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December 23, 2023
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Robena McCord Vance was born April 16, 1923 in Lincolnton, GA, to the late Harvey and Estella McCord.
At an early age she joined and was baptized at Mt. Zion Baptist Baptist Church in Lincolnton, GA. She attended the school house that still stands across from Mt. Zion Baptist Church until the 8th grade.
In July 1941, she married the love of her life John Douglas Vance. They moved to Brooklyn, New York and resided there until 1971 and to this union two children were born. During this time John and Robena were Foster Parents for 32 years and eventually returned to Augusta, GA.
After joining First Mt. Moriah Baptist Church she sang on the Senior Choir. She was a faithful member and was loved by all. Her faithfulness was rewared with God allowing her to celebrate her 100th birthday which made her the oldest member of 1st Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband John Douglas Vance; her siblings Victoria McCord, Johnnie Cake McCord, Helen McCord, Geneva McCord, Esther Sullivan and Hester McCord, TV McCord, Sallie Garnett, Harvey, Jr. McCord, Mattie McCord, Margaret Sullivan.
She is survived by one daughter Carolyn (Earl) Downs, of San Antonio, Texas; one son Michael D. (Aldegunde) Vance, of Hephzibah, Georgia; one Sister-in-law Helen (Benny) Young, of Laurens, South Carolina. She also leaves to cherish her memory six grandchildren; Khalilah, Maurice, Tabetha, LaTora, Xavier and Joshua; two great-grandchildren Camryn and Ava.
A host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends who loved her dearly.