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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Dec 5, 2017

Knoxville Judge Richard R. Vance died on Dec. 3. He was 76. Vance was a Knoxville native and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1966. He volunteered for service in the U.S. Air Force after law school, serving four years active duty and attaining the rank of Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Department. He also served as a Military Judge, presiding over court martial cases. Judge Vance was first appointed Circuit Court Judge, Part II, by Governor Sundquist in 1997 to fill the vacancy after Judge William R. Holt Jr. retired. He was re-elected in 1998, 2006 and 2014. The family will receive friends 3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday with a funeral service to immediately follow at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Sevierville. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make memorial contributions to the American Lung Association or to a local charity of your choice.