The passing of Gary Wayne Bland, 61, of Fairlea, affectionately known as Peanut, on Friday November 13, 2020 from complications of Covid-19.
Peanut was born March 20, 1959 in Ronceverte and was the son of the late Clarence W. and Mary E. Vance Bland.
Peanut served his community for nearly 40 years in many roles throughout his county. Most known for his love and commitment to Greenbrier County Emergency Ambulance. Peanut had been EMT, supervisor, and administrator for 617. Other roles included Greenbrier County 911, retired chief of Fairlea Fire Dept., CPR instructor, municipal judge, Ronceverte Police Department, Red Cross, and was an associate member of several departments throughout the county.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, James Franklin Vance and David Lee Bland; and uncle, Phillip Vance.
Surviving are his wife, Judith Kaye Bland; mother in law, Trudy Halstead; step daughters, Stephanie Lynn Richmond Boswell and her husband Matt and Katherine Louise Hunter; stepson, Michael Shawn Richmond; granddaughters, Breanna Boswell, Audrey Elsie Tantillo, and Riley Noel Level; grandsons, Darris Boswell and Gabriel James Tantillo; sisters-in-law, Teresa Bostic and Georgeann Godby; sister, Dreama Burns; uncles, James “Pretty” Vance and his son Jimmy Vance and family, Robert Vance, and Jerry Vance; aunts, Margaret Brown and Remona Graham; lifelong friends, Wes Hylton and family, Phillip Bolt, Frank Sears and family, Bruce Loudermilk and family, and Sheila Williamson; and many, many more we have not mentioned. Peanut loved you all.
A memorial tribute will be held on December 6, 2020. Details to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions need to be made to Premier Bank, 124 Cedar Street, Ronceverte, WV 24970. Make payment to Judith Kaye Bland, in memo line Gary Pnut Bland Fund.
Out of respect for his family, we need to allow them time to heal among themselves without numerous phone calls. This is a most difficult time for them and all who knew Peanut.
Please send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.