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William A. "Tony" Sellards

1957

William A. "Tony" Sellards died March 10, 2017 in Salem, VA., one day short of his 79th birthday, and also his 49th wedding anniversary. Wife, Flo and brother Tim (GMS '63)morn his passing

Stewart Moore McMurray

1946

Reverend Stewart Moore McMurray, 86, died suddenly on March 6, 2017 at his home in Lewisburg, WV.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Harriet Jane Blaney McMurray, his parents, Clarence McCain McMurray and Priscilla Leslie McMurray (nee Moore), and five brothers and two sisters.
A graduate of Greenbrier Military School, Davidson College, NC and Union Theological Seminary, VA, Stewart was ordained and lovingly served Presbyterian Church U.S.A. congregations and communities in Quanah TX, and Glenville, Hinton, Lowell, Pence Springs, Gap Mills, Glace, Forest Memorial, Sweet Springs, Alderson and McElhenney. Stewart’s extensive leadership involvements supported local and regional planning work to establish public library services and Summers County Hospital, foster regional economic development, manage a multi-county food pantry, creatively initiate community events, lead youth development initiatives. Stewart’s life work embodied his deep commitment to universal human rights. With his wife Harriet, Stewart travelled the globe and served international ecumenical organizing and development organizing in the US, and in Geneva Switzerland, Seoul South Korea, and Northern Ireland.

A beloved and devoted father, grandfather and uncle, Stewart is survived by his five adult children—William Kevin McMurray (m. Tamela Duckworth McMurray) of Newark, DE; Andrew Kent McMurray of New London, CT (Kathy Donlon); Harriet Leslie McMurray of St. Paul, MN; David McCain McMurray of Nashville, TN; and Jonathan Stewart McMurray (m. Yelda Erenler McMurray) of Bethesda, MD—six grandchildren—Angela Jade McMurray, Jay Christopher McMurray, Jewel Lee McMurray, Jonathan Eugene McMurray, Lara Erenler McMurray, and Finian Arda McMurray—and nephews and nieces.

A memorial worship service to celebrate the life of Stewart McMurray will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 11 AM in the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 200 Church Street, Lewisburg, with Reverend Dr. Anna Pinckney Straight officiating.

A reception will follow in the church hall. People are encouraged to bring and share stories and memories to share.

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Hubert Samuel Callison

1941

Hubert Samuel Callison, 97, of Hillsboro, died February 17, 2017. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, February 25, at the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Hillsboro. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the church.

Hubert attended GMS for a post Graduate year and also for his freshman year in college. He was unable to attend the 2016 Reunion due to health issues and was residing with a daughter in the Charleston area.

Richard Aldine "Dick" Fliess

1958

Richard Aldine “Dick” Fliess, age 76, a resident of Jacksonville, FL, went home to be with the Lord on January 22, 2017. He was born on January 23, 1940, to Eugene Edward “Red” Fliess and Zernie Pearl Fliess in Clifton Forge, VA. He was the middle child of three children, he was preceded in death by his oldest brother Gene Fliess and he is survived by his younger sister, Constance Bennington, who resides in Richmond, VA.

Richard attended Greenbrier Military School and graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.

Richard is preceded in death by his wife and mother of his 6 children, Joyce Marie Fliess and his eldest son Richard Eugene “Rock” Fliess. He is survived by his wife, Carol Broda Fliess and children Stephanie Lynn Pecarro (Sam), Matthew Gale Fliess (Angie), Clay Scott Fliess (Debbie), Nathan Penn Fliess (Juda) and Jennifer Joyce Harrington (Jimmy), Carol’s son David Broda (Jessica), as well as his grandchildren Sammy (Heather), Stephen, Savannah, Joy, Cassidy, Spencer, Allie, James, Jordan, Alex, Jenna, Hannah, Jennifer, Jessica and Nathan and five great grandchildren Jackson, Samuel, Clay, Jacob and Julia.

Richard “Dick” had a successful career with the railroad for over 30 years. As a young man just out of college he joined the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad in 1963 in the engineering department. His career moved him and his family from Virginia, all over the state of West Virginia and to Baltimore, MD. His final move, as Vice President of Operations brought them to Jacksonville, FL as he was a key player in the Chessie/Seaboard “CSX” merger. He retired from CSX at the age of 55. He demonstrated that people who work hard and live with a sense of values can honestly achieve whatever goals they set for themselves.

In 1981 he was designated a member of the National Defense Executive Reserve. On February 20, 1995 The Flag of the United States of America was flown over the Capital in Honor of Richard. May 9, 1995 Clifton Forge, VA proclaimed “Richard A. Fliess Day” where he was given a key to the city in appreciation of his service and dedication to the city. That same year he was honored in Cumberland, MD by CSX CEO, John Snow, dedicating a locomotive training school as the Richard A Fliess Training Center.

He enjoyed his retirement. Richard was an avid golfer and a civil war buff. He enjoyed traveling around the United States, where he visited 49 states.

Richard loved his church. He was a founding member of Crown Point Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. He loved the Lord and was an extremely generous, humble and kind man who never met a stranger. Over the years, he offered wise counsel and friendship to many.

He lived his whole life and each day with the expectation of one day going “Home” and meeting the Lord. Welcome home Richard!

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in memory of Richard A Fliess to The Richard E. “Rock” Fliess Endowment Fund please make check to Marshall University and memo Rock Fliess Endowment to ATTN: Lance West, 519 John Marshall Drive Huntington, WV 25703 and/or Crown Point Baptist Church, 10153 Old St Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32257.

Visitation will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, January 26, 2017 in Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin. The Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, January 27, 2017 in Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025.

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Carey Lawrence Payne

1967

Carey Lawrence Payne, 69, left us on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at McLeod Seacoast in Little River, SC. Carey was born November 25, 2017 to James R. Payne and Mary Louise in Silver Springs, MD.

Carey graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV in 1967 as a 2nd Lt. Carey then went on and joined the Army for a few years.

He was an entrepreneur in many areas. He and his spouse, Jay Eagle, owned several businesses including Wine Shops in Cary, NC. The latest was a flooring and cabinetry store in north Myrtle Beach.

He is preceded in death by his spouse, Jay A. Eagle and a son, Edward R. Carrillo. He will be greatly missed by three daughters, Cindy C. Johnson, Sheila D. Carrillo and Janice Kay Roberts; Son, Paul H. Carrillo, two sisters, Deborah L. Sloan and Karen Drennan; 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren

JAMES ROSS MCCORMICK

1959

James Ross McCormick 76, passed peacefully January 8, 2017 with his wife of 46 years, Linda McCormick, by his side. Jim was born July 1, 1940 in New Martinsville, WV to the late Ken and Thelma McCormick. He is also survived by his children, Mike Goetz of Lexington, KY and Dianna Vaught (Jessica Clavis) of Boynton Beach, FL; and great grandson Brooks Vaught of Boynton Beach, Fl.; a sister, Connie (Raymond) Vandiver of Hendersonville, TN.; and the mother of his children, Nancy Goetz.
Jim Graduated from Magnolia High School in 1958. He then went to Greenbrier Military School for one year before going to West Virginia University where he played basketball for 4 years. After graduation, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals. He was injured before he could play a regular season game. Him has been inducted into 3 Hall of Fames, Magnolia High, WVU and OVAC.

He worked for the Department of Education Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for 25 years. After retiring, he worked part-time for the Kroger Co. He was a member of Hill ‘N Dale Christian Church.
A funeral Service will be held 5 PM, Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Clark Legacy Center, Brannon Crossing with Chaplin Ken Jones officiating. A Visitation will be held prior to the service on Wednesday from 3-5 PM. A memorial Service will be held at a later date in New Martinsville, WV.

Warrren Bradford Cummings

1967

Chief Warren Bradford "Brad" Cummings, 68, of Fairbanks passed away peacefully at home in the presence of loved ones on January 3, 2017 after a 5-year battle with breast cancer.
Brad was born on December 20th, 1948 in Wheelwright, KY and lived a full, happy life surrounded by friends and family doing the things he loved. At the age of 10, he moved to Atikokan, Ontario, Canada, and later graduated from the Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV as a Cadet First Lieutenant in 1967. In 1969 he was drafted for the Vietnam War out of Canada and served as a sergeant in the US Army Signal Corps, stationed in Fairbanks. Once discharged from the army, he attended a 6-month fire academy in Anchorage where he found his true passion in life. Upon finishing the training in 1972, he was hired by the Fairbanks Fire Department. In 1995 he was appointed to lead the Fire Department as Chief, where he served until retirement in 2015. Through his 43-year, 7-month tenure with the department, he oversaw millions in capital improvements through grants obtained at the federal and state level and served in various positions in the Alaska Fire Chiefs Association, the Western Fire Chiefs Associations, and the Alaska Fire Standards Council.
Along with his dedication to the fire community, Brad devoted much of his time to the Moose Fraternity. After joining in 1974, he served in various capacities on local, state and international levels. He most recently served as a member of the International Supreme Council beginning in 2009. His service with the Moose fraternity took him all over the United States where he enhanced the mission of the Moose Fraternity and spread the personal message about the importance of early breast cancer detection, for both men and women, through monthly self-exams.
Chief Cummings was well known for his kindness, generosity, and moral integrity. He will be profoundly missed by his family, friends and everyone in the Fairbanks community , who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Brad is survived by his wife of 23 years, Cathy; sons William Spairs, Owen Clyde and granddaughter Harper Clyde; daughters Amy Spairs, of Fairbanks, Carla Clyde and grandson Alex Wood of Fairbanks, Elizabeth Cummings and grandson Zayne Orin of Ketchikan, Christina Carlson, husband Sam, and granddaughter Bridget Carlson of Fairbanks; and brother Beaman Cummings, wife Pam, and Aunt Elizabeth Cummings of West Boylston, MA and Uncle Richard H. Cummings of Beverly Hills, MI. He is preceded in death by his parents, Waldo and Esther Cummings.
The family will will host a potluck celebration of life at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 7 for family and friends at the Fairbanks Moose Lodge. A ceremony dedicating the Fairbanks Fire Station Headquarters to Brad will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 11 and is open to the public.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Warren’s memory to the Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska, 1905 Cowles Street, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (bcdcofak.org) or Moose Charities, 155 S. International Drive, Mooseheart, IL 60539-1100 (moosecharities.org).

Wallace Downey Craig, Jr.

1954

Mrs. Constance Jean Craig has informed the Association of the passing of her husband, Wallace Downey Craig, Jr. on December 24, 2016

Martin Luther "Pete" Harman

1951

Martin Luther "Pete" Harman, Jr. of Winter Haven, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on December 6, 2016 at the age of 83. Born October 17, 1933 in Richlands, Virginia,

Pete was raised in Tazewell until he began military school at age 13. He graduated from Greenbrier Military School as a member of the Class of 1951 and also completed work for a junior college degree in 1953.

He married Margaret Hardy in 1957, and they raised two daughters, Lynn and Kaye.

Pete was the Bluefield YMCA director and director of athletics and professor at Bluefield College for many years. Moving to Florida in 1975, Pete began serving on the St. Paul's Episcopal Church vestry and served as Headmaster of St. Paul's school. Pete loved the children and always had funny stories to tell.

He married Jean Klay Snively in 1979 and they began to travel the world, visiting over 167 countries. Pete is survived by his daughters Lynn Harman Margo (Curtis) of Tampa and Kaye Harman Stine (Jay), Stepsons James Klay Snively, Jeffrey Scott Snively, Bruce Alan Snively (Melissa), David Randall Snively (Melissa) and Richard Leigh Snively (Miladys) and thirteen grandchildren. Pete will mostly be remembered for his story telling and his love of people.

A celebration of life will be held December 22, 2016 at 11:00am First Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Good Shepherd Hospice 3450 Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33805 and First Presbyterian Church, 637 6th Street NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881 -

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Martin Luther "Pete" Harman

1951

Martin Luther "Pete" Harman, Jr. of Winter Haven, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on December 6, 2016 at the age of 83. Born October 17, 1933 in Richlands, Virginia,

Pete was raised in Tazewell until he began military school at age 13. He graduated from Greenbrier Military School as a member of the Class of 1951 and also completed work for a junior college degree in 1953.

He married Margaret Hardy in 1957, and they raised two daughters, Lynn and Kaye.

Pete was the Bluefield YMCA director and director of athletics and professor at Bluefield College for many years. Moving to Florida in 1975, Pete began serving on the St. Paul's Episcopal Church vestry and served as Headmaster of St. Paul's school. Pete loved the children and always had funny stories to tell.

He married Jean Klay Snively in 1979 and they began to travel the world, visiting over 167 countries. Pete is survived by his daughters Lynn Harman Margo (Curtis) of Tampa and Kaye Harman Stine (Jay), Stepsons James Klay Snively, Jeffrey Scott Snively, Bruce Alan Snively (Melissa), David Randall Snively (Melissa) and Richard Leigh Snively (Miladys) and thirteen grandchildren. Pete will mostly be remembered for his story telling and his love of people.

A celebration of life will be held December 22, 2016 at 11:00am First Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Good Shepherd Hospice 3450 Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33805 and First Presbyterian Church, 637 6th Street NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881 -

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