Craig Vance, 63, of Wilkesboro passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at Forsyth Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem, surrounded by his loved ones. Because of his faith in Jesus, he is now in heaven with his Lord and savior, and his faith has become sight.

Craig was born July 31, 1956, in Cheverly, Md., and grew up in that area until he left for Atlanta to attend Baptist University of America, where he studied theology and was a basketball player. He met his wife, Rebecca, there and they married on March 2, 1977.  Craig became an insurance agent, founding his own successful independent insurance agency which he ran for 38 years until his death. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to many different ventures and adventures in addition to his career.

He was known for his generosity and heart for those in need. A great conversationalist and a deep thinker, he had the ability to grasp and explain much about Biblical truths. He showed great resolve, determination and endurance as physical limitations began to mar the last four years of his life. He chose to be an eye donor and would be so happy to know that his choice will give the gift of sight. He deeply loved his wife of 43 years and was immensely grateful for her devotion to him. The greatest joy of his life was spending time with his family and he so loved being “Grampy” to his precious grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca, of the home; seven beloved children,  Stephanie Eve Hampton and husband, Chris, of Boone, Charity Faith Lovill and husband, Kevin, of Statesville, Jason Adam Vance of East Bend, Aaron Stephen Vance of North Wilkesboro, Benjamin  Craig Vance of North Wilkesboro, Jordan Matthew Vance of Wilkesboro and Nathan Alexander Vance and wife, Nikki, of Columbia, S.C.; 10 cherished grandchildren; his mother, Nancie Vance of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; and two sisters, Stana Vance and Kimberly Batch, and two brothers, Clint Vance and Bret Vance and wife Doris, all of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley C. Vance.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2020, at Reins-Sturdivant Chapel, with Pastor Tim Loyola and Pastor Tom Loyola officiating. The family received friends immediately following the service at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wilkes Recovery Revolutions, a nonprofit organization in North Wilkesboro, at P.O. Box 893, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659, in honor of Jeffrey Duane Walker.

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