ROCK HILL - Lance Shugart passed away peacefully on Nov. 11, 2012, at his home after gracefully and courageously battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He was not defeated-he won his battle, as Lance is now healed and with his Heavenly Father.
A celebration of Lance’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Friendship United Methodist Church. Visitation with the family will be held immediately following service in the fellowship hall.
A native of Rock Hill, Lance graduated from Rock Hill High School in 1977. Soon after graduation, he married the love of his life, Kelly Anne Greene. In 1978, Lance began his career as an electrician and instrument technician with Bowater, where he was blessed with not only co-workers, but with the many wonderful friendships he so cherished.
Lance was a hard worker, always willing to lend a hand to those in need. He never missed an opportunity to deep chuckle or entertain those around him with his quick wit, great sense of humor and smile, which he maintained even on the hardest of days.
A devout Christian, Lance was a member of Friendship United Methodist Church, where he served on various boards and committees. He touched many lives through his involvement in the Chrysalis (youth) Ministry, Kairos (prison) Ministry, Salkahatchie Ministry and the Emmaus Community. He served his God faithfully and glorified Him throughout his life, including his departure. Lance will surely hear the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” ~ Matthew 25:20
Mr. Shugart is survived by his parents, Margaret Jackson Shugart and Charlie Shugart; wife and loving caregiver, Kelly; and daughters, Ashlyn Shugart and fiancé, Leo Chavez and Candace Shugart Martin and husband, Bryan. He will be greatly missed by all, including his grandson and “best buddy,” Austin Martin. Mr. Shugart is also survived by his siblings: brothers, Darryl (Mellen), Marty (Renee), and Scott, all of Rock Hill and sister, Karen Shugart of Alexandria, Va. In addition, he was blessed with numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and close friends, which he loved deeply and cherished spending time with.
A special thanks to the nurses with Agape Hospice, particularly Mandy Williams and to Chassidy Mullinax, who assisted with providing loving care for Mr. Shugart, and to the MDA for their support over these past four years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you honor Mr. Shugart through donations to either Friendship United Methodist Church, 1200 Neely Store Rd., Rock Hill, SC 29730 or MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) at 3300 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson, AZ 85718, noted for ALS Research.
Lance’s hope and prayer would be that we not be saddened by his death but that we rejoice in having a God that will reunite us once again in Heaven!
Condolences may be made online at www.greenefuneralhome.net.