Francis "Frank" Burton Hance

February 17, 1930January 20, 2013

Francis "Frank" Burton Hance, 82, of Cary, died Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Kindred Healthcare in Raleigh.

Frank was born February 17, 1930 in Pamlico County, NC to the late Henry Alvis Hance and Beulah Catherine Holton Hance. He was a veteran of the US Army and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel with a master’s degree in Public Health. Frank was a career civil servant with the Federal Government, retiring with over 28 years of service.

Frank is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Hance; sons, David A. Hance of Raleigh; and Douglas Charles Hance and his wife, Rebecca of Birmingham, AL; and 3 grandchildren, Elizabeth, Caroline and Daniel.

A memorial service will be held 10:30 am Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Colonial Baptist Church, 6051 Tryon Road, Cary, NC 27518. The family will receive friends 9 – 10:15 am prior to the service at the church. A private graveside service will be held at Bridgeton Cemetery in Bridgeton, NC.

Memorials may be made to Colonial Baptist Church.

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  • Visitation Thursday, January 24, 2013
  • Memorial Service Thursday, January 24, 2013

Francis "Frank" Burton Hance

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January 29, 2013

David, My prayers are with you as you experience the loss of your dad.
Mary, I pray you will find comfort knowing Frank is at peace and free of pain and one day you will be reunited.

Joe Jones

January 24, 2013

We, the members of Craven-Pamlico Hunting
Club would like to express our sympathy
at the loss of Mr. Hance. We have appreciated the opportunity of leasing his property for hunting rights. With
sincere thoughts to your family, Craven-
Pamlico Hunting Club.

Linda Jones

January 24, 2013

To The Hance Family, We are sorry to hear of your family's loss. We grew up in Olympia with the family and knew
Francis as Bubbie. Joe grew up across
the road from the home place and I grew
up about a half mile up the road and went to school under Mrs. Hance. I am
related through the Holtons. We are
thinking of all of you with prayers, Joe Wiley and Linda Holton Jones.

K Hacker

January 23, 2013

Dear Mary and Family; The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 40, want to thank Francis for his service in the US Army, and you and your family for being there for him. We care for Veterans and their families and wanted you to know that your loved one will be missed. The longer we live the more we learn, yet all our experience doesn't really seem to help when it comes to the loss of someone we care about.
K. Hacker
DAV Chapter 40 Adjutant

Darlene Dillard

January 23, 2013

David, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the loss of your father. It sounds like your father was a wonderful servant of God and now he has his reward. May God continue to give you all comfort from this time forward until you meet each other again.

Catherine Coleman

January 23, 2013

Dear Mary and family,
Our thoughts go out to you today in the loss of your beloved Frank. Praying for you and trusting in God's faithfulness to comfort and surround you in His love.
Catherine and Andy Coleman

Teri Smith

January 23, 2013

Dear Mary, We also send our love to you and your family. We know all of you will miss Frank so much. Please know that we are here and close if you need anything day or night. Our prayers go out to you
Teri and Ken Smith (Cary NC)

January 22, 2013

Dear Mary and Family=
We have many fond memories of times with you and Frank. We are praying for your comfort from the "God of all comfort." We know He will sustain you.
George and Emily Elliott

Beverly Hall

January 22, 2013

David, I am sorry for the loss of your father. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jackie Wilder

January 22, 2013

Dear Mary and family,
My prayers and thoughts are with you as you adjust to the many changes in the days ahead. May you sense God's deep comfort and presence with each step you take.