OBITUARY

William Roger "Chigger" Vance

January 17, 1946May 12, 2014
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William Roger “Chigger” Vance, 68, passed away on Monday, May 12, 2014, in the Holston Valley Medical Center. Mr. Vance was born on January 17, 1946 in Elizabethton, TN the son of the late William Henry Vance and Bessie M. Miller Vance. Mr. Vance was a former resident of Roan Mountain, TN having attended Cloudland High School and a Vietnam Veteran 1966-1967 with the United States Army 53rd Signal Battalion. He received the following decorations, medals and citations; National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device, Marksman Badge M-14 Rifle, Vietnam Counter Offensive Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Vance was so proud of his Army Military Service to be passed on to his sons Roger “Todd” Vance who retired with 20 years of service and Kevin D. Vance who medically retired having served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2002 and both were highly decorated. His grandson PFC. Roger E. Vance is a Combat Medic in the 6th Ranger Training Battalion with the United States Army at Camp James E. Rudder and continues to carry on the family pride. He was a member of St. Lukes United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 979 of Kingsport. He retired from the Sprint Phone Company with 33 years of service as a PBX Installer Repair. He was preceded in death by one brother, Bobby Gene Vance and one sister, Virginia Holtzclaw. Mr. Vance is survived by his wife of 48 years, Vickie L. Vance; two sons, Roger “Todd” Vance and wife Debra of Huntsville, AL and Kevin D. Vance and wife Melissa of Murfreesboro, TN; seven grandchildren, Ashley Nichole Vance, PFC. Roger E. Vance, Austin Vance, Dylan Vance, Shelby Loyd, Jeff Loyd and Sam Loyd; two sisters, Elwanda Nave of Elizabethton, TN and Yvonne Birchfield and husband David of CA; two brothers, James R. Vance and wife Mavis of California and Kelly Vance and wife Ann of TN; one sister-in-law, Gladys M. Vance of Roan Mountain, TN; beloved dog, Crickett; and several special nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Mr. William Roger Vance will be held Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 7:00pm in the East Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Gerald Holly and Pastor Susan Arnold officiating. Honors will be rendered by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 979 of Kingsport. Graveside services will be held Friday, May 16, 2014 at 10:00am in the Happy Valley Memorial Park with military honors to be rendered by the American Legion Hammond Post #3 and Gate City Post #265. Pallbearers will be Mr. Vance’s sons and grandsons. Honorary pallbearer will be Paul Williams. The family will receive friend’s Thursday, May 15, 2014 in the East Lawn Funeral Home Chapel from 5:00pm until 7:00pm.The family wishes to say a special thanks to W3 Wilcox Hall Nursing Staff, D.O. Tonya Hall Carr and Dermatology Associates of Kingsport for continued support. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 979, PO Box 3983, Kingsport, TN 37664, Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or to charity of choice. East Lawn Funeral Home is serving the Vance family.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 15, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 15, 2014
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William Roger "Chigger" Vance

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Anthony Harris

May 23, 2014

Vickie and family,
I and the staff of East Lawn Funeral Home would like to express our appreciation to you and your family for having the confidence in us to handle the funeral arrangements for Mr. William Roger "Chigger" Vance. It was such an honor and privilege for me to get to serve you and your family. Through this time I feel that I have gotten to know you and your family on a personal basis. I really appreciate your Husband's service to our country having served in the United States Army and the legacy that your son's and grandson have carried on by serving our great country. Our prayers remain with your grandson who is currently serving that God will protect and keep him safe. East Lawn Funeral Home and I as your funeral director truly appreciates your trust that you placed in us to handle the funeral arrangements for Mr. Vance. In closing, please understand that our service and commitment to you and your family do not end with the burial of your loved one. I hope that our thoughtfulness and your memories will help carry you through this difficult time. Thank you again for allowing me and the staff of East Lawn Funeral Home to serve you and your family.

Jean Shell

May 17, 2014

Vicky & Family: May God be with you all. Roger was my " lil brother" growing up. Love to you all. Jean Shell

May 16, 2014

So sorry for your loss. Roger was not only a cousin, but a very close friend. He will always hold a place in my memory as one of the best.
Keith Johnson (Port St. Lucie, Fl)

Jean Starnes

May 15, 2014

Our Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Vickie. Bill was an exceptional man and we were blessed to have known him. Wayne and Jean Starnes

tammy miller-collins

May 15, 2014

Aunt vickie I will miss and love uncle roger so very much I will hold all the time we spent together when I was a child and as I grew up to be a adult in my heart. I will keep you in my prayers I love you aunt vickie.

Roger Krantz

May 14, 2014

Vickie, my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you and your family.

Jimmy Rhoton

May 14, 2014

Dear Vance Family: We are sorry for the loss of your love one, we both work with him at Sprint. Jimmy and Bobbie Rhoton

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May 13, 2014

Vickie my prayers r with you and ur family. May God rest his soul!

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May 13, 2014

Vickie my prayers r with you and ur family. May God rest his soul!

Vince and Deborah Goodman

May 13, 2014

Much love and prayers to Vickie and family. Bill was an exceptional man and neighbor. We will miss him greatly. Willowbrook will not be the same without him.