Lester William Vance of Berryman, Missouri was born October 28, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri to James Franklin and Lena Tulock Vance and passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the age of 89 years, 2 months and 29 days.
At Berryman, Missouri in 1951, Lester married Lottie King.
Lester served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He was employed as a house mover for 20 years then became a carpenter for several years and was a member of the Carpenter’s Union. During that time he helped build the Potosi Prison. He and Lottie were members of the Lay Builders, helping to build churches in Missouri and in other states. Lester was a faithful member of the Courtois Baptist Church for 26 years where he served as a deacon. He enjoyed fishing and hunting in his spare time.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lena Vance; infant son, Billy Vance; son-in-law, Ben Eudy; brothers, Gene Vance, Dale Vance, Tom (Stella) Vance and Robert Vance; sisters, Lee (John) Kearney, his twin, Esther (Chuck) Williams Clonts, Elsie (Clyde) Hill and Freida Vance; sisters and brothers-in-law, Arthur King, Walter King, infant Delmar King and Rachel (Edmond) Adams.
He is survived by his wife of almost 68 years, Lottie Vance; son, Johnny (Dawn) Vance of Arnold, Missouri; daughters, Bonnie Eudy and Connie Vance both of Fenton, Missouri; three grandchildren, Amber (Alex) Held, Heather Vance and Andrew Vance; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jerry (Geraldine) King, Mary (Robert) Hutson, all of Berryman, Missouri, Bernieth King of Hillsboro, Missouri and Margie King of Cuba, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri with Bro. Andrew Keymann officiating. Special music of “I’ll Meet You in the Morning,” “This World is Not My Home” and “Wait Till You See my Brand New Home” was sung and played by the Chosen Generation, Lena Medley, Anna Edgar, Larry Sherrill and Geraldine Sherrill.
Committal prayer and interment were in the Berryman Cemetery, Berryman, Missouri.
Casket bearers were Bobby Hutson, Mike Mounce, Rusty Mounce, Andrew Vance, Ronnie Hill, Wayne Weppner Johnny Harmon and Bro. Andrew Keymann.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.