John Michael “Foots” Vance age 66, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013, at his home, in Pheba.
He was born December 30, 1946, in Houston, to Anna Lloyd Fant Morgan and Lt. Col John Gurney Vance.
He was a conductor with the Kansas City Southern Railroad for 30 years and was a member of Cedar Bluff Baptist Church. He was an avid Bulldog Fan, and he just loved all his grandchildren. He had hired out in 1971 with the G.M. & O. Railroad. He retired from the Kansas City Southern Railroad. He never met a stranger and all that met him loved him and he enjoyed all his friends. He had served in Mississippi National Guard-Eupora. John Michael Vance married Flora Virginia McKee on June 17, 1978, in Pheba.
Funeral services were Sunday, March 17, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Andy Parrish officiating. Burial followed in Providence Cemetery Maben. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife Flora Virginia McKee Vance of Pheba, his daughter, Tia McMullin Perkins (Jimmy) of Harahan, La., his sons, Terry Colin McMullin (Sherry) of Mantee, John Michael Vance, Jr. (Stacy) of Houlka, Bradley Scott Vance (Jill) of Houlka, Tony Kevin Vance (Ashley) of Starkville, nine grandchildren, Kayla Huffman, Paxton Peay, Kane Perkins, Cole McMullin, Joe Riley McMullin, Jovi McMullin, Audrey Vance, Johnny Vance, and Trace Vance. His father Lt. Col. John Gurney Vance (Bruna) of Montgomery, Ala., and Mother, Anna Lloyd Morgan of Eupora, three sisters, Tanna Gary (Mike) of Eupora, Brenda Gary (Don) of Eupora, Elanora Orgish (Scott) of Houston, Texas, and all his brothers and sisters-in-law. Preceding him in death were his grandparents, John Ed and Edna Vance, Samuel and Georgia Fant, step-father, Willis Morgan, and a special uncle Monk Fant.
Pallbearers were Casey Terrell Weeks, Toby McKee, Perron Sizemore, Joe Jack White, Jimmy Perkins, Josh McKee, Ren Gary, and Robbie Hubbard.
Honorary pallbearers are former co-workers with Kansas City Southern Railroad, Staff Cancer Center in Starkville, Staff at North MS Medical Center-Tupelo, Staff Starkville Wal-Mart Pharmacy, Staff of Gentiva Hospice.
Memorials may be made to Providence Cemetery Fund, c/o Mrs. Gola McMullen, 4581 MS Hwy 15, Maben, MS 39750.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com