Mr. John Ned Nance

  • Born: December 3, 1948
  • Died: July 22, 2019
  • Location: Almo, Kentucky

J. H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S. 3rd Street
Murray, KY 42071
Tel. (270) 753-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mr. John Ned Nance, age 70, of Almo, Kentucky, died on Monday, July 22, 2019 at the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House in Murray, Kentucky.
John Ned Nance Jr. "Skip" to all of us that knew him, and if you knew him you could never forget him. He was funny, entertaining, always quick with a story, an anecdote or an experience that would have you in tears in a matter of minutes. But Skipper wouldn't want us to shed tears unless they were tears of joy. He was like that. Jovial and mischievous, always up for a good prank on ANYBODY with that twinkle in his eye that you were about to get bit by the Skipper's humor. In short, Skip loved life! He loved his family which included some VERY old cars. Working on an old car was his real passion. He did it with love, and he loved his wife Mary Ellen. They had some wonderful times together traveling the countryside on whatever quest had Skips attention at the time and of course going to, 'THE BOAT'1. Yes, Skip loved life and lived it to the fullest and best of his ability.
His parents preceded him in death, but he had a very special bond with them, and he will be joining them now. Ned and Maurelle can rejoice that their Skip has joined them. Those of us left behind can only smile and remember the happy go lucky guy known as Skip Nance. In addition to his wife survivors include one step-daughter, Shannon Crawford and husband Eric of Murray, Kentucky; one step-son, Todd Contri and wife Tammy of Murray, Kentucky; one sister, Frances Howard of Old Hickory, Kentucky; two step-grandchildren, Madison Contri and Claire Contri both of Bowling Green, Kentucky; as well as many special cousins.
The way Skip could spin a yarn was a gift that only a few possess. Each of us has a Skip story and every time we think of it a smile crosses our face. So, even though SKIP has left our midst, he will linger in our hearts and minds forever and we are all blest for having known a guy named SKIP!
A celebration of life will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Big Apple Café in Murray, Kentucky.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House, 803 Poplar Street, Murray, Kentucky 42071 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959.
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Condolence & Memory Journal

I sent him an email to see how he was doing and when I got no response I knew the worst had happened. If I had known I would would have been at the visitation or memorial. Skip was a good friend and at one time a good customer. He and I knew a lot of the same people from my Murray State days and we liked the same things most notably cars, our glory days and America. I will miss him.

Posted by Mitch Barkett - Paducah, KY - Friend   August 18, 2019

I will always remember Skip as a fun loving, sweet , gentleman of whom I shared the love of Corvettes with. Years ago , Skip owned a beautiful , silver vette and a time or two he gave me a ride in it. It was so much fun.This was around 1978. I also remember purchasing a green and ivory antique cookstove from Skip which I still have in my home. My prayers are with all the family, Skip was a beautiful person!!

Posted by judy todd - murray - Friend   July 25, 2019

My condolences to Skip's wife and family! We went to school at Almo and then Calloway. Skip, was such a hoot to be around. From first grade, on through life, always pulling a trick or joking and cutting up with everyone! He was truly one of a kind. Skipper, may you rest in peace until we meet again!❤

Posted by Suzanne Jackson - Paducah   July 23, 2019

I grew up living next door to Skipper, Ned, Murelle, and Francis Nance. A wonderful family that cared about everyone. Skip loved to aggarvate my Mother and loved his aggravations he always made her smile. Not long before she passed Skip brought her a stuffed dog She was moved to tears at his love and compassion! When I was little I helped Skip work on his Stingray Corvette, I thought I was something! He carefully explained all he did with a chuckle! He was full of life all his life and a great guy. His joy, sass, and incredible laugh will be missed by all.

Posted by Shannon Knight Norsworthy - Murray, KY - Friend   July 23, 2019

I worked with Skip at Jum Adam's IGA in the 1970's. I remember a lot if the stories and tales he would tell. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Stephen Peal - Murray, KY - Friend   July 23, 2019

I was able to meet Skip through my office several years ago. It was a delight to work with him and always a pleasure to see him and talk to him on the phone. He always had such a sunny disposition. Godspeed Skip.

Posted by K. Evans-Arant - Paducah, KY - Acquaintance   July 23, 2019

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