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Philip “P.W.” Wayne Lance, Sr.

Philip “P.W.” Wayne Lance, Sr., age 75, of Mena passed away Monday, August 03, 2015 in Mena.

He was born March 24, 1940 on Rich Mountain, Arkansas to Philip Burton Lance and Mildred Gertrude McKinney Lance. He was united in marriage to Alice Inez Lance.  Wayne drove the school bus for 39 years, driving students to school and activities. He played football for Henderson State University and helped start their weight lifting program. Wayne had several hobbies, such as cutting wood, “junking”, spear fishing, and scuba diving. Most of all he loved his family, watching his children and grandchildren play sports and was an avid supporter of the FFA program. He was a loving and kind father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by children, Cathy Ferstl and husband Chris of Roanoke, Virginia, Peggy Tapp of Wiley, Texas, Bettina Lance of Dallas, Texas, Chrysti Ferry and husband Jimmy of Longwood, Florida, Pamela Phillips and husband Leonard of Farmington, Arkansas, Mary Birtcher and husband Brian of Mena, Arkansas, Philip Wayne Lance, Jr. and wife Amber of Mt. Fork, Arkansas, Sara Blickenstaff and husband Shawn of Springdale, Arkansas; grandchildren, Frank Hite, Mike Hite, Allison Ainsworth, Colton Lance, Alex Amador, James Ferry, Autumn Birtcher, Lance Birtcher, Madyson Birtcher, Braxton Lance, Ciara Lance, and Katie Chamberlin; great-grandchildren, Jakob Goodnight and Justin Hardin; brother, Gene Lance of Mena, Arkansas; sisters, Ann Jowitt of Runaway Bay, Texas and Evelyn Walton of Frisco, Texas; and special friend, Judy Allen of Mena, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Mildred Lance, and his wife, Alice Lance.

Funeral services will be Friday, August 7, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel with Brother Glen Lance and Brother Steven Lance officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Rocky, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Family and friends visitation will be Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood.

Pallbearers will be Philip Scott Lance, Leonard Phillips, James Ferry, Braxton Lance, Lance Birtcher, Shawn Blickenstaff and Brian Birtcher.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bearcat Foundation.

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