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Lance Burton Neighbors



Lance Burton Neighbors, son of proud parents H. Russell Neighbors, Jr. and Patricia (Patty) Rumfelt Neighbors and brother of H. Russell Neighbors III passed onto our God's heaven in the early morning hours of January 20, 2021 at Memorial Mission Hospital after a short illness resulting from medical misdiagnosis.


Lance was a saved young man having made his decision after listening week in and week out to the preaching of friend and pastor Steve Durham who baptized him.  Lance was predeceased in death by his paternal grandparents, Harry R. (Bill) And Peggy Padgette Neighbors; his maternal grandmother, Shirley Haynes Rumfelt; and first cousin and good friend, Cayden Wayne Rumfelt.


Surviving Lance are his heartbroken parents, Russell and Patty Neighbors; big brother, Russell Neighbors III; grandfather, Wayne B. Rumfelt; uncle and aunt, Gary W. and Angela T. Rumfelt; and cousin, Abigail (Abby) Rumfelt.


Lance graduated from McDowell High School and the University of North Carolina-Asheville. He found his true calling in life when he joined the McDowell County Department of Social Services in Child protection. He loved his job, purpose, coworkers and the children he protected. Just as importantly, more so for his family, they all loved him. After his assentation to heaven, a co-worker told his family that "Lance had no idea he had positively touched so many lives from Winston-Salem to Hendersonville in his job. He was what we should all be".


Lance loved his dog, "The Deac" an orphan he brought home at 5 weeks and fed with a dropper, the Carolina Panthers, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Mustangs, Ford Trucks, Colt Pistols, chicken, pizza, making a deal--oh how he loved making a deal, his gun trading buddies, his high school buddies, buying low and selling high, WWII history, secretly buying necessities for those in need, life, his girlfriend Amber, his big brother Russ, his mama and daddy and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He collected, lived, laughed and loved. He would take his dad to chemo in Winston-Salem staying in the car 8 hours and come home and begin follow-up in his cases at work. While our hearts are broken by this gigantic hole in our family and lives, we have the blessed assurance of knowing Jesus was his and we shall see him again on the other side.  We thank God for the 28 wonderful years we had with him.


Lance will lie in state from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Beam Funeral Service & Crematory.


A private entombment will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery.


Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Lance’s memory are asked to consider, McDowell County Department of Social Services-Child Services, P.O. Box 338, Marion, North Carolina 28752.





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Russell and family, sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.. If there is any thing i can do for you let me know. Betty R Fender

Betty Fender Jan 28 2021 12:00 AM

Russell and family, Randy and I are so sad to read this news. Please accept our condolences. May you feel GODs loving arms around each of you during the days ahead. Hold close the wonderful memories you have knowing how much he loved you. You will remain in our prayers

Randy and Virginia Williams Jan 27 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lance Neighbors

Tammy Silver Jan 26 2021 12:00 AM

Dear family.so sorry to hear of your sons passing.Its not natural for a child to go before his
Losing your child is the hardest loss. It does not matter the age of your child..We know of your pain.God is with you, The pain goes so deep at times you do not feel Him God is there! Praying for your son too.His pain is is deep. Calvin and Brenda Mckinney

Calvin And Brenda Mckinney Jan 26 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lance Neighbors

Nancy Greene Jan 24 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lance Neighbors

Michael and Debi Ross Jan 24 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lance Neighbors

The Wyatt family Jan 23 2021 12:00 AM

Patty and Russell. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss.may god be with you at this difficult time.
Wishing you peace!
Bill josey and family

Bill Josey Jan 23 2021 12:00 AM

My heart goes out to you and your family. Lance was sweet and kind young man and I'm thankful for the testament he left. We love you and will keep you in our prayers.

Becky Stockton & Family Jan 23 2021 12:00 AM

Patti and Russell, our heart aches for your family but just remember you will see Lance again someday. Lance is only gone temporarily. We still remember him as the little boy that would come to our door on Halloween. He was always such a sweet little boy. May God be with you and all of his family and friends.

Bruce and Nancy Haynes Jan 23 2021 12:00 AM

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