Dr. Thomas D. Vance, 87, of US Highway 221 South, Blowing Rock, passed away Monday, May 27, 2019, at Life Care Center of Banner Elk. Dr. Vance was born Sept. 12, 1931, in Avery County, a son of the late Edward Newman Vance and Etta Buchanan Vance.
He was a retired radiologist, most recently at Watauga Medical Center and Blowing Rock Hospital. Dr. Vance was a dedicated husband to the love of his life and wife of 61 years, Carol Ammons Vance. He was the first full-time radiologist in the North Carolina High Country, covering multiple counties and multiple hospitals. Dr. Vance was the founder of Watauga Radiological Services and was a constant innovator for the latest technology and care for his patients. He donated land for Blowing Rock Fire Department Station No. 2.
Dr. Vance always provided love and educational resources for his children and grandchildren, and always seized the opportunity to help others without recognition. He was an avid Duke basketball fan and supporter of his alma mater. He was also a train enthusiast, classical music aficionado, had a lifelong love of the Appalachian Mountains and a wicked sense of humor.
Dr. Vance is survived by two daughters, Susan Johnson and husband, Milan, of Kenly, and Karen Richon and husband, Joel, of Highland, Maryland; two sons, Ken Vance and wife, Laura, of Clemmons, and Matt Vance and wife, Maggie, of Jacksonville, Florida; four granddaughters, Elizabeth Vance, of Winston-Salem, Stephanie Johnson, of Raleigh, Sarah Vance, of Clemmons, and Ella Vance, of Jacksonville; one grandson, Thomas Vance, of Jacksonville; and two half-sisters, Eddie Jo Jarrett, of Atlanta, Georgia, and Edith Vance, of Marion.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Ammons Vance; one brother, Glenn Vance; and three sisters, Olga Pierce, Lorene Thiele and Barbara Roseborough. Funeral services for Dr. Thomas D. Vance were 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel with pastor Dan Little officiating. Entombment followed in the Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens Mausoleum. The family received friends from noon-1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the funeral home before the service. Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to the Blowing Rock Fire Department, 8001 Valley Boulevard, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605, or to the American Lung Association for COPD Research. The family would also like to express gratitude to Life Care Center of Banner Elk and Appalachian Home Care for their excellent dedicated service. Online condolences may be sent to the Vance family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com. Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service in Boone is in charge of arrangements.
Mitchell News-Journal • June 5, 2019