Rev. William R. Vance

May 24, 1956 ~ December 10, 2019 (age 63)


Rev. William R. Vance, 63, was born May 24, 1956, to the late JC and Francis Vance in Ripley, MS. He departed this life on December 10, 2019, at Tippah County Nursing Home in Ripley, MS.

William accepted Christ at an early age and joined Antioch Baptist Church of Blue Mountain, MS, where he later was ordained as a deacon. He was eventually called into the ministry, and for over 42 years, he pastored several different churches. At the time of his death, he was the presiding pastor of New Testament Church – NTC, which he built by hand and founded with his loving wife, Starlette.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, James Vance and Richard Vance. 

He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Starlette M. Vance of Ripley, MS; four daughters, Dr. Freda Barnett-Braddock of Gulf Shores, AL, Krystal Vance of Atlanta, GA, Tayana (Robert) Vance Taylor of Atlanta, GA, and Dr. Tracey M. (Stephen) Barnett McElwee of Jacksonville, AR; siblings: Gladys (Lawrence) Ward of Milwaukee, WI, Martha Carter of Milwaukee, WI, Joe (Ruth) Vance of Blue Mountain, MS, and Lillie Vance of Milwaukee, WI; one grandson, Jayden William Braddock of Gulf Shores, AL, one grand "fur baby" Dooda Mae, and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.

Visitation will be held Friday, December 13, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Ripley 2nd Baptist Church in Ripley, MS; with the family present from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Service will be held beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will follow at Ripley Cemetery in Ripley, MS. Services entrusted to Foster and Son Funeral Home in Ripley, MS. To view and sign the guest registry, please visit

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December 13, 2019

11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Ripley 2nd Baptist Church (Ripley)

Funeral Service
December 13, 2019

3:00 PM
Ripley 2nd Baptist Church (Ripley)

Interment following funeral service
December 13, 2019

Ripley Cemetery
Ripley, MS
Ripley, MS 38663

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