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Richard H. Staten, Jr. died suddenly, October 20, 2016 in White Sulphur Springs, WV. He was seen by his medical doctor that morning and all test results were good. He is to be cremated and further services incomplete.
He is survived by brother Michael in Alabama and sister Stuart Ann in White Sulphur Springs, WV.




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 Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte, NC.

Allen Edward Kivett


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


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

William Thomas Jones


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 Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N Pinch Road is assisting the Jones family.

James Oliver Snodgrass


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


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


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 are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, 100 Verna Drive, Elkview. –

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James Elloitt Gourley Jr.


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



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.