Times West Virginian
Charles Shreve, 74, died Thursday (Jan. 31, 2013) at his home in Newark, Del.
Known as “Butch” by his boyhood friends and family, and “Chuck” by many colleagues, associates and friends, Mr. Shreve is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 52 years, Angela Pollard Shreve; his three sons, David Shreve of Charlottesville, Va., Kevin Shreve of Carpenter’s Point, Md., and John Shreve of Newark, Del.; and nine grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Shirlene Isabella of Bridgeport, and Sharon Richman of Morgantown; and his brothers, Richard Shreve of Tampa, Fla., and Terry Shreve of Winter Park, Fla.
Butch was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Shreve, and his sister, Betty Stonko.
Born in Flemington, he was the son of the late William T. Shreve and Nellie Edna Carr Shreve.
Butch was a graduate of Flemington High School, West Virginia University, where he received a B.A. in chemistry, and Fisk University, where he received a master’s degree in chemistry in Fisk’s Oak Ridge Associated Universities program. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, from which he was honorably discharged in 1964, having served in West Germany and at Fort Knox, Ky. Like his bride, he was a school teacher, teaching chemistry and serving as a coach at Hammonton High School in Hammonton, N.J., and at Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, N.J.
Beginning in 1968, Butch began a long career with E.I. DuPont as a chemist and sales manager, managing textiles and biomedical production and sales in Seaford, Del., Wilmington, Del., Baton Rouge, La., and Bethesda, Md., before returning again to Wilmington in 1987, where he retired in 1996.
A surrogate father to many in his extended family, Butch was loved by all he came to know. He was known widely as a gifted athlete, an accomplished scholar, teacher and business manager, and, especially, as a man who devoted his life to his family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Ford Funeral Home in Bridgeport, followed by burial at Bridgeport Cemetery.