BLUEFIELD — Two who never sought recognition for themselves have been honored by the school they love most.
The Bluefield High School Hall of Fame selection committee, at its annual meeting in May, has chosen Deb and “Pete” Sarver as co-inductees for 2017 membership. As BHS graduates, active church, civic and community participants, parents and devoted supporters of school activities, the two honorees reflect the highest levels of qualification for the Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is scheduled to be held in April 2018 in the Mary Ruth Bartlett Auditorium of the Bluefield Performing Arts Center located at Bluefield High School.
The late Mrs. Sarver, who passed away in August of this year, was a 1973 graduate of Bluefield High who attended Virginia Tech and she was a cheerleader at both schools. Her husband, Pete, a 1969 Bluefield graduate, received his Bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and Master’s from the University of Georgia.
Deb was an enthusiastic supporter of academics and athletics at Bluefield, where she was a volunteer member of the Centennial Committee, the Mentor program, and Huddle Group Coach for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She coached the 2007 Lady Beavers state championship tennis team and was named West Virginia Tennis Coach of the Year in 2008. The girls’ title remains the only state championship earned by a female team in school history.
Pete was quarterback for the unbeaten 1967 state champion football team, and an assistant coach on the 2004 and 2007 championship squads. He served as boys’ tennis coach. He was also a player on the Beaver basketball squad and ran on the track team.
Bluefield High Principal Mike Collins said, “When I think about a ‘perfect couple’ that has selflessly donated their time and efforts to a community like Bluefield and a school like Bluefield High School, I think of Pete and Deb Sarver. BHS is a wonderful school and they have been a part of the greatest times here for most of the school’s existence. They are an outstanding choice for this honor.”
Deb was a devoted member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church where she was President of the Women of the Church, and was formerly a circle leader and was active in the Christian Women’s Club. In addition, she had been a Bluefield City Board member, Arts & Science Center Board member and director of the Holiday of Lights.
Pete is a member of Westminster Presbyterian and has served on the Board of Deacons. His BHS affiliations have included the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle Group Coach, President of the Bluefield Beavers Booster Club, Bluefield High School Foundation Board, mentorship facilitator at Bluefield High School, Bluefield Middle and Bluefield Intermediate. He coached two Beaver boys’ state runners-up tennis teams and earned 2009 West Virginia State Tennis Coach of the Year honors.
He is vice president of Sarver Candy Company, a position he has held since 1975. For the City of Bluefield, his positions have included the Board of Directors, and interim director of the Department of Parks & Recreation. He is a past president of West Virginia Wholesalers Association, and former member of the boards of directors for both the National Candy Wholesalers Association, and American Wholesale Marketers Association.
The Sarvers have two children, Brent, of Sydney, Australia and Brandon and his wife, Aimee, of Simpsonville, S.C., and their two sons, Will and Reid.