HOUSTON – Robert E. “R.E.” Vance, 83, of Houston, died Friday, May 16, 2014, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born April 6, 1931, in Clay County to Frank Burkett Vance and Mary Elizabeth Walls Vance. He was a retired fitting welder for B&W, a member of Macedonia United Methodist Church, a Purple Heart recipient from the Korean Conflict Veteran and the past All American Commander of the Tupelo VFW Post 4057 for the years of 1990 and 1991. He loved to hunt, fish and garden.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with the Rev. Mark Hoover and the Rev. Steve Lampkin officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Marie Allen Vance of Houston; his daughter, Gayle and Mike Malone of Nettleton; his sisters, Grace McClain of Vardaman and Joyce and James Hooper of Eupora; his grandchildren, Amber Michelle Jenkins and Melissa Tanksley; his great-grandchildren, Zoe Wright, Cash Christian, Aaron Tanksley, Andrew Tanksley and Alavia Tanksley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ruble Vance; and his sisters, Hazel Griffin, Earline Whitt, Christine Wright and Sible Vanlandingham.
Pallbearers are Thomas Allen, Mike Malone, John Lancaster, Jerry McClain, Mike Altom and Craig Williams.
Honorary pallbearers are the Tupelo VFW Domino Players and Johnny Linley.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.