Remembering Brother Greg Vanover
  December 31, 1947- April 14, 2011
          Gregory J. Vanover  suddenly passed from this life into eternity on Thursday April 14, 2011.  He was preceded in death by his father, Otis Vanover in 1998.  He is survived by his mother Helen Vanover, sister, Sheila Hunt and husband, Doyle and brother, Gary Vanover.  Other survivors include nephew, Dustin Hunt, aunts, uncles, cousins, a host of other friends and relatives and a special friend, Andy Rose. 
            Funeral services were held 11 o’clock a.m. at Lick Fork Free Will Baptist Church, Darwin, Virginia with Pastor Allen Viers and Brother Lynn Vanover officiating.  The church cemetery serves as his final resting place.
            He was a 1971 graduate of Clinch Valley College, Wise, Virginia and was the owner and operator of Vanover Service Station.
            Brother Greg will be remembered as a soft-spoken, gentle man, who had a warm smile for everyone. Whose gifted hands were accustomed to hard work, as well as playing beautiful music.  He accepted Christ at the age of thirty-three, was baptized and joined the fellowship of Lick Fork Free Will Baptist Church.  He and his music were well known within our region.  He often played at various churches, always enjoying an opportunity to glorify Christ in song and music.  He was the second-generation owner of Vanover’s Service Station.  Not only was he a knowledgeable and skilled mechanic, he was a very generous and kind-hearted man.  He often extended credit to those in need and never hesitated to inconvenience himself in order to help another.
            Greg enjoyed the fellowship of others, whether it be at a church picnic, homecoming service or a lunch time visit at Vanover’s Supply, where he would visit and enjoy a tall-tale or hunting story shared with friends over a sandwich and soda-pop. In addition to being a hard-working business owner, dependable friend, gifted musician and faithful church-member; possibly his greatest attribute was that of son.  He was a loving and devoted son to both his parents and assumed the responsibility of caring for his aging mother upon the passing of his father.  He faithfully looked after and cared for his mother in her home and provided care and supervision in his absence during his work-day until his sudden passing. 
            A painful void now exists within the heart of our community, as a result of the passing of this our dear brother.  May each of us strive to serve others daily with a joyful heart, gentle character and warm smile, just as Brother Greg did. 
        “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:37-39

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