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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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James Elloitt Gourley Jr.

1954

James "Jim" Elliott Gourley Jr. passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Memorial service: 2 p.m., Saturday, August 27, at the First Presbyterian Church, 303 W. Bridge Street, Granbury. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Jim's honor be made to The Chileda School, 1825 Victory Street, La Crosse, WI 54601.

Jim was born Sept. 9, 1935. He graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV in 1954. He married Margaret "Allene" Murphey on May 8, 1958. Allene passed away in 2011. He married Mary Genevieve Swinney Howard on Dec. 12, 2012. They lived in Pecan Plantation in Granbury. Survivors: His "Sweetie," Mary Gourley of Granbury; sister, Betty Ludwig of Harrisburg, Pa.; sons, Douglas (Marcia) of La Crosse, Wis.; Ronald (Alicia) of Southlake and children, Sarah (Paul Idziak, and children Piper and Roman), Logan and Raquel; Kenneth of Madison, Wis. and his children, Rylee (Ross Schuchardt, and children Easton and Otto) and Breckken; and by his daughter, Wendy Gourley Sullivan (Douglas) of LaCrosse, Wis., and their children, Bailey, Keegan, Griffin and Ella; and many family members and friends.

"A man of God, a man of his word, and a man that will always be loved and missed by his family and friends."

Published in Star-Telegram on Aug. 24, 2016

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.

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