Benis Saylor "Red" Venable, 84 of Pineville, passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at the Pineville Community Hospital. He was born in Stoney Fork, KY on July 18, 1929 a son of the late Bill and Delphia Saylor Venable. He had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Venable was a member and Deacon of the West Pineville Baptist Church for over 30 years. He had been a salesman for Rowland Chevrolet. Venable dedicated his life to public service and loved politics. He served on the Pineville City Council for 29 years and served as a Pineville Police Chief for many years. Benis was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters, including a special brother, Frank Goley and a special nephew, Tommy Buchanan.
Survivors include his wife of almost 60 years, Betty Jean Trosper Venable; children and their spouses, Steve and Tina Venable of Williamsburg; Debbie and Jeff Jones of St. Petersburg, FL; Mike and Lisa Venable of Pineville; Anthony and Tonya Venable of Somerset and Tyler and Jessica Venable of Pineville; grandchildren, Brittney and Patrick Nuskey of NY; Kristy and Brian Synder of MI; Elliot Kaelber and Caitlyn Kaelber of FL; Allie Venable and Braden Venable of Somerset and Tori Venable of VA; great-grandchildren, Drew and Julia Snyder; Peyton, Parker and Presleigh Venable of Pineville; brothers, Pete Venable and Ray Venable both of Loyall; special nieces and nephews, Christine and Tom Butler, Ellen and Leroy Smith and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Celebration of his Life will be on Saturday, August 17, at 4:00 PM at the Arnett & Steele Funeral Home Chapel. Masonic Services will be provided by the Pinnacle Lodge #661 F. & AM. Special music will be by Mitchell and Tim Williams. Burial will follow in the Pineville Memorial Cemetery, Pineville, with funeral honors by the American Legion, Dewey Guy Post 19. Pallbearers will be his sons, Steve, Mike, Anthony and Tyler; grandson, Patrick and friend, Mike Hall.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, from 2:00 PM until the funeral hour at the Arnett & Steele Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Pineville, which is honored to serve the Venable Family. Light a virtual candle and sign the guest register at www.arnettsteele.com.