Dr. Nance was Past President of the New Hanover-Pender County Medical Society and the NC Orthopaedic Association. He served in numerous local, regional and state leadership positions and was an active member of the North Carolina Medical Society. He served as the volunteer team physician for the New Hanover High School football team for 23 years, receiving the NC High School Athletic Association’s Unsung Hero Award in 1994. He also received the Ederhause Senior Professional Award in 2003 and the NC Orthopaedic Association Distinguished Orthopaedists Award in 2002. He was contributing author of Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care, 1967. He received his MD from Duke University School of Medicine, interned at the Medical College of Virginia, and completed A General Surgical Residency and a Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at NC Memorial Hospital. He also served as a Medical Officer in the US Army Medical Corps.
Dr. Nance is survived by his wife of nearly 52 years, Linda Patton Nance, a son and a daughter, and four granddaughters, and by his sister, Ruth Nance Montfort of Charlotte. Memorials may be made to the Special Music Fund: First Presbyterian Church, 125 South Third Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.