West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

William Vance

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.



  1. Charlie & Charlotte Herrick Hurtt
    February 4, 2015 @ 8:24 am

    Bill was blessed with a loving caregiver in his daughter Janette and he will be missed. Our sympathy to his family and friends.


  2. Teresa Tribble and Jeff Clinton
    February 7, 2015 @ 11:57 pm

    Bill was a wonderful person loved by many and will be missed by many until we meet again. RIP. My Thoughts and prayers will continue for the family and friends. My deepest sympathy. Janette I’m only a phone call away if you ever need me. God Bless.


  3. Bob and Mary Jo Smith
    February 12, 2015 @ 4:15 pm

    So very sorry to learn of Bill’s passing, Sympathies to his family. Bob enjoyed working at Post Office in Newport with Bill, all those years!


    February 13, 2015 @ 12:04 pm

    To the family of Mr. Vance. I live in Newport and used to work at Norman and Baker Pharmacy and took care of Mr and Mrs Vance for years. They have a special place in my heart and they were so dear to me. I love them both so very much. I am so sorry to hear of him passing away. God has a very special place for a man like that, and my heart weeps. So glad you put this in the independent i have been thinking of them the last few weeks. Is nt that ironic. Kelly


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