William Lee “Bill” Vance went home to be with his Lord on February 3, 2015. Bill was born August 11, 1927, in Newport, Arkansas to Will and Virginia Vance. Bill served his country as a member of the United States Army during World War II. He found his soul mate and the love of his life when he met Minnie Bell Hall and the two were married on February 28, 1959. Bill and Minnie had two children, Janette Privett and husband, Jackie Privett of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas and Allen Vance and wife, Linda Vance of Bradford, Arkansas. Bill always took pride in providing for his family and was a letter carrier for the United States Post Office until he retired. Ever the hard worker, Bill continued to work various jobs and always enjoyed staying busy. Bill was a “tinkerer” and found pleasure in working with his hands, fixing small engines, televisions, and radios. Nothing in the Vance home was ever thrown away because “Daddy could fix it.” Bill was also known for his warm smile and his sense of humor, always enjoying a good joke.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of fifty-five years; two children; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Vernie Kemp; and one grandson, Chad Vance.
Bill’s family would like to thank the staff of Shady Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Thayer, Missouri for the excellent care they have provided Bill for the last few years. Their kindness and consideration have allowed Bill and Minnie to remain side by side.
The family would also like to thank the staff of Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri and Three Rivers Hospice for the care and compassion they showed not only to Bill, but also to those who loved him during his final days.
Funeral Services for Mr. Vance will held at 2:00 PM, Friday, February 6, 2015, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Charles Morgan officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home in Thayer on Friday, February 6th from 1:00 PM until the time of the service.
Burial will be in the Camp Cemetery at Camp, Arkansas, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.