The Rev. Jack Thomas Nance, 88, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April, 16, 2018.
He was born on April 20, 1929 to Patty Lane Nance and Ethel Aaron Nance in Pelham, N.C. After service in the U. S. Army and working for Burlington Industries, Jack responded to a call to ministry, and completed studies for a certificate in theology at Moravian Theological Seminary.
He was ordained deacon June 27, 1965 at Moravia Moravian Church (his home congregation) by Bishop Herbert Spaugh, and was consecrated a presbyter February 11, 1973, also by Bishop Spaugh.
Together with his wife, Vera Kirkman Nance, Jack served pastorates at the Providence, Mizpah, Hopewell, and Union Cross congregations. Jack retired in August 1996 and continued in pastoral ministry at Community Fellowship, in Welcome, N.C., from 1997 until his death.
He never met a stranger, and enjoyed carving wooden canes, playing the banjo, working in the garden and Vera’s home cooking. Jack was active in the ministry of Laurel Ridge, Yokefellow Prison Ministry, the Boy Scouts, and also served as chaplain at the Brian Center in Winston-Salem, NC.
Jack was preceded in death by an infant son, Jack Todd Nance. Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Vera Kirkman Nance; one son, Rodney Nance; one daughter, Kashemi Lambeth (Kim); two grandsons, three great grandsons; two brothers, and three sisters. A memorial service was held at Community Fellowship, April 23 with the Rev. John D. Rights and the Rev. David Merritt officiating. Burial followed in God’s Acre at Moravia Moravian Church, Summerfield, NC.