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2021 Reunion Registration Open!

 

The long-awaited GMS 1970-1971 Joint Reunion is officially underway!

Get your membership fees and/or event fees paid for in advance with our handy 2021 Reunion Registration form.

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

Lawrence B. Lyon, Jr.

1946
 

LAWRENCE BRUCE "LARRY" LYON JR. - loving husband, devoted father, proud grandfather and great grandfather, and friend to many - joined God above Friday, March 26, 2021. Having spent a life in what is almost Heaven, he joins his wife and parents, in his eternal resting place. Impacted by respiratory issues that resulted in pneumonia, Larry passed away with his daughters at his side at the Hubbard Hospice House located at the CAMC Memorial campus in Charleston, West Virginia.

In 1955, Larry wed, Wilma Randolph, with whom he enjoyed 64 years of marriage. She was his world, the light of his life, and the reason for everything he did. There is no doubt that he has once again found his place, having been reunited with his greatest love in heaven.

Larry was born in Man, West Virginia to Lawrence Bruce "Frosty" and Myrtle (Carpenter) Lyon. The young family moved to Madison in 1928, which he considered home his entire life. He was a graduate of Scott High School, Greenbrier Military Academy and Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business and economics.

Following his graduation from VPI, Larry honorably served his country as a First Lieutenant in the Korean War. While based out of Japan and in active duty, Larry purchased his first gas station. Once his tour was concluded, Larry returned to Madison to build the business that became Lyon Oil Company. Together with his wife, Larry led the company to a tremendous success until it was dissolved in 1980. Thereafter, his entrepreneur spirit continued throughout other ventures until his retirement in 2015, at age 88.

A lover of history and an avid reader, Larry would admit one of his proudest accomplishments was authoring, Before the Morning Calm, a novel based on his time in Korea. Until the pandemic stopped in person meetings, Larry enjoyed monthly gatherings with other Korean Veterans. Totally devoted to his church and his community, Larry was a life-long member of the Madison United Methodist Church where he spent many years as a Sunday School teacher, and the Madison Rotary Club, which he joined in 1950 before shipping off to Korea. The Club counted him present each day of his deployment as regular attendance was mandatory then as it is today. Larry went on to proudly serve two terms as President and was the recipient of the distinguished Paul Harris Award.

Although Wilma was the gourmet cook in the family, Larry complimented many meals with his large delicious salads which grew famous among family and friends. Almost as well-known were his familiar greetings, jokes and phrases ("Oh, I am still kicking, just not very high") and his appreciation for jazz and symphony orchestras.

Wilma was early and successful in turning Larry - a Hokie by education - into a full-fledged Mountaineer. They would send two daughters to West Virginia University and faithfully support the school's athletic teams with a close circle of friends for many years.

Larry was predeceased by his wife, Wilma (Randolph) Lyon and his parents, Lawrence Bruce and Myrtle (Carpenter) Lyon. He is survived by his daughters, Kristena A. Lukish and Marianna Lyon Kiel and her husband, Jens Kiel, in addition to his grandchildren, Thomas J. Lukish, III and his wife Madelyn and Mary Katelyn (Lukish) Puccinelli and her husband Mark, plus his two great grandchildren, Amelia Jane Lukish and Leo James Puccinelli. He was proud of and dearly loved them all. He is survived by his sister, Dr. Mary Lou Lyon Lewis of Charleston, West Virginia and his brother William Lyon, of Wilmington, North Carolina. Larry is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at the Madison United Methodist Church in Madison, West Virginia on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 2 p.m. The family thanks attendees in advance for wearing a mask and practicing social distancing throughout the service.

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/obituaries/lawrence-bruce-lyon-jr/article_01dbe418-5a70-5d26-b1b8-82fbc2391936.html

Timothy Craig Scates

1971
 

Craig, age 67, passed away on March 18, 2021, after a long battle with cancer. Craig was a devoted husband and father who deeply loved his family and his friends. Craig never met a stranger, loved to tell jokes, and had many hobbies. Craig loved to hunt and fish. Craig also had a passion for the game of golf and was an excellent left-handed golfer and competitive champion.

Craig is survived by his wife of 38 years, Shryl, son Matt, daughter Caron, son Adam "Hunter," son-in-law Rob, and grandchildren Camden and Kaylyn. Craig is also survived by his parents Norma and Jerry, brother Bruce, sister-in-law Theresa, their children, Jackie and Josh, and mother-in-law Virginia Thompson. Craig was preceded in death in 2015 by his father-in-law and dearest friend, Jim Thompson.

A memorial service will be held on April 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm at The Vineyard Church, 4616 2nd St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. After the service, a reception for family and friends will be held at the Dragon Horn, 2906 Juan Tabo, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112.

The family extends much gratitude and thanks to the many devoted healthcare and hospice workers who cared for Craig during his illness. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Craig's memory can be made to the American Cancer Association or Heartland Hospice.

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/timothy-scates-obituary?pid=198300064&fbclid=IwAR1r-RF11RXdaTJ-Ihb93aAmUw47aZaW844pBSf8s2dGHp4tGF-VqMwAsP0

Enrico Benigno

1959
 

Enrico “Rocco/Rico” Benigno, 80, passed away on March 7, 2021. He was born in Manhattan, NY and lived in Brooklyn, NY before moving to Garfield, NJ where he remained. He graduated from Garfield High School in 1958. He also was an alumni of Greenbriar Military School, graduating in 1959. He then attended Montana State University where he played football. He also had his Real Estate license. Before retiring, Rico worked in various positions in the concrete industry for many years in both New York and New Jersey. He then worked for the Garfield School District as a Security Guard and retired in 2014. He loved his fish pond and enjoyed scuba diving on his many vacations with his wife. He also enjoyed spending time with his two beloved pet cats. Predeceased by his parents Edward I. and Mary Benigno, and a brother Edward Benigno, Jr. Beloved husband of Andrea Benigno (nee Stanish). Devoted loving father of Ashley Grey Bennington. Dear brother of Sal Benigno and Joanne Chinelly (nee Benigno). He was a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews and had many godchildren. Rico was a caring person who went far and beyond to help others. He will be missed by many. Funeral services were private. Santangelo Funeral Home, 300 Main St., Lodi.

https://www.santangelofuneralhome.com/obituary/enrico-rico-benigno

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