God has called home a great solider, Vance Antonio Monsanto Sr. He was affectionately known as “Grandfather” to many or “Kossa” for some, he died on Sept. 3 in Hinesville, Ga., at the age of 71.
Grandfather is preceded in death by his mother, Rehenia Monsanto-Latortue and his son, Vershawn “PJ” Monsanto.
The first viewing will be held from 5-7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, at Turnbull’s Funeral Home. The second viewing will be held at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, at New Herrnhut Moravian Church. Interment will be at the Brookman Cemetery.
Vance is survived by his daughters: Verna, Vinell, Venise and Vernise Monsanto, and Tiffany Clause; sons: Vance “Kareem” Jr., Verne, Vince, Claudell and Emmanuel “Timothy” Monsanto; adopted children: Tasha and Tanasha Wells; sister, Ruby Monsanto Bloice; brothers: Vernon, Eugene and Raymond Monsanto; grandsons: Craig Joseph, Kaleem Moolenaar, Jahkhoy, Timothy, Trevaun and Logan Monsanto, and Kasim Upchurch; granddaughters: Keithra Evans, Kianna, Ki’Niqua and Alyson Monsanto, and Jh’nell Jackson; and adopted grandchildren: A’Tijah, A’Zya and A’Nijah Colaire.
He is also survived by great-grandchildren: Raelyn and Kennedi Evans, A’Niyah Moolenaar and Josiah Joseph; brother-in-law, Sylvanus Bloice; sister-in-law, Frances “Rose “Monsanto; granddaughters-in-law: Beverly Joseph and Quanesha Moolenaar; grandson-in-law, Rashad Evans; many nieces and nephews; aunts: Gertrude, Bernice and Vera Fredericks; special friends: Leroy Estrill, Samuel “Fraco Sam” Harvey, Arnold “Brother” Thomas. Calvin “Bald Head” Thomas and Pedrito Lanclos; along with numerous other friends and family members.