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James Brightbill


Mrs Jeanette Hughes Brightbill has called to inform the Association of Jim's passing on August 23, 2015. Jim had not been well for the two years prior to his death, being confined to a medical facility of one kind or another.

Details of his life, including a 26 year work history in the food service of WestPoint, return to Lewisburg then a later move to New York are included in his obituary which are to follow.

Eduard Garrett Grimes


Eduard's wife has informed the Association of his recent passing. It is hoped an obituary can be obtained.

Richard Cobb Jett


Richard Cobb Jett Jr 83 class 1950 D company of Lexington, Ky died May 25,2015 in Ambler PA after extended illness. He was buried in family cemetery in Richmond, KY.
Taps May he rest in peace.

Sincerely, Joseph L Soto Class 1963 D Company, Brother in law

William G. Pennell


Laverne Pennell has informed the Association of her husband's death. No details provided.

Gordon Churchill Willis


Gordon C. Willis, Jr. (Bo), age 65 of Penhook died suddenly on Friday, May 15, 2015. He leaves his wife Cynthia Simms Willis and two children Peige Willis Rose (Harry) and Gordon C. Willis III (Sabrene`). He also leaves two stepsons, Patrick Gardner, Anthony Gardner (Tracey) and eight precious grandchildren He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon C. Willis, Sr. and wife Jean, Julia Garrett and step-father, Olin Garrett.

Born in Roanoke, Virginia on September 1, 1949, Bo worked alongside his father and son at their family owned business, Rockydale Quarries and Old Heritage Corp. in Roanoke and retired after 37 years where he was President and CEO of the Companys.

In the years that followed, Bo enjoyed many passions…. his love for the outdoors and nature, hunting, farming, his canine companion, Carmen and the love of his life and best friend, Cynthia. Whenever you saw one you saw both, they truly loved every minute they shared together.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Flora Funeral Chapel with Chaplain Rick Poland officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. Friends and family will gather afterwards at Water’s Edge Country Club. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount. Flowers are appreciated but if you’d rather make a memorial contribution, Bo had a love for a few different ones including: Wounded Warriors Project ( Cool Branch Fire / Rescue (3060 Smith Mtn. Rd., Penhook, VA 24137) and Carilion Hospice Services of Franklin County (180 Floyd Ave., Rocky Mount VA 24151)

Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.



William Nave Turner

William Nave Turner died on Monday, May 11, 2015 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, W.Va. A gentleman, he was surrounded by his family who gave him joy and happiness each day of his life.

Bill was born in Clarksburg, W.Va., on March 3, 1927. He was graduated from Greenbrier Military School in 1945, having polished a cannon to the point of ownership, and attended West Virginia University where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. He married the love of his life, Mary Ann Putman of Beckley, on September 29, 1950.

Bill served in the United States Army stationed in Germany. Honorably discharged, he returned home to Beckley where he and Mary Ann made their home and had three children.

A long, successful career in the mining industry began with the Raleigh Wyoming Mining Company, working with his father in law Mr. L T Putman, the company president. The company’s closure led him to a career with Cooke Wilson Electric Supply Company and Cam-Ral Chain Company with his friend and partner Larry Ciccarelli.

Throughout his life in Beckley he was a member of The First Christian Church where he served as a Deacon, board member, and Cub Scout Pack Master. Bill joined The Rotary Club of Beckley in 1956 and served as the President from 1979-1980. He was made a Paul Harris Fellow in 1989 for service to the Rotary Club. He was appointed to the Armory Board (later the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center) in 1966 serving 41 years until 2007, many years as President of the Armory Board. He believed that it promoted growth to southern West Virginia and was proud to be associated with its operation and with the staff that served it and Raleigh County. Bill was a member of Black Knight County Club until his death and served as President in 1971.

Bill is survived by his wife of almost 65 years, Mary Ann and three children all of whom still live and work in Beckley. His family includes his daughter Carol Ann Cooper and her husband Conrad; their children Conrad Cooper and his wife Tiffany and their two children Riley Anne and Addison Carol of Tampa, Fla. and Christopher Cooper of Tampa, Fla.; his son William Lorin Turner and his wife Cindy and their two children Dr. Jennifer Turner of Morgantown, W.Va. and William Lorin II of Beckley; and his son Charles Garland Turner and his wife Carolyn and their children Charles Daniel of Beckley and Brooke Elise and fiance’ Lanny Meadows of Morgantown.

A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at the First Christian Church on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 2 in the afternoon. Friends are invited to call prior to the service at 12 noon.

Donations of celebration honoring Bill’s life and supporting the community, may be made to First Christian Church or Beckley Area Foundation.

John N Monarek

John “Jack” N. Monarek, 74, of Allentown passed away Monday,
May 11, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Allentown. Born
November 6, 1940 in Phoenixville, PA, but resided in Mont Clare,
PA until the 1960's, he was the son of the late Mary (Vasko) and
John J. Monarek. He was married to Barbara (Lackatos) Monarek
with whom he would have celebrated 30 years of marriage this
coming August.

Jack worked as a sales rep for Boston Scientific retiring in
2010. He also worked for 3M medical supply for many years and
several other medical supply companies.

Jack was a 1958 graduate of Phoenixville Area High School where
he was a 4 letter varsity athlete and was just recently inducted
to the Phoenixville Hall of Fame. After graduating he went to
Greenbrier Military School on a Football Scholarship. Jack then
went to Wake Forest University on a full football scholarship but
also competed for the Wake Forest Track Team where he held the
school record for forty years in the longest javelin throw. Jack
served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.
While at McGuire Air Force Base he played baseball for four years
and was given the opportunity to play minor league baseball but
chose a college education instead.

He was a member of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in
Bethlehem where he volunteered his time and served as the church

Jack will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Barbara, children,
John and wife Cori, Larisa, David, Kyra and Gregory, five
grandchildren, Alex, Olivia, Sophia, Jack and Lily. He is also
survived by numerous family members.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at St. Nicholas
Russian Orthodox Church 980 Bridle Path Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18017
from 9-11 AM followed by a service at 11 AM. Burial will be at
Holy Ghost Eastern Rite Church Cemetery in Phoenixville.
Arrangements Connell Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jack’s name to St.
Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

BobbyE. Adkins


B. E. “Bob” Adkins 85, a lifelong resident of Huntington, WV passed away on Friday, April 10, 2015. A celebration of Life will be held on Friday at 2:00p.m. at Beard Mortuary with Re, Bill DeMoss officiating. Interment will follow in Woodmere Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from noon until service time. He was born May 14, 1929 in Huntington, WV the son of the late Norman and Beulah Hayes Adkins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years , Lorna Pearson Adkins and a sister Norma Rowsey.

He graduated from Huntington East High School in 1947, where he played football, basketball, baseball and ran track all with his precious sister Norma Belle by his side. He then attended Greenbrier Military School on a football scholarship. His love of sports continued as he became active in the church softball league, serving as President for many years.

He was a member of Cross Roads United Methodist Church. He was devoted to his wife and daughters. He sacrificed promotions in his career to keep him and his family close to home. Eventually, he became successful owning his own business in the electrical field. Through many decades he loved going to the YMCA. Eventually he went on to represent West Virginia in the Senior Olympics multiple times in the 3 on 3 basketball competion. He and his “old crony buddies” even had their own following of supporters. Some of Bob’s best memories were with his life-long friend, Larry Duncan. And their world travels. They were blessed to have traveled several times to Europe, and also to Australia and China. They were truly two peas-in-pod. Bob Loved Marshall University and took pride in supporting “The Herd” by purchasing basketball and football season tickets beginning in 1972 . He always felt that it didn’t matter if the team won or lost, you still needed to support them.
Bob was the most unselfish man you would ever meet. He always had a smile and a joke. He lived by these words “only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

He is survived by his loving family, his two daughters and son-in law, Karen and Mike Booten of Murfreesboro, TN and Connie John Priddy of Barboursville, WV; four grandsons who he always had words of wisdom for and they loved him dearly, Brandon (April) Booten, Adam(Lane) Booten, Ales (Rachel) Booten and Garnett Priddy; three great grandchildren, Ben, Wells and Willa Kate Booten; Brother-in-law, Johnny Henderson of Cocoa, Fl; two nieces, four nephews and a host of extended family and friends.

Bruce Richard McGinnis


LEWISBURG — Bruce Richard McGinnis, 69, of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
Bruce was born in Montgomery, W.Va., and was the only child of the late Lester and Juanita McGinnis.

After graduating from Greenbrier Military School, Bruce graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in finance and a masters in business.

Bruce married the former Paula Owens of Frankford, W.Va. They had two children, Greg McGinnis of Austin, Texas and Brian McGinnis of Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Bruce was a lifelong business man. Most recently and rewardingly, he was the Chief Operations Officer for the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. A position he held until his passing.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Paula, his son, Greg, his son, Brian, and his daughter-in-law, Tammy.

Bruce touched many lives in his 69 years, and he will be missed by many. He was a loving and caring husband, father, and friend. He was quick to help those in need, and always put other peoples' needs before his own.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate Bruce's life for family, friends, and co-workers in the near future.

McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Jefferson Bowman


Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” Bowman, III, well known Pendleton resident, ended life peacefully on March 28, 2015, in Franklin. Born August 1, 1924 on West Market St., Harrisonburg, VA, he was the son of the late Thomas J. “Tom” Bowman, II and Alice Rebecca Woodson Bowman. In 2010 he was predeceased by his sister, Alice Woodson Bowman Altizer Call. Influential in life was his uncle, the late Ernest Bowman of Franklin, with whom he partnered in business for many years.

On December 31, 1945, at Washington Street Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, Mr. Bowman married Dorothy Lee Lambert Bowman who survives. He is also survived by his son, Thomas J. Bowman, IV, and his daughter and son-in-law Rebecca Lynn Bowman and Richard W. Lough, all of Franklin. He was “Grand-Daddy Jeff” to devoted grandchildren, Matthew Bowman Lough, of Newport Beach, CA., and Adam Richard Lough of Franklin. Gatherings with his great-grandchildren, Maddison Hannah, Gracie Ella and Britton Masters Lough were joyous events. A number of nieces and nephews and several cousins also survive, including Mary Shay Reynolds Corneby, formerly of Franklin. Mr. Bowman was predeceased by a number of valued friends; among them were John Hott, Sumner Jones, John Miller, Bill Harr, Harry Byers, Morris Homan, John Harman, Philip Altizer, Bill Evick, Ben Aulde, Richard Boggs, L.T. Stickley, William McCoy, Jr. and Charles Sites.

Graduating from Franklin High School in 1942, he attended Greenbrier Military Academy until joining the United States Marine Corps. During World War II he served in the South Pacific aboard the heavy cruiser USS Alaska. He remained a proud Marine all the days of his life.

Descended from early Pendleton settlers, the Masters and Dices, Mr. Bowman was widely known as owner of Ernest Bowman & Brother, Inc., a hardware business founded in 1872 by his grandfather, Thomas J. Bowman, I. His greatest enjoyment derived from back-grounding beef cattle and his farming practices on Dickenson Mt. Farm garnered a number of awards, including Potomac Valley Conservation District’s Farmer of the Year in 2006. Partnership with Ernest Coatney (“Cody”) Evick offered his happiest and most productive years in the cattle growing industry. He served on the Board of Directors for The Pendleton Community Bank for 45 years, where his knowledge of the local real estate market was as asset. An active community leader, he was a town councilman and, for many years, president of Franklin Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Bowman was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Pendleton County Veterans of Foreign Wars. Joining other Pendleton businessmen in the late 1960s, Mr. Bowman was active in forming Pendleton Industries (now EDA), a group dedicated to improving local economic development. A lifelong member of Franklin United Methodist Church, Mr. Bowman faithfully served in numerous administrative capacities, and was noted for his steadfast devotion to the Methodist tradition. An avid sportsman, Mr. Bowman enjoyed hunting, fishing, and horseback riding, and held a lifelong interest in forestry. Family and friends will recall his pleasure at their company during summer evenings on his Main Street porch.

Farewell arrangements are entrusted to Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin where written expressions of sympathy may be left at Franklin United Methodist will be open all day, April 2, 2015, for those who wish to visit in private remembrance with cremains and sign the guest book. Friends are invited to join the family at Franklin United Methodist Church sanctuary for a time of casual visiting and sharing from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. the same day. A celebration of life and music will begin at 3:00; interment of ashes will be private at a later date. Immediately following the service all are invited to the family home, 408 North Main St. Franklin, for light refreshments and remembering this good man and celebrating a life well-lived.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pendleton County Rescue Squad, Franklin, WV 26807.