Stephen Garland Sheets
April 10, 1946 - January 21, 2021
Stephen Garland Sheets, 74, of Daleville, Virginia, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 21, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Garland Sheets and Eunice Crouch Sheets; his brother, Gray Sheets; his brothers-in-law, Jerry Vaught and Tom Riley; and his grandson, Gabriel.
Steve is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Cheryl Sheets; his daughters, Amy Minnick (Tony) and Laurie Sheets (Eric); his stepchildren, Todd Whitely, Karen Cunningham, and Lesa Rizzo (Ken); his grandson, Ryan Greenway; along with his step-grandchildren, Marissa Kelsey (Blaine), Jessica Gross (Troy), Derek Whitely, Lexi Cunningham, Logan Cunningham, Chance Conner, Rachael Whitely, and Ashton Rizzo; his great-step-grandchildren, Trent Gross, Lyla Kelsey, Lily Kelsey, Trevor Gross, and Isabella Kelsey; his siblings, Gladys Ann Rasnick (Jeff) and Debbie Barron (Tommy); sisters-in-law, Dale Strong (Stan), Susan Turley, Carol Slusher (Steve), and Chris Vaught; brother-in-law, Steve Vaught; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and special friends, Harold and Janet Entsminger, Bob and Brenda Wampler, and Les Blankenship.
Steve was born in Roanoke, Virginia on April 10, 1946. He graduated from Northside High School in 1964. Steve attended Edwards Military Institute in Salemburg, North Carolina and later graduated from Virginia Southern. For many years he worked at his grandfather's pharmacy, Crouch's. Steve started his career in 1974 in the family business at J.G. Sheets & Sons, Inc., Realtors - Auctioneers, located in Roanoke, Virginia. His love and passion of the auction business continued to grow and led him to become the owner and president of the business. This third-generation family business ended after a life-altering accident in 2001. Steve spent the next twenty years attempting to find quality in life despite the debilitating injuries he endured. He, with Cheryl's assistance, continued to dabble in auctions, coin collecting, and real estate. Steve loved NASCAR racing, college sports, namely he was a Wahoo fan, Case and John Deere tractors, and gospel and country western music.
He was a member of The Virginia Auctioneers Association, where he held numerous offices. Steve was also a member of many other clubs and associations, which included: The National Auctioneers Association, Certified Auctioneers Institute, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (32 degree), Royal Order of Jesters (Court #59), Masonic Lodge, Williamson Road Lodge #163, A.F. & A.M. of Virginia, Kazim Shriners, Roanoke Valley Shrine Club, and the Salem Coin Club, Inc. He was also a charter Member of North Roanoke Baptist Church (NRBC) and maintained his membership there for the entirety of his life, along with belonging to Devoted Followers Sunday School Class.
The family offers their special thanks to the NRBC family, friends, neighbors, local EMS, Dr. Clifford Nottingham, Dr. Dewey Bailey, and Dr. Kye Kim.
The Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 25, 2021, at North Roanoke Baptist Church by Pastor Daniel J. Palmer and Dr. Darryl G. Crim. A Graveside Service will follow at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. For those not able to attend in person, a livestream of the service will be available from the YouTube channel of North Roanoke Baptist Church at approximately 10:50 a.m. The graveside service will be recorded and available from the YouTube channel of Stephen Sheets.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to North Roanoke Baptist Church, 6402 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, VA 24019. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.oakeys.com
Published by Roanoke Times on Jan. 24, 2021.