In Loving Memory

James Clifton Vance

November 17, 1935 - June 16, 2020


James Clifton “Jim” Vance, longtime resident of Spanish Fort, died on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at the age of 84.  He was born in Verbena, AL on November 17, 1935 to Charlie Julius Vance and Mary Elizabeth Patterson Vance.  He is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Minnie Cornelia Vance.  He was a veteran of the US Navy.  He later graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in engineering was employed with the US Army Corp of Engineers.  Jim Loved almost every sport including, baseball, football (Roll Tide!), basketball, golf, tennis, and softball.  He enjoyed woodworking and he and his wife, Nancy had their own orchid nursery for many years.

He is survived by his loving wife of sixty three years, Nancy Woodward Vance of Spanish Fort, AL; his children, Mark Henry Vance and Marilyn Vance (Jim) Baggett, all of Spanish Fort; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Baggett (Kipp) Trawick of Fairhope and Jeffery Alan (Kayla) Baggett of Loxley, AL and his beloved great-grandchildren, Caleb Scott Trawick and Landon James Trawick.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm, Friday, June 19, 2020 at Eastern Shore Baptist Church, 6847 Park Ave., Daphne, AL, 36526.  The family will receive friends beginning at 12:00 noon.  Burial will immediately follow at 2:30pm in the Alabama State Veteran’s Cemetery, 34904 AL-225, Spanish Fort, AL 36577.  Officiating will be Dr. Stuart Davidson and Rev. Troy Higginbotham.  Expressions of condolence may be offered at  Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Rd., Daphne, AL, 36526.


  1. Peggy Davidson

    Loved “Mr Jim”. A one of a kind man. Always kind! He always made his way to find me on Sundays to ask how my blackberries were doing. He brought me bushes and taught me how to care for them. I will miss you Mr Jim, but I will never forget you.

  2. Della Croteau

    Nancy, I am so very sorry for your loss and pain you feel now. Much love

  3. Jettie Everette

    Nancy, I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Jim; prayers for peace and comfort for you and your family.

  4. Robyn White Smith

    Mrs Nancy, ya know I will miss him, I’m here for ya…always

  5. Glen Barefoot

    Jim will be greatly missed. He shared so much with us during our friendship. He shared the joy of Mystic Springs and
    playing Joker. He loved to share his woodworking and we have many projects in our home that will remind us of Jim and
    his thoughfulness. He will be truly missed. Glen and Marilyn

  6. Brenda Taylor

    Will miss my Mr. Jim!

  7. Sylvia Watkins

    Nancy, my prayers are for God’s peace/comfort for you and your daughter. With love, Sylvia Watkins

  8. Marjorie and Loyd Kindiger

    Oh Nancy, our love and prayers go out to you. Our friendship began way back at Old Spanish Fort Baptist (Faith Family Fellowship), then Eastern Shore Baptist. We remember Jim’s orchids and your travel trailer to show them off! You both have been so faithful in the Lord’s work. I’m glad we saw you last year on our “sentimental journey” to Daphne. God bless you as you carry on.
    Loyd and Marjorie in Chattanooga, TN

  9. Cindy Jones

    Nancy, James will be missed! Mom looked forward to talking to him. He was the only cousin she kept up with and she is always telling stories of visits with him & Corny when they were children. Thanks for letting us know. Praying for you and family. Cindy & Elinor Jones (Coleman)

  10. Jayne Foth

    Dear Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. With Deepest Sympathy

  11. David Grayson

    Nancy, Jane and I had not seen Jim since Ruth’s funeral but really thought a lot of him. You and Jim were so very kind and helpful to Dot and Arvle in the air stream camping club. We would have been at his funeral if we had known. We are praying for you. David & Jane Grayson


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