Claude Dillard Lancaster, Jr.

July 30, 1923March 30, 2014
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Claude Dillard “Bill” or “Goose” Lancaster, Jr. passed away peacefully at home on March 30, 2014.

Bill was born in New Bern, NC on July 30, 1923 to the late Julia Elizabeth Ipock and Claude Dillard Lancaster, Sr. He is survived by his loving daughters, Ginger Lancaster Shields (Rob), Beth Lancaster Caraway (Mark), and Jean Lancaster Stacks, his grandchildren, Robert Shields (Nicole), Claude, Ryan and Rachel Shields, James and Dillon Caraway, Claudia, Parker and David Stacks and great-granddaughter, Kate Shields, his sisters in-law, Bobbie Wright Massie, Virginia Wright Northcote, Christine Anne Wright and K. Lee Wright. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Betty Wright Lancaster, his son, Claude Dillard Lancaster, III, his brother, James Vincent Lancaster, his sister, Elizabeth Crowley and his son in-law, J. L. Stacks.

Upon graduation from New Bern High School, having been the first New Bernian to play in The Shrine Bowl, Bill attended UNC Chapel Hill where he received his B.S. degree in Business Administration and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. During WWII he served in the Signal Intelligence Service decoding Japanese codes and documentations. Bill’s career with the C.D. Lancaster Insurance Agency (later Lancaster-McAden Willis Smith) spanned over 30 years. He was inducted into the New Bern High School Sports Hall of Fame. Bill enjoyed his membership at the Trent Pines Club, Shriners, The Dunes Club, New Bern Golf and Country Club and Garber United Methodist Church.

Having been an avid golfer with nine hole-in-ones, he also enjoyed playing tennis and traveling abroad with Betty. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and watching his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. He will forever be remembered as a kind, loving husband, daddy, grandfather, “DA,” and friend. In his later years, Bill shared a daily gin game with friends at the club.

The family would like to thank Craven County Home Health and Hospice, the home health workers of Friendly Caregivers, Ginny Kissel and his dear friend, Carolyn Fulcher.

His funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Garber United Methodist Church. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Craven County Home Health and Hospice P. O. Drawer 12610 New Bern, NC 28561 or to Garber UMC 4201 Country Club Rd., New Bern, NC 28562.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 3, 2014

Claude Dillard Lancaster, Jr.

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Tammy Scott-King

April 7, 2014

Beth and Family,
So sorry for your loss. Thinking and praying for you all at this time.

Ann Kwasnick

April 3, 2014

Ginger, Jean, Beth & family: Sincerest thoughts & prayers to all of you. I workder for your Dad & Rufus during the late 70's & early 80's. Bill Lancaster was the most kind, gracious and genune man and greatest boss ever! He was the type of man that everyone should stive to be. I just returned from the service and while I did not get the opportunity to speak with you, I wanted you to know that I left with a nice lilt in my heart knowing he has passed to an even more lovely life. Blessings to all.

Ann Williams Kwasnick

Terry and Toni Fuhrman

April 2, 2014

Ginger, Jean, and Beth,

Please know that we are thinking of and praying for you in this time of loss. Your father always had a kind word and smile when I would see him around town or at NBHS sporting events watching his grandsons. May the memories sustain you in this time of sorrow.

April 2, 2014

Beth, Ginger, and Jean,
You all have been in my thoughts and prayers. Your dad was a special man. I loved your pictures; what great memories!! Love you, Leslie Ipock Van Dyke

Carol Holton

April 2, 2014

Beth and Family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. May God give you peace and comfort during this time.

Meredith Harley Inserra

April 2, 2014

My thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow. May God comfort you in his arms. Your dad and my dad, Joe Harley, were great golf buddies. I bet they're enjoying a nice round right now. I wonder what the greens look like up there?

Robin Sabiston

April 1, 2014

Ginger, Beth, and Jean ~ please know my thoughts and prayers have been with your during these difficult days. I remember, with much love, the "Camelot" days spent living in the parsonage next door to you. The graciousness, many kindnesses, devotion, and love show to me and my family on Fairway Drive, by you and your parents, will always hold a tender, special place in my heart! When I think of Mr. Goose and the tremendous impact he had on so many lives, I am reminded of a line from Shakespeare which is found at the end of "Hamlet." Hamlet has just passed and Horatio speaks: "Now cracks a Noble Heart! Good Night, Sweet Prince, and flights of Angels sing thee to they rest!" Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Sent with love and special remembrance!

April 1, 2014

Many thoughts and prayers are with your families at this time.
Billy and Pat Vestal

Laurie Geer

April 1, 2014

Jean, Ginger and Beth,
My heart is full and with you three girls during this "season of loss" but I know there is a triumphant celebration in heaven right now.
Your family is a beacon of light and strength to so many that we (your friends) will return the favor and be here for you in light and strength now and in the coming days. Love you, Laurie Geer

Laurie Geer

April 1, 2014

Jean, Ginger and Beth,
I am so saddened by the loss of your daddy, especially so soon after the loss of your mom. They are so preciously reunited together once again. Your faith, family and friends will love on you and be with you continuously during this difficult times. I am here for each of you anytime you need me. Love you , Laurie Geer