Let the memory of Herman be with us forever.
  • 74 years old
  • Born on September 4, 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States.
  • Passed away on March 3, 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States.
The Man. The Myth. The Putting Legend...most importantly, a great ‘man of faith’ went to be with our Heavenly Father on Sunday, March 3rd. Herm, Daddy, Pop and Poppa will be greatly missed but so glad his suffering is no more...every health challenge he faced he met with super courage and strong faith, leading his family to nick-name him ‘Superman’. 
Herman never met a stranger and was not bashful about sharing Jesus with anyone he met. He was a man of great integrity, compassion and full of life. He taught us all to be confident, honest, loving and to never give up. He grew up in Birmingham, where at the age of 13 started singing in the choir for Highlands Methodist Church. He graduated from Ramsay High School, then on to Montevallo and graduated from his beloved University of Alabama. Thereafter, Herman joined the 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Green Beret, for the United States Army and was a Paratrooper.
He met the love of his life, Beverly Elliott Lance in Birmingham while working for IBM. They are a shining example of what love and commitment meant. They would have been married 48 years in October. 
Herman was very proud of his 2 children, Kelly Lance Spencer and Casey Lance. Kelly was always “Daddy’s little girl” and was affectionately known as his “favorite daughter”. Kelly’s husband, Sean Spencer was like another son to him whom he loved and respected greatly. Herman loved watching his oldest grandson, Slayton Landon Spencer (14) play soccer and always had time to play trains with Reilly George Spencer (10) when he was younger. Casey was known as “little buddy” to his Dad and grew up roaming the sidelines of Bama helping his Dad take pictures and, of course, watching Bama football together was their special bonding time. Casey married Leslie O’Hare, who was adored by Herman. They gave him 3 more grandchildren to entertain him: Sawyer Owen Lance (5) loves sports; Wilder Evans Lance (3) our builder and Elliott (Ellie) O’Hare Lance (3) was Poppa’s little princess. Herman loved his church, his church family and his pastor. Herman is one of the great ones...and he will always be with us in spirit.
There will be a private family memorial service at the Veterans Memorial Wall at Aldridge Gardens. There will be a ‘Celebration of His Life’ at The Club, one of Herman’s very favorite places, on Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 5:00pm-8:00pm. The Club 1 Robert S Smith Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Stroke Association or the Alabama Kidney Foundation. 
We will miss our favorite superhero...our ‘Superman’.

Professional services provided by W.E. Lusain Funeral Home and Crematory, Birmingham, Alabama. 

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