Snoden Oliver Vance, 88, a resident of Harman, departed this life early Thursday morning, May 2, 2013, surrounded by his loving family in the house that he had built by hand many years ago.
He was born Monday, Nov. 20, 1924, at Onego, a son of the late Ralph Soloman and Gertie Kisamore Vance.
On Aug. 4, 1950, at Oakland, Md., he was married to the former Margaret Doloras Cooper, who survives. They had celebrated 62 years of marriage.
Also surviving are two sons, Teddy Lee Vance and wife, Susie "Sun" Sim, of Elkins, and Thomas Samson Vance and wife, Charlotte Ann, of Harman; two daughters, Linda Louise Wolford and husband, Tony Lane, of Harman, and Faith Olivia Cragg and husband, Timothy Schley, of Elkins; three brothers, Harold Vance and wife, Polly, of Maysville, Wayne Vance of Indiana, and Harry "Brison" Vance and wife, Charlotte, of Cherry Grove; one sister, Delores "Jean" Evans and husband, the Rev. Harold "Mick" of Maysville; five grandchildren, Sabrina, Shawn, Chad, Sheldon and Ashley; four great-grandchildren, LeeAnne, Austin, Kyle and Brigette; and one sister-in-law, Rose Mary Vance.
Preceding him in death was one brother, Barden Jacob Vance.
He attended the schools of Circleville. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving as a gunner on a Merchant Ship during World War II. He was an employee of Elkins Builders supply for 26 years and retired in 1986. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5781 of Harman.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins Sunday, May 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home Monday at 1 p.m. Pastor Grey Hinkle will officiate, and interment will follow at Mountain State Memorial Gardens at Gilman, where H.W. Daniel's Post 29 American Legion, Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars and United States Navy will conduct full military honors.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Snoden Oliver Vance. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.