Matthew Scott Shanholtz

August 2, 1982 - March 19, 2018

Matthew Scott Shanholtz, 35, of Romney passed away Monday, March 19th at his residence with his loving family by his side.  Born August 2, 1982 in Winchester, VA, he was the son of Mark E. and Deborah A. (Everett) Shanholtz.

Matt is preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Earl Shanholtz; his maternal grandparents, Richard, Sr. and Dorothy Everett; and his maternal step-grandmother, Sue Everett.

Besides his parents, Matt is survived by his sister, Christina Lee Pryor and husband Brian, II of Romney.  A special niece and nephew, Elizabeth and Eli Pryor; and his paternal grandmother, Phyllis Shanholtz.  He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Matt was raised in Romney and graduated from Hampshire High School, Class of 2001.  At 15 years old, Matt became a Junior Fireman and for the next 20 years, served as a faithful and devoted member of the Romney Fire Company.  He attended Community Bible Assembly of God Church and most recently had been employed at the Potomac Center providing direct support and assistance to “his kids.”

Matt had many interests and enjoyed most every aspect of life.  He could play the harmonica, enjoyed fishing, hunting and exploring with his medal detector. He had a special love of music and listening to the rock and roll “oldies.”  Matt was very much a people person and had a terrific sense of humor.  He loved a good joke and telling them. He was inherently funny.  He had a wonderful spirit that helped him through the last 3 years of health struggles and never complained during all his treatments.  Anyone who knew him knew you couldn’t embarrass him, but he could embarrass you.  He had an ability to laugh at himself and see the humor in about everything.  He never met a stranger and befriended anybody who was willing.

Friends will be received on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney.  Funeral services will be conducted in the funeral home on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Jim Kinnamon officiating.  Interment will follow at Indian Mound Cemetery in Romney.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Matt’s name to:  Romney Fire Company ~ 175 S. High St. ~ Romney, WV 26757

Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511


Carter Wagoner March 19, 2018

22 condolences for “Matthew Scott Shanholtz”

  1. Matt you were a great person who was always willing to go the extra mile to help out anyone no matter what. You had good values and a great sense of humor. The romney community has lost a true hero. I can remember going down main street in the fire truck with you many times may god bless you and your family.

  2. Sorry to hear about Matt. Richard enjoyed playing music and doing things together with Matt. He will be sadly missed.
    love Patty and Richard Shockey

  3. Matt, we are so sorry to learn of your passing from this life, but know that your beautiful spirit is in Heaven smiling down and singing us songs. Your laughter and smile brightened the days of everyone you came in contact with, you loved life, people and most of all giving of yourself to help and encourage others. Rest now young man, we’ll see you on the other side.

  4. Shanholtz Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss and pray for God’s strength and peace for
    your family.
    I think I met Matt a few times and saw him around the town of Romney.
    Matt was always smiling and nice and pleasant.
    God is the only one who can bring you through the difficult days ahead
    May God’s love, family and friends and sweet memories comfort your family.
    Margaret Kesner

  5. I am so sorry to learn of Matt’s death. My prayers to Debbie and Mark and all of the family. Sue and Dick are welcoming him with open arms.

  6. My son knew him from hunting club was very sweet fella. Our thoughts n prayers are with yous in your loss but now he’s whole again with so many we’ve lost recently!

  7. I knew Matt for almost the entire 6 years I spent in Romney. I was on the fire department with him. I do not think I ever saw him when he did not have a smile sometime during a day. He was always willing to help on any project. I am sure that he will be greatly missed by the Romney Fire Company and the entire community. My sincere condolences to his family and the fire company. Rest in Peace, Mattie. The company will cover for you. You will be missed by many.

  8. My heart sinks low hearing of Matt passing. You fought a long hard fight and now it’s time for your reward, to be with the savior! Bless you Matt I’ll sure miss your jokes.

  9. Matt, you are gonna be so missed. Such a great guy.
    Loving thoughts and prayers go out to your mom & dad and the rest of the family.
    God is the anchor in this your time of sorrow.

  10. We love you Mark and Debbie and we are here for you. We will miss Matt with all of our hearts. I’m sure he is with his granddad talking about fishing. We love you.

  11. Go Rest High My Friend . God truly has taken another angel home. Now you can sing in the angle band. I will miss you . Thanks for being a perfect Friend. Until I see you again .

  12. Mark & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort your family during this most difficult time.

  13. My heart goes out to matt’s family…keeping you in my prayers….Debbie know that my baby girl kyrstin met matt at the gates of heaven and will show him the ropes!!!

  14. We are so sorry to hear about Matt we are thinking of the family
    from Mary, Terry, Kaitlyn, Eddie and Libby shockey

  15. Prayers for Mark and Debbie, and family. I remember always talking with him, he was always smiling and fun to be around. I remember going to the sports show with him, his Dad, and other friends. We talked on walkie talkies on the way up and back. Good times for sure! R.I.P Matt, until we meet again.

  16. Matt, you truly were a one in a million type of guy. It was an honor to have known and been around you. God Speed Brother.

  17. Rest easy Matt. Last week I found the letter you sent me when I was in Basic Training. I remember laughing at the letter last week, and realizing how much I needed that letter when I was in basic. Thanks for always being a great friend.


  18. I am so sorry to hear about Matt. He was so nice, and enjoyed sharing a good joke. I saw him in Burlington fishing for trout one day, he packed up, wanted to know if I wanted his night crawlers because he had caught his limit. Just a nice memory of him. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  19. He was a great person and will be missed dearly. I can’t believe I lost my best friend but it’s okay cause he is in a better place. Rest easy Matt.

  20. Godbless you matt you was an amazing person you gave me so much inspiration in life with out knowing you i wouldnt have become the man i am today thank you buddy you will allways be missed friend

  21. So, so sorry to hear about Matthew’s death. It’s a great loss – he was so much to so many people and the community, its organizations, employers – he was kind, caring, giving to all. His great talents and gifts will be missed. Matthew, “Elvis” has now left the building and it’s a great loss. Sincere sympathy to Matthew’s family and friends.

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