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William Russell Fields

1951

Dr. William Russell, 82, died on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family after a long illness.

Dr. Fields was Chief of Radiology Service at the McGuire, Va. Medical Center from 1971 to 1991.

He was the son of John Russell Fields and Elizabeth Prichard Fields, both of Huntington, W.Va. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Lou Fields Riggs and Nancy Sue Fields Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Patricia McLain Fields; his children, David Russell Fields (Doris) of Worcester, Mass., Jennifer Fields Friend (Robert) of Richmond and Laura Lee Fields of Richmond; and his grandchildren, Christina and Patrick Fields, Nicholas and Anna Friend; and his beloved nieces and nephews.

Bill graduated from Greenbrier Military School in 1951 and attended VPI (Virginia Polytechnic Institute) before serving five years in the U.S. Air Force as a navigator on a tanker plane. He then graduated college from University of Kentucky (1961) and West Virginia University School of Medicine (1965). When he completed his medical residency in radiology at MCV, he became Department Chief of Radiology at McGuire, Va. Medical Center.

Dr. William Fields was a member of Richmond Radiologic Society, American College of Radiology, Society Magnetic Resonance Imaging and National Association of Va. Physicians. Bill loved his time at the river in Deltaville, his boats, Andiamo and Senior Moment and his Harbor House neighbors. He was most proud of his family and service to the Veterans Administration.

There will be a private burial in Huntington, W.Va. His family thanks with grateful hearts the loving and skilled care he received at the end of his life by Hospice of Virginia and his private caregivers. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family church at: Bruce McDonald Memorial Methodist Church, 104 McDonald Avenue, Man, W.Va. 25635. Online condolences may be made at woodyfuneralhome.com.

FIELDS, Dr. William Russell, 82, died on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family after a long illness. Dr. Fields was Chief of Radiology Service at the McGuire, Va. Medical Center from 1971 to 1991. He was the son of John Russell Fields and Elizabeth Prichard Fields, both of Huntington, W.Va. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Lou Fields Riggs and Nancy Sue Fields Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Patricia McLain Fields; his children, David Russell Fields (Doris) of Worcester, Mass., Jennifer Fields Friend (Robert) of Richmond and Laura Lee Fields of Richmond; and his grandchildren, Christina and Patrick Fields, Nicholas and Anna Friend; and his beloved nieces and nephews. Bill graduated from Greenbrier Military School in 1951 and attended VPI (Virginia Polytechnic Institute) before serving five years in the U.S. Air Force as a navigator on a tanker plane. He then graduated college from University of Kentucky (1961) and West Virginia University School of Medicine (1965). When he completed his medical residency in radiology at MCV, he became Department Chief of Radiology at McGuire, Va. Medical Center. Dr. William Fields was a member of Richmond Radiologic Society, American College of Radiology, Society Magnetic Resonance Imaging and National Association of Va. Physicians. Bill loved his time at the river in Deltaville, his boats, Andiamo and Senior Moment and his Harbor House neighbors. He was most proud of his family and service to the Veterans Administration. There will be a private burial in Huntington, W.Va. His family thanks with grateful hearts the loving and skilled care he received at the end of his life by Hospice of Virginia and his private caregivers. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family church at: Bruce McDonald Memorial Methodist Church, 104 McDonald Avenue, Man, W.Va. 25635. Online condolences may be made at woodyfuneralhome.com.

John Greer Hunter

1957

John Greer Hunter
January 27, 1939 – March 27, 2017
John Greer Hunter (“Judge”) of Upper Sandusky, OH passed away peacefully on March 27, 2017 at Fairhaven Home at the age of 78. Born on January 27, 1939 in Bucyrus OH, he was the son of the late William James Hunter II and Freda (Walton) Hunter. He married Laura Jane Henceroth on September 6, 1968, and she survives in Upper Sandusky.
John is also survived by his two sons, William James Hunter III of Richmond, VA and Douglas S. (Lynn) Hunter of Aurora, OH; four grandchildren: Austin, Benjamin, Katherine, and Leah; two sisters Lynn (Darl) Gerber of Upper Sandusky and Ann (Richard) Senff of Salida, CO; as well as nieces and nephews.
In 1957, he graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV, where he attained the rank of sergeant and played drums in the school band. After high school, he attended Miami University for two years then transferred to Ohio Northern University where he received his undergraduate degree in 1964 and his law degree in 1967.
In Upper Sandusky, he practiced law with his father for six years before serving the citizens of Wyandot County as the Judge of the Court of common Pleas from 1957 through 1998. At the time, he was one of only seven judges to act as a judge in all divisions of the Common Pleas Court which includes Probate and Juvenile, and General which included Civil, Criminal and Domestic matters. After retiring from the Court o Common Pleas, he served as a judge taking assignments by the Supreme Court of Ohio for six years before completely retiring in 2002.While his time as a judge, he served on many local, state, and national committees. He created a county program to help at-rick youth in 1975 and in 1976 he was appointed as the Chair of the Attorney General’s Statewide Task Force on Juvenile Justice. He was also active in the state and local bar and judicial associations and volunteered his time to work with law students and preside over mock trials at his alma mater, Ohio Northern University.
In 1994, Judge Hunter’s courtroom was used in the filming of The Shawshank Redemption, in which case many locals in the cast were extras.. Judge was cast as a as a juror in the movie.
Locally, he was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Upper Sandusky. He was also a former member of First Lutheran Church, also in Upper Sandusky, where he served both churches in various leadership positions.
He was a member of the local Elks Lodge 83 , Stone Crossing Golf Course and Sam Walton Lake. He was extremely proud of his service on the Library Board and in helping to establish the current library building. The judge was an avid golfer, boater and Ohio State sports fan. In his later years, he enjoyed traveling and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Friday, March 31 2017 from 4:00Pm-8pm at BRINGHAM CLARK Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Kenneth Wessler officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Upper Sandusky Community Library, First Presbyterian Church or Fairhaven Health Care Community in care of Brigham Clark Funeral Home, 22 E. Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky, OH 43351.

John Delmer Longanaker

1957

John D. Longanacre, 79, of Fort Spring, WV, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Born October 18, 1937, in Sinks Grove, WV, to the late D.P. and Kate Blake Longanacre, he was the middle of nine children. He was married to Rebecca (Becky) Craft Longanacre, of Fort Spring, for 55 years. As a US Army veteran, he set up the first mortuary for service members killed in Vietnam. He was a funeral director for over 50 years, beginning his career with the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte WV and ending his career as the owner/operator of Longanacre Funeral Home in Fairlea and Fort Spring WV.

John was a prominent member of the community he served and took great pride in his family, his profession, and in the care he showed to those that trusted him to care for them. He was a Past Master Mason and a member of Monroe Lodge No 77 of Union (and previously a member of Shyrock Lodge No 47 of Ronceverte and Gauley Bridge Lodge No 64 of Gauley Bridge WV). He was a previous member of the Ronceverte Volunteer Fire Department and one of the first Emergency Medical Technicians in Greenbrier County when the Greenbrier Valley Emergency Ambulance Service was established. John helped establish the presence of the Salvation Army in Greenbrier County to aid families following devastating floods in the 1980s. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, the Muddy Creek Mountain Ruritan Club and a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Ronceverte where he served on many committees and in leadership positions.

He is survived by his wife, Becky, his son, Tim Longanacre, and wife Elizabeth Royal, of Burke, VA, his granddaughter, Jessica Lovejoy, and husband Michael, of Gainesville, VA, and two great grandchildren, Amelia and Fletcher Lovejoy, of Gainesville, VA. Also survived by two brothers, Paul Longanacre, and wife Linda, of Sinks Grove, Sam Longanacre, and wife Becky, of Glade Springs; four sisters, Norma Jean Wolford of Wytheville, VA, Joyce Stokes, and husband Pat, of Moneta, VA, Eloise Vass and husband Larry, of Moneta, VA, Ruth Ann Assaid, and husband Don, of Roanoke, VA, sisters-in-law, Vivian Longanacre, of Lewisburg, WV, Carolyn Longanacre, of Chickasha, OK, and many nieces, nephews, family and special friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Louis Longanacre and Jim Longanacre, brother-in-law, Charles Wolford, niece, Charlotte Longanacre, nephew, Doug Longanacre, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte, WV, followed by a graveside service at 2:30pm at Riverview Cemetery in Ronceverte, officiated by Pastor Stewart Farley and Pastor Greg Scott.

A reception will be held at Rudy’s Corner Grill in Ronceverte following the service.

Pallbearers will be Michael Lovejoy, Brad Whitley, Carson Whitley, Jason Craft, Charles Owens, Ed Longanacre, Ben Longanacre, and Keith Wickline.

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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).

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