Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Obituary Archives

October 13, 2012

Pete Pelts

BLUEFIELD — Pete Pelts, 88 of Bluefield, W.Va. died following a brief illness on October 11, 2012.

Born February 11, 1924, in Elkhorn, W.Va., he was the son of European immigrants Joseph and Anna Galida  Peltz.

A 1942 graduate of Elkhorn High School, he joined the U.S. Army and received his basic training at Camp McCain, Mississippi. He then proceeded to serve his country during World War II in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and France, as Private First Class.

In 1947, he started out in the loading dock at Bluefield Supply Company. Five years later he had worked his way up to the sales department. For the next 30 years, he traveled the roads of the two Virginias providing faithful and loyal service to his many customers. He was awarded the Top Salesman Award in 1965 from the Sales Executive Club, as well as being honored as a member of the Million Dollar Sales Club. Pete enjoyed representing Bluefield Supply in their recreational basketball and bowling teams.

After 36 years of service to Bluefield Supply Company in 1983, Pete he continued to serve the A-Mart stores in the local area for several years.

Known as a man devoted to his family, kind, self-sacrificing, generous, and humble, Pete was also a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

His stories and anecdotes were the highlights of many family reunions and get-togethers, bringing laughter and smiles and a renewed knowledge of sacrifice, commitment, and determination.

The Pelts family has been blessed to be a part of a special neighborhood in Bluefield for the past 56 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Andy, Mike, and Nick, all of whom served their country in World War II. Surviving are his sisters, Annie Lenosky of Woodland, Michigan, Emma Lavin, Bluefield, W.Va., Julia Holstein, Greenville, S.C., and Mary 'Toots' Coburn, Charleston, W.Va., and many nieces and nephews.

Pete was a faithful and devoted husband for 52 years to his wife Ila Mae Pelts, who  preceded him in death in 1999.

Celebrating Pete's memory are his children, Mary Ann McElmurray, husband, Dr. Charles T. McElmurray, of Blythewood, S.C.; John Pelts and wife, Sue, of Bluefield, Va.; and Wayne Pelts, and wife, Beverly, of Bluefield, W.Va.

"Pop Pop" Pelts was especially proud of his ten grandchildren: Sarah, Benjamin, Anna, Mary, and Ruth McElmurray, all of Blythewood, S.C.; Sydney Pelts, Bluefield, Va.; Jonathan Pelts, and his wife, Olivia, Nairobi, Kenya, Bethany Pelts, Lookout Mountain, Ga., David  and Daniel Pelts, Bluefield, W.Va.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m., with the Rev. Susan Rector officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 1:00 to 2:00 at Mercer Funeral Home, Bluefield, W.Va.

Honorary pallbearers include long-time co-workers and neighbors, Joe Graham, Harry Gray, Howard Hale, Jimmy Hill, Ollie Law, W. Taylor Moore, Bob Mustard,  E.G. Royal.

Pallbearers include: Dr. Charles T. McElmurray, Josh Anderson, Pat Haye, Brian Krabbe, Peter Romano, and Rick Taylor.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Bible In The Schools, P.O. Box 543, Bluefield, WV, or Trinity United Methodist Church, 401 College Ave., Bluefield, WV.

Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages with the family of Mr. Pete Pelts may do so by visiting www.MercerFuneralHome.com

Mercer Funeral Home and Crematory of Bluefield is serving the family.

1
Text Only
Obituary Archives
  • George Pearis Damewood III George Pearis Damewood III

    WARRENTON, Va. — George Pearis Damewood III of Warrenton, VA passed away April 16, 2014 at Sunrise Assisted Living, VA on his 88th birthday.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jerry Van Goforth

    BRUSHFORK — Jerry Van Goforth 70 of Brushfork, WV passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, WV.

    April 19, 2014

  • Ricky Lane Slade Ricky Lane Slade

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ricky Lane Slade, age 48, of Charlotte, NC, formerly of Bluefield, VA, passed away in Charlotte on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Emily Elizabeth “Betty” Barrett Emily Elizabeth “Betty” Barrett

    PRINCETON — Emily Elizabeth “Betty” Barrett, 89, of The Havens, New Hope Road, Princeton, departed from this life early Sunday morning, April 13, 2014 at Serenity Place on the Browns Ridge Road, Lerona.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Smith Thomas Carr Smith Thomas Carr

    MONROE, N.C. — Smith Thomas Carr, age 37, of Monroe, NC, formerly of Rocky Gap, VA, died on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 following a tree accident on his job.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Iris O'Quinn McClanahan Iris O'Quinn McClanahan

    ABINGDON, Va. — Iris O'Quinn McClanahan, age 81, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Grace Health Care.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Norma J. Meadows Norma J. Meadows

    POUNDING MILL, Va. — Norma J. Meadows, age 84, of Pounding Mill, Virginia entered into eternal rest in Abingdon, Virginia on Thursday, April 17, 2014 after an extended illness.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • James (Jimmy) Joseph Groten James (Jimmy) Joseph Groten

    BLUEFIELD, Va. — James (Jimmy) Joseph Groten, age 24, of Bluefield, VA, passed away, April 14, 2014.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Harry Edward Kight Harry Edward Kight

    DEEP CREEK LAKE, Md. — Harry Edward Kight, age 89, of Deep Creek Lake, MD and Severna Park, MD, passed away on April 15, 2014 in Severna Park.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kenneth Dean Jackson Sr. Kenneth Dean Jackson Sr.

    BLUEFIELD, Va. — Kenneth Dean Jackson, Sr., Bluefield, VA, died on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo