George Allen Stickler, age 84, of New Martinsville, W.Va., founder of Stickler’s Christmas Trees, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, after a long illness, with family by his side.
He was born April 25, 1933 in Petersburg, W.Va., the son of the late Charles Lester and Wilda Marie Snell Stickler.
He received his Bachelors in Agriculture (1956) followed by an MBA (1970), both from WVU.
He retired from the WV Department of Agriculture Farm Commission as WV’s State Farm Manager. During his career, he served as the County Extension Agent for Wetzel and Tucker Counties, beginning as an Assistant County Agent in Hampshire County.
He was a founder of the Potomac Highlands, an initiative to increase tourism and recreation in the eastern panhandle, still in existence today.
He was a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J. U.S.A. and the Presbyterian Church of Petersburg, W.Va. He also served on many boards.
A mentor to many, he loved farming, hunting, and flying.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen Stickler and a son, George Merton Stickler.
Survivors include his wife, Gwendolyn Stickler, two sons, Charles Lester “CL” (Tammy) Stickler of New Martinsville, and Granville Allen (Tracey) Stickler of Barboursville, W.Va., a daughter, G. Lee (Chuck) Martin of New Martinsville, W.Va.; a sister, Sue (Ron) Jackson of Tucker, Ga., and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Private interment at the convenience of the family.
Contributions can be made to the Esther Crumbley Fund, Wetzel County EMS or First Baptist Church of New Martinsville.
Arrangements entrusted to Grisell Funeral Home, New Martinsville.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com