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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

A Poetic Tribute to Bob Blair '56 - by Deak Roberts

 

It happened again a couple of days ago. I lost another old friend. I suppose I am of the age that I should expect these things. This may be true, but I damned sure can’t get used to it. Regardless, it stimulated the artist (as you may know, my art is poetry) in me, and I wrote this:

GOODBYE DEAR FRIEND

YOU ARE SITTING THERE DOING NOTHING AND THEN YOU GET A CALL
OR A FRIEND YOU SELDOM HEAR FROM SENDS AN E-MAIL THAT’S QUITE SMALL
YOU LISTEN OR READ IN DISBELIEF TO THE NEWS THAT IS ALWAYS BRIEF
ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS HAS PASSED AWAY AND THAT IS ALL

ANOTHER FRIEND IS GONE FOREVER AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO
YOU THINK OF THE LAST TIME YOU WERE TOGETHER JUST THEM AND YOU
YOU CAN SEE THEIR FACE, BUT YOU CAN’T REALLY PLACE THE PLACE
BUT WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE, YOU KNOW THEY ARE THROUGH

YOU THINK OF THEIR FAMILY AND HOW THEY MUST FEEL
IS THERE SOMETHING YOU SHOULD DO, SEND A CARD OR TAKE A MEAL
YOU KNOW THERE IS NO WAY TO CONSOLE THEIR FAMILY TODAY
YOU FEEL RATHER POWERLESS AND IT ALL SEEMS UNREAL

YOU REALIZE THE LOSS OF ANOTHER FRIEND AND WONDER HOW MANY
THERE HAVE BEEN SOME FROM DAYS GONE BY LIKE OLD WAYNE AND BENNIE
WHO WENT ABOUT A YEAR AGO TO JOIN THE OTHERS GONE BEFORE YOU KNOW
THE COUNT WAS RISING AS OLD FRIENDS WERE FALLING APLENTY

YOU SIT THERE ALONE AND PONDER THE PAST
YOU THINK OF THOSE GONE AND WONDER HOW LONG YOU WILL LAST
YOU WONDER WHY YOU ARE STILL HERE WHILE THOSE ARE GONE SO DEAR
AND YOU CONCLUDE THAT GOD’S WILL IS EVER STEADFAST

YOU REALIZE IT IS NOT FOR US TO WONDER WHY
GOD DECIDED WHEN WE ARE BORN AND HE DECIDES WHEN WE DIE
IN BETWEEN EACH DATE MANY THINGS IMPACT OUR FATE
AMONG THOSE ARE THE GOOD FRIENDS FOR WHICH WE SAY GOODBYE

THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT WE HAVE SUCH FRIENDS
AND IF THEY ARE WRONGED BY US WE SHOULD MAKE AMENDS
FOR FRIENDS ARE NOT SOMETHING WE USE TODAY AND THEN THROW AWAY
GOOD FRIENDS ARE WITH US UNTIL ONE LIFE ENDS

SO WHEN THAT TIME COMES AND COME IT WILL
WE THAT SURVIVE MUST CHERISH OUR FRIEND STILL
WE MUST CHERISH OUR TIME TOGETHER AND MEMORIES THAT LAST FOREVER
AND THANK GOD FOR THAT FRIEND WHOSE LIFE IS NOW STILL

POETRY BY DEAK, JUNE 5, 2017
Jim Roberts (Deak)

Most Recent Cadet Obituaries

William Nelsson Page

 

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's death was reported by his brother Steve, but an obituary was not provided.

Harry Gustavus Shaffer

1944
 

Harry Gustavus "Gus" Shaffer, Jr., 93, of Daniels, W. Va., died March 9, 2019, at Woodlands Retirement Community in Huntington, W.Va.

He was born February 8, 1926, in Madison, W.Va., the son of the late Harry G. and Brookie Turley Shaffer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 67 years, Mary Lee Kenney Shaffer. Gus and Mary Lee were married on August 20, 1949, and their loving devotion to each other is an example to all who knew them. Throughout their marriage, they were each other's favorite companions. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Catherine Blair, Jane Johnson, and Margaret Frobase; and his brother, Winfield T. Shaffer; as well as an infant granddaughter, Margaret Palmer Shaffer.

Gus attended Scott High School and Greenbrier Military Academy and served in the Army Air Corps prior to enrolling at West Virginia University, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and Mountain Honorary. He supported the Scouts for many years, earning his Eagle Scout as a youth and the Silver Beaver award as an adult. He graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1950 and joined his father in the law firm, Shaffer & Shaffer, PLLC, where he practiced for the duration of his distinguished legal, business, and civic career. He was the mayor of Madison for 16 years, past president of the Madison Rotary Club, long-time Chairman of Boone National Bank, past president of the West Virginia State Bar, and a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
His many and varied interests are a reflection of his love of life, but his true passion was in serving Christ through service to others. He was a long-time member of Madison Baptist Church where he served in various leadership roles, but most importantly as a Sunday School teacher. Most recently, Gus and Mary Lee were members of the United Methodist Temple in Beckley, W.Va. He was certified by Stephen Ministries and provided one on one care to those who were hurting and struggling in life. He was a member of Gideons International, and Gus and Mary Lee travelled the entire country as active members of Habitat for Humanity.

Gus is survived by two daughters, Susan (Tom) Gilpin, of Huntington, W.Va., and Ann (Jim) Bunch, of Houston, Texas; and a son, Harry G. "Chip" Shaffer, III (Sarah) of Madison, W.Va. He was the beloved "Pop" to eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Jacob Bunch (April) of Houston, Texas, and their son Jackson; David Bunch (Shannon) of Chapel Hill, N.C., and their daughters, Sophia and Lilly; Katherine Gilpin Skahen (Martin) of Syracuse, N.Y., and their children Caroline and Charles; Andrew Gilpin (Allison Bean) of New York, N.Y.; Ann Gilpin Lentell (Ryan) of Natick, Mass., and their sons Thomas and James; Harry G. "Gus" Shaffer, IV, of Morgantown, W.Va.; Carl Shaffer (Lauren Gerchufsky) of Charleston, W.Va.; and William Palmer Shaffer, of Knoxville, Tenn.; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends who love and admire him.
His family wishes to acknowledge and thank Pam Sadzewicz who provided loving care to Mary Lee and Gus for many years and also the many caregivers including those of Hospice in his final days.

The family will receive friends and family beginning at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, March 13, in the sanctuary of the Madison Baptist Church, 426 Second Street, Madison, W.Va. The funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m., after the visitation, on Wednesday, at the church, with the Rev. Jim Butcher officiating.
Burial will follow at Boone Memorial Park in Madison. Handley Funeral Home in Danville is assisting the family. In thanksgiving for Gus's life and generous spirit, in lieu of flowers the family invites memorial contributions to the Shaffer Family Fund at the Boone County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 38, Madison, WV 25130.

Farris David Sayer

1954
 

Farris D. Sayer passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019, after a long illness. He was 83 years, the son of David F. Sayer and Zakia Sayer. He graduated from The Greenbrier Military School in 1954, and later from the Ohio State University. Owner of Sayer Brothers department stores throughout West Virginia.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marlene Nicholas, and brothers, David F. Sayer Jr. and Alex F. Sayer II.

Farris is survived by his sisters, Lorraine Ghareeb (Fauzy) and Christine Husson (Bruce), as well as his nephews and nieces, Nicky Nicholas, Jacqueline Mason (Jason), David Husson (Mindy), Jonathan Husson, Christin Husson, Alex Ghareeb (Amilia), and all his many great - nephews and great - nieces whom he loved.

He will be remembered as a wonderful brother, a devoted son, and a great Uncle. The family wishes to give special thanks to all of his loving caregivers who provided him great comfort.

The Funeral will be held at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, 3818 Venable Avenue, Charleston, WV 25304. Visitation will be on Friday, March 1, between 12 to 1 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Flowers may be sent to Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, 1118 Virginia Street E., Charleston, WV 25301.

In lieu of flowers, you may donate in memory of Farris to St. George Orthodox Cathedral, P.O. Box 2044, Charleston, West Virginia 25327 or Village Chapel Presbyterian Church.

The family appreciates your prayers and support.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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Richar Morgan McCoy

1957
 

Richard Morgan McCoy, 79, of Washington, WV, passed away December 26, 2018.
He was born October 5, 1939, in Jackson County, WV, the son of the late James Vernon McCoy White.
Richard was a 1957 graduate of Greenbrier Military School and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He retired from GE Plastics after 33 years of service.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years Barbara J. Fox McCoy; his four children, Jeffrey McCoy (Janet) of Washington, WV, Kimberly McCoy of Parkersburg, WV, Christopher McCoy (Missy) of Madison, MS., and Melissa Higgins (James) of Washington, WV; his sister, Ann Lovern (Ken) of Jonesboro, AR; five grandchildren, Phillip McCoy (Julie), Eric McCoy (Brittany), Bree McCoy (Tyler), Michael McCoy (Nikki) and Joseph Higgins; and seven great-grandchildren, Ryleigh, Levi, Henry, Otto, Payden, Jackson and Owen.
In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his twin brother, David Shelley McCoy.
Graveside services will be held at 1p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018 at Ravenswood Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Funeral services will follow at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home in South Parkersburg, WV.