the sweet times and I pray God’s unseen hands hold you close during this this of continuing grief. I love you all.

  8. Our hearts and prayers go out to this precious family. May you feel God’s powerful presence and perfect peace in these difficult circumstances.

  9. We were saddened to hear of Lance’s passing. Although we haven’t seen him for some time, he was always a great guy! May the Lord give comfort to the family during this difficult time.

  10. Fond memories of working with Lance at McDonalds on Tunnel Road and growing up in Kenilworth. Such a kind and loving person. My sincerest sympathy and prayers are with his family at this very sad time.

  11. Carolyn, Just saw on my computer that Lance had died. May God give you and Charles peace. David Wright,Eaton

  12. Carolyn and family,
    I’m sorry to learn of the loss of Lance. I’ll always remember him from the Southside Cafe. It was one of the best places to eat in Asheville and he did such a great job hosting our company meetings.
    May God bless you all at this time with His grace and comfort.
    David King

  13. So sad to hear of Lance’s passing..he always treated me well and I thought of him as a friend, not just a business client.
    Phillip Crisp

  14. Carolyn & family,
    So sorry to hear about Lance’s passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. I’m heartbroken to have heard of Lance’s passing, particularly in the light of him being missed in two weeks at his 50th high school reunion, where he would have seen so many friends and admirers. To me, he’ll forever be the “Boy,” my basketball and neighborhood buddy, with the sedan that smelled like McDonalds French fries from his high school job. Deepest condolences to the family in this difficult time. He will be missed.


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