Donald Keith Vance, of Hixson, Tennessee, went household to be with his heavenly father on June 22, 2021. He was 90.
He is survived by his spouse of almost 64 yrs, his daughters Freda (Randy) Keener and Rhonda (Don) Abbott, two grandsons, Hunter (Lindsey) and Hayden (Alexis) Abbott, a brother, Henry Moss Vance of Versailles, KY and lots of nieces and nephews. A brother, Kenneth Vance and sister, Anita Wash, are deceased.
Donald was born on Sept. 19, 1930, in Versailles, KY to Henry P. And Jennie L. Vance. He attended Griers Creek elementary university and graduated from Versailles Higher Faculty in May possibly, 1946.
He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve immediately after graduation from higher faculty, obtaining schooling at Fantastic Lakes Naval Base and aboard a naval destroyer, with ports of contact San Juan, Puerto Rico and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He attended The College of Kentucky in 1949 and 1950, majoring in pharmacy. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Drive in December, 1950, and was assigned to Lackland AFB near San Antonio, TX for essential teaching. He was then stationed at F.E. Warren AFB in the vicinity of Cheyenne, WY for specialized instruction. His upcoming assignment was Warner Robins AFB close to Macon, GA, wherever he spent six months in on-the-career education.
He then served with The Occupation Forces in Germany for a few years as a conversation gear routine maintenance technician.
Upon discharge from the Air Power, he enrolled at The College of Kentucky with a main in Electrical Engineering. He earned a bachelor of science degree, graduating in August, 1958. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu engineering honor societies whilst attending British isles.
He was used by the Tennessee Valley Authority in Chattanooga, for 32 several years, performing in communications. He was supervisor of interaction initiatives at retirement.
He was a charter member of the Chattanooga Chapter of the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in The usa, Inc.
He served as new music director for 15 several years at Slipping H2o Baptist Church close to Chattanooga while utilized by TVA.
Donald was an avid tennis participant and played in tournaments in numerous southeastern United States venues. He and his wife savored motor house journey, ocean cruises and excursions of Europe.
He enjoyed playing the fiddle and singing at several “jam” sessions in the Chattanooga place.
The family members would like to thank Fireside Hospice for their appreciate and help and for caregivers Christie, Joyce, April and Avery.
A personal family members graveside support will be at Chattanooga National Cemetery with armed forces honors.
There will be no public visitation.
In lieu of bouquets, donations could be created to Falling Water Baptist Church, 523 Roberts Mill Road, Hixson, Tn. 37343 or to Salvation Army or Charity of your selection.
Arrangements are by Hamilton Funeral Dwelling & Cremation Providers, 4506 Hixson Pike, Hixson, 423 531-3975.