Michael Jeffery Lance, 64, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Memorial University Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.
Mike was born on August 30, 1955 in Greenville, South Carolina to Paul Andrew and Helen (Sandy) Becker Lance. He was a follower of Christ and worshipped at Community Bible Church. Mike moved to Savannah in 1972. He received a BS in Mathematics from Armstrong State College in 1977 and began his career in the computer field. Mike worked at Savannah Foods and Industries for 20 years as a programmer and analyst before joining Atlantic Wood Industries as Director of Information Technologies. He was currently serving as IT Manager at Chatham Steel Corp.
Mike was a health and fitness enthusiast. He enjoyed motivating others to be their best. As a certified personal trainer, he was affiliated with both the Downtown Athletic Club and the YMCA. He was a past volunteer administrator and coach for Club Savannah Volleyball. He enjoyed running and Tough Mudder competitions. More recently he took up cycling and participated in charity rides with the Soggy Bottom Gear Grinders crew.
Mike was a devoted husband, father and "Pop Pop". He embraced life with passion, positivity and a sense of humor. He valued his friendships deeply, and friends would say he touched their lives, and they were better for it. Mike shared his faith through his generous spirit and love for all he knew.
Mike was preceded in death by his father, Paul. He is survived by his devoted wife of 41 years, Debra Davis Lance; his mother, Sandy; two daughters, Jamison Machen (Kyle) and Kaitlin Lance; grandson, Lawson Neal; sister, Becky Messerly; sister-in-law, Jane Martin (Robert) and cousin Danny Becker.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service.
Remembrances: Ronald McDonald House of Savannah, 4710 Waters Ave., Savannah, Georgia 31404 or Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah, Georgia 31406.
I'm so sorry for your lose, Mike was a great man and friend.
- David R. Mayle, Raleigh, NC
My prayers are with you and your family. He was a wonderful person who cared deeply.
- Shirley Mallard, Orland, FL
Please accept my deepest condolences. I worked with Mike for many years as one of his software vendors and he was by far my favorite. A kind and caring man, he was always curious about what was going on in my life. I am saddened by his passing.
- Dan Casazza, Saint Paul, Minnesota
To Mike's family: my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, you have been blessed to have had him as long as you did, and now you will carry on with God's guidance. Mike will be missed greatly by his Chatham family also, he was a good person and good to an for us.
- Cheryl Mellinger, Columbia, sc
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mike was a good friend and a kind soul. He will be greatly missed. It was a blessing to know him as my friend.
- Ed Buchanan, Savannah, GA
I'm so saddened to hear of Mike's passing. What does Billy Joel say: "only the good die young". He was a wonderful man, one of God's own...He was a great boss to me at Savannah Foods. We shared a passion for aerobics back in the lat 80's and early 90's. I'd see him occasionally at the YMCA where I recently learned he'd been sick. My condolences to you Debbie, Jamison, and Kaitlin. I remember ya'll to be his world! The world will not be as good without Mike in it! God bless you at this time. You're in my prayers. Sandy Shea Davis.
- Sandy Shea Davis, Savannah, GA
Our prayers are with Mike's family. He will be missed by his Chatham family. Any time spent with Mike made you feel better as a person.
- Jeff Myers, Birmingham, Alabama
Sorry for your loss. Michael and I shared stories,humor,acquaintances,friendship at the “Y”. I remember his strong faith when he lost his dad and Mr. Becker so close together. God bless.
- Wayne Bruce, Savannah, Ga
Prayers to his family. Mike was always there to help and we built a great friendship working together at Chatham. I'm going to miss my Bulldog buddy!
- Wallace Dowd, Ellabell, GA
So sad to hear of Mike's passing. He was not only a co-worker with me at Atlantic Wood, he was a dear friend. I am so glad we kept in touch with the lunches in town. It has been a privilege to call him a friend. He is sorely missed.
- Bill Crossman, Okatie, SC
Have many fond memories of our years at Savannah Christian. So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Thoughts and prayers for all of you. He will be missed!
- Car and Kathy Kleinsteuber’, Savannah , GA