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Jan Lancaster

April 10, 1959 May 23, 2019
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Obituary for Jan Lancaster

Jan Lancaster
April 10, 1959 - May 23, 2019

While surrounded by his family, Michael Jan Lancaster, 60, answered the call to his Heavenly home on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Jan was born April 10, 1959 in Wayne County to the late Rev. Paul and Landora Cruse Lancaster.

Jan’s mama and daddy had long prayed for a son and were thrilled at his arrival. Amongst a group of girls, Jan was the baby and the only boy. Needless to say, he held a special place in the hearts of his parents and sisters.

Always adventurous, Jan left home after high school to pursue a singing career in Nashville, Tennessee. Having the same vocal coach as Elvis Presley, Jan used his training and God-given talents in singing with groups such as The Telestials and The Journeymen. Long after his time in Nashville had ended, Jan would still be called on stage by his former singing crews to share his voice with congregations across the east. Every year when the King’s Messengers came to town, Jan was asked to join them for his favorite hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross.”

Following his time in Nashville, Jan’s fascination with big trucks led to a lifelong career as a truck driver. For many years, Jan worked with a variety of companies hauling gasoline across Eastern North Carolina. While working with Friendly Mart, he proudly celebrated driving a million miles. The final chapter of his truck driving career was spent with Solid Rock Carriers. While driving for Solid Rock, Jan had the opportunity to explore the United States from New York to Texas. He soaked in the beautiful sights and always made time to meet new friends. It seemed like no matter where he went, he always found someone he knew. He enjoyed his work and loved calling home to tell his children and wife of his many experiences. His kids looked forward to his stories about the unique things he had seen. Jan always kept in touch while he was on the road, and it was his regular routine to update the family on his location.

When Jan was at home, he was never in a hurry. He did everything in his own time, even if it was 10 miles per hour under the speed limit. His black Z71 was his best friend, whether on the road riding around town or sitting in the back yard with the windows down and the radio on. Usually, if he was in the truck, so was Thomas or Marley, his beloved dogs.

There was nothing better to Jan than the smell of salt water and the feel of the tug on the end of his fishing line. Surf fishing was his favorite pastime and he shared that passion with his mama, wife, and children. Jan and Mrs. Landora would take Angie and the kids to their place at the beach for days of sand, sun, and fishing. Jan and Angie dreamed of their retirement years being spent on the water with a fishing pole in hand every day.

Jan’s larger than life personality endeared him to everyone he met. He sure loved to talk and was willing to do so with anyone that would listen. He was always willing to help anyone who was in need, never expecting anything in return. With a generous heart, Jan’s goal was to do as much as he could for others. For several years, Jan would raise funds for Cures for Colors in memory of his mother. He’d spend months gathering donated items for the event selling plates at the Garden Spot Festival. From chickens to hogs, Jan was the master griller.

Not many weeks went by when Jan couldn’t be found at Sandpiper, with a bowl of stewed oysters with milk, or eating lunch with the family down at Ken’s Grill. For Jan, the perfect way to start the day before a hunting or fishing trip was with a sausage, cheese, and mayonnaise sandwich from Herring’s Grill.

Jan was the ultimate family man. His greatest joy in life was his wife and four children. With nearly 32 years of marriage, Angie and Jan worked hard to support one another and their children. Though he was often on the road, the best part of his day was to talk to his children. He was their biggest fan and he was their hero. He rejoiced in their victories and showed them how to keep pushing forward in the tough times. He taught his boys to hunt when they turned three years old and showed Mary Beth that it was okay for girls to shoot the rifle, too. His boys were his pride and joy and Mary Beth was the apple of her daddy’s eye. Around town, if you saw Jan, you saw Mary Beth. They were always together and that’s just how he liked it. As much as he loved his kids, though, they loved him the same. There’s nothing they wouldn’t do for their daddy.

A service to celebrate Jan’s life will be held Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Rouse Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Jan is survived by his wife of 32 years, Angie Kissner Lancaster; four children, Matthew Lancaster, Michael Lancaster, Jeremy Lancaster and Mary Beth Lancaster; three sisters, Margaret Narron, Paulette Burroughs and husband, Doug, Kay Mooring and husband, Charles; a great-nephew Jan thought of as a son, Josh Quinn; and Jan’s best friend, Eddie Epps. In addition to his parents, Jan was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Melvin Narron.

Family and friends will be received Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at Rouse Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com. Memorials in Jan’s memory may be made to Cures for the Colors, 203 Cox Boulevard, Goldsboro, NC 27534. Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.


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Visitation

Tuesday

28

May

10:00 AM 5/28/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 5/28/2019 11:00:00 AM
Rouse Funeral Home

108 North Caswell Street
La Grange, NC 28551-1725

Rouse Funeral Home
108 North Caswell Street La Grange 28551-1725 NC
United States

Service Of Remembrance

Tuesday

28

May

11:00 AM 5/28/2019 11:00:00 AM
Rouse Funeral Home

108 North Caswell Street
La Grange, NC 28551-1725

Rouse Funeral Home
108 North Caswell Street La Grange 28551-1725 NC
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Fairview Cemetery Final Resting Place

107 North Forbes Street
La Grange, NC 28551

107 North Forbes Street La Grange 28551 NC
United States

Memorial Contribution

Cure For The Colors

203 Cox Boulevard
Goldsboro, NC 27534
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