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Due to the current state of COVID-19, the GMS 2020 Reunion has been canceled

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GMS 1970-1971 Joint Reunion
October 15-17, 2021 — Start Planning Now!

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Update on GMS Reunion 2020

 

My fellow alumni,

We are in very unsettling times as the COVID-19 virus runs across our country as well as others throughout the world. In light of this virus and as the President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors it was incumbent upon me and the board to act in the leadership capacity that you elected us to perform. We as the Board of Directors are tasked with looking out for the association and its members.

I have been in contact with others in our association (past presidents, past board members, our current leadership team, and others who have been part of our association for many years) and got their input on a decision the current board felt it must make for the alumni concerning our October 2020 reunion. In light of the current COVID-19 virus outbreak, the average age of our alumni putting us in the “at risk” group, and the unknown time frame for safely traveling throughout the country and gathering in large groups, the following was proposed as your president:

  1. The reunion for the year 2020 be canceled.
  2. A joint 50 year celebration of both the class of 1970 and 1971 be held during next year’s reunion.
  3. A “Virtual” GMSAA Board meeting to be held in the fall to conduct yearly business.

A memo was sent to each of the GMSAA Board members asking them to vote their conscience regarding the three items above.

I asked that a vote to cancel or not be returned to me no later than May 15, 2020 such that the alumni could be informed of that decision as soon as possible. I further stated that a tally of the votes would go to the board no later than COB on the 17th. That tally was sent the 17th from New Mexico to the board showing the board voted 13 to cancel the reunion this year and 1 abstaining. This needed to be done due to the critical time nature of notifying our alumni, and all of the preparations that must occur to hold our reunion each year.

This was a difficult decision, but it was a leadership decision that had to be made and it fell to the elected board to make that decision for the safety of our entire Alumni Association and their families. As one alum stated “ I would love to see everyone this year but I would hate to see everyone this year and a lot fewer next year”. This does not preclude anyone from going back to the 'Brier and if you do I wish you the best but there shall be no formal GMSAA sponsored reunion this year. Be safe and be well and rest assured the alumni association is alive and well and we hope to see you next year.

Respectfully,
Daniel H. Pennington ‘69
GMSAA Board President
GMS Forever

GMS 'Brier Patch' Yearbooks NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEW!

 

Hello to all GMS Alumni & Friends,

I am happy to announce as of today (May 24th, 2020) that 50 years of GMS yearbooks are now available for FREE VIEW on our website!

I hope many of you find pleasure in viewing these archives of history as I certainly did in the process of optimizing, stabilizing & cropping all 4,289 total pages from a dark microfilm state. Each yearbook has been carefully lightened with level & curve adjustments for easier visibility. As seen in this photo, the PDF reader allows for the PDF to be downloaded if you'd like to keep a copy for yourself. Also, to view the yearbook in full screen, click the "Presentation Mode" button above the reader.

A huge thanks also goes to Mike Ruth '69 and our museum curator, Mary Essig, for making this yearbook project possible!

Ready to check it out? View them under the Cadets dropdown, select "'Brier Patch' Yearbooks!"

Enjoy,

Matt Winans
GMSAA Webmaster

Read James "Deak" Roberts Jr.'s New "Passing in Review" Article

 

Read the Newest and Final Edition of James "Deak" Roberts Jr.'s "Passing in Review" series!

This is a Tribute to Herb Pearis, The Force that brought GMS alumni together and The Glue that held them together for over 30 years. Two years as a Student, 10 years as an Instructor / Counselor, and 30+ years as the GMSAA Secretary, Creator / Editor / Publisher of the Alumni Record, Herb has been an integral element of Greenbrier Military School and its alumni for over 42 years.

Read it all here! gmsaa.org/history/passing_in_review/james_herbert_pearis

August 2019 Alumni Record / 2018 Reunion Photos

 

Head on over to the Alumni Record page to see the newest August 2019 edition, honoring the Class of '69!

Also please feel free to browse photos of the latest 2018 GMS Reunion.

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!

Most Recent Cadet Obituaries

John Katon

1963
 

https://www.echovita.com/us/obituaries/pa/oakmont/john-katon-10436957

John Katon Obituary
Here is John Katon’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences.

It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved John Katon (Oakmont, Pennsylvania), who passed away at the age of 75, on February 17, 2020. Family and friends can light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of John Katon to show support.

He was predeceased by : his parents, William Katon and Margret Katon; his son Robert; and his sister Joan Clarke (Ben). He is survived by : his children, William Katon (Nicole), Kimberly Proffer and Maggie Katon; and his siblings, Jay Katon (Lee) and Dotty Hoeflinger (Helmet). He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Charles Thomas Craft

1965
 

Charles “Chuck” Thomas Craft, 73, of Spotsylvania, VA, with ‘a heart bigger than any fish he ever caught’, peacefully passed in his home Thursday, February 4, 2021.

Chuck was born in Logan, WV, to Frances Louise (Garwood) and Thomas Alfred “Al” Craft on December 30, 1947. He graduated from the Greenbrier Military School in 1965. He attended and was on the Dean's Honor List at West Virginia University, Marshall University and Bluefield State College. Chuck met the love of his life, Jackie and her two children Ed and Eileen; he and Jackie married on April 12th, 1975, in Huntington, WV. Chuck paused his studies to dutifully raise and provide for an instant family, with another soon on the way, by putting his life on the line working in a local coal mine. He became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and moved his new family to Utah where they were sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple of the Church. While in Utah he found great joy surrounded by so many others of his same faith. For a time he was co-partner of a subdivision development and construction company with his two closest friends Dennis Flynn and Hal Golightly. In search of new opportunities, he eventually moved his family to Los Angeles, California, and finally settled in Northern Virginia. Well into his 50s, and with perseverance, Charles at last completed those remaining credits and earned his college degree from Bluefield State College. Throughout his varied career he learned everything there is to know about the construction and building industry and put that knowledge to good use as a public servant and Supervisory Site Inspector for the Fairfax County Government where he worked until he retired in 2013.

With great pride he served four years in the US Air Force to include a combat tour in the Vietnam War with the 6924th Security Squadron in DaNang, South Vietnam, earning several medals. He served too many years to remember in the Optimist Club of Springfield, VA, with several years as President. He was Boy Scout Leader, taught Sunday school for numerous years, and held several other Church callings. Outside of service to his church and community, his favorite pastimes were fishing the James River with his boys and grandkids, and spending time with his family.

Charles was preceded in death by his mother and father Frances Louise and Thomas Alfred Craft.

Charles is survived by his precious wife and soul mate, Jackie Craft; his five children: Edward Powers (Cathy), Eileen Jones, Mary Smith (Darren), Charles Craft II (Dona), and Thomas Craft II (Lauren); ‘Irish twin’ brother, George Craft, dear sister Ann Marie Schafter (Butch), and baby brother Don Craft (Monique); his greatest legacy (as ‘Pop-Pop’) - his twelve grandchildren: Connor McClure, Emma McClure, Lauren Headrick (D.J.), Justin Jones, Devon Smith, Jackson Smith, Chloe Craft, Charles “Trey” Craft III, Malina Fortune (Reese), Maya Richardson, Alayna Richardson, and Alycia Richardson; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, with Bishop Alan Camp of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officiating, for up to a maximum of 80 people*. Family members only are then invited to attend a committal service at Quantico National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19 mandates, masks will be required in the funeral home.

*The family respectfully asks that others attend the funeral virtually via webcast due to social gathering restrictions. An online memorial tribute page has been created for everyone to share and enjoy fond memories and pictures of Chuck.

Pallbearers will be his sons, Ed, Charles, and Tom; grandsons, Connor and Trey; and son-in-law, Darren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his name to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):
https://www.pay.gov/public/form/start/50810087/
https://www.richmond.va.gov/giving/index.asp
https://www.volunteer.va.gov/apps/volunteernow/

The family wishes to extend their sincerest thanks to Chuck’s doctors, especially Dr. John O’Brien, the staff at Mary Washington University Hospital, the Spotsylvania Ward Bishopric and Ministering Brethren of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and friends and family of that Ward. The family is also very grateful for all the support and services that their local VA facility has provided. The services, support, and outreach from all are truly appreciated.

Source: https://www.foundandsons.com/obituaries/Charles-Craft-4/#!/Obituary

Dorothy (Del Bene) Mohn

 

(From Geoffrey Mohn)
My mom was very intense in her belief that we could be what ever we wanted to be. She would grip each of our faces and tell us this with such conviction. I cannot repay such faith. How could I not let her down. I am in her debt for such faith in me . I feel unworthy of such faith. I owe her vastly more than I can repay.

(From Megan Mohn Johnson)

We lost our beautiful Mother this past Saturday. She loved living in Lewisburg and loved to reminisce about our happy days there. One of our favorite stories that our Dad, Major Richard Mohn, would like to tell was about the time Mother went bowling on Fairview Road. The story goes that a group of cadets were walking off demerits in formation on Fairview Road when Mother came flying up the road (we lived on Fairview Road at the time) and the cadets went diving into the ditch! The story found its way to Dad and he loved to tease Mother about it! Mother will be dearly missed.

Dorothy E. Mohn, 90, of Girard, died on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at her home with her family by her side. Dorothy was born November 21, 1929, a daughter of Attorney Michael A. and Mary L. (Orians) Del Bene. She was a sister to Norene Del Bene Beach of Alexandria, VA, Joyce Del Bene Acheson of Lima, Ohio, Pauline Del Bene Boye of Warren, Ohio and Charles A. Del Bene, who is deceased. Dorothy was a graduate of St. Rose Elementary School, Girard High School, Seton Hill College and Youngstown State University. She was a member of St. Rose Church and the Mary Chesney Chapter of DAR. She married Richard G. Mohn (Deceased) on December 1, 1951, the father of their eight children. She was a mother to Geoffrey R. Mohn and wife Rebecca, of Huntington, WV, Mary Mohn Deutsch, husband Gary, of St Louis, MO, Rosanne Mohn Murphy, husband Thomas, of Chesapeake, VA, Lisa Mohn Chapman, husband John, of Brunswick, GA, Megan Mohn Johnson, husband Jeffery, of Athens, WV, Joyce Mohn Burton, husband Walter, of Oak Ridge, NC, Michael A. Mohn, wife Rebecca (Deceased), of Girard and Gretchen Mohn Cipriano, husband Christopher, of Columbus, Ohio. She was a grandmother to nineteen grandchildren, one of whom, Kent Burton, is deceased, and seventeen great grandchildren. She had many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. All afforded her a rich, full and happy life. A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, November 19th, 11:00 AM at St. Rose Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rose Church, 48 N. Main St., Girard, Ohio, or the Emmanuel Community Care Center, 2 N. State St., Girard, Ohio 44420, of which she was a loyal supporter.

https://www.blackstonefuneralhome.com/notices/Dorothy-Mohn?fbclid=IwAR2jLnbdFsgtZDP6z0fq0sZNznOApwFQE8-vGeAewI4WPXZoKrPILlmEwAM

Jay Robbins McKenzie

1957
 

Jay Robbins McKenzie, 82, of Richwood, WV passed away on November 3, 2020, in Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill, WV.

Jay was born on January 2, 1938, in Richwood, WV to the late James Albert and Virginia Ruth Robbins McKenzie. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, and was always available to share sound advice with his children and grandchildren.

Jay left Richwood in his earlier years to work in the coal and railroad industry as both a mine owner, then as a consultant, and then returned to Richwood as retirement approached. He had a great sense of humor and was quick to share a joke or a funny moment. He could often be found relaxing on the front porch of his house, enjoying an occasional cigar and taking in the sights and sounds of Richwood. Jay was an outstanding basketball athlete in high school and remained an avid college basketball and football enthusiast throughout his life.

In retirement, Jay took an interest in refurbishing and refinishing furniture and could often be found puttering in his workshop. He was preceded in death by his parents, James “Jiggs” Albert McKenzie and Virginia “Cookie” Ruth Robbins McKenzie, brothers, James and Jan McKenzie, sister, Joan McKenzie, and son Michael McKenzie.

SURVIVORS: Wife: Pat McKenzie, Children: Jay Robbins McKenzie, Jr. and wife Beverly, Huntersville, NC, Virginia Christine McKenzie, Richwood, WV, Patrick Kevin McKenzie, Greenville, SC, 5 Grandchildren and 2 Great-Grandchildren.

Per Jay’s request, he will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman funeral home.

Wayne Leroy Johnson

1954
 

https://www.bradfordokeefe.com/obituaries/Wayne-Johnson-31/#!/Obituary

Obituary for Wayne Leroy Johnson
Wayne Leroy Johnson, age 84, of Wiggins, Mississippi passed away Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Gulfport Memorial Hospital of Covid-19 health complications. Wayne was born December 08, 1935, in Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland to the late Elmer Leroy and Gladys Emmart Johnson. He will be greatly missed by his family and many Gulf Coast and Pearisburg, VA friends. Wayne was a generous soul and people were drawn to him. He loved being around and talking with other people.

Wayne was a 1954 graduate of Greenbrier Military School, Lewisburg, WV where he was accomplished on the basketball court and football field as well as being the first trumpet in the band. After graduation he joined the U. S. Air Force as he said, “to see the world.” In 1955 he was assigned to Sculthorpe Air Force Base in England and met Lilian Lister of Manchester, England and they were married in May of 1958. Over his twenty-year career he would go on to be assigned to permanent and temporary duty stations at some 15 U.S. Air Force bases around the world. After retirement Wayne and Lilian moved back to the Mississippi Gulf Coast living in Gulfport and Wiggins. Wayne started a second career as a Harrison County Deputy Sheriff where he worked for 10 years. From there he worked as a bail bondsman in Gulfport, MS.

He loved golfing and watching sports on TV. He participated in many Shrine activities at the Masonic Lodge located in Perkinston, Mississippi where he had obtained his 32nd Degree. He loved reconnecting at reunions at Greenbrier Military School in WV and Pearisburg High School in VA. Wayne was always in possession of the latest electronic devices and assorted gadgets that he would talk about and share with family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Lilian Lister Johnson; son, Gary Michael Johnson; and brother, Robert Charles Johnson. Wayne is survived by brother, Gary William Johnson and wife Sandra of Asheville, NC; sons, Robert Anthony Johnson of Gulfport, MS and Michael Leroy Johnson of Wiggins, MS; grandchildren, Christina and husband Joshua King of Gulfport, MS, Justin Johnson of Gulfport, MS, Joshua Johnson of Gulfport, MS, Alexis Johnson of Wiggins, MS, Zachary Johnson, of Hawaii, Nicholas Johnson of Fort Walton Beach, FL; great grandchildren, Jasmine, Lilyann, and Mason King; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special friend Helen Dale.

Visitation will be Friday, October 2, 2020, at Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home, O’Neal Road, Gulfport, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The funeral service with Masonic Rites will be at 12 noon in the funeral home chapel. The graveside service with honors by the US Air Force will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Biloxi National Cemetery. Masks must be worn by everyone attending the visitation and funeral service. Attendance at the cemetery is limited to 20 people. Due to the restrictions for flowers at the Biloxi National Cemetery, the family requests memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Home is honored to serve the family.

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