Samuel L Vance II, a native of Pine Bluff, recently opened Samuel L. Vance & Sons Funeral Directors at Malvern.

Samuel L Vance II, a native of Pine Bluff, recently opened Samuel L. Vance & Sons Funeral Directors at Malvern.


Formerly, Johnson Funeral Home, Vance renamed the business after purchasing it. The business is a full-service funeral service provider which offers traditional and nontraditional services.


A licensed funeral director and embalmer, Vance is a 1999 graduate of Pine Bluff High School, a 2003 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he received a Bachelor of Science in psychology, a 2004 graduate of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and a 2008 graduate of Webster University, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in management and leadership.


Vance is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity, National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, and Independent Arkansas Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.


He is the son of Samuel Vance Sr. and the late Joyce Ragland-Vance. He and his wife, Kisha, live at Benton, and have three children.