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Ralph Vance

Ralph Jack Vance,66, passed away on Saturday, February 12,2011. He was born December 13, 1944 at Myrtle,WV. He was the son of Dixie Vance and the late Millard Vance. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 37 years, Truda Kaye Pridemore Vance. Also preceding him in death were his father, Millard Vance, and brother, Millard Vance II. Jack is survived by his sons, Joseph ( Tjuania) Vance of Myrtle, WV, Brett (Wendy) Vance of Johns Creek, Ky, and Jack (Jessica) Vance of Alum Creek, WV; daughters Jaclyn Vance and Dusty Vance of Johns Creed, Ky; grandchildren, Joseph Vance II of Lexington, Va, Brieanna Vance of Lexington, Ky, Kevin Whisman of Logan, WV, Tara Preece, of Morgantown, WV, and Jennifer Caldwell of Delbarton, WV. Great Grandchildren include Braxton Whisman, Andrew Preece, and Kaitlyn Caldwell. Also surviving are his mother Cixie Preece Vance; brothers, John Vance, Terry Vance and Ermal Vance; his sisters, Janice Runyon Elaine Vance, Tammy Newsome and Pamela Matney. Jack had a host of nephews, neices, and friends. Jack graduated from Lenore High School in 1963. He was a member of the Duncan Fork United Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon for many years. He retired from Hobet Mining after 31 years of service and was a proud member of the UMWA, having held various positions including President of the Local 5817. Jack was drafted into the Army where he proudly served as a truck driver in Vietnam. Jack enjoyed speding time with his friends, family and his Jack Russell Terrier, Rimshot. He was extremely proud to have worked for forty-five years before his retirement. He was a dedicated family man that believed in sterring a good example for his children to follow. He often boasted that they were his proudest accomplishment in life. He will be missed by all who knew him. Visitation will be held at 6p.m. on Tuesday, February 15,2011, at Duncan Fork United Baptist Church. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 2 p.m. with burial to follow at the Preece Cemetery. Reverend Eddie Layne and Reverend Dennie Evans will officiate. His sons, nephews, and friends will serve as pall bearers.

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Jack, I am so sorry about your dad's passing. Please know that I will keep your family in my prayers & if you all need anything at all please let me know. Love you, Aunt Sheila

Sheila Erwin Mar 10 2011 12:00 AM



Dear Family of Jack Vance - I am so very sorry to hear of Jack's recent illness and passing. As Granny Vance taught so many of us many years ago, we know that through Jesus Christ our Lord we have such a wonderful opportunity to meet again on that heavenly shore. I know you will miss him alot, but he is in God's wonderful care now. Jesus never does a thing that is wrong, he is as perfect as the day is long. My prayers are with you now. Love you all. Mary

Mary E. Vance Mar 10 2011 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss, Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and the days to come.We love all of the family very much.God Bless.

Gary and Mary Edwards Mar 10 2011 12:00 AM

So sorry for the lost of this very fine person. I know he was a stable backbone of the family. Now all we have to do is follow the Lord and go to meet all our loved ones.........I'm sure they were there to meet Jack when the angel brought him home........FAMILY, JUST THINK OF IT.......WITH ALL THOSE NICE LOVED ONE WE HAVEN'T SEEN IN YEARS......

Betty Sheppard Dulcie Mar 10 2011 12:00 AM

I was shocked and sad when I learned that Jack had passed on. I loved him very much and love all of you. James and I will pray for the Lord's Holy Spirit to comfort you and bless you as you adjust to this life without Jack's presence. God's grace is sufficient you all you need.

Zelora Mar 10 2011 12:00 AM