He was born in Hartwell to Eugene Walter (Buster) Mance and Icy Moore Mance.
In addition to his parents, Walter was preceded in death by: his two sons, Chris, who lost his battle with cancer on April 29, 2012, and Anthony Mance; a brother, James Sullivan Moore; and a sister, Mary Helen Brown.
He is survived by: his loving wife of 55 years, Mary Evelyn Owens Mance; two daughters, Cheryl Long and husband the Rev. Farris Long Sr. of Clayton and Sheila Mance Wright and husband Tracy of Martin; a daughter-in-law, Phyllis Mance of Gainesville; a brother, Willie Lee Mance of Philadelphia; two sisters, Janie Mance Scott of Clayton and Alma Jean Mance Masih of Newnan; three sisters-in-law; and five brothers-in law; six grandchildren, Lavon Scott of Eastanollee, Keyshia Mayfield of Clayton, Trey Wright of Clayton, Brian Mance of Gainesville, Shlea Wright of Martin and Farris Mance of Gainesville; and a great-grandchild, Isia Wilmont of Clayton.
Walter worked as a butcher for the Clayton Super Market, and attended Ivy Hill Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, sports, the Atlanta Braves, gardening and working with his flowers. His family always came first, and he was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Ivy Hill Baptist Church with elder Hubert Grant officiating. Burial followed at Penland Cemetery.
Donations in Walter Mance’s memory may be made to the Ivy Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 80, Clayton, GA 30525; or to the Chris Mance Scholarship Fund.
Beck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at http://www.beckfuneralhome.com.
The Clayton Tribune, Aug. 2, 2012