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405 Alleghany Street
PO Box 12
Clifton Forge, VA 24422
Phone: (540) 862-4157
Fax: (540) 862-5723
Benjamin VanNess

Benjamin Allen "Benny" VanNess

Saturday, January 16th, 1954 - Thursday, June 18th, 2020
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Benjamin Allen "Benny" VanNess, age 66, of 355 Bridge Street, Eagle Rock (Glen Wilton), Virginia died Thursday, June 18, 2020 at his residence.

He was born on January 16, 1954 in Clifton Forge, Virginia to the late Fred Everett and Goldie Frances Nicely VanNess. He served in the United States Airforce and was a waste water treatment operator for the City of Covington.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Freddie VanNess, Tracy VanNess and Tony VanNess; two sisters, Cindy VanNess Nicely and Shirley Lewis; and a grandson, Rhett Johnson.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Persinger VanNess of Glen Wilton; two daughters, Emily and Lauren VanNess both of Covington; a son, Jacob VanNess of Iron Gate; four sisters, Becky Deane and husband Reggie of Low Moor, Cathy VanNess, Rosie Van Ness, Dolly Van Ness all of Clifton Forge; the light of his life, his granddaughter, Gia Ross; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes, his body will be cremated. There will be no services scheduled at this time.
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Donna Nicely

Posted at 04:49pm
Benny was a good friend... loved his sense of humor and easy going spirit. May many fond memories comfort you. May God provide peace that passes all understanding. Donna and CR Nicely

Mike Francis

Posted at 01:18pm
I would see Benny from time to time in NorthWest Hdw, Krogers. Always enjoyed talking to him. I remember saying Hi to Tony and Benny fishing at Douthat. Always friendly and fun to talk with. I will miss Benny! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Ryan Worth

Posted at 12:08pm
May God bless you and your family at this troublesome time in your lives. The world has lost a great man. Benny was a great husband, father and friend. He will be sorely missed by all. He had a big heart and brought joy and happiness whenever and wherever he showed up. I'm truly going to miss having conversations with him as I would visit with him during my return visits back home to Clifton Forge. Wishing the entire Van Ness family well and many blessings as you make the difficult transition in your daily lives without your loved one. May peace and serenity be with all of you for all eternity! Ryan Worth

Chip Woodyard

Posted at 05:38pm
To the entire VanNess family. Benny was a friend, and a classmate at Clifton Forge High School. We shared many good times "back then" and we always laughed and joked when we met in our older days. I remember him fondly. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.


Posted at 04:34pm
Bobby and I are so sorry for your loss. Benny was such a big part of Bobby's life and he will miss him dearly. Our love to you and the kids. Anita and Bobby McGuire

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