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Gordon Churchill Willis

1968

Gordon C. Willis, Jr. (Bo), age 65 of Penhook died suddenly on Friday, May 15, 2015. He leaves his wife Cynthia Simms Willis and two children Peige Willis Rose (Harry) and Gordon C. Willis III (Sabrene`). He also leaves two stepsons, Patrick Gardner, Anthony Gardner (Tracey) and eight precious grandchildren He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon C. Willis, Sr. and wife Jean, Julia Garrett and step-father, Olin Garrett.

Born in Roanoke, Virginia on September 1, 1949, Bo worked alongside his father and son at their family owned business, Rockydale Quarries and Old Heritage Corp. in Roanoke and retired after 37 years where he was President and CEO of the Companys.

In the years that followed, Bo enjoyed many passions…. his love for the outdoors and nature, hunting, farming, his canine companion, Carmen and the love of his life and best friend, Cynthia. Whenever you saw one you saw both, they truly loved every minute they shared together.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Flora Funeral Chapel with Chaplain Rick Poland officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. Friends and family will gather afterwards at Water’s Edge Country Club. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount. Flowers are appreciated but if you’d rather make a memorial contribution, Bo had a love for a few different ones including: Wounded Warriors Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.com) Cool Branch Fire / Rescue (3060 Smith Mtn. Rd., Penhook, VA 24137) and Carilion Hospice Services of Franklin County (180 Floyd Ave., Rocky Mount VA 24151)

Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.

WILLIAM NAVE TURNER

1945

William Nave Turner

William Nave Turner died on Monday, May 11, 2015 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, W.Va. A gentleman, he was surrounded by his family who gave him joy and happiness each day of his life.

Bill was born in Clarksburg, W.Va., on March 3, 1927. He was graduated from Greenbrier Military School in 1945, having polished a cannon to the point of ownership, and attended West Virginia University where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. He married the love of his life, Mary Ann Putman of Beckley, on September 29, 1950.

Bill served in the United States Army stationed in Germany. Honorably discharged, he returned home to Beckley where he and Mary Ann made their home and had three children.

A long, successful career in the mining industry began with the Raleigh Wyoming Mining Company, working with his father in law Mr. L T Putman, the company president. The company’s closure led him to a career with Cooke Wilson Electric Supply Company and Cam-Ral Chain Company with his friend and partner Larry Ciccarelli.

Throughout his life in Beckley he was a member of The First Christian Church where he served as a Deacon, board member, and Cub Scout Pack Master. Bill joined The Rotary Club of Beckley in 1956 and served as the President from 1979-1980. He was made a Paul Harris Fellow in 1989 for service to the Rotary Club. He was appointed to the Armory Board (later the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center) in 1966 serving 41 years until 2007, many years as President of the Armory Board. He believed that it promoted growth to southern West Virginia and was proud to be associated with its operation and with the staff that served it and Raleigh County. Bill was a member of Black Knight County Club until his death and served as President in 1971.

Bill is survived by his wife of almost 65 years, Mary Ann and three children all of whom still live and work in Beckley. His family includes his daughter Carol Ann Cooper and her husband Conrad; their children Conrad Cooper and his wife Tiffany and their two children Riley Anne and Addison Carol of Tampa, Fla. and Christopher Cooper of Tampa, Fla.; his son William Lorin Turner and his wife Cindy and their two children Dr. Jennifer Turner of Morgantown, W.Va. and William Lorin II of Beckley; and his son Charles Garland Turner and his wife Carolyn and their children Charles Daniel of Beckley and Brooke Elise and fiance’ Lanny Meadows of Morgantown.

A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at the First Christian Church on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 2 in the afternoon. Friends are invited to call prior to the service at 12 noon.

Donations of celebration honoring Bill’s life and supporting the community, may be made to First Christian Church or Beckley Area Foundation.

John N Monarek

John “Jack” N. Monarek, 74, of Allentown passed away Monday,
May 11, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Allentown. Born
November 6, 1940 in Phoenixville, PA, but resided in Mont Clare,
PA until the 1960's, he was the son of the late Mary (Vasko) and
John J. Monarek. He was married to Barbara (Lackatos) Monarek
with whom he would have celebrated 30 years of marriage this
coming August.

Jack worked as a sales rep for Boston Scientific retiring in
2010. He also worked for 3M medical supply for many years and
several other medical supply companies.

Jack was a 1958 graduate of Phoenixville Area High School where
he was a 4 letter varsity athlete and was just recently inducted
to the Phoenixville Hall of Fame. After graduating he went to
Greenbrier Military School on a Football Scholarship. Jack then
went to Wake Forest University on a full football scholarship but
also competed for the Wake Forest Track Team where he held the
school record for forty years in the longest javelin throw. Jack
served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.
While at McGuire Air Force Base he played baseball for four years
and was given the opportunity to play minor league baseball but
chose a college education instead.

He was a member of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in
Bethlehem where he volunteered his time and served as the church
treasurer.

Jack will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Barbara, children,
John and wife Cori, Larisa, David, Kyra and Gregory, five
grandchildren, Alex, Olivia, Sophia, Jack and Lily. He is also
survived by numerous family members.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at St. Nicholas
Russian Orthodox Church 980 Bridle Path Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18017
from 9-11 AM followed by a service at 11 AM. Burial will be at
Holy Ghost Eastern Rite Church Cemetery in Phoenixville.
Arrangements Connell Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jack’s name to St.
Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

Bruce Richard McGinnis

1963

LEWISBURG — Bruce Richard McGinnis, 69, of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
Bruce was born in Montgomery, W.Va., and was the only child of the late Lester and Juanita McGinnis.

After graduating from Greenbrier Military School, Bruce graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in finance and a masters in business.

Bruce married the former Paula Owens of Frankford, W.Va. They had two children, Greg McGinnis of Austin, Texas and Brian McGinnis of Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Bruce was a lifelong business man. Most recently and rewardingly, he was the Chief Operations Officer for the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. A position he held until his passing.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Paula, his son, Greg, his son, Brian, and his daughter-in-law, Tammy.

Bruce touched many lives in his 69 years, and he will be missed by many. He was a loving and caring husband, father, and friend. He was quick to help those in need, and always put other peoples' needs before his own.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate Bruce's life for family, friends, and co-workers in the near future.

McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Edward Blaine Phillips

1946

Edward Blaine Phillips '46, of Lewisburg, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at his home. Born October 26, 1927, in Greenbrier County, he was the son of the late Edward Thomas Philips and Thelma J. Williams Phillips.

Ed graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg and was a United States Army Veteran, having served in the Korean War. He graduated from WVU with an engineering degree and worked briefly for DuPont in Charleston, WV, before returning to Lewisburg to work with Capital Finance. Then in 1963, he became owner of the Greenbrier Insurance Agency and in 1971, he bought Stuart and Watts Real Estate. He was a member and past exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge and served on the original Greenbrier County Planning Commission.

He was married to Marion Collins and is survived by their two children, Edward Blaine Phillips II and wife Barbara, of Lewisburg and Marilyn Fraser and husband , Simon, of Hilton Head , SC; four grandchildren , Erica Brown of Lewisburg, Andrew Fraser of Nashville, TN, Alex Fraser of Washington, DC and Ben Fraser of Savannah, GA; and one great grandson, Landon Brown. He was later married to Andrea McClung McCall.

Morgan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Walter David Haught

1956

Walter David “Chick” Haught ’56, died March 21, 2015 in Huntsville AL at the home of his eldest son. He was born January 8, 1938, the son of Mr. & Mrs. W. Fred Haught in Huntington, WV. He was known as “Chick to his close friends and David to his business acquaintances.

After graduating from Greenbrier Military School in 1955, he returned to GMS for a post graduate year before entering Georgia Tech, earning a degree in Industrial Engineering and worked for Alcoa Packaging and Machinery in Inglewood, CO, but traveled the world for business and pleasure.

Chick and his wife Patti (Barker)had five (5) children, 2 boys with three daughters in between. After retiring from Alcoa, they retired to Florida during the winter and to the mountains of North Carolina for the hottest months. He has three (3) brother in the Huntington WV area.

Chick enjoyed most sports, especially golf, entering many tournaments and playing with friends on a regular basis.

Claude V. Seacrist

1946

Claude V. Seacrist Claude V. Seacrist, 87, of St. Albans, passed away March 11, 2015 at Thomas Hospital after a short illness.Born Feb. 23, 1928 in Whittaker, he was the son of Arthur and Lula Branham Seacrist. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Wilma; devoted daughter, Carol Seacrist; brothers, Rutfort, Roy, Russell, Romie, Bill, Ray and Ronald; and sisters, Virginia, Pansy and Genalista.Claude attended Greenbrier Military School and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II of the occupation troops. Also, he attended Morris Harvey University and retired from Columbia Gas Transmission with 33 years of service.He is survived by daughter, Cindy Seacrist of St. Albans; son, Carl Seacrist and his wife, Debbie; grandchildren, Lindsey and Brandon, all of St. Albans; and brother, Rudy Seacrist of Charleston.Celebration of Claude's life will be noon Saturday, March 14, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Pastor Michael Craigo officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, with military graveside rites conducted by St. Albans VFW 6418 and American Legion Post 73.Gathering of family and friends will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, also at the funeral home.

Robert Burns Campbell

1944

Robert Burns “Bob” Campbell passed away Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Summersville Regional Medical Center at the age of 89.

He was the son of the late Eugene L. and Edna Groves Campbell. Being civic minded, Bob served on many community committees and projects. In 1988, he retired as President of Peerless Eagle Coal Company after working there thirty-six years.
Surviving is his wife, Ann Murphy Campbell; daughter, Martha Larkin (Richard); son, Robert B. Campbell Jr.; and sister, Carolyn Hoffman.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Memorial United Methodist Church at Summersville with Revs. David Lancaster and Gene Campbell officiating. Interment will follow in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville.

Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 12 noon until time of services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to: Memorial United Methodist Church 1317 Webster Road Summersville, WV 26651.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitef
Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Thomas Lee Morris

1964

It is with a very heavy heart I have to inform you that Thomas Lee Morris Class of 1964 died on January 31, 2015.

My sweet darling husband of over 46 years died suddenly at our home in Florida. I just received the lasted Alumni Record and saw where you listed those who had passed the previous year and know he would like to have his name included next year. While he did not attend the reunions he talked very fondly of GMS.

If you need any additional information plea let me know.

Pat Morris
941-773-0330
tlphmorris@gmail.com

John L. Weppler

1959

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS — John L. Weppler, age 74, of Conneaut, Ohio, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 13, 2015, at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, following a two-month illness.
He was born March 26, 1940, in Conneaut, the son of Ernest L. and Mary Virginia (Fisk) Weppler. John was a 1959 graduate of Greenbrier Military School.
He began his career as a heavy equipment operator and retired after nearly 30 years as a supervisor at M.F.G. He was a confirmed Episcopalian and was a member of the Conneaut Lions Club, the Conneaut Elks Club, the Conneaut Lighthouse Cruisers, and was also a member of the former Conneaut Jaycees. He enjoyed showing his 1958 Ford convertible, model railroading, and watching Nascar racing. He was also an avid Ohio State football fan. John also enjoyed golfing and played in the Senior Golf League at Village Green.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie (Chadwick) Weppler whom he married July 28, 1962; daughter, Christine Fernandes of Dublin, Ohio; son, John L. “Jay” Weppler Jr. of Cincinnati, Ohio; a grandson, Zachary Fernandes a student at Ohio University; two sisters, Caroline (John) Palo and Sarah (Lou) DePlacido, both of Conneaut; and nieces, nephews and more distant relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Thomas Weppler; and a nephew, Ricky DePlacido.
Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 17th, at MARCY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, with Nancy Guthrie, pastoral assistant at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Kingsville, Ohio.
Calling Hours will be at the Funeral Home on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., and also Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of Service. The Lions Club will conduct Memorial Services at 5:45 p.m. on Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to East Conneaut Firefighters Association or the Conneaut Railroad Museum. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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