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.