A small crowd stood ready exterior the doorways of the Mississippi Coliseum Saturday morning because the motorcade carrying Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance arrived.
The hearse, adorned with colourful flowers, pulled to the entrance of the coliseum. On all sides, three legislation enforcement officers, dressed of their uniforms, accompanied the hearse over the past 30 ft to the doorways.
A visitation will happen at 10 a.m. adopted by the funeral service at 11 a.m. Each are open to the general public. Masks are obligatory.
Vance died at his Jackson dwelling Aug. 4 from cardiorespiratory failure as a result of COVID-19.
A motorcade procession will observe the funeral, touring by way of north Jackson, stopping by Josephine’s Kitchen, the household’s restaurant, then driving previous officers, who will honor Vance with a ultimate salute earlier than ending on the cemetery.
Greater than 300 neighborhood members, metropolis officers and legislation enforcement personnel paid their respects Friday on the Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home throughout a public visitation from 8 a.m. to six p.m.
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Dennis Dupree, a retired educator, mentioned he and Vance turned associates whereas in highschool. They turned nearer through the years, regardless that they lived in several cities for many of their lives.
Vance didn’t give attention to a darkish state of affairs, Dupree mentioned. He targeted on what he may do to make it higher.
The 2 had been soccer teammates, classmates and associates. He was a protector, Dupree mentioned. The 2 would usually name and textual content.
As Dupree recalled the second Vance didn’t textual content him on his birthday, he teared up.
Dupree mentioned Vance all the time despatched him a textual content on his birthday.
On the morning of Aug. 4, the day afterhis birthday, Dupree obtained a name from a former classmate telling him Vance had died.
“I do know his gentle continues to be shining, regardless that it appears dim proper now,” he mentioned, including that if everybody remembers what he stood for, Vance’s gentle will proceed to shine.
“I’ll miss my good friend, my brother,” Dupree added.
12:22 p.m.: ‘833 for all times’
The Metropolis of Jackson’s Multimedia Coordinator Jay Johnson recalled how Vance was happy with his Georgetown neighborhood, telling everybody he was from Wooden Road.
He may usually be heard by way of the hallways of Lanier Excessive Faculty saying, “Bulldogs in the home,” Johnson mentioned from the rostrum. “Of us like Victor Mason, Tyrone Lewis and Lee Vance had the audacity to assume they could possibly be cops in Jackson.”
That was throughout a time the place solely Jim Hill Excessive Faculty and Lanier Excessive Faculty had been faculties for Black residents, Johnson famous. However Vance was decided and labored exhausting, leaving UPS to hitch the Jackson Police Division in 1987.
“I had the chance to observe him maneuver his approach up the ranks, the precise approach,” Johnson mentioned.
Vance had one thing that you simply could not get from going to the shop or shopping for on-line: A degree of respect, Johnson mentioned as he addressed Vance’s household, encouraging Vance’s grandkids, kids and others to cherish the moments that they had with him.
12:06 p.m.: Household good friend, Kenneth Keyes remembers Vance
A household good friend, Kenneth Keyes stepped as much as the microphone to discuss his lengthy friendship with Vance. The 2 met in 1981 whereas they had been working at UPS.
Inside a couple of minutes, the 2 discovered they favored the identical music and loved the identical TV exhibits, like The Andy Griffith present and Dallas. The lads by no means had a riff between them, Keyes mentioned, and grew collectively.
Keyes remembered the day Vance discovered he would have a son, including Vance handed out cigars.
He mentioned Vance will likely be remembered for his snigger and knowledge and inspired others to observe in Vance’s steps of being agency and honest when it got here to the legislation.
11:35 a.m.: Bishop Jeffery Stallworth begins with Name to Worship, scripture studying
A name to worship started the funeral service as everybody took their seats. A musical choice from the Anderson United Methodist choir adopted.
A number of members of the viewers joined in clapping as gospel music echoed all through the coliseum.
Because the music died down, Bishop Jeffery Stallworth returned to the stage to carry out a scripture studying. The scriptures chosen had been about relaxation, Stallworth mentioned.
“Lee lived with the promise of God, now Lee rests with the promise of God,” Stallworth mentioned. “Could Lee Vance relaxation in peace.”
11:15 a.m.: Funeral service for Sheriff Lee Vance underway
As Stallworth, from Phrase and Worship Church in Jackson, started the funeral providers, members of Vance’s household entered the coliseum, continuing to the entrance.
On the stage had been shut private relations and a number of present and former metropolis leaders, together with Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Hinds County Undersheriff Allan White and former Mayor Tony Yarber.
Greater than 200 neighborhood members and legislation enforcement officers crammed the coliseum as gospel music rang by way of the world.
Because the procession walked previous the casket, some relations turned emotional and consoled each other.
10:40 a.m.: Neighborhood, legislation enforcement fill the MS Coliseum
As Vance was carried in, a silence descended all through the coliseum. Members of legislation enforcement rose to their ft, standing at consideration.
The casket carrying the late sheriff was laid in entrance of a stage stuffed with flower tributes, attended by two members of the Honor Guard from the Hinds County Sheriff’s Workplace.
Within the nook, a small group of officers gathered in a circle. They gave the impression to be consoling each other. A hushed prayer could possibly be heard among the many males.
Dozens of neighborhood members and legislation enforcement officers lined one of many far partitions, ready to pay their respects throughout visitation. Slowly, they walked by the open casket, pausing briefly earlier than submitting into seats on the venue ground to await the beginning of funeral providers.
9:55 a.m.: Motorcade arrives, funeral attendees wait to enter
Simply earlier than 9:30 a.m., dozens of black and white bikes and police vehicles arrived on the Mississippi Coliseum, their blue lights flashing. The motorcade cycled previous, permitting the hearse to tug ahead.
It was adorned with yellow, white and pink flowers and drove slowly as much as the constructing, pausing briefly between six officers dressed of their uniforms ready at consideration.
A small crowd stood close by, watching solemnly. Girls’s colourful floral and patterned clothes fluttered within the silence.
Contained in the coliseum, colourful bouquets of flowers, some organized to spell out Lee Vance and JPD, had been lined up in entrance of the stage.
9:23 a.m.: Anticipation mounts for arrival of Sheriff Lee Vance
Because the solar rose into the early morning Saturday sky, a slight breeze fluttered the flags in entrance of the Mississippi Coliseum.
Standing at consideration beneath had been two Hinds County Sheriff’s Workplace bikes, ready for the motorcade carrying the late sheriff to reach.
Within the distance, pink, blue and white lights could possibly be seen arising the highway resulting in the doorway of the Mississippi Coliseum. Lifted above the highway was an American flag, fluttering gently within the breeze.
Automobiles had been slowly trickling into the entrance car parking zone with the doorways set to open at 10 a.m. for public visitation.