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James Elmer Dance

July 14, 1932 - November 24, 2017

James Elmer Dance age 85 of the Wrightsboro Community died on Friday, November 24, 2017.

He was born in Conway, SC on July 14, 1932 to George W. Dance and Ethel Baker Dance.  Preceded in death by his parents; his son, James Leon “Jimmy” Dance; brother George W. Dance, Jr.; sister in-law Bonnie Dance; brother in-law Wilbur Holden.

Elmer is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Lou Holden Dance; his daughter Cathy Dance Harmon and husband Tom of Columbia, SC; grandchildren, Catherine and Hannah Harmon; brother Archel S. Dance and sister, Etheline Holden; sister in-law Edna Dance; nephews Gary Dance, Wayne and Greg Holden; nieces Brenda Dempsey and Laura Gray.

Elmer worked for Stewart Sandwiches as a District Manager until his retirement and was a proud US Navy Veteran. He was an active member of Wrightsboro Baptist Church for over 50 years, he served on many committees, sang in the choir and served as a Deacon. During his retirement he enjoyed traveling, and spending many hours caring for his lawn and flowers. It was his pride and joy.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held 11 am Monday, November 27, 2017 at Wrightsboro Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Mike Lewis. The family will greet friends an hour prior to the service at the church.

A special thanks to the many friends, neighbors, and his church family for all of their love and support during his 15 months of illness.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st St., Wilmington, NC 28403  910-791-9099.

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