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Winn Funeral Home Chapel
Monday February 24th, 2020
3:00pm - 8:00pm

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Memorial Service

Winn Funeral Home
Tuesday February 25th, 2020

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Richard Sherman Vance

Richard Sherman Vance was born in Linwood, Kentucky on the Vance family farm on January 13, 1936.  He was a lifetime resident of Hart County and was a sixth-generation, full-time farmer that was actively involved in the production of tobacco, alfalfa hay, corn, soybean and beef cattle. He always said he was a risk taker, pointing out that he could not farm without taking calculated risk.  He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.  Sherman was a member of the Horse Cave Baptist Church and served in a number of leadership positions there including Sunday school teacher, treasurer and deacon.  Musically, he sang bass in the church choir and played the piano and banjo.  He considered himself a conservative Republican serving as the Republican election commissioner in Hart County for many years. 

In his later years Sherman focused on the conservation and preservation of the Vance Family Farm. In 1992, he received the Outstanding Accomplishments in Soil and Water Resource Conservation Award for Hart County, in 2006, he received the Wildlife Habitat Improvement Award for Hart County, and in 2015 he received the Green River Conservation Award for Hart County.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Mittie Alice Vance; one sister, Arnetta Vance.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eleanor Barron Vance; two sons, Richard Kevin Vance (Deanna) and Sherman Alan Vance (Chinda); two granddaughters, Claire Vance and Lucinda Vance.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Winn Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. on Monday, February 24, at Winn Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to the Horse Cave Baptist Church.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.winnfuneralhome.com

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Eric & Treva Childress Feb 24 2020 12:00 AM

I am so so sorry to hear this. I thought the world of Sherman. I remember singing in the choir with him and also remember the Choir Practices that we had and being in sunday school with him and his wife.. I loved his wife she was a very sweet and special person and their son Kevin. I think the world of the whole Family. Sherman will be missed but know this that he is in Heaven and is not suffering anymore. I will keep you all in my Prayers. Hold to God's unchanging Hands. He is the one that will see you through this. God Bless each and everyone of you in a very special way!

John Glass

John Glass Feb 24 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Sherman Vance

John Glass Feb 24 2020 12:00 AM

I have lost a true friend.

Chris Houk Feb 23 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Sherman Vance

Gina & Shannon Elliott Feb 23 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Sherman Vance

Melissa Rodgers Feb 23 2020 12:00 AM