Herbert Lee Sarver Jr.
UNION — Mr. Herbert Lee Sarver, Jr., 91, of Union, passed away on March 28, 2014.
He was born on September 7, 1922, the son of the late H.L. and Glenna C. Sarver of Wolf Creek, WV.
In addition to his parents, Junior was preceded in death by his sister, Maxine Mann of Fairlea, WV, and a daughter, Catherine Bowyer of Ripley, WV.
A 1941 graduate of Alderson High School, he attended Roanoke Business College and worked for the Veterans Administration before entering the Army Air Force in 1943. He served as an airplane mechanic in Europe until his honorable discharge in 1946. He was a member of American Legion Post #100 for the 68 years following, and continued to serve his country stateside in the Civil Air Patrol. He was a life member of Monroe Lodge #77, A.F. & A.M., a member of the Ruritan Club since 1955, and a deacon at Union Presbyterian Church. Junior was also a dedicated horseman, breeding and showing Saddlebreds and Tennessee Walking Horses.
Upon returning to Monroe County after WWII, Junior began a long history of service to his community. He was employed by the County Clerk’s office from 1946 to 1948, at which time he was elected as Monroe County Clerk, a position he held until 1950. He was elected Mayor of Union in 1962, serving from 1963 to 1969. He was a member of the first class of firefighters when the Union Volunteer Fire Department was organized in 1955; he served them for 40 years, many as treasurer. Junior was a founder of the Monroe Swimming Pool Association and was instrumental in procuring the 1967 FHA loan to build the town pool. He was also a member of the Monroe Industrial Development Corporation, served on the Greenbrier Valley Hospital Board of Directors in 1975 and 1976, served as Secretary of the Monroe Sports Foundation from 1994 to 1999, and served as a Monroe County Fiduciary Commissioner from 1996 to 2004.
Mr. Sarver was employed by the Bank of Monroe for 37 years, retiring in 1987. During this time he was elected to the bank Board of Directors, and served in that capacity for 31 years, becoming Director Emeritus in 2013. He also worked as an Allstate insurance agent, serving the community in that capacity for over forty years.
Junior will be remembered fondly by his wife of 62 years, Mabel Clower Sarver; two surviving daughters, Dr. Peggy (Marshall) Williams of Pataskala, OH, and Joanne (Roger) Brooks of Pentress, WV; son-in-law David Bowyer of Ripley, WV; five grandchildren, Brandon (Lindy) Williams of Grove City, OH, Ryan (Mandi) Williams of Powder Springs, GA, Susan Bowyer of Alexandria, VA, Kelli Brooks of Morgantown, WV, and Roger Brooks of Hilton Head, SC; three great-grandchildren, Brandon and Alexander Williams of Grove City and Sarai Williams of Powder Springs; niece, Tina (Dr. Lorenzo) Pence of Lewisburg, WV; nephew, Allan (Vivian) Clower of Ronceverte, WV, as well as several other dear nieces, nephews, and cousins. Grateful appreciation also to special friends, Lena Walton and Pastor Nancy Bulla.
The family would like to send special thanks to the superlative staff of the Seasons and Hospice Care of WV whose warmth and compassion have given us the strength for this end of life journey.
A celebration of Junior’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at the Union Presbyterian Church in Union with Pastor Nancy Bulla officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery in Union with graveside Masonic Rites conducted by Monroe Lodge # 77 AF & AM.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home in Union.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Hospice Care of WV, 223 Maplewood Avenue, Lewisburg, WV 24901, the Union Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice.
Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.