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GMS Reunion 2021 Canceled

 

Greetings to all GMS Alumni and Friends,

On Friday morning, September 10, the GMSAA Board of Directors held an emergency Zoom meeting to discuss the status of this year’s reunion scheduled to be held October 15 through the 18th. The Board was concerned about the extremely high number of Covid cases being reported in Greenbrier County and all of West Virginia. After discussing all of the issues thoroughly, all of the Board Members on the call voted unanimously to postpone this years’ reunion to next October.

We have been in contact with officials at WVSOM for the past month as they have been monitoring the Covid situation closely. A few days ago, they made the decision to close down all buildings on campus day and night, to all those who did not have building access cards as well as modifying food service on campus. We were told they made this decision because of the increased Covid situation in the community. They did not close their campus. It was made clear that GMS alumni and friends could come on campus.
We were also informed that the local Greenbrier Valley Medical Center was at its maximum capacity treating COVID patients.

Because of the high number of Covid cases in the community, the restrictions in place at the school trying to prevent Covid on their campus, and the issues at the local hospital, we felt we had an obligation to our alumni, the community, and WVSOM to make this decision.

If you have already sent in your money for the reunion, please visit our website at GMSAA.org and you will find a link on the main page directing you to reunion refund information. Your refund will be processed as soon as possible.

This was not an easy decision. All of the Board Members wanted our alumni and friends to have a great reunion this year. Unfortunately, this is a situation that was certainly unforeseen.

Let’s look forward to 2022. Greenbrier Forever.

Bill Allfather		Mike Ruth		Perry Woodside		Bob Boles
President		Vice-President		Treasurer		Secretary

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.

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

Most Recent Cadet Obituaries

Edmund (Ed) B. Bookman, Jr.

1947
 

https://www.andrewsmortuary.com/obituary/edmund-ed-bookman-jr

EDMUND (ED)'S OBITUARY
U.S. Veteran

Edmund (Ed) B. Bookman Jr passed away on Sept 4, 2021 at Bradley Creek Health Center. He was born October 12, 1929 in West Virginia the second of four children of Edmund B. Bookman and Lillian Bookman Osteen. He was preceded in death by his parents and his older sister Katherine Sullivan. He is survived by his loving wife of 73 years Jane, daughter Jane Hutchison (Bill) of Connecticut, his son Edmund B. Bookman III of Wilmington. Grandchildren Melissa K Miller (Shawn) and Edmund B Bookman IV (Julianna), two Great Grandchildren Jordan and Justice Miller, brother David Bookman, sister Judith Bookman and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ed was a graduate of the Greenbrier Military School in 1947 and a graduated with a Mining Engineering degree from West Virginia University in 1952. He retired from the United States Army as a LTC in 1980 after 28 years. He served one tour of duty in Korea and two tours of duty in Vietnam as a military pilot.

After retiring Ed moved to Wilmington where he was active in the Pine Valley Methodist Church serving both as the church treasurer for a number of years and then as President of the Ever 49’s, West Virginia University Graduate Emeritus, Hospice Volunteer, President of Cape Fear Shag Club and active in a number of bridge groups in Wilmington including Contract Bridge at the local YMCA.

A celebration of life will be held at a future date.

Memorial donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Life Care, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com

Ronald Benjamin Snyder

1957
 

A good man has died. RONALD BENJAMIN SNYDER passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at Greenbrier Valley Hospital, in Fairlea, West Virginia, on July 1, 2021.

Ron, as he was known to family, numerous friends, RBS family, church family, business associates and classmates, was born on October 4th in Harrisonburg, Virginia to Bennie and Bernice Snyder of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

He graduated from Greenbrier Military School, where he played football and was a member of The Owls Club. Ron Snyder also graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a degree in Civil engineering in 1962. While attending Carnegie, he played intramural sports, sang with Greek Sing, and served as Grand Master of his Fraternity, Kappa Sigma. He served as a Commissioned officer in the United States Army with the Second Engineer Battalion, Second Infantry Division during which he participated in Swift Strike III. In 1964, he returned to White Sulphur Springs and the family business, RBS Incorporated. He served as President of the West Virginia Contractors Association, President of the Builders Supply Association of West Virginia and Chairman of the Board, First National Bank in Ronceverte.

Ron was always expanding his knowledge, shown by his many hobbies and interests which included reading, walking, traveling and playing golf. A hobby he took great pleasure in was aviation. Early in life, he earned his single engine, multi-engine and instrument ratings and was an avid flyer in his free time. Ron also loved singing with the Old Stone Church Choir and with Treble and Bass. He was a faithful member of the Old Stone Church for over 50 years. Ron loved and cherished spending time with his grandchildren. He was a strong patriarch of his family, a good friend to all, and had a strong work ethic. Ron was a man of honor and integrity and always had a warm smile or hug for everyone.

Ron Snyder is survived by his loving wife, Suzanne, sons, William Benjamin Snyder and wife Anita of White Sulphur Springs, David Bradford Snyder and wife Kathryn of Lewisburg, loved and cherished grandchildren, Madison, Adam, Gillian, and Benjamin, Brothers, Dr. Mathew Dennis Snyder and wife Sophia of Philomath, Oregon and Stephen Douglas Snyder of Gig Harbor, Washington, a niece and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Bennie and Bernice Snyder of White Sulphur Springs, WV, and sister, Janice Sharon Butler.

A Celebration of Life will be held, Saturday, July 17, at 11:30 a.m., at Old Stone Presbyterian Church, Lewisburg, West Virginia, with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given in his name to Old Stone Presbyterian Church or the Greenbrier Valley Theater, Lewisburg, West Virginia.

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/obituaries/ronald-benjamin-snyder/article_11636b56-7859-52f3-bef8-ced3c9434672.html

John Theodore (Ted) Parker, Vice Admiral

1949
 

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/washingtontimes/name/john-parker-obituary?pid=199502263&fbclid=IwAR1VfOixT5_jmR6wS6Xx2R3Z7TMTwWQ7SKHYV2tEeLtqPKRxwyU4VNZ8fa8

Parker, John Theodore Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) Vice Admiral John Theodore Parker, United States Navy, (Ret.), age 89, died peacefully due to heart failure in the early evening of June 25, 2021. A native of Wheelwright, Kentucky, "Ted" was studying engineering at the Univ. of Cincinnati in 1951 when he was surprised by an invitation to apply to the US Naval Academy. He was accepted, and from that time on, saltwater began to run in his Appalachian veins.

Possessed of keen intelligence and a dry (and sometimes corny) sense of humor, Ted was accused by his classmates of "learning by osmosis: place book on desk, place feet on book, lean back and grow wise." And yet as a Midshipman, he commanded the 19th Company, the 5 th Battalion, and was Captain of the Fencing Team, winning All-American honors. He graduated, was commissioned as an Ensign, and got married in June of 1955.

During his active-duty years, Adm. Parker served on a number of ships, commanding three: USS St Clair County (LST-1096), USS Macdonough (DLG-8) and USS Piedmont (AD-17). He and his family moved innumerable times, from coast to coast and eventually overseas, where he served as Chief of Staff for the commander of the 6th Fleet. Several assignments involved him in the development of shipboard weapons systems. In 1978 he was assigned to lead the analytical effort to define the characteristics required in a new class of destroyers; this work led to design and construction of the Arleigh Burke class destroyers, which are still in service in large numbers. He regarded this analytical work as his most significant contribution to the Navy. He attended Nuclear Power School, and participated in the Navy's initial efforts in defense against ballistic missiles.

He earned a Master's degree in Public Administration from GWU, and is a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. As a flag officer, he commanded Service Group TWO in the Atlantic, served as special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, commanded the Operational Test and Evaluation Force, and in his final tour, Directed the Defense Nuclear Agency, reorienting that agency to the post-Cold War environment.

Along the way, three children showed up, delighting their parents, and eventually grandchildren were welcomed into the fold. In his free time, Ted greatly enjoyed playing the piano, with and without the assistance of his progeny, singing and harmonizing in his pleasing baritone. He always found great joy in teasing his beloved wife, and in simply spending time with his family. After retiring from active duty in 1989, he formed his own consulting company, serving as a director on several corporate boards, including Elbit Systems of America (whose contributions to the military defense of this country are substantial) and the Severn Leadership Group (SLG). Ted was a founding board member who ensured, with others, SLG's focus on developing leaders of character committed to serving others before self. With his USNA Class of '55 cohort, he coordinated and presented two major gifts to the Naval Academy: the restoration of the crypt of John Paul Jones, and a large mural representing the Cold War.

A life-long follower of Jesus, he chaired the administrative board at Calvary United Methodist Church in Arlington, VA for several years. In retirement, while residing in Annapolis, he and Mrs. Parker have been very active in the Naval Academy Chapel. He served as Chair of the Protestant Chapel Council and taught Plebe Sunday School for several years. He also organized the Chapel ministries that provide briefings about the Chapel for visitors, as well as video recordings of services for shut-ins and other requester's. His work with SLG and active mentorship of many participants reflected his deep faith, remaining a particular interest and passion until his death. In a final act of self-giving, he donated his body to the University of MD School of Medicine.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former H. Anne Solomons, daughter Leigh Anne Butterbrodt of Kenosha, WI; son John Theodore Parker III and daughter-in-law Carol-Ann Parker of Leonardtown, MD; daughter Emily Slough and son-in-law Stephen Slough of N. Springfield, VA; and three of his four grandchildren: Kathryn Parker Hutzel and Eric Hutzel, John Theodore Parker IV and Megan Dotson, and Sarah Slough. His sister, Ann "Rooney" Cappellari, of Huntington WV, also survives her brother.

A memorial service will be held on August 2 at 2pm at the US Naval Academy Chapel (enter at Gate 8), with private inurnment to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Severn Leadership Group, a non-profit focused on developing leaders of character committed to serving others before self. Donate online at https://severnleadership.org/donate/ or mail to 504 Tremont Circle, Annapolis, MD 21409. Please sign the Guestbook at www.legacy.com/washingtontimes

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Published by Washington Times from Jul. 20 to Jul. 23, 2021.

John Wade Bell III

1958
 

JOHN WADE BELL III, of Lewisburg, West Virginia, died peacefully at his home on June 10th, 2021 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina following a long illness. He was surrounded by his loving family. The son of Wade and Eleanor Bell, John Wade was born in Charleston, WV on November 19th, 1940. He was educated at Greenbrier Military School and West Virginia University.

He married Ann Tate, of White Sulphur Springs, in 1961, and together they raised two children, Kinsey and John, in Lewisburg, WV. He was a man of very diverse passions. His fascination with the weather led him to an early career in aviation as a pilot for Greenbrier Airlines, and his love of history and antiquities eventually called him to his true vocation as a builder and restorer of fine historic properties.

John Wade was in every essence, a passionate and driven creator. From his tireless pursuit of rare antiques, to growing massive vegetable gardens to share with friends and family, to restoring buildings and homes that no one else could envision saving, he was fully invested in everything he did. Once he decided to accomplish something, mountains were moved. He and his children even set up an amateur maple syrup operation on Washington Street.

As a builder, he was a hard man to beat, and his artistic legacy is visible across Greenbrier County. The principles of conservation and preservation formed his guiding constellation, and he loved sharing his work with anyone who was interested. His mentorship of many in the construction business is evident to this day, as many of the area's best craftsmen and builders learned from him.

Apart from his professional and vocational accomplishments, John Wade was an exceptionally generous and loving man, father, and husband. He loved imparting his wisdom and knowledge to others, whether it was a family member, employee, friend, or stranger. "Papa John", as he was known to all the little "possums" (his grandchildren), devoted countless hours to them - sharing his passion for travel, recounting tales of family history, and a whole bunch of sweet teasing and hilarious goofing.

He was a member of the Greenbrier Historical Society, a founding member of the West Virginia Home Builders Association, and a member of St. James Episcopal Church.

He is survived by his wife Ann, daughter Kinsey Mitchell (Alex), son John Wade Bell IV (Grecia) and his grandchildren, Will, Ben, Catherine, and Andrew Mitchell, and Olivia Bell. Also surviving are his siblings, Linda Ogburn (Charlie), Anne Carper (Kent), Cam Bell (Linda), and Andy Bell, sister in law, Kathleen Tate (Gene) along with numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved deeply.

Services will be held at St. James Episcopal Church in Lewisburg, West Virginia on June 26th at 10:30 a.m., with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given in his name to St. James Episcopal Church or the North House Museum in Lewisburg.

Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com/

Miles Poindexter III

1963
 

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/timesunion/name/miles-poindexter-obituary?pid=198574918

Miles Poindexter lll, passed away on April 20, 2021, the day after his 76th birthday. Predeceased by his parents Ellen Jane and Miles Poindexter ll, he was born in Richmond and raised in Danville, Virginia. Miles attended the University of Virginia, where he was a member of St. Elmo Hall. He graduated from Humbolt State University in California and the Wooden Boat School in Maine.
He served honorably in the Marine Corps. Miles is survived by his daughter, Chase Poindexter Cunningham (Stephen) of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
An adventurer, sailor, boat builder, wood craftsman, bird lover and avid reader, he was an interesting character who never forgot the past. Miles always enjoyed rich conversations with just about anyone.