PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) – Alabama State Representative and funeral home owner Lesley Vance passed away on Tuesday, the State of Alabama House of Representatives Public Information Office announced on Tuesday. Vance was 76 years old. He died from an extended illness, the release said.
Funeral arrangements for Rep. Vance have also been set. Visitations will be at Vance Memorial Chapel, located at 3738 U.S. Hwy. 431 N in Phenix City on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. EST.
The family of Rep. Vance will be present from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. EST.
Rep. Vance's funeral will be on Friday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. EST at Summerville Baptist Church, located at 3500 Summerville Road in Phenix City. A private interment will follow the funeral services.
Rep. Vance served as the representative of House District 80, which includes parts of Lee and Russell counties. He was first elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 1994.
Prior to his service in the Alabama State House, Vance served as the Russell County coroner for 27 years and as a member of the Russell County Commission for two years.
He was the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and a member of the Lee County Legislation Committee at the time of his death.
Vance was survived by his wife, Pat, and their three children.
The vacancy will be filled by a special election to be called by Governor Robert Bentley. Alabama politicians and colleagues are beginning to send their condolences in Vance's death.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Epworth United Methodist Church Building Fund, 3763 U.S Highway 431 North in Phenix City, AL 36867 or to Columbus Hospice, located at 7020 Moon Rd, Columbus, GA 31909.
Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard
Today, the citizens of Russell and Lee Counties and the entire state of Alabama lost a great leader in the passing of Representative Lesley Vance. Chairman Vance was a fine man and an effective legislator who nobly fought for his constituents for more than 20 years. Susan and I extend our deepest condolences and prayers to Pat and the entire Vance family as well as the people of the 80th district.