Vance Ross Morton

Vance Ross Morton

Vance Ross Morton

VANCE ROSS MORTON, known as “Bubba” to those closest to him, passed away peacefully at his home Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, at the age of 91. He was born in Oneonta to Ollie Miles and Mattie Shaddix Morton on June 7, 1930. In addition to his parents, Vance is preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Martha Rebecca “Becky” Bryant Morton, and brother, Ralph C. Morton.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters Dianne (Gerald) Arrington, Sheila (Mark) Norton, and Leisa (Larry) Borders and his siblings Sue Copeland, Linda (Billy) Riddle, Wonnell Clowdus, and Steve (Deborah) Morton. His legacy will also be treasured by his grandchildren Justin (Sarah) Arrington, Lindsay (Adam) Edmondson, Taylor (Kelsie) Borders, Brett (Caroline) Borders, Audrey (Cole) Campbell, and Ellie Norton, as well as his great-grandchildren Mila, Titus, Willow, Elijah, and Annalise Edmondson; Raley, Avett, and Coulter Arrington; Ty and Miles Borders.

Growing up on Straight Mountain in Blount County, he attended Champion School before taking time away to help with his family’s businesses and farm. Vance graduated from Cleveland High School in 1958, after serving in the Army during the Korean War, marrying Becky, and becoming a father.

In his early years, Vance was a member of Mountain Chapel United Methodist Church. After his marriage to Becky, he joined Union Hill Baptist Church where he faithfully served his Lord and his church in various leadership and service roles.

As a father, Vance loved his girls unconditionally with all his heart and supported them in all their endeavors. Spending time with family and friends, traveling, horseback riding, boating, and fishing also brought him much joy. He loved Southern gospel music and, at the age of 74, his longtime desire to be a member of a quartet was fulfilled, which he enjoyed for seven years.

As a young adult he was employed at Hardie Tynes and later Hayes Aircraft. In 1956, he began a 40-year career with Liberty National Life Insurance Company as an agent, and because of his hard work, dedication, and leadership, he ended his career as District Manager.

Vance served in many civic organizations including the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center, Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary Club.

Vance was a kind-hearted, quick-witted man of integrity who led by example. He said that he loved to go to work, loved to go home, and loved what he went home to.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to his devoted caregivers, Jeannie Box and Beverly Lybrand, as well as the compassionate staff of Encompass Hospice.

The family received friends Tuesday, Jan. 4, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Wednesday, Jan. 5, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Union Hill Baptist Church. A celebration of life service was held Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 12 p.m., at Union Hill Baptist Church, with Rev. Herman Pair and Rev. Steve Morton officiating. Burial with military honors followed at Oak Hill Cemetery in Oneonta. Lemley Funeral Home directed.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to Union Hill Baptist Church (ATTN: Building Fund), 2919 County Highway 39, Oneonta, Alabama 35121.

Although we grieve, we grieve with hope as we celebrate his healing and look forward to a sweet reunion in Heaven.

-obituary written by family