Chief Mortician & Funeral Director in Charge
Samuel L. Vance II was born in 1980 to the proud parents of
Samuel L. and the Late Joyce Ragland Vance in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. From an early age, Samuel posed the Vance trait
of hard work and striving for perfection to be at the top of everything he
did. Samuel begun his career in funeral service at Perry-Hearn & Scott Funeral Home in Pine Bluff, Arkansas under the leadership of Roy D. Hearn, while in high school. In 1999, Samuel graduated from Pine
Bluff High School where he was a member of the band. Later that year he
enrolled at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Samuel is no stranger to
hard work, during his collegiate years he held down four jobs while taking a
full load of credit hours. Samuel was initiated as a member of the Beta Theta
Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporation in the fall of 2000. He had the
pleasure of serving as Chapter President and was on many committees. After
obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2003 with a Minor in Sociology from the
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, he moved to Dallas. While attending Dallas
Institute of Funeral Service, Samuel was afforded the opportunities to work at
Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors at the McGowan Mansion, Gregory W. Spencer
Funeral Directors at the Cedar Crest Chapel, Paradise Funeral Home under the leadership of Mr. Frankie Washington, Peaceful
Rest Funeral Home under the leadership of Mr. John Hollis King all in Dallas, TX and Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors under the leadership of the late Dr. Gregory W. Spencer in
Fort Worth, TX. In 2004, Samuel received an Associate of Applied Science Degree
in Funeral Service. After moving back to Arkansas, he worked for a government
and state funded program. In 2005, Samuel relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas and began serving his apprenticeship under Mr. Samuel L. Mitchell whom it spent many hours, days and late nights with developing the techniques. Mr. Vance often times refer to Mr. Mitchell as His Father of Embalming. Later in 2005 he was hired at Watson-Northcrest Funeral Home in North Little Rock, Arkansas under the leadership of Mr. Alex R. Watson as their Embalmer and Funeral Director. Samuel took a leap of faith in 2006 and became self-employed
at the age of 26. As an Entrepreneur in 2006, he applied for and obtain a
resale permit to open Professional Male Apparel. Samuel is the President/CEO of
Vance Investments of Arkansas, Inc. where he owns 100% of Samuel L. Vance and
Sons Funeral Directors, Vance Mortuary Transport and Coach Livery, Vance
Mortuary Trade Services, Vance Properties Management, Professional Male Apparel
and Greekblazers.com. Samuel is also a silent partner and co-owner to two other
companies. In 2008, Samuel obtained a Masters of Arts Degree in Management and
Leadership from Webster University St Louis, Missouri. He later enrolled at
University of Phoenix to pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Management.
After reaching out to Savannah Johnson of Johnson Funeral Home-Malvern from the time he graduated mortuary college inquiring about purchasing Johnson Funeral Home and getting no where with his efforts, Sam gave up on the ideal. In the summer of 2015, Mrs. Johnson contacted Samuel asking was he still interested in purchasing the funeral home. In the fall of 2015 Samuel purchased and became sole owner of Johnson Funeral Home. In 2016 Samuel changed the name of the funeral home to Samuel L. Vance & Sons Funeral Directors. He will be forever grateful to Mrs. Savannah Wright Johnson for giving him a opportunity of a lifetime.
With nearly 20 years of funeral service experience, Samuel is a Licensed
Embalmer and Funeral Director in the state of Arkansas and currently has the
Embalming Contract for nine funeral homes across the state. Samuel is known as
an Embalmers Embalmer- one who is called on by other embalmers for his
expertise, to embalm difficult cases and/or small children.
As a Boy Scout of America, Samuel received the Eagle Scout Rank which is the highest rank in scouting. This rank is
achieved by less than 4% of all scouts and less than 1% are African American.
Samuel serves on the board for the Independent Arkansas Funeral Director and Mortician
Association. He is an active Life Member #1708 of the Mu Beta Sigma
Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporation. He is also a member of Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity, Incorporation. He is also a member of
Arkansas Young Black Professional Association. Samuel attends First Baptist
Church S.A Jones in North Little Rock, AR where he is a Trustee.
Samuel reside in Benton, Arkansas with his wife Kisha, daughter Layla, sons
Jay, Samuel (Trey), Samson (Lil Sam) Morbid the Great Dane and Breezie the Pomeranian.