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Little Dove United Baptist Church
Friday June 27th, 2014

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Little Dove United Baptist Church
Saturday June 28th, 2014

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Dixie (Tootsie) Lee Preece Vance

Dixie Lee “Tootsie” Preece Vance, 88, of Day Star Road passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Born July 5, 1925 on Preece Bottom Road, she was the daughter of the late Francis Marion and Nancy Jane Maynard Preece. Tootsie was preceded in death by her husband, Millard Fillmore Vance Sr.; sons, Ralph Jack Vance and Millard Fillmore Vance Jr.; daughter-in-law, Truda Pridemore Vance; son-in-law, Garland Shuping; grandson, Millard Fillmore Vance III; brothers and sisters-in-law, Hi (Alice) Preece, Francis Marion “Bud” (Mae) Preece, John (Liz) Preece, Jack (Frances) Preece, and Harold Preece; sisters and brothers-in-law, Esta (Adam) Evans, Mary (Abe) Sheppard, Emma (Comfort) Hall, Mattie (Columbus) Runyon, and Brookie Stapleton. Survivors include sons, Ermal Lewis (Sharon) Vance, John Paul (Kelly) Vance, Terry Lee Vance, Joseph (Tjuania) Vance; daughters, Janice Kay (Jim) Runyon, Ruth Elaine (Wallace) Looney, Tammy Lynn (Bobby) Newsome, Pamela Sue (Ron) Matney; son-in-law Sonny Hundley; daughters-in-law, Phyllis Boren Adkins and Beulah Vance; sister-in-law, Drema Preece; 37 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, 3 great, great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. At the age of 18, Tootsie, along with her sister, Brookie, niece, Audrey Sheppard, and neighbor, Susie Meadows were recruited to join the wartime effort and boarded a train to Elkton, Maryland to work in an ammunition plant. “Boom-Boom Girls” at Triumph Explosives Industries risked their lives to supply our country with ammunition. Tootsie spoke fondly of her adventures during World War II. The Vance family is comforted by the memories of Tootsie’s and Millard’s love and kindness. Their home overflowed with love, laughter, children, guests, and hospitality. We would like to thank Tootsie’s caregivers, Sandy Turner, Marlene Mollett, Ellen Newsome, Kimberly Crank, Rebecca Crank, and Savannah Hall. We would also like to thank Melissa Davis, Stephanie, and Dr. Stollings of Hospice of Chapmanville, WV, and Dr. Vyas of Williamson, WV. The family will have visitation on Friday, June 27, 2014 from 6-10 p.m. at Little Dove United Baptist Church of Belo, WV. Funeral services will be conducted at the church on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. The Reverend James Maynard will officiate. Burial will follow at the Preece Cemetery. Sons and grandsons will serve as pallbearers and Big Jim Hatfield will serve as honorary pallbearer. The family is being served by James Funeral Home of Logan, WV.

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My heartfelt sympathies to each and everyone. Its been years since I left Mingo Co. but my heart is still there. My grandmother Esta's youngest sister, I will always remember her kindness and laughter.

Marjorie Dillon Caffrey Jul 7 2014 4:00 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. We have our memories and will cherish them always. I love all of you very much.

Margie S. Parsley Jun 26 2014 2:11 PM

Dear Family Members: I, too, have cherished memories of times with cousins and aunts at Grandmother Preece's house and the fun that Aunt Tootsie always provided. I always thought she was beautiful and her fun-loving spirit and energy was unmatched. She possessed a kind, caring, beautiful soul. I loved her very much. I am the daughter of her sister, Emma Elizabeth, and unfortunately did not get to see her much after my Momma died. But, nothing can take away treasured memories. My heartfelt sympathy to all of the family; I thank God that we have been abundantly blessed with a large loving family. WHEN WE ALL GET TO HEAVEN WHAT A DAY OF REJOICING THAT WILL BE!!! My thoughts and love to all of you. Wish I could be there and give everyone a tremendous hug! May the Holy Spirit bring you comfort and peace knowing that Aunt Tootsie has made her journey HOME----we WILL see her again. PTL!! Cousin Kat

Kathryn Hall Siford Jun 26 2014 11:05 AM

My deepest sympathy goes out to my dear cousins for the loss of your Mother, my beloved Aunt Tootsie. All of our lives were blessed by her loving care. My heart breaks for you. Some of my fondest memories are at the old home place and I will always picture Aunt Tootsie in my mind as she was then in the late 50's/early 60's...beautiful and so full of love and life. I always loved to hear hers and our Mother's stories of when the four of them were young and starting their lives together...Aunt Tootsie and Uncle Millard, Lafe and Audrey. Mother and Uncle Millard were just alike, serious and level headed and Daddy and Aunt Tootsie were fun loving, adventurous and full of mischief. Mother told us that Uncle Millard was never the same after he was crushed so bad in the mines. I never knew just how tight the four of them were until later in life. I understood them all so much better through talking to Mother the last year of her life. With love, Kat

Kathy Vance Tomblin Jun 26 2014 6:57 AM