Rev. Donald Nance

  • Born: December 9, 1934
  • Died: March 6, 2018
  • Location: Bearden, Arkansas

Benton Funeral Home

501 West 4th Street
Fordyce, AR 71742

Tel. (870) 352-3131

Tribute & Message From The Family

Rev. Donald W. Nance (83) of Bearden, AR passed away Mar. 6, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Oldner) Nance, his 3 children, Donna Wisdom (Steve) of Richardson, TX, Terri Hardy (David) of Little Rock, and Monty Nance (Candace) of Rogers, AR, his grandchildren, Tyler Nance of Little Rock and Peyton Davila (Israel) of Rogers, his brothers Allen (Billie) of Bearden and Edward of Fordyce, and a host of beloved nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Lena Nance, his brothers Marvin and Aubrey Lee, his sisters, Gracie Simpson and Lucille Nowlin, Louise Nichols, Floye Steelman, and Bonnie Jean Harper.
After 60 years of ministry, Don retired from pastoring at the age of 80 due to his health. He began his ministry at the age of 20 by preaching at churches across south Arkansas which is where he met and married the woman he loved more than life itself. Together they pastored Assembly of God churches in Huttig, AR, White Oak, AR Clarendon, AR, McKenzie, TN, Hopeville, AR, Calion, AR, and Sparkman, AR. He pioneered the Assembly of God Church in Tennessee beginning in borrowed or rented buildings until he could build a church building. His longest tenure as pastor was at Hopeville Assembly of God where he pastored for 25 years. He later retired there with his wife.
Don devoted his life to his family and the people he served. During the 58 years of marriage to Shirley, their love grew stronger each day. His greatest struggle at the end of his life was his reluctance to leave her. He loved his children and his grandchildren, especially enjoying the times when they all could be together. He loved his church family and served them faithfully in big and small ways throughout his life.
Words cannot describe how much he will be missed by those who loved him, but his legacy will live on through the lives of those he has loved.
Visitation will be held at Benton Funeral Home, Fordyce, AR on Thursday, March 8th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Don's funeral service will be held at Bearden First Assembly of God, Bearden, AR Friday, March 9th at 2:00 pm. Graveside service is at Bethel Cemetery to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bearden First Assembly of God P.O. Box 479 Bearden, AR 71720. To sign the online register visit Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce, Arkansas.


Condolence & Memory Journal


So sorry for your loss. God bless the family.

Posted by Teresa (Simpson) Bishop - Family Friend   March 22, 2018

Sis Nance, so sorry to hear about your and our loss. I know Rev Nance will be greatly missed by all that have come to love and admire such a man of faith as he was. our prayers are with you and your family. may God give you strength for the days to come.

Posted by jerry and ann parker - caiion, AR - Friend   March 09, 2018

My prayers are with your family! Bro. Nance was a wonderful man. I will always remember his smile and kind spirit. He will be greatly missed!

Posted by Deborah (Oliver) Martin - Jonesboro, AR - Friend   March 09, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of grief. It was always a joy to be with Bro. Nance and we pray God's peace and comfort for Sis. Shirley.

Posted by Trent Gabbard - Colombo, Sri Lanka - Friend   March 09, 2018

Sending my deepest sympathy to you all. Bro. Nance was well loved by many!
I will remember his kind manner and jovial laugh.

Posted by Donna Lane (Stell) - Bellevue, NE - Family Friend   March 08, 2018

Our thought's & prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort, Bro. Donald was a dear friend,pastor & neighbor.

Posted by Billy Ray & Shirley Doherty - Hopeville, AR - Friend   March 08, 2018

Praying for you Sis. Shirley and family during this time of loss

Posted by Jo Anne Perry - El Dorado, AR - Friend   March 08, 2018

Dear Terri & David: We send our love, sympathy and prayers in the loss of your Dad. What a great legacy of faith he leaves to your family. We pray for your Mom during this difficult transition. We are thankful you are nearby to help her through this time.
In Christian sympathy,
John & Linda McBride

Posted by John & Linda McBride - Spring, TX - Friend   March 08, 2018

As difficult as it is losing your Dad, the man that he was shaped you and influenced so many. I've loved your stories about him because they remind me of my Dad. Generous, giving and loving Jesus and your Mom. Praying that God's peace surrounds your family during this very difficult time. Love you!

Posted by Terrie Turner - Little Rock, AR - Friend   March 08, 2018

Your home has always been an island of peace and comfort for me and my wife when back in the U.S. Sis. Shirley please accept my sincerest condolences. We love the Nance family and will continue to hold you and your family up to the Lord. Much love in Christ, Mike Louton

Posted by Michael Louton - Hot Springs, AR - Friend   March 08, 2018

Shirley & Family. Sorry to hear about Donald's passing, but at the same time rejoicing that he is in the presence of Our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. He is rejoicing with the angels and all his family
that preceded him. Will be keeping you & your family in prayer.

Posted by Carolyn Harrison-Stover - Pine Bluff, AR - Friend   March 08, 2018

Very sorry for your loss. Don was a true believer and one of the kindest people I have known. You are all very lucky to have had him in your life.

Posted by EJ Oldner - Little Rock, AR - Family Friend   March 08, 2018

Shirley, John and families we are so sorry to hear about Don. What a beautiful legacy he left for the generations of people he touched through the years. We will keep you and your families in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Harry and Gena Fielder - Little Rock, AR - Family Friend   March 08, 2018

Sorry for your loss

Posted by Joe and phyllis Clemons - Thornton, AR - Friend   March 08, 2018

Mrs. Shirley, Donna, Terri and Monty...Bro Nance was a special person and he will be missed. His service to God is being rewarded in Heaven.

Posted by Mike Trammel - Thornton, AR - Friend   March 08, 2018

Sorry for your loss brother Nance was a very sweet man

Posted by Heather Clemons - Thornton, AR - Acquaintance   March 08, 2018

I will be remembering your family in prayer during this most difficult time. I always appreciated Bro. Nance encouraging me in my work for God thru the Gideons. I know that he is rejoicing around The Throne of God.

Posted by James Wright    March 07, 2018

Shirley I am so sorry for your loss, Our thoughts and prayers are with you

Posted by Freddie & Debbie Workman - Star City, AR - Friend   March 07, 2018

Our deepest sympathy. Such a wonderful man and he will be missed

Posted by Hugh and Pam Mosley - Bearden, AR   March 07, 2018

Sis. Shirley, so sorry for your loss. But we rejoice that he is with his Lord. Just wanted you to know that you both hold such a special memory of loving service to our family. You both knew what it meant to be a Pastor!!! Because of scheduling with the Campground we won't be able to be there in person, but our thoughts and prayers are with you as they have been all this time. May God bless you with supernatural strength and a peace from Him that passes all understanding.

Posted by Jane - Burlison, TN - Friend   March 07, 2018

Sister Shirley,Monty,Terri,Donna so sorry hear about Bro Donald. It was good going through my teenage years with him around. Love ya'll and am praying for ya'll.

Posted by Johnny Ethridge - Hamburg, AR - Friend   March 07, 2018