On Saturday, May 15, Kenton Sheline passed away. Sheline was very involved in the local community, where he served as county commissioner as well as commission president.
During his time as commissioner, Sheline was instrumental in the formation of the first group to meet locally and advocate for the upgrade of U.S. Route 35 to a four lane. He also helped to secure water for the outlying communities of Mason County. In addition to the commission, Sheline served on various community boards, and most recently was an active member of the Mason County Action Group Board of Directors, which oversees the senior programs in the county.
As a former Point Pleasant High School football star, Sheline was active in his support of the school’s athletic programs. With his passion and school pride, Sheline sought to preserve history by retaining the school’s “Big Blacks” name. In October of 2009, he was honored as an inductee to the Point Pleasant Football Hall of Fame for his outstanding athletic ability.
Aside from his work and support of local activities, Sheline served in the United States Army, where he received the Purple Heart before being honorably discharged. He later became a carpenter and joined the Carpenters’ Local 1159, where he served for more than 41 years and later was elected as Business Agent.
Due to his love and devotion to Mason County, the commission along with the City of Point Pleasant and Mayor Brian Billings declared today, May 19, as “Kenton Sheline Day.”