George Vance III
George A. Vance III

MANSFIELD: George A. Vance III, 43, of Mansfield, died Friday, August 12, 2011. Born August 13, 1967 in Mansfield, he was the son of Ellamay (Murphy) and George Alvin Vance, Jr. George graduated from Madison High School in 1985. He was a union painter with Local 1275. George was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and enjoyed golfing and Ohio sports team. He loved spending time with his family and was a loving husband, father, brother, and friend.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Nikkie (Woodruff) Vance; daughter, Haley Vance at home; sons, George A. Vance IV and Garret Vance, both at home; brothers, Joseph (Tammy) Vance of Paducah, Kentucky; Michael (Lori) Vance and John (Krissy) Vance, both of Mansfield; sister, Debbra (Richard) Yanders of Mansfield; mother and father-in-law, Marion A. Woodruff, Jr and Billie L. Woodruff; brother-in-law, Marion A. "John" Woodruff and Rory Woodruff; sister and brother-in-law, Sherry and Anthony Meckes; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call Wednesday, August 17, 2011 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Diamond St. Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond St., Mansfield. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 18, 2011at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home, conducted by Rev. Dr. John Freeman. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in care of the family.

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Published by News Journal on Aug. 16, 2011.
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My heart goes out to the family.
George you will be truly missed.You always knew how to make me laugh. You were never a stranger when we would bump into each other.
Until we meet again
love Rhonda Hoskins
Rhonda Hoskins
September 4, 2011
George, will miss you bud, please go and visit my mom and tell her hi for me.
August 22, 2011
You was my baby brother, George. Your big, little sis will miss you forever! How are we going to do without you? You called me almost everyday coming home from work and I miss our talks and laughing with you. You loved your beautiful children and little wife,'ll live in our hearts forever! We will see you one day, Honey, and can't wait you for you to me at the Pearly Gates with Mom and Dad! My heart will cry forever and ever. I love you, Little Brother!!
Debra Yanders
August 20, 2011
George will be truly missed by all his brothers at painters local 1275.
Larry Beasley
August 20, 2011
Nikkie and family, so sorry for your loss. george was a great guy who will be missed by many. You and your children will be in my thoughts and prayers.
sandi watts
August 19, 2011
Im sorry doesnt seem to be enough.went to high school with George, he was A great guy.
kim steward-howell
August 18, 2011
So sorry for your loss, George was a great guy . He will be missed by many
Mary Benedict (Sevits)
Mary Benedict
August 18, 2011
Nikkie and family,I cant tell you how sorry i am for your loss. Georgie was a true friend , and will be missed by everyone who knew him.I am proud to say he was my friend.
Cullon Owens
August 18, 2011
Nikkie and family,
I am sorry for your loss. George was a great guy and very proud of his family. He will truly be missed by so many. If you need anything do not hesitate to ask. We are here for you! Love you all!
Jason & Jackie Siwek
August 18, 2011
My prayers go out to his family.
deborah mcgraw
August 18, 2011
My daddy is the greatest man I have ever known. It didn't matter when or what he was doing, if I called he would pick up immediately and say "Hey Sissy, what do you need?" I don't care what anyone says, it wasn't my daddy's time to leave. He was so proud of me, but he didn't get to see me do any of the things he wanted to see. All I want is to be able to talk to my daddy, but I can't anymore. I will never be the same.
Haley Vance
August 18, 2011
So sorry for your loss Nikki and Family. My heart goes out to all of you..George will be sadly missed.
Tina Wilburn/Smith
August 18, 2011
Omg Nikki I'am so sorry George was a great guy, i moved away and didn't know till Robby text me. My prayers go out to all of you,George is in good hands Beth will take care of him
Karen Stimens
August 18, 2011
to george i loved you so much i will miss you so much me and eric are heart broken i will always be there for nikkie and the kids i will miss my cousin brother and friend love you always gg
kim and eric wincek
August 18, 2011
Marlo Dye
August 17, 2011
I am so sorry for your families loss. We went to school together and he was always a very pleasant and funny person. May the Lord watch over all of you and keep you until it's time to be with him again.

God bless,
Stace New
Stace New-Frazita
August 17, 2011
Well I just want to say that you will be truely missed George.You could always make us laugh, and cheer us up when we were down.My heart goes out to such a wonderful family.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.It has been such a blessing and pleasure of being a part of your life and going to school with you,your going to be truely missed and your family has been blessed to have such a wonderful husband, and father.We will all see you again one day until then keep everyone laughing in heaven.
Sherry(Stephens) Peterson
August 17, 2011
To Nikki and Kids I am so sorry to hear about George. He was the Best of Friend.We will truly miss him.May the Lord Jesus comfort you all during this difficult time.
Garl and Lisa Adkins
August 17, 2011
George was such a wonderful guy, he always had a good story and a smile on his face, he sure did love to talk and make ya laugh! He will surely be missed. Our love and prayers go out to him family.
Dan & Regina Montgomery
August 17, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this time of sadness. George will be missed and remembered by many! May he rest in peace.
Joe and Taryn Allred
August 17, 2011
As sad as it is,i guess theres some truth to the saying "Only the good die young" although i didnt see George much over the past several years,i was blessed by being able to grow up with him,he was always quick to make you laugh,or run into you at wal-mart and spend the next 30 minutes in the asile talking.George you were a great friend and will never be forgotten love ya bro,see ya again some day.
Kevin lambert
August 17, 2011
Vance Family, your loss has affected so many, both young and those of us who grew up with George. He will always be remembered as the great man, father, husband and friend...Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time...May he Rest in Peace and watch over us all...He will be truly missed...
Wendy Klupp
August 17, 2011
My heart goes out to the Vance Family. George was one of the best persons that I've ever had the pleasure of knowing! We all lost a great man!
David Haag
August 17, 2011
To the Vance Family and Friends So sorry for the loss of George I grew up with him on Central Ave he will be greatly missed
Kim Thompson
August 17, 2011
I am truly saddened by George's passing. My life was made better by having him in it, although for far too short a time.
John Frank
August 17, 2011
To the Vance Family and Friends So sorry for the loss of George Husband, Father Brother, Friend. May he be at Peace and you"re Hearts touched by Gods hand. Blessings upon you all in you"re time of sorrow.My thoughts and Prayers are with you. Sincerely, Tammy (Hunter) Lunsford
Tammy Lunsford
August 17, 2011
Deepest sympathy to the family upon your loss.
Dick & Debbi Pacelli
August 17, 2011
My heart and prayers go out to George's family. I've known George for 20+ years and I can honestly say he was one of the nicest guys I've ever known. He was just a good guy, I can still hear his laugh! I am so very sorry, God bless you all!
Michelle (Casdorph) Cooper
August 17, 2011
To The Vance Family, I am sorry for your loss. I hung with all the vance kids growing up. george was a great kid.
my sincere condolences to all his family.
Jeannie Nestrick-Mclaughlin
August 17, 2011
Dear Nikki, Deb, Joe, John and Mike and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

George was such a loving and caring man. He touched your life with his warm smile, genuine laugh, and caring personality.
I know that he is at rest with Ella Mae and George.
Know that all of you are in my prayers and may God ease your pain and give you strength for the days ahead.


Noelle DeVault
August 17, 2011
Nikki we are so sorry for you and your family's loss. George will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Scott & Tari Floyd
August 17, 2011
To the Vance Family. My heart aches for your loss. May the peace of our Heavenly Father keep you all.
Stephanie (hamlin) Tharp
August 16, 2011
We are so sorry for your loss!George will be greatly missed.He was a friend to all.Will miss his big smile and conversations.We feel blessed to have known him!Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Chuck and Carol Shoemaker
August 16, 2011
My sympathy and prayers to the Vance Family and friends. I'm honored to have had you as a friend! Godspeed "Big G"
Tim Helbert
August 16, 2011
Our sincere condolences to the Vance family. George was a guy that could always make you laugh. He was a kind and caring man. Over the last 25 years our paths would cross once in awhile but it wasn't until last year at our 25th class reunion we were able to catch up. We are so greatful for that time we were able to spend with George and getting to know his wife, Nikki. Our deepest sympathy
Shelly "Dekrell" & William Adkins
August 16, 2011
Our deepest condolence for the loss of your loved one.George was a nice guy.
Bill,Shanna,Kayla & Matthew Lewis
August 16, 2011

To the Vance Family,

George was a best friend,a family man, and a person whom everyone should have met. He enlightened everyones' life that he touched.

He will be sadly missed by all.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.


Aaron & Jackie Crum
August 16, 2011
George will me missed by so many..ur family is in my thoughts and prayers...
Ronna,blake & Luke
August 16, 2011
Deb, Mike, John, and Joe, I am so sorry to hear about George. He was the sweetest kid and I am sure as he grew into a man that did not change. We all grew up together and I remember how cute George was. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God keep his arms around all of you during this sorrowful time. Love you all, Kellie Lyons-Stone, Randy Stone and Family.
Kellie Stone
August 16, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to The Vance Family in their time of sorrow. You are in our prayers.
Dan & Shelley Shupp
August 16, 2011
We are so sorry for your loss. George will be greatly missed.
Larry, Tammy & Caitlyn Poth
August 16, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. I met him several years ago through his sister Deb. Thinking of you Deb. He is with EllaMae(Grandma) and George(Grandpa) now. So sorry for your loss. He was a great person.
Jessica Hamm-Wert
August 16, 2011
August 16, 2011
George was the kindest man that I have ever had the pleasure to know, he will be dearly missed!! Nikki, I pray that God grants you and your children the necessary strength to get through this very horrible and tragic time in your life! I want you to know that I am praying for your family, and that I love you all!
Denise (Lowe) Gonzalez
Denise Gonzalez
August 16, 2011
Sorry to hear about this .. I grew up in the same neighbor hood with the Vance family and was also the paper boy for yearsand went to school with them. May God bless His wife and Family
Rusty Watts
August 16, 2011
Nikkie,chrildren,relatives and friends,I am so sorry for your loss,Your Dad is my cousin,And so sad about your Aunt,I grew up with them,you and everyone are in my prayers,
Ann Lee
August 16, 2011
Nikki My prayers go out to you and the kids also to his sister and bothers whom i love very much.George always had a big heart for all! He loved his family was a good husband and father I will miss him very much!!!Love you all
Patti Butler Lomax
August 16, 2011
Our heart goes out to George's wife and children and family. George was a great man. He will be missed beyond words. Deepest sympathy from Darrell, Donita, and Destiny Craft
Darrell Craft
August 16, 2011
I don't know your family personally ..but my heart has been heavy for the entire family since Friday. I arrived shortly after...and have been praying for the entire family since then. God's plan is unknown...but he's also the one who heals. Trust in him always. Praying for you all.
August 16, 2011
So Sad that this happened to such a great guy my deepest condolences to you and your family and prayers sent in your time of need
MarLisa Gilbert
August 16, 2011
George was a very good person with a big smile and hug every time I seen him. Nikki always stood with a big smile also waiting to say Hi, knowing how good hearted George was. My prayers are with all the family. He will sadly be missed.
Becki Davis
Becki Davis
August 16, 2011
I am so sorry to hear about ur lost, he was a good friend wonderful father and husband. Nikki and family you all will be in my prayers. COOKIE AND DARLENE BEARD AND FAMILY!!!!
August 16, 2011
I'm very sorry about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Mertie Dotterer (Johnson)
Mertie Dotterer
August 16, 2011
Michelle Gear
August 16, 2011
Sending our condolences to the family. George, we`ll miss you buddy you had the biggest heart when it came to rock n roll in Mansfield.
Gordy Chinn,Michelle & Family
August 16, 2011
Prayers for the Vance family, I just met George a year ago at some training classes, very devoted person and always smiling. You will be missed Brother Vance.
Trent McNutt
August 16, 2011
So sorry for the loss of George,he was a great guy and a wonderful husband & father. He will be missed by many people. My prayers go out to the entire Vance family. Beth Logan
August 16, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. George was a wonderful person, he was always so happy when we saw him and of course loved to talk!!! I had the pleasure of growing up next to George and going to school with him. George will be missed dearly. He will always be in our thoughts and heart.

Doug & Lisa (Campo) Finley
August 16, 2011
So sorry for your loss! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!! George was definitely a character and I'm happy to have known him!
Kim Ward-Blevins (Clifton)
August 16, 2011
We haven't seen you guys for a while, but George always had a smile and was a great guy. He will be missed. Nikki our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love Gary and Kim Stallard
August 16, 2011
My condolences to His wife and children and family.I've known George since school and you can not find a better person than George. He was one of a kind.I talked to George hours before his accident at my step mothers funeral and he was consoling me with kind words and I read saturdays paper in shock and disbelief. George truly was a super person and always had a good word to say to everyone. He will be missed.
Rick Rush
August 16, 2011
My heart goes out to the Vance family. You will all be in my prayers. George was a very nice man. Very glad to have met him. I use to stay with the Banks family on grace st. and met him several yrs. ago. You will all be in my hearts and prayes.......
Raquel Cole
August 16, 2011
May the peace of the Lord be with all of you.
Daniel Bishop
August 16, 2011
Nikkie and family, so sorry to hear of your loss . George was a great guy and could always light up the room and make me laugh !! I loved talking with him ! He will be missed by many of his old classmates and friends !!
Randy Shenberger
August 16, 2011
Words cannot express how much George will be missed... He was an amazing person that could always put a smile on my face! My heart goes out to his entire family.
Shannon Powell
August 16, 2011
Nikki - My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. George
was a wonderful man and will be missed terribly. You and George
were a beautiful couple and great friends. I love you both.
Patti Yeater
August 16, 2011
My heart goes out to Nikkie, the kids and all his brothers, sisters and extended family. George was a wonderful person and will be missed beyond words. Deepest sympathy from John and Sue Hunt and family, Love you!
Sue Hunt
August 16, 2011
lee anne wigton
August 16, 2011
George Vance, what a special person he was. He never met a stranger, and he always made a friend. He touched a lot of lives, and now he is going to make one good Angel! We will all miss him deeply. My thoughts and prayers are with all family and friends.
Mike Shambaugh
August 16, 2011
My Heart is broken beyond repair, Georgie was my biggest fan, and I his. He was my baby brother, a larger than life character who never met a stranger. A man's man, he took care of business no matter what the circumstances. George was all about family, friends. George was a character, who had alot of character. Loyal to a fault, hard working honest. He loved kids, and old people. What a good young man he was. He left us behind for a better life. I know he is with our parents now rejoycing in heaven. I will see you soon little Brother! Michael P. Vance & Family.
Michael Vance
August 16, 2011
Mike and I miss you so much and it feels like a bad dream we wish we could wake up from. You're in Heaven now with your Mom and Dad, give them a hug and kiss from us. We love you and will miss you forever.
Laura/Michael Vance
August 16, 2011
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