Lawrence "Larry" Joseph Gatens

13 September, 194031 May, 2021

Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Gatens, 80, of Charleston passed away Monday, May 31, 2021, at his residence following a short illness.

Larry was born in Charleston on September 13, 1940, a son of the late Maurice and Emogene Stone Gatens. He was a retired machinist with Kanawha Electric with over 30 years of service and was an Air Force Veteran. Larry always had a joke to tell and was an avid fisherman.

Along with his parents, he was preceded by his first wife, Linda Gatens; and brother, Francis Gatens.

Larry is survived by his wife, Patricia Gatens; daughter, Danielle (Wes) Mullins of Dunbar; son, Anthony Gatens of Charleston; sister, Patricia Belcher of Charleston; two grandchildren, Tara (Scott) Thomas and Phoebe Gatens; two great-grandchildren, Zander and Avery Thomas.

A time of visitation with family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden. There will be no services.

Please be fully aware of the new CDC guidelines for wearing a mask when attending services. Unvaccinated persons must wear a mask and social distancing should still be observed by all.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, 3 June , 2021


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Amy Tabor

6 June 2021

You will be missed. Best neighbor and friend a person could ask for. Loved to joke, play and watch our kids as they grew up across the fence from the porch. You and Linda loved our kids like they were your own grandkids. Always around to lend a helping hand anytime you were needed. You will always be loved and missed. ❤️❤️❤️

Leah Blake

2 June 2021

Danielle and family,

My heart breaks for you. I know how much you loved your Daddy and how much you tried to make him better. Although I know your heart is breaking, you know he's in a much better place than we are. We are sending lots and lots of love and continued prayers for you all. Always here for you if you need us . . .

Love now and always,
Jimmy, Leah, Sabra, Jordan, Janice and Avery Blake

Betty Nester

2 June 2021

Danielle and Wes: I know how much you loved your dad. Remember, this love will always be with you. Ever time you remember him, he is saying I love you back. You will laugh, you will cry and that love will always be there.
Deepest sympathy,
All my love,
Betty Nester

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