OBITUARY

Vance Heafner

August 11, 1954September 26, 2012

Clayton Vance Heafner, Jr., noted PGA professional and the first North Carolina State Golf All-American, passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2012.

Vance, born in Charlotte, North Carolina, was the oldest son of legendary golfer Clayton Vance Heafner, Sr. and Mary Ellen Allen. Vance and his father distinguished themselves as members of a select group of father-son PGA professionals. Individually, they both won PGA titles and each had the distinction of competing in the Masters Golf Tournament.

Vance generously used his talent in golf to serve others. He was a board member of the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic. He served on the board of the Carolina Classic Nike Golf Tour Event benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Wake County. Vance also actively supported the First Tee National School Program, providing learning facilities and programs that promote character development through the game of golf.

Vance attended North Carolina State University where he was the first NC State golfer to be named a three-time All-American. His amateur career included wins at the North Carolina Amateur Golf Tournament, the Carolinas Open, the Porter Cup, as well as the Eastern Amateur Golf Championship. He was a member of the 1977 Walker Cup Championship Team. In 1978, he went on to play on the PGA tour, winning the Walt Disney World Classic Team Championship with Mike Holland. His fellow golfers appreciated Vance’s unique sense of humor and engaging personality. He was frequently a fan favorite. Following his PGA career, Vance was Director of Golf at Prestonwood Country Club for twenty years.

Vance married Raleigh native, Paige Leigh Anderson, in 1980. Their daughters, Elizabeth Paige Heafner and Allison Frances Heafner, both reside in Raleigh. The dedication Vance had to his golf career was surpassed only by his dedication to his family. He committed his spare time and energy to being a devoted father. Vance’s great pride in his children found him faithfully attending dance recitals, Broughton cheerleading events, UNC dance team performances, the debutante ball, sorority parents' weekends, and numerous other activities that included his “girls”. Nothing brought a smile to his face quicker than the mention of his children.

He is also survived by siblings Donna Allen and Michael Heafner, both of Fayetteville.

Services celebrating Vance's life will be Tuesday at 2 PM at the First Presbyterian Church, 112 S. Salisbury Street in Raleigh. Family Visitation will take place at the church immediately following the ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Vance's memory can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 7721 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27615, The Healing Place of Wake County, 1251 Goode Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603, or First Presbyterian Church of Raeigh, 112 S. Salisbury Street. Raleigh, NC

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, October 2, 2012
  • Visitation after Service Tuesday, October 2, 2012
REMEMBERING

Vance Heafner

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Elsie King

October 7, 2012

I was so shocked to hear about Vance.
I knew him when I worked at MacGregor
Downs Country Club. He was a very fine
person.

Greg Guman

October 2, 2012

Vance will be missed, working for him for 17 years, I was fortunate to know the real, big hearted, caring Vance. These times I will never forget. Paige, Lizzie and Allie, I love you guys. God Bless. Rest in peace V man.

Your's Truely,
Greg Guman, Paula, Caroline, and Ashley, Wilmington NC

LiliRomaine

October 1, 2012

Vance came into my life when he married my friend Paige Anderson. Through the youngest years with Lizzie and Allie, we knocked back a lot of milk, cheerios and fish-sticks together. The soundtrack to "The Little Mermaid" was the background music for many joyful hours.
Great holidays. Great birthdays. So much laughter. We rarely spoke about golf. Thanks for sharing your life, your wife, and your children.

C Hidalgo

September 30, 2012

Vance and his family are in my thoughts and prayers. I had the the pleasure of getting to know Vance over the past few years and I am grateful for the caring and support he extended to me and my family. We will miss him, but he will live on in our hearts.
God Bless

Pamela Richardson

September 29, 2012

Vance was a great friend all through our school years. He was quick to smile and engage everyone in his humorous antics. I enjoyed watching him play golf at MacGregor Downs and in college. I only saw him a couple of times since college at Prestonwood, but always considered Vance a friend. Praying for all of his family. Pamela Jones Richardson CHS 72, NCSU 76

Elizabeth Wallace

September 28, 2012

Paige, Lizzie & Allie,
My thoughts & prayers go out to you during this time. I have such great memories of times spent with you, Paige & Vance, years ago - with children on the way. Vance was always a great person to be with, and such a proud husband & father. Paige, please know that you are so special & that I love you !
Elizabeth Wallace

Dan & Sherry Harris

September 28, 2012

Prayers are being lifted as God now wraps his arms around Vance and his family. We will remember Vance for his smile, sweet soul, and kind words. He has gone ahead to start the golf academy, and we will join him someday and continue to enjoy the sport and all the friendships that surround.

Becky Clark

September 28, 2012

Vance was a neighbor, childhood friend and a classmate......he and his Aunt and Uncle, brother Mike and sister Donna have a special place in my life and my thoughts are with them and Vance's family......Becky CHS 1972

September 28, 2012

The Heafner family is lifted up tonight. Vance was always a friend & I will miss his friendship. Hope you all can find comfort in the many prayers that are being said. Stacy O. Hooks CHS 1973

Wendy Buchan

September 28, 2012

You and your family have touched and will forever be a part of my life, peace to you and your soul V