DANVILLE — Earl Junior Vance, 81, of Danville died on May 31, 2010, at 11:26 a.m. with his three children at his bedside.
He was born in Homecreek, Va., on Oct. 27, 1928, to Earl Harvey and Garnett (Nichole) Vance, who preceded him in death. Also deceased are a brother; Bernard Vance; and his wife, Lula Mae Vance.
He is survived by a son, Monte Lee (Shawn) Vance of Danville; daughters, Sandra Kay Jackson and Suzy Dianne Hagans, both of Danville; grandchildren, Surita, Eva Mae, Shirlena, Melissa, Karen, Amy, Amber and Earl Martin; 13 great-grandchildren; a half brother, Lawrence Hagy of Virginia; and a half sister, Peggy Hagy of Wainwright, Fla.
He was a member of the New Harvest Community Gathering House of the Lord in Mount Vernon.
Earl enjoyed working hard for his family, and would take any job to help them through the hard and good times. Those jobs included Cooper-Bessemer (Rolls-Royce), Purdy’s Sand and Gravel, Kenyon College Food Services, and custodian for both the Danville Post Office and High School. He was also a volunteer fireman for the Danville Fire Department. Above all, the one job he had and enjoyed the most and gave him such pleasure, was being a volunteer Reserve Auxiliary Officer for the Danville Police Department for 24 years, where he worked along with his son, Monte, now Chief of Police.
He lived for and served our Lord Jesus Christ for 65 years. Because of the dedication of both Earl and his wife Mae’s lifelong commitment to Jesus, their children want to express their utmost gratitude, joy, love and highest respect for the intimate relationship we now have with our Lord and Savior. Because of our parents’ example of that type of relationship with Jesus, Monte, Sandra and Suzy are committed to passing on that inheritance to their families and the world.
Daddy, you are now with Jesus and our loving mother. When our work here on earth is done, we too will be with Jesus, and together again as a family. We love you Daddy.
A funeral service will be held Friday, June 4, at 1 p.m. at the New Harvest Church at 56 Mansfield Ave., Mount Vernon. Pastor Monte Vance will officiate. Burial will follow in Workman Cemetery in Danville. Calling hours will be Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Danville, and from 11 a.m. until service time at the church Friday.
Memorial donations can be made to the Danville Fire Department (EKCJFD), P.O. Box 526, Danville, OH 43014; or to Acclaim Hospice, 2800 Corporate Exchange Drive, Columbus, OH 43231. Visit www.fischerfuneralhome.com.