ROCK HILL - Mrs. Princess Delacey Lytle Vance, 86, of Rock Hill, S.C., was born to the late Raymond and Etta Lytle in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Oct. 23, 1926. After an extended illness, she went peacefully home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.
Princess was second born of three children and at an early age moved to Rock Hill with her family. She attended schools in Rock Hill, graduating from Emmett Scott High and Friendship Junior college. She was a devoted and loving wife to the late O’Daniel (Pop) Vance for 38 years and a wonderful mom to their eight children: five boys and three girls.
Princess, known for her infectious smile, was a very knowledgeable person who would lend an ear, offer a shoulder or help anyone in any way that she could. In 1961, Princess and her family moved to the Crawford Road Community and there established her tax business. Soon she was known as the “Tax Lady” and the rest is history.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Kenneth Vance and Gregory Todd Vance; her brother, Thomas Lytle; and her sister, Nannie Lytle Massey.
She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life, sons, Michael Vance (Marsha) of Vallejo, Calif., Ronald Vance (Annie) and Stephen Vance (Lolita), both of Rock hill; daughters, Danice Vance, Carrietta Stinson (Franklin) and Tami Byers (Frantz), all of Rock Hill; 18 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Mr. Nelson Massey of Rock Hill, Mr. John Vance (Robena) of Augusta, Ga., and Mr. J. T. Vance (Virginia) of Florida; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Helen Young (Bennie), Mrs. Lee Ruth Sanders and Mrs. Cora Dunlap, all of Laurens, S.C., and Mrs. Lula Rooks of Brooklyn, N.Y.; friend and helper, Ms. Ella Currence; her caregiver and granddaughter, Regina Foster; her “adopted” daughter, Margaret Faye Robinson and niece, Peggy Massey, who spoiled her, all of Rock Hill; and her granddaughter and lunch buddy, Amber Vance of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; along with a host of other special nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at New Mount Olivet AME Zion Church, with the Rev. Maurice A. Harden officiating and Bishop Billy R. Wilson delivering the eulogy. Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Clemons-McCray Funeral Home, 442 W. Main Street, Rock Hill, S.C. The family will receive friends at the home, 1226 Crawford Road, Rock Hill.