Anna Cecilia Berryhill Vance passed away September 3, 2016, in Athens Ga. She was born November 18, 1920, and grew up in Ardmore, She was a resident of Largo, Fla., and spent summers at her mountain home in Highlands NC. Anna and her husband, Joe, lived more than 40 years at their Niskey Lake home in southwest Atlanta Ga., where their children grew up. Anna was a member of Starkey Road Baptist Church in Seminole, Fla., and was an active member of the Eastern Air Lines Retired Pilots Association.  
Anna lived through the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and WWII. She traveled around the world and visited many of the world’s countries for more than 40 years of her all too short life.  Anna died at age 95 just two months prior to her 96th birthday. She was very active up until the last day of her life. She had an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Air Force where she served with the U.S.A.F. Eastern Airlines Military Transport Division ATC Group during WWII.
Anna was married more than 60 years to Josef Coffey Vance Sr., a retired Eastern Airlines Captain, who passed away in 2004 in Largo Fla.  Together they had three children: Josef Coffey Vance Jr. (deceased), Vicky Ann Vance Rogers (Tom) of Tulsa, and Dinah Lynn Vance Hoch (Robert) of Greensboro Ga. She is survived by five grandchildren, Anna Hock Dunn, Emily Hoch Fleming, Rachael Hoch Everett, Jennifer Rogers, and Rebecca Rogers and by six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her nephew, Todd Berryhill of Marietta, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Beverly Berryhill of Ardmore, and Mary Lynn Vance Broyles of Largo Fla.; and her lifelong friend, Arlene Sewell of Atlanta Ga. She is also survived by two cousins, Sandra Tullis of Fort Worth, Texas,  and Pam Woods of San Antonio Texas.
Anna is preceded in death by her beloved brother, Timothy W. Berryhill of Ardmore,  Anna’s son Josef Coffey Vance Jr., better known as “Skipper,” spent his summers in Ardmore with his grandparents where as a young boy he worked for The Daily Ardmoreite selling newspapers.
Anna was the daughter of Myrtle Rutledge Berryhill and William Jennings Berryhill. Her mother, Myrtle Rutledge came to Ardmore Indian Territory in a covered wagon from Texas. Her great-grandfather, Mathew Arron Berryhill came to Indian Territory in 1891. His son, Frank Berryhill, was founder of the Berryhill Tin Shop in 1895, the first tin shop in Oklahoma, which was run many years by Tim Berryhill. The old shop is now the Red Dirt Brewery and Grill.
Anna will be interred in the Berryhill family section at Rose Hill cemetery, Ardmore.  Graveside services will be 11 a.m., October 8, 2016.
Services are entrusted to Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory where memorial condolences may be made online at