Rev. Jack Vance, a longtime resident of Wilson Community passed away Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 at his home at the age of 80. He was born May 1, 1940 to William Jack & Minnie (Winn) Vance.
He was well known to everyone as simply Bro. Jack. His love for our community and surrounding areas will be greatly missed. He never met a stranger and never failed to share Jesus with each and every one.
Bro. Jack surrendered to God while living in Las Vegas. He hadn't surrendered to the call of the ministry just yet. However, he did a lot of fill in work for the church in Las Vegas but didn't consider it the preaching ministry. After coming home to the Wilson Community he surrendered to the call to preach and was ordained by the Wilson Baptist Church. His first pastorate was at Skyview Baptist Church in Okemah, and later Hoffman. After Hoffman, he took pastorate of Dewar First Baptist Church. While there the congregation multiplied and grew and a larger facility was immediately planned. The new Dewar First Baptist Church was moved to the west side of Dewar accessible from Highway 266. During his time at Dewar First, the new gymnasium and fellowship center was built as well as the beautiful Youth Center. After retiring as pastor from Dewar First Baptist , he served as interim pastor at Lamar Baptist Church. Because of the distance he resigned from Lamar Baptist and became pastor at Wilson Baptist Church. His will and fire to serve God and win souls never diminished. Even during his last days on earth he was still praying for souls and his family and friends from his bed.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William & Minnie Vance, 3 sisters, Katy Aileen Vance, Mae Pulley, and Maxine Vance. Also by a brother Bobby Joe Vance, nephew Doug Brown, a niece, Carmen Vance, his beloved in laws, Johnny and Inez Kennedy, also by two brothers in law, Danny Kennedy & Don Snow.
He is survived by his wife Donna of the home
4 children: Lori Mulliniks & husband Joe of Wilson;
Lynn Sparks & husband Gary of Ft. Gibson;
Brian Vance of Okmulgee;
Billy Jack Vance & wife Mandy of Wilson;
11 grandchildren: Karlie Wise &^ Husband Jake, Travis Mulliniks, Dusty Mulliniks & wife Sara, Ashley Hancock & husband Curtis, Kelli Carpenter & husbad Coby, Sarah Lively & husband Levi, Hailey Rae Sparks, Brian David Vance & wife Michaela, A. J. Welch & wife Beth, Nathan Whitlock and fiancee' Jen & Rachel Dunn
14 great grandchildren;
A sister, Wanda Wilbur of Okmulgee;
A brother, Donald Ray Vance of Wilson;
Sisters in law, Glenda Vance of Wilson;
Teresa Snow of Pampa, Texas;
Valorie Kennedy of Wilson;
Brothers in law, Don Pulley of Kelleyville;
Mike Kennedy & wife Anne of Perry;
Also by a host of nieces, nephews, friends and church family.
Pallbearers will be Travis Mulliniks, Dusty Mulliniks, Brian David Vance, A. J. Welch, Nathan Whitlock, Jacob Wise, Coby Carpenter, Curtis Hancock & Levi Lively.
Honorary pallbearers will be ministers who answered their call under Bro. Jack's ministry. Donald Baker, pastor Last Chance First Baptist Church; Aarron Burwell Youth/Associate Mulberry Springs Baptist Church Hallsville, Texas; Dakota Cantrell, surrendered to musical evangelism; Ethan Dover former pastor of Hoffman First Baptist Church; Josh Howk, youth pastor of Wetumka First Assembly of God; Nick Howk, Student pastor of Community Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas; Tracey Howk, student pastor; Justin Wells, worship pastor at Crossroads Baptist Church, Beggs, Ok.; Ryan Wells, pastor of Dewar Baptist Church; and Brett Wheeler pastor of Crosspoint Baptist in Coweta, Ok.
Viewing for Bro. Jack will be from 5 - 8pm Wednesday, & 8am - 8pm Thursday with family present to greet friends from 6 - 8pm.
Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 3, 2020 at Wilson School Gymnasium with Rev. Clint Sinclair & Rev. Ledtkey McIntosh officiating. Interment will follow at Salt Creek Cemetery under direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
Due to Covid-19 social distancing will be limited due to space restrictions of the facility. It is recommended that those who feel comfortable with wearing a mask should do so.
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