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Originally published: 2013-01-14 15:30:40
Last modified: 2013-01-15 10:32:26

Sharon 'Buddy' Vance

Sharon Eugene “Buddy” Vance, 64, of Susong Memorial Road, Greeneville, Tenn., a native of Crossnore, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Vance was a 1967 graduate of Crossnore High School and began working for Loven Ready-Mix in Pineola right after high school. He and his wife moved to Greeneville, Tenn., when the Loven family expanded their concrete business into Tennessee and continued working for the business as it evolved to the current Ready Mix, USA, until his death. He was of the Baptist tradition of faith

He was an avid NASCAR fan who also owned and drove a race car on the local circuit in the

1980’s and 1990’s. He also enjoyed quality time with his family and his dogs.

Vance is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sharon Gail Vance; one son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Marcy Vance of Bristol, Tenn.; daughter and son-in-law, Danielle (Vance) and Ron Dressler of Greeneville, Tenn.; two grandsons, Austin Vance and Bryson Vance; four granddaughters, Haleigh Brown, Ashleigh Brown, Rhonda Dressler and Whitney Dressler; his father and stepmother, “Bub” and Rita Vance of Jonesborough, Tenn.; a brother, Bruce Vance of Piney Flats, Tenn.; one sister, Patty (Vance) Knowles of Elk Park; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Sammy and Reba Cope of Crossnore; Jimmy and Jama Cope of Greeneville, Tenn.; several nieces, nephews and extended family members, including close cousins, Joe Pritchard, Gail Polson, both of Crossnore; Sherrie and Van Norris of Boone; Sandra Galloway of Old Fort, Tenn., and their families.

Vance was born July 2, 1948, to Sharon Kenneth “Bub” Vance and the late Cora Lee Vance of Crossnore. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Mike Vance and Jerry Vance; stepmother, Mary Agnes Vance; paternal grandparents, Jeter and Blance S. Vance; father-in -law and mother-in-law, Joe and Ronie Cope; sister-in-law, Joanne Terry; aunts, Jean O’Conner and Mary Pritchard; and a special cousin and friend, Gary Pritchard

Funeral services will be held 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Kiser-Rose Hill Chapel, Greeneville, Tenn. The Rev. Darryl Allen officiated. Interment will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Johnson Cemetery, Crossnore. There will be a gathering of friends at Crossnore First Baptist Church following the interment.

Sammy Cope, Jimmy Cope, Joe Cope, Ron Dressler, Dustin Cope, Brent Cope, Jeremy Mercer and Ben Bishop served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Loven, John Loven, Joe Loven, and his fellow employees of ReadyMix, USA.

The family extends gratitude to Dr. Joseph Scott and the cardiology staff of Laughlin Memorial

Hospital; 5th floor doctors and staff of Vanderbilt University Medical Center; and a very special

son, Brian, who was very devoted to his Dad and his racing career.

The family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 and 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Online condolences may be sent to the Vance family at

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