John Dalas Vance, Sr.

John Dalas Vance, Sr.

John Dalas Vance
February 16, 1933 – May 29, 2020

John Dalas Vance finished his journey here on Earth and went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 29, 2020. John was born in Avery Co., N.C. on February 16, 1933 to the late Ira and Leeota Vance. He also is predeceased by his six brothers and sisters and survived by one sister, Alberta Redmond of Statesville, N.C. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

On June 7, 2017, he suffered his greatest loss at the death of his son, Dr. John D. Vance, Jr.

John is survived by his loving wife of almost 62 years, Katie Eddins Vance and daughter Kathe Vance and husband, Colin Farnsworth. He is also survived by grandchildren, Lauren Vance and Lee Vance and wife, Kelsi and daughter-in-law, Beverly – all of Memphis, TN.

John and Katie met when he was a senior at N.C. State and she at Meredith. They married and John began work as a Safety Engineer with Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., retiring after 35 years. They lived in several states over the years and made many good friends before returning to N.C.

John was a tireless volunteer, helping in a senior care center in Avery Co. where he was presented with the N.C. Volunteers Governor’s Award in 2000 by Gov. Jim Hunt. He later volunteered for 10 years at Guardian Care of Zebulon, working seven days a week making coffee and helping patients to start their day. He also delivered his church’s flowers every Monday morning for years to a local nursing home.

John has served as a Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, Trustee and in many volunteer jobs in his Church where he will be greatly missed.

John was very proud of being the first Eagle Scout in Avery Co.

He lived his faith every day and ended each day on his knees in prayer.

The family wishes to thank especially, Danyelle Goodwin, who has been so kind and helpful during John’s illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to N.C Baptists on Mission.

Graveside Service will take place, Tuesday, 11am at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens. John will lie in state on Monday, 12 – 5pm at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.


  • Roxanne Manning Posted May 31, 2020 11:07 am

    Sorry for you’ll lost but god knew best.John was a good gentleman father ,husband ,friend, volunteer and most all a child of god fly high Mr.John and spread those wings .you will be greatly miss ❤️ 🦋. 🕊

  • Pat and Robert Jenkins Posted May 31, 2020 5:22 pm

    Loved that John Vance! He was so kind to my mother during her stay at Guardian Care. He was great friend to Sprite. James Debnam did love the chicken that John made
    sure he had while the rest ate tacos. True humble servant of the Lord.

  • Harry and Jackie Chamblee Posted June 1, 2020 6:43 am

    Our love and prayers to you Katie..John was a very special person. He will be missed..Harry enjoyed their hot dogs and road trips..

  • Evelyn Farmer Alexander Posted June 1, 2020 5:29 pm

    I remember John fondly from our time at Crossnore High School. Alberta and I were friends and classmates. My deepest sympathy to all the family.

  • Gina Frye Posted June 1, 2020 10:04 pm

    Katie and family, I’m so sorry about John. He was such a kind man, always friendly in church. Hugs and prayers for you.

  • Bob Vance Posted June 2, 2020 11:48 am

    My deepest sympathy to John’s family and friends at the loss of a truly wonderful man. As a cousin of John, I can say that he was a stalwart and inspiring person to extended family and to legions of friends as well.. John was a model of a life well lived, and more than that, a devoted servant of God. His life will always be remembered and his spirit will always be with us.

  • Pat (Stafford) Rousselle Posted June 6, 2020 1:09 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. John was my classmate at Crossnore and one of the funniest and nicest people you would ever want to meet. So very sorry for your loss and if I make it back to another reunion, he certainly will be missed by all of us there. He certainly was a caring man who loved a lot of people and did so many nice things for them. God Bless the family.

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