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WILLIAM ASA WHITE

1941

Willam Asa White, 94, lifelong resident of Madison, died on November 18, 2016, after an extended illness at home. Born June 28, 1922. Always lived in Madison, West Virginia. Always saying "Madison is a good place to live and raise a family" Bill was a quiet, gentle, kind and honest man who dearly loved his four children; ten grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
He had several jobs before working at Boone National Bank with his father, E.E. White. He worked for 30 years at the Boone National Bank which went through many bank name changes. He was Senior Vice President in charge of operations upon retirement. Bill scored the winning shot in the State Regional basketball game at Gassaway against East Bank in 1940. Bill attended Greenbrier Military in Lewisburg, after high school before graduating from West Virginia Institute of Technology. He graduated from Scott High School in 1940. He played basketball and baseball (2nd base) for Scott High School and West Virginia Institute of Technology. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant on the USS Driller stationed in Argentia, Newfoundland. Returning from World War II, he returned to WVIT and earned a B.S. Degree in mathematics.
Bill's greatest pleasures in life was fishing, teaching the grandchildren to wade Little Coal River, how to bait a hook and enjoy the water. Loved to play tennis. He never said an unkind word about anyone. He was generous, but frugal. Very often he remarked, "We are really blessed to have such a wonderful family." He loved to read and calculate! Keeping the checkbook up to the minute correct! Loved a big bowl of ice cream and Snickers at midnight! He ate well, but never gained a pound.
Bill leaves behind, wife, Lois of 66 years; four children, William A. White Jr. (Cheryl), David Carver White (Wanda), Nancy Anne Gore (Jim), and Marjorie White Drinkard (Bill); ten grandchildren, Brian White, Laura White, Ryan White (Sara), Daniel White (Nikki), Kelly Hardy (Jason), Amanda Theetge (Shawn), Lyndsay Paugh (JC), Jarron Gore (Kristina), Martha Artley (Kenny), and Dylan Drinkard; ten great-grandchildren, Ethan White, Avery Theetge, Ellie Theetge, Dorothy Artley, Todd Artley, Lilly White, James Paugh, Asa Paugh, Macy White, Hank White. His children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the love of his life. Bill will be missed by a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
Preceded in death by his parents, Everett Edison White and Lula Burdette White; brother, Everett E. White, Jr.; and sisters, Helen White Lacy and Audrey McCallister Byus.
He dearly loved and was a dedicated member and one of the oldest of the Madison United Methodist Church and was a life member of the Daniel Boone Post 5578 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Madison, WV. For years he helped collect many dollars and delivered many fruit baskets for the needy until he was no longer able to participate.
Service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, November 21, at Handley Funeral Home in Danville with the Rev. Rick Swearengin officiating. Burial will follow at Boone Memorial Cemetery at family plot with VFW Military rites. Friends may visit at 1 p.m. (one hour before the service begins). In lieu of flowers, please support Daniel Boone VFW Post 5578 or the Madison United Methodist Church Faith Food and Family fellowship program.

John Summers Depue

1954

John Summers (Jack) Depue
BRIDGEPORT — John Summers (Jack) Depue, 81, passed away at home on Monday, October 24, 2016.
Jack was born June 19, 1935, in Sewickley, PA, to the late Camden and Pauline Depue.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen (Kramer) Depue, whom he married December 26, 1959, and three children, June Wedd of Columbus, OH, Jackie (Bill) Jennings of Richmond, KY, and John Depue of Bridgeport.
Surviving grandchildren are Jason Nolan of Asheville, NC, Lauren (Rick) Puckett of Stanford, KY, Cody (Allison) Wedd of Columbus, OH, Lonnie Wedd of Erie, PA, Sarah (Brad) Nally of Lexington, KY, Robert Jennings and Nathan Jennings of Richmond, KY.

Jack is also survived by brother-in-laws, Fred (Rita) Kramer of Sugarland, TX, and Bud (Conchita) of Hagerstown, MD; nieces, Mary Kay (Jim) Flagg, Jenny (Serhat) Midyat and Judy (Al) Sefir, all of Houston, TX, Becky Hall of Martinsburg, WV, and Brenda Manspeaker of Hagerstown, MD; nephews, Robert (Kelli) Kramer and Mathew (Kelly) Kramer of Martinsburg, WV, and Charlie (Loretta) Joy of Rockport, WV; many grandnieces and nephews complete his family.

In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his twin sister, Joan (Jill) Scott.
Jack graduated from Greenbrier Military Academy in Lewisburg, WV and attended West Virginia University. He received an honorary Bachelor of Arts from Alderson-Broaddus College, University of Hard Knocks. Jack served our country with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

During his professional career he built interstate roads and bridges, golf courses, and moved many West Virginia mountains to create flat land for development. Jack was an active Rotarian, Greenbrier Alumni Association and honorary Fork Union Alumni member.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jack’s memory to the Greenbrier Scholarship, c/o Fork Union Military Academy, PO Box 278, Fork Union, VA 23055, or to the charity of one’s choice.

Please join the family for a celebration of Jack’s life, food and fellowship Thursday, October 27, 2016, from 2-4 and 5-8 p.m. at the Ford Funeral Home, 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport, WV.
Condolences may be extended to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.

The Depue family has entrusted the care and arrangements to the Ford Funeral Home, 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport, WV.

RICHARD HOWARD STATEN, JR.

1963

Richard Staten, Jr. On October 20, 2016, the heart that Richard Howard Staten, Jr., shared so selflessly with us all just gave out.
For the next chapter of his life, Richard had planned on retiring and moving to the North Carolina coast to enjoy the rest of his life with his beloved fiancée, Lynda Jennings. He is survived by Lynda of Covington, Va.; her children, Sylvia Moats (Daniel), Scott Jennings (Robin), Michael Jennings (Amy), Marla Tombs (Jason); sister, Stuart Ann Hanna of White Sulphur Springs; brother, Michael Staten (Barbara), Mobile, Ala.; sister-in-law, Ann Staten of Roanoke, Va.; niece, Keli Staten of Edmonds, Wash.; nephews, Phillip Staten of Chesterfield, Va., Ralph Hanna III (Emily) of Aiken, S.C., Chris Hanna (Nancy) of White Sulphur Springs, Matthew Hanna of White Sulphur Springs, Paul Hanna (Aimee) of Lewisburg, Andrew Hanna ( DeAnna) of Morgantown, Justin Hanna (Marie) of Roanoke, Va., and Quinn Hanna (Lauren) of Rockville, Md.
Born and raised in Lewisburg, the son of Carol and Richard Staten, Dick was a lifelong resident of Greenbrier County. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, he spent his childhood summers at Camp Shaw-Mi-Del-Eca in Caldwell and later worked there as a camp counselor. An accomplished equestrian, he spent many years giving instruction to children in the equestrian arts. Dick also enjoyed bridge, tennis, his extensive lily collection, and traveling.
After Greenbrier Military School, Dick attended Concord College and received his M.B.A. from Marshall University in Huntington. He served in the Air Force during the conflict in Vietnam. He was an owner and manager of the Buzz-In store in White Sulphur Springs. He was an instructor at both the federal prison in Alderson and Greenbrier Community College, now New River. For many years, he was a franchise owner and accountant of H & R Block in White Sulphur Springs.
He not only took pride in his business, but he truly relished the friendships he made during his ventures.Dick belonged to the West Virginia Public Accountants Association and the National Association of Enrolled Agents, where he was a Master Tax Advisor of H & R Block. He was a past president of the White Sulphur Springs Rotary and was a Paul Harris Fellow.Dick was a devoted uncle to all of his nephews, his niece, and his great-nephews and great-nieces. He was a natural teacher and spent many hours teaching them of life's valuable lessons. A talented golfer and skilled hunter, he passed those lessons on as well. He will be sorely missed by all of them.Lynda's children and grandchildren were like his own. He could not have loved them more. He enjoyed taking the grandchildren fishing, teaching them to swim, and including them on vacations.
Dick was preceded in death by this parents, Carol and Richard Staten and a brother, Stanley.Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, November 12, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in White Sulphur Springs. A reception will follow in Butler Hall. In honor his love of animals, in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Dick's memory to the Greenbrier County Humane Society at 151 Holliday Lane, Lewisburg, WV 24901, or the Alleghany County, VA Humane Society at 9313 Rich Patch Road, Covington, VA 24426.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of the arrangements. Please send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com. -

CHARLES EDWARD STOKES, JR.

1956

COLONEL (Retired) CHARLIE STOKES, U.S. ARMY

Colonel CHARLES EDWARD STOKES JR , 78, passed away peacefully at his home in Holden Beach, North Carolina, at about 09:25 AM, October 16, 2016. Charlie was born in tiny Buffalo, Putnam County, West Virginia, on the Kanawha River. His parents were Charles Edward Stokes Sr., a local grocery store owner, and Celestine Werner Stokes.

Charlie attended local schools until going to Greenbrier Military School (GMS) where he became known as “SAM”. He was knocked out (brain concussion) in a football game and woke up with temporary amnesia. He didn’t know where he was or who he was, so they started calling him “Sam” and it stuck. Sam did well in the three years he was at GMS. He was a wrestling champion from Band Company. Sam worked his way up to become one of the 16 Cadet Officers in the school and Executive Officer of the Band Company in his Senior Year. Sam graduated from GMS in 1956. He returned for a year of Post Graduate work in 1957 and commanded the Band Company with the rank of Cadet Captain.

Charlie went to West Virginia State College (University now), at Institute, WV, where he graduated with a BA Degree in Mathematics (Minors in English Literature and ROTC) and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army through the Reserve Officer Training Program (ROTC). Little did anyone know then that Colonel Charles E. Stokes Jr. would be one of West Virginia State University’s most distinguished graduates and would inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 1984. Colonel Stokes was even invited to present the Awards Day address, which he did.

Charlie’s education continued while in the Army. He got into the Intelligence Corps and kept improving his education. He went to numerous service schools (Ranger, Airborne, Jungle Warfare, Master Parachutist, and more). Actually they are too numerous to mention them all, but important ones included the Army Command & General Staff College, Senior Service College, The Foreign Service Institute, and he earned his double major Masters Degree from Louisiana State University in Political Science & History. He would later use his education and experience to actually teach others at several Universities and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.

Charlie became an Intelligence Officer in the Army and was on the way to becoming a true American Hero. He started by working in the area of the most dangerous time in the history of the world, the Cuban Missile Crisis, which took place in late 1962.

Charlie continued to advance in rank and responsibility. Charlie’s Army career after the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, included hunting Che Guevara in South America, Caribbean Ops including the Dominican Republic/Haiti Conflict, Special Ops in Viet Nam where he was injured in combat, Central America and the conflict between Honduras and El Salvador, and later the Korean DMZ.

After combat assignments, Major Charlie was called to teach at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY. He was Principal for Latin American studies because of his double major Masters in Political Science and History, plus he spoke fluent Spanish. After West Point, Charlie was an Adjunct Professor in the History Department at his Alma Mater, West Virginia State University, Institute, WV.

Charlie was promoted to full Colonel (Officer Paygrade O-6) in mid-1983. He served as Defense Attache in the Guatemalan Embassy. In mid-1983, Charlie was assigned to be Deputy Commander, Special Warfare Center & School, Ft. Bragg, NC. His job was to oversee the curricula for all Army Special Operations Forces with emphasis on using Special Ops in the global war against terrorism.

Charlie earned many medals and awards, too numerous to mention. Foremost among then were the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. Next is the Bronze Star with “V” device for valor and bravery in combat. Charlie has also earned the Purple Heart for being wounded in combat. In 1984, Charlie was inducted into the Hall of Fame at West Virginia State University, and was inducted into the Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association Hall of Fame. His long and distinguished military career ended in early 1987 after a total of 32 years in the U.S. Army (including his three years of ROTC at Greenbrier Military School.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Rosnani (Rose) Stokes, his son, Danny Stokes of Tacoma, WA, daughter, Camela Noonan of Fayetteville, NC, and sister, Ruth Ann Riffee of Jacksonville, FL, and six Grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army: 820 N 2nd Street Wilmington, NC 28401. Private online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.brunswickfuneralservice.com Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte, NC.

Allen Edward Kivett

1956

Allen Edward Kivett, 84, passed way Sunday September 25, 2016 at Camden Place Health and Rehabilitation, after a gallant fight with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
A funeral service was held om Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at West Market Street United Methodist Church, Greensboro. Interment followed at Westminster Gardens Cemetery in Greensboro.
Allen was born December 7, 1931 in Randolph County, NC to the late Sulon Benson and Alice Hughes Kivett. He was a graduate of Asheboro high School attended National Red Cross Aquatic School, greenbrier Military School and received his BA Degree in Business Administration from Greensboro College. Allen proudly served his country during the Korean War. While in the Army, he had the responsibility of overseeing the fuel distribution from the terminal at Busan.
Allen worked for Greensboro College as Director of Admission for 14 years. Also, he was Honorary Vice President of the Alumni Board, former treasurer of the Alumni Association and was instrumental in the establishment of endowed scholarships for student athletes. In 1974, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Greensboro College. Allen also worked for Pilot Life Insurance Company, Manpower development and sales and Jefferson Pilot Life Insurance Company now Lincoln Financial Group, as an estate planner.
He was a member of West Market Street United Methodist Church where he was a Sunday School Teacher and usher. Allen was also on the board pf directors, Methodist Camp Guilrock. He was President of the Kiwanis Club of Greensboro from 1997 to 1998, and the Lt. Governor District8, Kiwanis International, Carolina District from 2003 to 2004. Over 40 years ago, Allen founded and was chairman of College Night for Guilford County Schools, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.
Allen was a life member of the National Eagle Scout Association, Chairman of the Eagle Project Review Board, Old North State Council and committee member of “Friends of Scouting”. Allen was awarded the Silver Beaver Award of the Old North State Council of Boy Scouts, which is the highest award for service to scouting. Some organizations he volunteered for were the American Red Cross as water safety instructor, and Mobile Meals in Greensboro.

In additions to his parents. Kivett was preceded in death by his son, Allen Wyke Kivett and his brother Meredith H. Kivett. He is survived by his wife, of 59 years, Dr. Vira Rodgers Kivett; daughter, Martitia “Marty” Kivett Richardson and husband, Keith, and his brother, Odell Kivett and wife Patty. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews

Joseph Edward Zimmerman

1951

Phyllis Zimmerman has notified the Association of Joe's Death.

William Thomas Jones

1958

William Thomas Jones ‘58
Tom Jones of Charleston and Elkview, WV, passed away on September 7, 2016, due to dementia/Alzheimer's, brought on by reactions to surgical anesthesia. He was born on September 13, 1940, to Dempsey D. (deceased) Jones and Virginia Jarrett Jones. He was married for 51 years to Patricia Hunt Jones, the love of his life.
Tom was a successful businessman having owned Mountain Trucking and later on Quick Delivery Service. He was a Fleet Admiral in The Great Kanawha Navy, having been a member for many years. Tom attended Elkview High School, graduated in the Class of 1958 at the Greenbrier Military Academy, Annapolis Naval Academy, and Morris Harvey College (University of Charleston).
Besides Pat, Tom's other great love was his sternwheeler boat, the Miss Sterling. His greatest joy was showing people the Miss Sterling, which he lovingly rebuilt and restored with family and friends. Tom enjoyed entertaining, NASCAR, fishing, boating, and fast vehicles of all kinds. A devoted family man, he was kind, generous, and compassionate, tirelessly helping many people and organizations, without seeking recognition.
Besides his wife, Pat; and mother, Virginia, Tom is survived by his son, Bill (Melissa); grandson, Jared; granddaughters, Kaylee and Kylie; great-grandsons, Chance and Dalton; uncle, John Jarrett (Carol); sisters-in-law, Eileen Comstock, JoAnn Hunt, and Linda Hunt. He is also survived by his nephews and nieces, Bill Comstock (Debbie Zegeer), Pam Thompson (Eddie), Michael Hunt (Susan), Lisa Hunt, Dave Comstock, David Comstock IV, Emmett Comstock, Jordan Hunt, and Alyssa Hunt. He was pre-deceased by his brothers-in-law, Keith Hunt and Dwight Hunt.
The family would like to thank the staff at Braley Care Homes in Hurricane for their kind and gentle care.
Service will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 13, at Hafer Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Clint Chiles officiating. Burial will follow in Elk Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Tom's name to the Ronald McDonald House, 302 30th St. SE, Charleston, WV 25304.Online condolences can be made at www.haferfuneralhome.net. Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N Pinch Road is assisting the Jones family.

James Oliver Snodgrass

1959

GMSAA notified of James' death, August 28, 2016 in Steubenville, OH ; no details available at this time

TAY RAWL SPICER PETRIE

After a long hospital stay with a variety problems, Tay died. No details are known at this time. She was the oldest daughter of Col and Mrs. W.A. Rawl, both deceased, of Lewisburg.

An obituary will be posted when available.

Raymond Otis Kryzak

1955

Raymond O. Kryzak ‘55

Raymond Otis Kryzak, 81, of Elkview, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

Ray attended Greenbrier Military School as a Post Graduate with the Class of 1955He retired from doing heating and cooling work and was an Army veteran.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Mitchell and Effie Hughes Kryzak, and daughter, Sandra Kryzak. Raymond is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Kenneth (Ponda) Kryzak; daughter, Kimberlan Sue (David) DeFrehn; brother, Daniel (Phyllis) Kryzak; and four grandchildren, Melissa, Samantha, Raymond and Valery.

A private graveside service will be held at Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Hafer Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, 100 Verna Drive, Elkview.

Online condolences may be sent to www.haferfuneralhome.net.Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, 100 Verna Drive, Elkview. –

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