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Most Recent News

1967-1968 GMS Footage by Roderick C. M. White

 

GMS Cadet Roderick C. M. White recently transferred his home movies to digital format and provided this footage of some Greenbrier Military School (GMS) activities / parades in 1967-1968. He was a 7th-8th grade cadet at the school at the time. Thanks for the upload and share, Roderick!

New GMSAA Website!

 

Hey GMS Alumni!

I am Matt Winans, the GMSAA Webmaster, here bringing you all a fun little present... just in time for Christmas 2018: a Brand New AMAZING Website!!!!!! I know, right!? This is the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!!!!

As some of you might know from my visit to the 2016 Reunion, my Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) "Graphic Communications" Professor Mike Ruth, GMS Class of '69 initially got me on board as a graduating student freelance intern to do this website back in 2011. He was our Interactive Multimedia expert who actually named my own degree... and I guess knew how to pick out great talent! ;) HA! I hadn't worked with Content Management Systems much before getting into this job, but I knew it would be a necessity for your association and found Drupal - though having a bit steeper of a learning curve than WordPress or Joomla - to be the best route for the job... and thankfully I was right. It has worked fantastic for our use! Drupal is regularly maintained and kept secure by the open-source community. Since the initial launch in 2011, we have continuously implemented upgrades, utilizing over 130 modules in an effort to make this website as useful as possible for all of you GMS alumni.

The biggest breakthrough from the onset was to make as Herb calls "The Lifeblood of the Association" a.k.a. the Cadet Database of over 6k records finally available to YOU, the public, in a secure state. Then of course came the Cadet Store, Reunion Registration implementation, Donation Form, Official Board of Directors, News / Newsletter integration, ability to create the Name Tags everyone wears around their necks at the reunions, the generation of the CASS Certified Mailing Labels that provide the association a discount through the Postal Service on every mailing...... and I'm not sure why I started listing features because this is going to get long, but my point is... it's been quite the fun and exciting journey.

This new version of the website is definitely my finest to date and it is one I am truly proud of. It is a responsive, device compatible theme with cool graphics and a hand full of new/upgraded features. Please take some time to click around! I would like to know what you think, and will continue to work on updating minor things until I am completely 100% satisfied-- a hard goal for me to achieve. I'd like to thank Mike, Herb Pearis, Tony Sadler, Bob Boles, and Perry Woodside for being a part of the GMSAA Web Committee. You guys have been awesome! Also I'd like to say Thank You to WVSOM for providing this association awesome dedicated hosting for our filesystem and database (right on the campus of GMS)-- especially Wes Ward in their IT department for being there for me at all times, even in the evening! Wes is an incredibly hard worker and one of the smartest people I've ever interacted with. There are so many others in this association I have begun to consider friends over partners. The GMS Alumni Association has been a really fun group for me to get to know, work with and I appreciate all of you. Thank you for the opportunity to let me help you guys out and please... enjoy the New Website and Merry Christmas!

Sincerely,

Matt Winans

Message From the GMSAA President

 

Dear GMS Alumni and Friends,

Based on recent Facebook posts, it appears that some people are getting spammed from someone posing as Bob Blair regarding a possible refund and asking to “friend” him on Facebook. As many of you know Bob passed away some time ago. Please do not respond to this email as it likely is an attempt to extract money/information from you. Our IT consultant has already requested Bob’s Facebook account be memorialized, but be cautious if something like this appears.

Sincerely,

Perry Woodside
President
Greenbrier Military Alumni Association

2017 GMSAA Reunion Online Registration Open

 

Get your membership fees and/or event fees paid for in advance!

Registration is open on the 2017 Online Registration Form.

FOUND 1961 CLASS RING, FIND CHARLES!

 

JUNE 18, 2017

Attached is Charles Shea Smith's Class ring. Some good hearted souls found it in Eastern Long Island recently and are trying to get it back to Mr. Smith. They have contacted GMSAA.org and our FB Group. The class ring says 1961 but records show Charles graduated in 1962 and was in Band Co.

If any of you know where Charles is, could you contact Herb or me (or have Charles contact one of us directly) and we will forward to Charles their contact information. I have a gmail address for Charles, but he has not responded. His last known address on file is in southern AZ.

I lost mine about 25 years ago and would love to get it back. You can have them remade, but (ask Sam Sardis) the cost is prohibitive for many of us.

Thanks.
Mike Ruth GMS '69

Most Recent Cadet Obituaries

David Tinsley Kennedy III

1971
 

DAVID TINSLEY KENNEDY III, 66, of Charleston, W.Va., died July 31, 2019, after a decade-long battle with multiple myeloma.
Mr. Kennedy worked for the West Virginia Public Service Commission for 28 years. He was a dedicated worker who often came in on weekends and holidays to make up for work days lost due to chemotherapy. He worked up until the time he collapsed near the office on July 3rd.
He was a lifelong Roman Catholic, a Democrat, and a lover of opera and choral music.
Mr. Kennedy was born January 11, 1953, in Richmond, Va., the son of the late David T. Kennedy Jr. and Jean Stephenson Kennedy. He grew up in Beckley and was a 1971 graduate of Greenbrier Military School. He graduated with a degree in political science from Randolph-Macon College in 1976. He also had a Master's Degree from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies.
He never married, but was a loving father figure to Lauren Reasor of Huntington, whom he called his "pseudo-daughter," who along with her mother, Cindy Franz, would nurse him through his final days.
To the surprise of his brothers, who never heard him sing a note as a child, Mr. Kennedy developed an interest in singing in middle age. He sang in the choir of the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, and with that group, once sang at the Vatican. He also sang with the West Virginia Symphony Chorus. His music opened up a new world of travel and friendships. In addition to travels to Europe, Mr. Kennedy would often travel to a large city to attend an opera. Mr. Kennedy's final days were much enhanced by the love, visits, prayers, calls, and concern of his fellow choristers.
He was preceded in death by his fur companion, Murphy, who passed in 2007.
Mr. Kennedy is survived by two brothers, Thomas D. Kennedy (Rose) of Little Rock, Ark., and Michael F. Kennedy (Jeanne) of Roanoke, Va.; as well as nephews, Thomas Kennedy Jr. and Nicholas Kennedy (Tara), both of Dallas, Texas; and Leonard Kennedy and Lucas Kennedy of Roanoke.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 3, at The Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Charleston, W.Va., with The Very Rev. Father Donald X. Higgs officiating. Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley, W.Va.
The family will receive family and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 2, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, W.Va., with a rosary service at 6:30 p.m.
You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Michael Lynn McClung

1964
 

Michael Lynn McClung (January 3, 1947 - July 18, 2019) was the son of William Wilson and Leora Belle Spinks McClung. He was married to Karen Lee Coleman McClung. H was married to Karen Lee Coleman in 1968.
Born in Ronceverte, Mike grew up on Merry Hill Farm where his father was the farm manager. The McClung family were among the Greenbrier Valley's first settlers, establishing a farm in Williamsburg in 1785. Mike attended Lewisburg public schools and entered the Greenbrier Military School in his junior year, where he graduated in 1964 with honors for marksmanship. Mike the enrolled at West Virginia Tech in Montgomery, WV where he graduated with joint degrees in mathematics, physics and nuclear engineering.
After school, mike enrolled in General; Electrics' management program in Cincinnati, Ohio. He worked for General Electric through the Vietnam War where he led the production of jet engines for the military. Later, he oversaw the production of submarine engine systems and other technologies for the military. In 1976, Mike accepted a position with Colt industries in Beloit, Wisconsin as Superintendent of Large Engine Operation, producing back-up power for nuclear facilities, large engines for the maritime shipping industry, as well as hospital and city emergency power systems. Mike returned to Lewisburg in 1977 to become plant manager and Vice President of Appalachian Electronic Instruments.
Aside from his technical education and career, Mike was an outdoorsman and a farmer in his heart. He loved hunting, fishing, and most of all, farming. He took a lot of pride in the family farm, where he ran a top-quality herd of angus beef cattle. His appreciation of history was evident in his enjoyment of antiques and collectible cars.
Mike served on the Lewisburg City Council for 16 years, and also on the Greenbrier Public Service Commission. He served on the board of Gateway Industries Sheltered Workshop in Ronceverte. He was a longstanding member of the Elks, and a past president of both the Richlands Ruritans and the Meadow Mountain Hunt Club. He was proud to be a Son of the American Revolution. As a lifelong member of the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, Mike served as both a deacon and elder. He also served on the property committee overseeing the first renovations for the educational building.
He is preceded in death by his brother William Kent McClung. He is survived by his beloved wife Karen Lee, two sons, and five grandchildren. His younger son Kevin Howard has raised tow fine young men, Kyle Hunter and William Wilson Cody. His older son Michael Oliver and his wife Katya Kopaskie have three wonderful children, William Owen, Kelsey Lynn and Caroline Lynn and Caroline Nan.

Jesse O. Guills, Jr.

1964
 

Jesse O. Guills, Jr., 73, of Lewisburg passed away Friday, June 28, 2019 at CAMC Memorial Division, Charleston, WV.

Jesse was born June 5, 1946 in Bluefield, WV and was the son of the late Jesse O. Guills, Sr. and Grace Duncan Guills.

Jesse was an active member of the Lewisburg United Methodist Church, retired attorney at law, received his BS degree from WVU in 1968 and his JD degree from WVU Law School in 1971.

During 1971 and 1972 he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U. S. Army. Jesse was a WV State Senator serving from 2002 to 2010. He was Treasurer of the WV Chapter American Board of Trial Advocates, a member of the WV State Bar Association, served as Chairman of Greenbrier County Airport Authority, and was President of the Hollowell Foundation.

Preceding Jesse in death other than his parents were his sisters, Patricia Price and her husband, Bill, and Nancy Guills, as well as his beloved golden doodle, Sam.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children; Amy M. Guills and husband Jim “Hollywood” Savas of Santa Monica, CA, Patrick B. Guills and partner Becki Allen of Lewisburg and his children’s mother Karen F. Guills of Lewisburg; his granddaughter who was his pride and joy, Rhylynn P. Guills and Jesse’s companion Donna Ream, his dogs, Charlie and Gracie, as well as grand-dogs, Hank and Abe.

Funeral services with Military Honors for Jesse will be held Saturday July 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Lewisburg United Methodist Church, with Pastor Tim Halloran officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday, July 12, 2019 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations of sympathy be made to local EMS & Fire Departments.

William Nelson Page

1942
 

William Nelson “Bill” Page, 97, of Marietta, Ohio, died peacefully Thursday, May 9, 2019 at his home. He was born on March 17, 1922 in Chicago, IL, to the late Randolph Gilham Page and Frances (Hay) page Earwood.

Bill attended Greenbrier military School and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. He served his country during WWII in the 8th Army Air Corps stationed in England from 1942 to 1945, and then graduate from Bowling Green Business School in 1947. Bill worked for Klaus Office Equipment, Remington Rand, Diebold and retired for Kardex. He then worked for Peoples Bank as a courier and in the mail room until age 94. He was a member of Kiwanis, was head of the traffic Commission in Marietta for many years, but what enjoyed most was spending time with his wife, Carolyn Klaus Page, whom he married on January 12, 1946; his faithful companion, Bow; son un law, Rocky Binkley; his stepfather, Paul Bibb Earwood; and two brothers , Jim and Ranny Page.

Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. on Monday May 13, 2019 at the Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral home, with Joel Gaydon officiating. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Park, with full military honors observed. Visitation will be on Saturday from 5 to 7p.m. and Sunday form 2 to 4p.m.
Donations may be directed to Strecker Cancer Center or the Humane Society of Ohio Valley

Max O'Rell Sessions, Jr.

1969
 

Max O'Rell Sessions Jr., passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Wake Forest Baptist Cancer Center on March 21, 2019. He was born in Winston-Salem on November 15, 1950 to Max O'Rell Sessions Sr. and Betty Morris Sessions. He was educated at Whitaker Elementary School, Wiley Middle School, Reynolds High School, Wake Forest University and UNC School of the Arts. Max worked at Sessions Specialty Company and was a member of Knollwood Baptist Church. Max had a strong affinity for the arts, especially film. He created some of his own productions and was steadfastly involved in promoting the appreciation of many film genres over the decades. He was a frequent volunteer at the RiverRun Film Festival. His quick wit and energetic spirit added a special spark to every occasion and will be greatly missed. Max was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother and his son, Wil Sessions (Paige) and grandsons Max and Marshall. Other survivors include his brothers Steve Sessions (Anne) and John Sessions (Lora), his sister Carol Hefner (Larry), nephews Ben Sessions, Trent Hefner, David Sessions, and Nathan Sessions and nieces Kate Sessions and Lilly Sessions, and many other family members who loved him dearly. The family would like to thank Felix Hairston and his team of caregivers and the staff on the 7th floor at Wake Forest Baptist Cancer Center for their compassion and attention. There will be a graveside service at 2:00 p.m. at Forsyth Memorial Park on Sunday, March 24 followed by visitation at the home of John and Lora Sessions, 349 Arbor Road, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Cancer Services, 3175 Maplewood Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, in memory of Max Sessions Jr. Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.