Rev. Jack Vance
Rev. Jack Vance, 80, longtime resident of the Wilson Community, passed away Tuesday, June 30 at his home. Jack was born May 1, 1940 to William Jack and Minnie (Winn) Vance.
Jack 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 Baptist, 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.
Bro. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, William and Minnie Vance; three sisters, Katy Aileen Vance, Mae Pulley and Maxine Vance; a brother, Bobby Joe Vance; nephew, Doug Brown; his beloved in-laws, Johnny and Inez Kennedy; and two brothers-in-law, Danny Kennedy and Don Snow.
Bro. Jack is survived by his wife Donna of the home; four children, Lori Mulliniks and husband Joe of Wilson, Lynn Sparks and husband Gary of Ft. Gibson, Brian Vance of Okmulgee and
Billy Jack Vance and wife Mandy of Wilson; 11 grandchildren, Karlie Wise and husband Jake, Travis Mulliniks, Dusty Mulliniks and wife Sara, Ashley Hancock and husband Curtis, Kelli Carpenter and husband Coby, Sarah Lively and husband Levi, Hailey Rae Sparks, Brian David Vance and wife Michaela, A. J. Welch and wife Beth, Nathan Whitlock and fiancée and Rachel Dunn; 14 great grandchildren; sister, Wanda Wilbur of Okmulgee; brother, Donald Ray Vance of Wilson; sisters-in-law, Glenda Vance of Wilson, Teresa Snow of Pampa, Texas and Valorie Kennedy of Wilson; brothers-in-law, Don Pulley of Kelleyville and Mike Kennedy and wife Anne of Perry; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, friends and church family.
Funeral services will be Friday, July 3, at 10 a.m. at Wilson School Gymnasium with Rev. Clint Sinclair and Rev. Ledtkey McIntosh officiating. Interment will follow at Salt Creek Cemetery under direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Travis Mulliniks, Dusty Mulliniks, Brian David Vance, A. J. Welch, Nathan Whitlock, Jacob Wise, Coby Carpenter, Curtis Hancock and 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; Ryan Wells, pastor of Dewar Baptist Church; and Brett Wheeler pastor of Crosspoint Baptist in Coweta, Ok.
Due to COVID-19 social distancing, space will be limited due to restrictions of the facility. It is recommended that those who feel comfortable with wearing a mask should do so.