Terry Anthony Lance, of Kennett, passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at his home after a long illness from cancer at the age of 60 years, 4 months and 3 days.
Son of the late Lester Leck Lance and Berniece Sparks Lance, he was born July 16, 1952.
On Aug. 16, 2001 he married Deborah Crossno, who survives, and was the love of his life.
Terry was a good husband and brother. He was a soft spoken man and at times you could say he had a little dry sense of humor. His famous words were -- If you've got something to say "Just say it".
His love of fresh fruits and vegetables in season kept him busy at the local farmers markets. He loved to play poker and was a regular in the local card games.
Terry was raised on the County Line Rd (NN) and attended Deering School.
Early on he soon realized that farming and factory work wasn't what he wanted to do with his life. In 1972 at the age of 20 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country throughout the world for the next 20 years and was proud to be a soldier. Terry served twice in Korea with the 1/32nd Inf. Bn patrolling the DMZ. He was stationed in Germany, Saudi Arabia in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. After the Liberation of Kwait he was transferred to Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., where he retired in October 1992 as an E-7 Sgt. 1st Class. He received 22 awards and decorations: They are the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, (ARCOM) 5th Award, Southwest Asia Service Medal-w/2 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal-6th Award, Liberation of Kuwait Medal, NCOPD-# 3, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon # 3.
His battle here if over, he has yielded to the call, our dear loved one Terry has given his all.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah, of Kennett; father-in-law, Dewey Collin, of Kennett; step-daughter, Leah Crossno, of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; step-son, Jason Crossno and wife, Beth, with grandchildren, McKinley and Collin, all of Paragould, Ark.; two sisters, Joan Robbins, and husband, Buddy, of Seffner, Fla., and Linda Higgins and husband, John, of Kennett; two brothers, Phillip Lance and wife, Etta Faye, of Piggott, Ark., and Gerald Lance, of Kennett; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Gaylord J.M., Barry Gene and Danny Lugie Lance and his mother-in-law, Geraldine Collins.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, at McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, at McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel in Kennett with Rev. Jim Hoyt officiating.
Burial will follow in the Oak Ridge Cemetery at Kennett.
Military will serve as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Kris Higgins, Jason Lance, Jason Crossno, Carl Collins, Patrick Long, Dustin Hamlett and Jarrett Martin.
Online condolences may be made at www.mcdanielfuneralservice.com.