Velva Clairess Vanater

June 5, 1933June 16, 2021

Velva C. Vanater, 88 of Charleston, WV departed life on June 16, 2021 at Hubbard Hospice House West.

She was retired from West Virginia State Tax Department Revenue Division, JC Penney and Kline & Hall Law Firm. She was born at Hamlin, WV on June 5, 1933, the daughter of Oakey Slone and Bonnie Johnson Slone.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oakey Slone and Bonnie Johnson Slone; brothers, Leo, Sharrell, Johnson, Chilton, Jerry and Harold Gene; sisters, Mildred (Lee) Wheeler, Oakey Dale Slone; son in law, Steve Rogers.

She is survived by her four children, Patricia (Rick) Skaff and, Lisa Rogers of Charleston, Donald W. Vanater of Raleigh and Charleston, Brock (Holly) Vanater of Ripley, WV; grandchildren, Katie (Curtis) Kirk of East Bank, Matthew (Stephanie) Vanater of Riverside, Florida, Patrick Vanater of Riverside, Florida; Allison Vanater of Raleigh, North Carolina; great grandchildren, Hallie Kirk, Evelyn and Brock Vanater and River, Jack and Ella; many loved nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and family friends and members of the South Ruffner Church.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday June 19, 2021 at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden with Rev. David Hancock officiating. The committal and burial service will follow at 3:00 PM at the Isaac Family Cemetery, Hamlin, WV.

A visitation with family and friends will be from 11:00 AM until service time on Saturday at the Funeral Home.

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

The family expresses their sincere appreciation to the staff of Hospice House West and Kanawha Hospice Services; and to Dr. William Jeffrey, “Who kept her here this long.”

Flowers are appreciated but in lieu of, donations can be made to South Ruffner Church, attention Danny Elliars.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 19, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, June 19, 2021


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William H. Salisbury

June 19, 2021

Sorry for your families loss, Velva was a great Mom who loved her children deeply. Whenever us boys would go over to her house she always offered us food and drinks. She was kind and so very sweet, soft spoken but strong minded.
Rest peacefully Velva, our sorrow compares to nothing you've endured during your life here with us.
Love you brother Brock !!

(Shirley) Gale Vanater

June 18, 2021

I will always remember Aunt Velva's kind and gentle manner. Prayers go out to my cousins and their families during this time. May you find strength in your memories of such a fine person. Peace and Blessings to you.

Steve Vanater

June 18, 2021

Loved you aunt Velma. May you Rest In Peace. My heart goes out to Patti, Don, Brock and Lisa. Stay close to each other and honor her memory. She was a fine and wonderful mother and friend to all.

Jeffrey Lanham

June 18, 2021

Rest in Peace Velva.
May the Lord comfort your family at this time of great loss.

Kathy Elswick

June 18, 2021

I’ll never forget the first time i met Velva, i had been doing Lisa and Katie’s hair for a while..i had also been doing Patti. When Velma walked in i thought she was beautiful. I kinda though she might be a little difficult. She was just classy beautifully dressed. What stood before me was a lady. We quickly connected and really enjoyed each other’s company.. her children loved her and protected her these past years. I did go down through covid to cut her hair. She knew and remembered me. To her family i am so sorry for your loss. I’m most confident it is well with her soul. Love and hugs , Kathy Elswick , fly high Velma

Lenora Vanater

June 17, 2021

Velva was always kind and loving. Love and prayers to all the family.

louise watson-lynch

June 17, 2021

Just wanted to send my love and prayers to your entire family for your loss.
Watson Family - East End

Donn Merritt

June 17, 2021

Heaven has received another sweet angel. You will be forever missed by all that have had the pleasure of being a part of your life. Such a sweet, kind, gentle spirit and a joy to be around. Much love and many prayers to your wonderful children. ❤️