Glenard D. Vannoy, 88 - Hurricane

Glenard D. Vannoy, 88, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2015, in Hurricane, W.Va.

He was born in Index, W.Va., on Lower Run in Gilmer County, W.Va., on November 13, 1926. He was the youngest of 9 children of Carl & Elizabeth Nester Vannoy. He grew up in Stumptown and attended Normantown High School.

He was a member of the 1945 Normantown State Championship basketball team and was named captain of the All-State team. After the state tournament, he went into the service and spent 18 months as a special investigator with the Military Police in Florence, Italy. Upon his return from Europe, he tried out for the Marshall basketball team coached by Cam Henderson.

He made the choice not to attend Marshall, thus sending him back close to home at Glenville State College. In his years at Glenville, he played baseball and basketball. He was a member of the 1951 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship basketball team. After college, he played on the 1953 conference champion Staunton, Va., Braves baseball team.

From 1952 -1985 he taught physical education, health, and driver's education, as well as coached basketball, soccer, baseball, and JV football in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

He married Iris Lorraine Hefner on Dec. 17, 1949, in Clay, W.Va. They had three children, Margaret Mess, Kenneth Vannoy, and Martha Guyette.

He is survived by two children, Margaret Mess of Youngstown, N.Y., and Kenneth Vannoy of Hurricane, W.Va., 6 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, Holly, Willis, Thurl, Oral, Arnett, Darrell, and Delphia Vannoy, and Venia Johnson Bickerstaff; his wife, Iris; and daughter Martha.

The family would like to thank Elder Care Services of Leesburg, Fla., for their care and attention from November 2007 to March 2013 and Braley Care Homes in Hurricane, W.Va., from April 2013 until passing.

A visitation will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, W.Va. Sympathies for the family may be shared at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to your local Alzheimer's Association