The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 7, 2013

Obituaries — Monday, Oct. 7, 2013


Joann ‘Jodi’ Steffy

Loving sister, aunt, friend passed away on Sept. 16th, 2013, at Beckley. Jodi was her nickname; her family called her Jo or Joann. Jodi was born on June 1st, 1951, at Hurley, VA, to the late Opal and Luther Shortridge. Jodi was raised in Buchanan County and graduated from Hurley High School in 1969.

After graduation, she went to Washington, DC, and worked for the FBI. She met her husband, Roger Mitchem, and moved to Beckley. There she worked for the Bank of Raleigh for years. She went from being a teller to branch manager. After Bank of Raleigh, she worked for Pioneer Community Bank for five years as assistant manager and cashier. She was devoted and loved her life in banking. She attended Mountain State and school of banking.

Later in retirement, she worked for Tamarack the Best of WV for years.

She later married Ed Steffy, who lives in Statesville, VA, and they remained good friends.

She cherished her precious time she had with friends and family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Opal Shortridge, a brother, Pete Shortridge, and a sister, Phyllis Hunt.

Those left to cherish her memories include her best friends for years, Ron Cook, brother, Roger and wife Janice Shortridge of Abingdon, VA, Johnny Shortridge and youngest “Baby Brother,” Austin Shortridge and wife, Lynete, both of Hurley, VA; sisters, Kathy, husband, Carlson Robinette of New Tazewell, TN, Sharon Hurley, Shirley and Jimmy Stacy both of Hurley, VA; included are several nieces and nephew. Two special nieces that were always there to love her were Bobbie Blankenship of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Marlee Hibitts of Hurley, VA; special nephew, Austin Chance Shortridge of Hurley, VA. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

The family is deeply indebted to her friends of many years. At Jodi’s request, there will be no services.

A celebration of her life will be held at the family cemetery where her remains will be laid to rest beside her parents.

In keeping with Jodi’s wishes, she will be cremated.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, WV.

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