OBITUARY

Vance Barefoot

March 5, 1931February 16, 2021

Vance Barefoot, 89, of Satellite Beach, FL passed away on February 16, 2021 at his Florida home. Vance was born on March 5, 1931, in Whiteville, NC. During his life, he was a proud member of the United States Air Force, and worked on the Trident Missed Naval Ordinance Test Unit (NOTU).

Vance was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is preceded by his wife of 49 years, Betty Lea Barefoot.

He is survived by his children, Buck Barefoot of Melbourne, FL; daughter, LeAnne Barefoot of Satellite Beach, FL; and son, James (Carla) Barefoot from Crescent City, FL; grandchildren, Paige and Kacey Whitlock and Aaron and Zachary Barefoot; great-grandchildren, Nolan Jackson, and Blossom Barefoot.

Vance lived an active and fulfilling life. He was interested and involved in many things, especially cultivating long-time friendships and mentoring young generations of fellow military men and women. He enjoyed the simple things in life. Golf was his favorite pastime, but nothing meant more to him than his family.

He lived a very honorable, distinguished and simple life. A good friend to many; he will be remembered by his knowledge and wisdom and caring and compassionate nature.

A Visitation will be held Saturday, February 27, 2021 at the Life Event Center at Florida Memorial, 5950 S US Highway 1 in Rockledge. FL from 10am to 11am with a funeral service beginning at 11am.

Visitors to Vance’s online obituary are encouraged to leave a cherished memory or a word of encouragement to the family.

Services

27 February

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Life Event Center at Florida Memorial

5950 South US Highway 1
Rockledge, Florida

27 February

Funeral Service

11:00 am

Life Event Center at Florida Memorial

5950 South US Highway 1
Rockledge, Florida

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Brenda Harley

February 26, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Vances passing . I have fond memories of the summer I spent with all you guys and got to go to my first rock concerts where Buck was playing with his band . I went with Jimmy and Leanne to the beach and tried to surf. What a failure I was at it . I remember becoming close to a cute guy in the neighbor hood and laying in the yard and looking up a the stars on clear nights . Your dad and mom were always so kind . I remember your dad taking us to the launch pads and being so proud of being involved with the missile and space programs . He was also very proud of you guys ,his children. I am at least happy we saw and spent time together in the last few years . I now wish we had more time together. He was a special and loving man. You should be proud to have had him as your father. May God grant him his loving Grace in his life in heaven. Your loving cousin’s Brenda Harley, Terry Barefoot
,Ricky Barefoot, Alan Barefoot and sister in law Francis Barefoot and friend John Wester.

Fallon Barefoot

February 20, 2021

I’m at a loss for words.. I haven’t seen my Uncle Vance in years. I know he’s looking down on me, and my baby boy even tho he did not get a chance to meet him.. I know he lived a very fulfilled life & god chooses every person at a specific time for a reason. We love you Uncle Vance!

This pic is from a few years back, not the last time I saw him but pretty close.. he always brought so much happiness when he came to visit..

Regina Barefoot

February 20, 2021

I am sorry to hear this. Uncle Vance`s bright smile, and outgoing personality, will never be replaced.

Linda Baker

February 20, 2021

I apologize that these posts are out of order. Here is what was supposed to be the first photo. Picture of Vance with 3 of my dad's other Air Force buddies at Vance AFB in Enid OK in 1952. The 4 guys, in no order, are Vance, Bob Wilson, Leonard Newton and Dalton Taylor. RIP

Linda Baker

February 20, 2021

Here is the 2nd photo - same guys.

Linda Baker

February 20, 2021

My sincere sympathy to the family of Vance Barefoot. He was a good friend of my dad's (Harold Wickman) when they served in the Air Force together. He also visited my mom and dad once in Georgia when he was on his way to Florida. I came across an envelope a couple weeks ago from a Christmas card he sent to my mom and dad in 2006 - I looked him up on the internet and saw that he was still alive. I was going to write a letter to him and see what memories he had of the Air Force days. Today I looked up his name again and saw the sad news. I have a picture of Vance and my dad somewhere - I'll try to find it and share it on this site. Again, I am so sorry for your loss.

Gina Derenge

February 19, 2021

Van was our neighbor for 23 years. He was like another grandfather to our children, Mike and EB. Kacey and EB were best friends growing up, and Van would be at their soccer games throughout the years and took EB and Kacey to Friendly's for dinner. It is sad to think of his passing. Our thoughts are with his family. He will be missed.

Cecil Snipes

February 19, 2021

I had the pleasure of knowing Vance many years and our paths had crossed many years earlier in the military but did not know him at that time. We become friends at the Cape and enjoyed our trips to Gulf Port to play golf. A great memory to share is when we were at Gulf Port, we would have dinner in the hotel. The crab legs were unlimited so he and I headed straight for them. The waiter would bring over a gallon bucket to put the shells in since we eat our share. Our two traveling buddies said they were embarrassed to sit with us. Didn't bother us as we did the same thing each evening. He was a great guy and will be missed.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY