Royal Parker “R.P.” Lancaster, 76, of Lexington, passed away June 13, 2012 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
He was born March 27, 1936 in Anson County to John Bowden and Octavia Parker Lancaster.
Lancaster started his career as a principal in the Anson County School System. He then taught at Hanes High School, Glenn High School and East Forsyth High School. He coached all sports throughout his career, and was an activity director. Lancaster was instrumental in developing the in-school suspension program for the state of North Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Marjy Everette and Leigh Ann Styers; and a grandson, Tyler Styers. Surviving is his wife of 19 years, Joyce Lancaster; three sons, Zip Lancaster (Deborah), John Lancaster (Robin), and stepson Eddie Wilson (Jennifer); two daughters, Christy Daniels (Michael) and Suzy Cox (Mike); his grandchildren and great grandchildren; two brothers, Billy and Kenneth (Georgette) Lancaster; and one sister, Donna Tucker (Frank).
A memorial service was held June 15 at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with Pastor Jeffery D. Purdue officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home following the service.
Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.