John Charles Nance was born Jan. 3, 1953, in Dilley to Oscar Henry and Alyce Joyce Lann Nance. He grew up in Big Wells with his parents and brothers. He graduated from Carrizo Springs High School in 1971. After graduation he attended Uvalde Junior College while working at Rushing-Estes Funeral Home.
John married Stella Louise Neisler on April 21, 1972, and they lived in Carrizo Springs and he worked at Leonard Funeral Home until he enrolled in the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. He graduated from mortuary school in 1974. He then went to work at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home in Paris where he served many families until his retirement in 1999. John then worked part-time at Bright-Holland Funeral Home.
John and Stella purchased Spanglers, a bridal and gift store in 1994. They met many wonderful people and helped many happy couples start their lives together with wonderful memories. Christmas open house at Spanglers became a downtown tradition with lots of food, fun, and laughter. John and Stella sold the store in 2014, and moved to Corsicana to be near family.
While in Paris John was in Paris Jaycees, Kiwanis Club, Leadership Lamar County and the Texas Funeral Directors Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Oscar Henry Nance, III.
John is surived by his wife of 45 years, Stella; his sons, Geoffrey and wife Brandy of Corsicana and Jeremy and wife Emily of Hewitt; the great joy of his life his seven grandchildren that became his social agenda, Braden, Eli, Kendall, and Allie of Corsicana and Hogan, Miller, and Cecilia Claire of Hewitt; his brother, Jim and wife Candy of Crawford; his brother-in-law, Auddie Neisler and wife Vicki along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of wonderful friends.
The family received friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 2017 at the funeral home.
Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 9, 2017 at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Geoffrey Nance and Dr. Bryan Fellers officiating.
Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
John's uncanny sense of humor and funny remarks will be missed by many and remembered by all whose lives he touched.
Casket bearers will be Travis Nance, Kyle Rudy, Matt Kruger, Andy Neisler, Jesse Neisler, Dr. Terry Kilgore, Doug Smith, John Chiles, Jimmy Stripland and Jim Anderson.
To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com
Published on June 8, 2017