John M. Chance

John Michael Chance

Pearland, TX

John Michael Chance of Pearland, TX passed away on Tuesday, April 16th at the age of 61. He fought pancreatic cancer gallantly for over two and a half years. He is preceded in death by his father, Merritt Chance. He is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Nancy. He is also survived by his mother, Maxine Chance, of Flowood, MS. and his brothers Steve Chance and Bob Chance and Bob's wife, Paula. His pride and joy were his children and grandchildren, daughter Jennifer of Austin, TX and son, John Michael Chance, Jr. and his wife Dixie of Brookhaven, MS. John's children and Mike's grandchildren are Madeline, John Michael, III and Price, also of Brookhaven. He is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and brothers and sisters-in-law.

Mike grew up in Jackson and graduated from Murrah High School. Mike and Nancy's journey started together at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS Mike was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and he received a BS degree, his Major was Mass Communication. Mike started on a career of 31 years of working for various Chamber of Commerce's and Economic Development agencies. Nancy faithfully followed him as a public school teacher. In 2006, Mike changed professions to become a successful commercial real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Commercial Realtors in Houston. He received several awards with the Company, including being named Agent of the Year, twice. Mike a Rotarian for over 25 years. He was a member, past president, and Paul Harris Fellow recipient the f the 288 Corridor Club in Pearland.

Mike and Nancy enjoyed traveling together and were fortunate to have traveled to several foreign countries and numerous locations around the US. Mike's hobbies included traveling, gardening, hunting and especially fishing. Just last year Mike achieved his goal of shooting a 26 point buck while hunting with his son and two grandsons. Mike was proud to have been a Christian all of his life and Nancy and he were active members of First Baptist Church of Houston.

Visitation will be held at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland Texas 77581on Saturday, April 20 at 10:00 am with the memorial to follow at 11:00 am. Mike has requested memorials be made to the Missions Department of First Baptist Church, Houston; Online condolences may be left for the family at

Funeral Home

Clayton Funeral and Cemetery Services
5530 W. Broadway Pearland, TX 77581
(281) 485-4446

Published in Clarion Ledger on Apr. 19, 2013