Charles A. VanLear, III, 73, of Roanoke passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019.
Charlie was born in Martinsville, VA a son of the late Charles A. and Eva Johnson VanLear. He made his home in Martisnville until leaving to attend Elon University. He enjoyed playing basketball at Martinsville High School and then at Elon University. After graduation he moved to Roanoke where he continued his love of basketball as a coach at William Fleming High School. As a teacher and administrator he helped guide many young people in reaching their full potential, retiring from Lord Botetourt High School in 2001.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sallie Ann Ward VanLear; brothers-in-law, Kenneth A. (Shug) Ward and Robert E. (Carolyn) Ward, Jr.; nieces, Thea Ward Robichaux (Ivy), Jennifer Ward James (Stuart), Taeh Allison Ward; and Sarah Ward Sherman (Thomas); great nieces and nephews, Zyler Robichaux, Ivy Robichaux, Elodie Sherman, Baer Sherman, Tighe Sherman, Hayden James and Ryan James
In lieu of flowers Sallie Ann suggests that memorials be made to Bonsack Baptist Church 4845 Cloverdale Road Roanoke, VA 24019.
A celebration of Charlie's life will be held 11 a.m. Monday, June 17, 2019 at Bonsack Baptist Church 4845 Cloverdale Road Roanoke, VA. Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home & Crematory. 366-0707
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