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FRANKLIN GARNER HAMRICK

1952

FRANKLIN GARNER HAMRICK ‘52
Retired Navy Captain Franklin Garner Hamrick, a decorated naval aviator, died Monday, May 2, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Mountain Grove, VA, on July 14, 1932, during the hard times of the Great Depression.
As one of nine children, he grew up fast where only the strong survived. During high school, he excelled in sports and was a standout athlete in football and baseball.
He attended Greenbrier Military School as a post graduate student.
After College he joined the Navy and entered the Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD) program, earning his Wings of Gold in 1954. He was initially assigned to Fighter Squadron VF-61, flying the swept winged FJ-3M Fury. A few months later, the squadron was decommissioned, and he was transferred to the world-famous Jolly Rogers of VF-84. He was one of the pilots who landed a swept winged jet on WWII straight-decked aircraft carriers. Following assignments included flight instructor duty on VT-4, tours in two F-8 Crusader squadrons, aerospace safety management school at the University of Southern California, and safety officer for Fleet Air Jacksonville.
Captain Hamrick’s last four Fleet Squadron tours flying the RA5C Vigilante were in RVAH-7, 5, 1, and finally as the commanding officer of RVAH-13. He flew more than 100 combat missions over North Vietnam and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), tow Single Act Medals, and Strike Flight Air Medals. His final assignment in the Navy were on the staff of NATO Supreme Command in Mons, Belgium, and the Supreme Command Atlantic in Norfolk, VA. He logged over 5,000 flight hours and 500 carrier landings.
Following retirement for the next 13 years, Hamrick became a naval science instructor at the Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach, VA. His NJROTC students won many awards under his leadership. In October 1991, he got back in the air at the Sabreliner Corporation /Raytheon Corporation, NAS Pensacola, FL, flying the T-39N Sabreliner, training naval flight officers. He retired from Sabreliner Corporation/Raytheon Corporation in March 2003
He was predeceased by his loving wife, Dottie, and son Frankie. He is survived by his daughter, Page Hamrick; sister Virginia Dent; as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
One of the highlights of Frank’s life was writing his memoirs three years before he died. To read “Just Call Me Frank” is to know Frank at a very personal level. He enjoyed getting emails from readers all over the world who told him how much they loved his stories. As the emails continue to pour in, they are being answered by Frank’s loyal friends.
A celebration of Frank’s life wo;; be held at the NAS Pensacola 19th hole on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 1600 to 1800 , and a second celebration will be held in Lewisburg, WV
Information submitted by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

James Albert Arbuckle

1965

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James Albert (Al) Arbuckle, 68, of Max Meadows, Va., went to rest high on the mountain on April 27, 2016.

Al was born in Ronceverte, W.Va., on January 31, 1948, to John B. and Ann S. Arbuckle of Lewisburg. He was a 1965 graduate of Greenbrier Military School and VPI with an Industrial Engineering Degree in 1969. Al was a true mountain man who appreciated all of the beautiful wonders of nature and animals.

Left to cherish Al's memory are his wife, Ejay; and his many dogs and cats; brother, John B. Arbuckle, Jr. and wife, Elizabeth of Lewisburg; son, J. Stuart Arbuckle and wife, Jill of Christiansburg, Va.; daughter, Edith A. Wine of Mt. Lebanon, Pa.; as well as three grandsons; and two granddaughters.

Please join us for a celebration of life 11 a.m. Sat. June 11, at Clifton Presbyterian Church, Maxwelton, W.Va., with Rev. Janice Fraser, family and friends.

Bernard B. Hamrick

1957

Bernard B. Hamrick ’57, age 78, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016 at his residence In Lewisburg, WV.

He was born April 8, 1938, at Marlinton, WV, a son of Charles Page and Nellie Florence Chestnut Hamrick.
Mr. Hamrick attended Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg prior to earning a B.S. from Concord College and his masters from Florida Atlantic University. Bernie wars a retired teacher and coached basketball and golf at Miramar High in Hollywood, FL. The gymnasium at Miramar High was named in his honor.

He was of the Presbyterian faith, was a member pf the Lewisburg Elks Club, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Jerry Shanklin, Catherine Spurlock, and Marilyn Bennett; and brothers Page Hamrick Jr., and Virle Hamrick.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Betty Gale Russell Hamrick; daughter Lynn Gayle Vanderstyne (Richard); a grandson, Daniel B. Smadling; sister, Virginia Dent; a brother, Frank Hamrick; and many nieces and nephews that he was very close to and made them call him Uncle Bernie.

Services will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg with the Re. Cameron Harkness officiating. Interment will follow at Rosewood Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

John Lovell Middleton

1950

John Middleton

John Lovell Middleton, 84, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., died Thurs. April 7, 2016, after several weeks of hospitalization following open heart surgery.

Mr. Middleton was the owner and founder of Carolina Material Handling, Inc., a material handling corporation, headquartered in Greensboro, NC. He started the business in 1971 and it continues successfully today under the leadership of his eldest son, John "Mid" Middleton, IV. His son, Cary D. Middleton, manages the warehouse and shipping departments. The company, in its forty-fifth year, employs a sales force that covers North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina.

Having graduated from Charleston High School, Charleston, where he was All-State in basketball and football, Mr. Middleton attended Greenbrier Military School, Lewisburg, WV and after a year was offered a basketball scholarship to the University of Virginia in 1950. At UVA, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Eli Banana Society and ROTC. He played in the first ACC Basketball Tournament in 1954. Forced to take his deferred commission early, he entered the military as an Army Second Lieutenant in 1954 and later completed his graduation degree in Education under the Bootstrap Program, graduating from Kansas State University in 1961.

During his nine years of military service, he became a helicopter pilot and had various tours in the states, Germany, Okinawa, and Thailand eventually entering the Vietnam War with the Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter Company, the first armed helicopter company. Mr. Middleton made the decision to leave the military and return to civilian life in 1962. In Charleston, WV, he joined Jefferds, a material handling company, as Parts and Service Manager and eventually as a salesman. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to Greensboro, N.C. where he began his own company, Carolina Material Handling, Inc., in 1971.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Susan; son, Mid Middleton (Doreen) and four granddaughters; son, Cary; brother, George Middleton (Eva); sister, Josephine Lorant (Connard); sister-in-law, Andy Bennington (Richard); aunt, Charlotte Mullins; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held in Greensboro, N.C. at Community in Christ, Presbyterian on Sunday May 1, 2016, at 2 p.m. followed by a reception hosted by the family at Forest Oaks Country Club. The Middleton family wishes to express their gratitude for the care given by Baptist Medical Center, Life Touch and Northeast Florida Community Hospice. Memorial contributions may be made to the Virginia Athletics Foundation, P.O. Box 400833, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4833 or to a US veteran's organization of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL.
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John Dennis Bruffy

1959

John Dennis Bruffy, 71, residing in Denver, Colo., passed away Feb. 28, 2016, at home after a short illness. Born Aug. 6, 1944, in Charleston, WV to John Dennis Bruffy Sr. and Margaret Sue (Keene) Bruffy, he is survived by his wife, Judith, son, Robert and wife, Cheri; sister, Virginia Olsen; as well as nieces and nephews

John attended Greenbrier Military School and Winfield H.S., graduating in 1962 before joining the Air Force and serving in Vietnam. John's two main earthly passions were piloting small planes and building and repairing organs, having built his own, complete pipe organ in the 1970's. John Bruffy was a caring and loving husband, father and friend. He will be greatly missed.

Richard File Waid

1947

Richard F. Waid '47 died February 25, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. He is survived by his wife Pamela. He attended Greenbrier Military School as a Post Graduate during the school year of 1947.
Richard F. Waid, also known as Dick, served as Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated. Mr. Waid was responsible for working with capital markets teams, particularly investment banking and private equity at Robert W. Baird. Prior to joining Robert W. Baird & Co. in 2002, he served as Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division at Robinson-Humphrey, a part of SunTrust in Atlanta. He joined Robinson-Humphrey in 1992 and served as Head of the its National Real Estate, Energy and Industrial Practice Groups within the Investment Banking Division. Prior Robinson-Humphrey, he was with Kidder, Peabody & Co. in New York for more than 20 years, last serving as a Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance. He started his professional career with IBM and helped take a venture capital-financed business public, leading to his career on Wall Street. He serves on the board of the University of Richmond. He also serves as an Investor Advisor of Fairfax Partners. He served as director of a number of public and private corporations, including North Carolina Natural Gas (now part of Progress Energy) since 1981. He served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army. Mr. Waid earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, attended the Graduate School of Business and Public Management at George Washington University and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

JAMES HARVEY COLEMAN

1945

James Harvey Coleman died on February 25, 2016.He was born on February 23, 1929, in Pike County, Kentucky.

James graduated high school from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg. He served as an officer in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. In 1960, James graduated from West University College of Law before settling in Charleston, he was a member of the West Virginia Bar Association for over 50 years. The majority of his legal work was in private practice in Malden, where he felt fortunate to help others. James was also a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge in Louisville, Kentucky.

What turned out to be his life's most passionate endeavor was being a friend to Bill W., sharing the message of Alcoholics Anonymous as a faithful member since January 2, 1976. James, known for "plugging into the power" encouraged others to work the 12 steps, which he referred to as a "proven path to perfect peace", and to find the God of your understanding. His persistence in spreading the truth, as he understood the truth, touched and changed many lives, also causing disruption for those struggling with honesty and a need to take a closer look deep within.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert M. Coleman, MD and Ruth Cooper Coleman; brothers, Theodore R. Coleman, MD, Herbert M. Coleman, Jr., Robert I. Coleman and Donald J. Coleman.

He is survived by his wife, Marla M. Coleman; children from a previous marriage, daughters, Bobbi Holland and husband, Joey, and Teri DiTrappano and husband, Danté, of Charleston. One son, James D. Coleman of Sarasota, Florida; and daughter, Becky Alford and husband, Van, of Lexington, Ky.; two step-children, Charlotte M. Clark of Greensboro, N.C. and William Mobley III of Williamston, N.C.; also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Brett, Jeremy, Brianna, Shanna, Zachary, Nicci, Santino, Sofia, Hali, Haddon, Caroline and Ellie; three great-granddaughters, Braylynn, Natalia and Zoey; a future great-grandson; and one surviving brother, Charles A. Coleman and wife, Daisey of Columbus, Ohio.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday February 28, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar with Pastor Joey Endres officiating.

James has donated his body to the Human Gift Registry at West Virginia University in Morgantown with his ashes to be placed at Woodmere Cemetery in Huntington and Greenbrier Military School, Lewisburg. -

Dewey Cosby Ballengee

1956

DEWEY COSBY BALLENGEE, 78, of Huntington, W.Va., passed away Monday, February 8, 2016, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2016, at Steele Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Kevin Lantz and Rev. Ralph Sager officiating. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Memorial Park, Huntington.

He was born July 9, 1937, in Charleston, W.Va., a son of the late Dewey C. and Lillian Sparkes Ballengee. He was preceded in death by a brother, Byron Ballengee and three sisters, Ruth Lee, Nina Angle and JoAnn Cobb.

He was retired from Nationwide Insurance, was a veteran of the US Army, and was a member of Steele Memorial United Methodist Church. He attended Greenbrier Military School as a post graduate during the school year of 1956.

He is survived by his wife Sue Hunt Ballengee; one daughter, Nancy Ballengee (Doug Ward) of Culloden, W.Va.; two sons, Greg (Tammy) Ballengee of Barboursville, and Dewey (Leslie) Ballengee of Huntington; seven grandchildren, Tiffany (Jeremy) Moore, Scott Ballengee, Cody Ballengee, Alexis Ballengee Ward, Brooke Ballengee, Brittany Ballengee and Quinnlyn Ballengee; and one great-grandson, Jace Moore.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, 3100 Staunton Road, Huntington, WV 25702.

William David Jones

1968

GENEVA — William David Jones, age 66, of Geneva, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Hilton Head, SC.

David was born Feb. 4, 1950, in Ruston, La., the son of Bill and Gerry (Stevenson) Jones. He met his future wife, Janey Cooper, in a Shakespeare class at Louisiana Tech University and they were married March 4, 1972, in Bossier City, La.

David attended Greenbrier Military School where he attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant and Platoon Leader. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La., he was a proud member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He played an active role in the Geneva Community, beginning his career at Geneva Federal Savings and Loan where he served as Treasurer and President. Upon leaving the financial industry, he owned several businesses including Jones’ Country Store and Mary’s Kitchen in Geneva-on-the-Lake and Mary’s Diner in Geneva. For the last several years he has served on the Board of the NEOFund, helping young entrepreneurs begin their career in Ashtabula County. He was a past President of the Rotary Club of Geneva and was honored to be awarded the Rotarian of the Year twice. He was also a member of the Geneva First United Methodist Church. He was a people person and he loved to joke, tease, and share a good laugh. You knew he thought highly of you when he stole just a bit from your plate. Since March of 2015, David was enjoying retirement with his wife and family, especially his three grandsons who brought him great joy. He spent the last month traveling with the love of his life visiting with treasured family and friends.

David is survived by his wife, Janey Cooper Jones; daughters, Alison and Dennis McAllister of Westerville, Ohio and Lauren and Bill Hanna of Castle Pines, Colo.; grandchildren, William Drew and Bryce David Hanna and Brady William McAllister; father-in-law, J.B. Cooper of Fouke, Ark.; brother-in-law, John and Sandy Cooper of West Monroe, La.; as well as loving nieces and nephews who found him very entertaining.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends and family will be received from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12th, at BEHM FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 175 S. Broadway, Geneva.

Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 13th, at Geneva First United Methodist Church, 89 S. Broadway, Geneva. The Rev. Bruce Hitchcock will officiate the Service.

Contributions may be made in his name to: UH Geneva Medical Center for the Community Christmas Card Program, 870 W. Main St., Geneva, Ohio 44041 or the Geneva First United Methodist Church, 89 S. Broadway, Geneva, Ohio 44041.

Friends may leave condolences online at www.behmfuneral

JAMES WALTER COSBY

1959

James “Walter” Cosby, 75, of Columbus, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Walter was born in Virginia on June 2, 1940, to the late Sarah and Walter Cosby. He grew up in White Sulphur Springs, WV and graduated from Greenbrier Military School in 1959, Marshall University, 1963 and West Virginia University 1971 with his Master’s Degree. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War with the US Army.

Walter is survived by his wife of 22 years, Pam (Clarke) Cosby; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Norma and Dan Warrell, Kathy and John Johnson, Sandy Clarke, and Gary and Linda Clarke; nieces and nephews, Kelly Clarke Forrester, Wendy and Mohamed Moselhy, Beth and David Leistensnider, Stacy Borchers, Nathan Johnson, Nicole and Jason Para, Lindsey, Eric and Brittany Clarke; great nieces and nephews, Noah and Ava, Noah and Zayn, Annika and Matthew, Addison, Logan and Emery and many many friends.

Walter was an avid reader and Civil War enthusiast and a huge OSU fan due to his marriage to Pam. He loved spending the day playing golf with his best friend, Jim Lewis and he especially loved his conversations with his lifelong friend, Burke Raymond.

Everyone who met Walter, thought he was a true and engaging gentleman. He took a genuine interest in everyone he met and will be dearly missed.

Family and friends will gather on Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2-4 PM at Newcomer Funeral Home, SW Chapel, 3393 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123, with a Memorial Service at 4PM.

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