Deacon George Alfonso Vann, the son of the late Archie (AJ) Vann, Sr. and Martha Frison Vann, was born June 6, 1933, in Orange Hill Community, Chipley, FL and was the youngest of six children and the last surviving sibling. Deacon Vann was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years Alma Byrd Hunter Vann, his parents four brothers, Timothy Vann, Archie Vann Jr., Ellis Vann, David Vann Sr. and Florence Vann Gilmore Hayes.
At the age of 86, God sent his Angels of mercy to escort Deacon Vann from his labor to be with our Lord and Savior.
He was raised in the Orange Hill community and was an active member of the Orange Hill Missionary Baptist Church. He graduated from Roulhac High School in Chipley in 1951 and continued his education at Florida A & M University and obtained his Bachelors and Masters in Education. He was recruited to teach school in Georgia.
During his tenure in Oglethorpe County, GA, Miss Alma Byrd Hunter caught his eye and captured his heart. He married her on April 19, 1959 and shortly after moved to Vernon, FL to start a family and continue teaching school.
He was the principal at Shady Grove School until integration closed the school and students were sent to the Vernon Schools. After leaving Shady Grove, he worked for a number of years at Metropolitan Life in Dothan, Alabama. He returned to the education field and taught Holmes County High School and Vernon High School until he retired in 1995. After retiring, him and his wife enjoyed being involved in the NAACP, church activities at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, traveling, and spending time with their seven grandchildren and one great grandson. He was a lifetime member of the NAACP and an active Deacon at Shiloh until his health deteriorated.
He leaves to cherish his memories; one daughter, Muriel Vann of Tallahassee, FL; three sons, Oswald Vann of Bonifay, FL, Terence Vann of Lithonia, GA, and Romontey Vann (Charlcie) of Anniston, AL. Seven grandchildren- Vonshell C. Vann, Antoine J. Vann, Xavier R. Vann, Sterling A. Vann, Nathan A. Vann, Trinity M. Vann, and Miniya G.P. Vann; one great grandchild- Brandon Carroll; a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
Deacon Vann was a caring, God fearing man whose love for Christ was evident in the many years he served at Shiloh MBC as Senior Deacon and treasurer. It was shown in his devotion to engagements within the Baptist community as well others. He was a member of the Pall Bearer’s Association.
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