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Lyman Lance Jr.

HIGHLANDS – Lyman Faust Lance, Jr., 79, died Thursday, January 18, 2018, at Kindred Hospital in Greensboro.

He was born December 3, 1938, in Colfax and was the son of the late Rev. Lyman F. Lance, Sr. and Luna Jane Wall Lance. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and was a lifelong member of Shady Grove Wesleyan Church in Colfax.  Lyman was a retired police officer with the High Point Police Department and worked in the Crime Lab at the time of his retirement.  He attended the Police Academy, received FBI Training, and was an original fingerprint expert with the department.  Following his retirement, he spear-headed an effort to restore the one-room schoolhouse, Pine Grove School, in Franklin to become the Pine Grove School Community Center and then served as President of the Community Center.  He was active in the Republican Party and served as vice-president of his voting precinct.  He especially loved Buck Creek and enjoyed telling ghost stories to many generations within the community.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Nell Lance Hanover.

Lyman is survived by his wife, Betty Jean Clinard Lance; a daughter, Luna Samuel (Tim) of Thomasville; a son, L.F. Lance III of Colfax; an honorary daughter, Lisa Gail Smith (Scott) of Georgia; five grandchildren, Jamie Lance Reynolds (Ryan), Timothy Lyman Samuel, Anna Marie Lance, Kathryn Samuel Landres (Alden) and Brooke Lance Roberson (Josh); two great-grandchildren, Malachi Gordan Reynolds and Camdyn Lance Reynolds; and a brother, Gene Bradley (Linda) of Mauldin, SC.

Funeral service celebrating Lyman’s life will be held at 2:30 PM Sunday at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church in Colfax.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Saturday at Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point.

Condolences may be sent to the family online on Lyman’s tribute page at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research, Dept. 41831, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX  75265; The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675; or the Pine Grove School Community Center, c/o Kathy Kahler, 824 Buck Falls Road, Highlands, NC  28741.

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12/02/18 09:41 AM #1    

Bill Forbes Jr.

Lyman was a school bus driver at one time; he drove the South New Hope Road route. He was also a ham radio operator. I had purchased (cheap) surplus WWII radios - a receiver and a transmitter - as used in tanks, but I didn't have the expertise in how to use them. So, when I mentioned this to Lyman, he offered to buy them for what I had in them. Lyman was a genuine, nice person. I consider it a privilege to have known him.




12/03/18 09:40 AM #2    

Gene Davis (Davis)

When i was diagnosed with breast canceer in 2009, Lyman was the first to call me because he had gone through a double masectomy himself. His response to my disease was a confident, no fear approache that God was in control, to pray for my doctor and trust that I would be fine. He told me what to expect befoer and after surgery. He and his wife met me and Sarah at Dillsboro for lunch and befoer we left we prayed together. I called him oftern and i could see he was not doing well on the 50th. Neither was his wife, but Lyman was a true believer and a faithful friend. I will miss him....Rest in peach thou good and faithful servant. 

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