Epsaya Clanton

Known as “Eppie” to her college and World War II friends. Born Aug. 25, 1923, to Robert Carl and Eunice Spencer Vance. Martha Epsya Vance Clanton died July 11, 2013, at NMMC in Tupelo.

Survivors include one son, Sonny Clanton of Calhoun City; three daughters, Melissa Clanton and Margaret Deavenport of Calhoun City, Candy Clanton of New Orleans; one granddaughter, Emily Rennie of Calhoun City; one stepgranddaughter, Rebekah Cruice of New Orleans; one great-granddaughter, Margaret Taylor Rennie of Calhoun City; one sister, Otye Vance Hitt of Corinth.

Epsya attended Mississippi College, worked at the Army Air Corps base in Greenville during WWII, was an elementary school teacher, a homemaker and an employee of the accounting department at Kellwood Company.

She became a member of Springhill Baptist Church at the age of 8. At the time of her death, she was a member of First Baptist Church, Calhoun City.

Her visitation will be held Saturday, July 13, 2013, from 9:30 am until service time at First Baptist Church in Calhoun City. Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jimmy Vance and Dr. Jon Doler officiating. Burial will be at Vance Cemetery near Slate Springs. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers are J.R. Denton, Eddie Helms, Wood Spencer, Sidney Weddle, Willie Jobe West and Mike Wright. Honorary pallbearers are Stanley Criss, Harry Davis, Buddy Doler, Stephen Farmer, Braxton Franks and Jimmy Taylor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mississippi Baptist Children’s Village, P.O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060-0027 or Vance Cemetery Fund in care of Jody Doler, P.O. Box 286, Calhoun City, MS 38916.

A message from Epsya:

“When someone dies and funeral services are held, the speaker or speakers always tell how wonderful, good or great that person was. I don’t want that done. I was just a normal person and whatever good I may have done was balanced by some unkind or thoughtless deeds I may have done, whether I was aware of them or not.

God was good to me. He gave me godly parents and four wonderful children who were always there when I needed them. He also blessed me with two beloved grandchildren, Emily and Rebekah, and the best, my great-granddaughter Maggie. And of course, all of my friends.

Billy Graham once said that no matter how old you live to be, life is too short! That is so true.

This is what I would like everybody to remember…There are no second chances. Try to live so there will be few regrets. Try to forget your mistakes and move on. Make someone happy everyday. And don’t forget to hug people – some may not like it, but most will and it will probably bring a lot of smiles.”

Online condolences may be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.

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