Dixie Shreve

Dixie Lee Shreve, 82, of St. Albans, died, Saturday Sept. 28, 2013, in St. Francis Hospital in Charleston.

He was born July 7, 1931, in Buckhannon, a son of the late Enoch and Edna Miles Shreve.

On Aug. 9, 1953, he married Marion Madeline Balli at Buckwheat Church near Pickens, she preceded him in death on March 28, 2007.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Enoch Shreve Jr.

He is survived by two sons, Timothy Shreve and wife, Debra, of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Daniel Shreve of Charleston; two daughters, Lois Shreve of St. Albans and Ruth Durr and husband, James, of Anchorage, Alaska; seven grandsons, Erik Shreve and wife, Jill, of Dallas, Texas, Nathan Shreve and wife, Alice, of Auburn, Calif., Christopher Shreve and wife, Emily, of Melissa, Texas, Garrett Shreve and wife, Ashton, of Charleston, Matthew Handley of Bozeman, Mont., and Franklin and Brian Durr of Anchorage, Alaska; four granddaughters, Tracy Shreve Bellew and husband, Josh, of Broken Arrow, Sarah Handley of Boston, Mass., Rebecca Handley of Hickory, N.C., and Hannah Shreve of Morgantown; three great-granddaughters, Hanako and Moriko Shreve both of Auburn, Calif., and Aiyana Bellew of Broken Arrow; one great-grandson, Mason Shreve of Melissa, Texas; two brothers, Eugene P. and Calvin M. Shreve both of Buckhannon; several nephews; and a special friend, Dorothy Varner of St. Albans.

Shreve graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1949 and West Virginia University in 1953. Shreve was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist of St. Albans. He was a career employee for the Soil Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture beginning in 1951 as a student trainee while attending WVU’s School of Agriculture. During his 36-year career with the SCS, he headed the field offices at Parkersburg and Keyser, organized the Great Kanawha Resource Conservation and Development area in Ripley, was district conservationist in Charleston and assistant state resource conservationist in the Morgantown office. During and after his career, he enjoyed working with farmers to develop plans for best land use practices. While attending WVU, he entered the ROTC program and served two years in the army obtaining the rank of first lieutenant when he was honorably discharged from Fort Riley, Kan. after two years of service. During his retirement, Dixie Shreve continued his passion for working the land by growing many fruits and vegetables, and in 1995, he was crowned Strawberry King in The West Virginia Strawberry Festival.

Friends will be received Thursday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home in Buckhannon. A funeral service will conducted at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Loretta Isaiah officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Rupert Cemetery in Buckhannon.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Mt. Rupert Church, in care of Sandy Ireland, Treasurer, 69 Rogers Lane, Buckhannon, WV 26201. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.