MOUNT VERNON — Ireland “Junior” Vance Jr., 72, of Mount Vernon, passed away Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Oct. 30, 1944, in Grundy, Va., the son of Ireland and Ora (Matney) Vance Sr. Junior served during the Vietnam War in the United States Army and retired in 1996 after 31 years of employment with General Motors in Ontario.

Junior was a car enthusiast and not only was the 55 Nomad, 64 Corvette and 2010 Camaro SS his passion, but he also referred to them as “family.” Junior also enjoyed watching and talking about sports with his family and friends. He was an avid fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians. Junior was good man with a kind heart that will be sadly missed by many.

He is survived by a son, Troy (Linette) Vance of Mount Vernon and their children, Jordan, Jarod and Jacob Vance; a son, Chris (Mariann) Vance of Mount Vernon and their children, Cole and Cory Vance; three brothers, Gene (Kayleen) Vance of Chattanooga, Tenn., Gary (Linda) Vance of Mount Vernon, Greg (Lori) Vance of Fredericktown; three sisters, Avenelle (Ralph) Parker of Austin, Texas, Rinda (Ralph) White of Mount Vernon and Vera (Jim) Bridges of Howard.

Besides his parents Junior was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon A. (Miller) Vance, and a brother, Sonny Vance.

Friends may call Monday, from 5-8 p.m., at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon, where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Pastor Brad Duncan will be officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contribution in Junior’s name may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, OH 43050 or Knox County Kidney Center, 14 Woodlake Trail, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Ireland “Junior” Vance Jr.


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