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Gail Ray Clark


Gail R. Clark died January 11, 2016 in East Bank, WV Services will be held on Friday, January, 15 at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home in Marmet, with visitation two (2) hours prior. Gail was born November 24, 1939. No further details are available

W. Sherman Beard


W. Sherman Beard of Hillsboro, WV died January 6, 2016 at Pocahontas Center in Marlinton, WV.

He was born October 29, 1922 at Hillsboro, WV, the son of Henry W. and Lucy McLaughlin Beard.

Sherman was a graduate of Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV and West Virginia University with a degree in agriculture in 1948. Sherman was a lifelong farmer, a member of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church , where he was an elder emeritus, deacon and church treasurer for over 30 years; past director of the Bank of Marlinton and served as president for several years ; past member of the Board of Visitors for WVU; m;ember of the Pocahontas Farm Bureau ; member of the WV Cattleman's Association; and was an Army Air Corps B-24 pilot , who flew 35 missions over Europe during WWII.

In addition to his parents; his wife of 66 years , Mary Alice Young Beard ; and grandchildren , Sarah Blough, David Blough and Mark Blough preceded him in death.

He is survived by his daughters, Kathryn A. Ryniak and husband Dennis, and E. Lynn Sigmon and Husband Marvin; son, William S. Beard and wife, Barbara , brother Robert L. Beard ad wife, Lois, of St. Mary's; and grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Oak Grove Church on Sunday January 10, 2015 and burial at the Oak Grove Cemetery will follow the funeral service.

Larry DeVincentis


Larry's wife has informed the Association of Larry's passing. No details available.

John Gary Watson


JOHN GARY WATSON, 81 years old, of Louisville, Kentucky, died December 29, 2015 in Louisville surrounded by his family. He was born on May 9, 1934 in Huntington, West Virginia, to the late Ruth Elizabeth and John Thomas Watson.

Gary attended Huntington High School in Huntington, West Virginia, where he excelled in Track and was an All-State football player. He attended Greenbrier Military School and the University of Virginia on football scholarships.

Gary served his country in Heidelberg, Germany, at the 130th Station Hospital, the hospital where General George Patton died. Gary returned to Huntington and continued his studies and was a graduate of Marshall University.

Gary moved to Louisville and began a 37 year career in the cement industry, retiring in 1998 as Regional Vice President with Louisville Cement Company and Essroc Materials. He was a recipient of industry awards including the Carl Franks Leadership Award from the Indiana Concrete Council, the Howard Roberts Award and the Legends Award from the Kentucky Ready Mix Concrete Association. He also served on numerous boards and committees in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church and was privileged to serve the Lord as an Elder, Deacon and Clerk of Session. He was an avid golfer and a 40 year member of Midland Trail Golf Club.

Gary was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Ann Watson; children, John Taylor, Gary Michael (Colleen), Ann, Billy (Terri), Kimberly (Hollis), Sandi (Chris), Terri (Alex) and James (Liz); nineteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and his boxer, Benjamin.

Visitation will be on Sunday, January 3, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. until the time of the funeral ceremony at 3:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 10200 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, Kentucky. Burial will be private at Cave Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association . To leave a special message to the family, please visit
Published in The Herald-Dispatch on Jan. 1, 2016

Paul Mitchell 'Mitch" Scott


Paul Mitchell 'Mitch' Scott passed away Tuesday, 29, 2015. He was born 11/1/1928.
Preceded in death by his Wife Liz.

Mitch graduated from Greenbrier high School in Ronceverte, attended college first at Greenbrier Military School, transferred to, and graduated from Virginia Polytechnical Institute.

He returned to Greenbrier County and lewisburg where he was a John Deere Salesman and a New York Life agent. He and his wife, Liz, were very active in the community and they were recognized for their contributions to the area.

A memorial service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church , Saturday Jan. 23, 2016 at 11 am.



Obituary for George W. "Billy" McCall, Jr.

George William “Billy” McCall, Jr., age 88, of Cedar Bluff, Virginia died on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee.

Mr. McCall was born in Huntington, WV on August 19, 1927 to the late George William McCall, Sr. and Lula Catherine Cunningham McCall. Bill had attended Richlands High School and was a graduate of the Greenbrier Military School. He served his country in the US Navy and went on to attend the University of Richmond, graduating in 1950. He was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Order (Eta Chapter). On March 19, 1955, he married the love of his life and the mother of his children, the late Vivian Sewell McCall. Bill was a coal operator, a real estate developer, stockbroker and was very active in the community as an organizer for Clinch Valley Bank and Trust, and an organizer for First Sentinel Bank. Bill was a charter member of the Tazewell County Country Club and, at the time of his death, was the longest active member of the club. Bill helped organize the Richlands Midget League Football Program with the guidance of the late Coach Ernie Hicks. He was a member of the Cedar Bluff United Methodist Church and a member of the Richlands Masonic Lodge #318 AF & AM for 65 years. He had lived all of his life in the Richlands and Cedar Bluff areas and was a diehard Richlands Big Blue Tornado fan.

Survivors are:

Daughter: Kathryn McCall Culpepper of Richlands, Virginia. Sons: George William McCall, III and wife, Lyn of Cedar Bluff, Virginia Marcus Sewell McCall and wife, Dana of Greenville, SC John Milton McCall, II of Cedar Bluff, Virginia Joseph Winston McCall and wife, Karen of Richlands, Virginia Twelve Grandchildren: Anna McCall Culpepper, Benjamin Lee Culpepper, Vivian Kathryn Culpepper, Haley Kathryn McCall and fiancée, Matthew McClaren, Connor William McCall, Brittany Holland McCall, Virginia Lee McCall and fiancée, Travis Brannon, Marcus Sewell McCall, Jr., John Milton McCall, III, Brittany Leigh Allen McCall, Joseph (Joey) Winston McCall, II, and William Grant McCall.

Go To Friend: Charlotte Vencill of Cedar Bluff, Virginia
Special Nephew: Sid Varner of Ocala, FL

Freddie Ross Miller


Freddie's death is reported by Jim Dodway '70

Jerry Lee Cowley


Jerry Lee Cowley, 78, of Charleston, passed away on Monday, Dec 21, 2015 at home.
Jerry was born Sept 25, 1937 to the late Fenton and Verna Cowley.

He was a lifelong resident of Charleston and was retired from Pauley Motor Car.

Jerry was a 1956 graduate of Charleston High School, went to Greenbrier Military School as a post graduate and was a U S Army veteran.

He was a member of Meadowbrook Country club and Kanawha County Club.
Jerry enjoyed spending time with his friends, hunting, fishing and golfing
The family would like to extend a special thanks and appreciation to Kanawha Hospice for their assistance in caring for Jerry.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Lou Ann Cowley and granddaughter , Shana Cowley.

He is survived by his wife, Natalie Levine Cowley, daughter, Tonya Harmon (Sammy) Scruggs of Charleston, Terri (Jeff) Harper of Gandeeville and Carly (Ian) Sachs of Hummelstown, PA.; Son Shane Cowley of Virginia ; Grandchildren , Kristen Harper, Brent Harper and Justin Cowley; and great-granddaughter , Kiara Barron.

A service will be held later.

William MacDonald Clark


George Counts '55 has notified GMSAA that the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel of 12/16/2015 reports the death of Mac Clark '57 on December 11, 2015. Mac's brother John was also a 1957 graduate of GMS in the Class of 1957

An attempt to obtain an obituary will be made.

William MacDonald Clark


William Macdonald Clark, age 76 passed away Dec 11, 2015. Born in 1939 in Logan County, WV, 2nd child of Vurginia Dare Ohipps. Graduate of Greenbrier Military School , University of Virginia with a BA degree in Economics in 1961 and earned a JD from the University of Miami in 1968. Married Juliet Elaine Hamilton in Mobile, AL in 1962. Began as VP and General Merchandising Manager for Burdines of Mioami and Rike’s of Dayton, Oh (divisions of Federated stores) for 10 years. In 1972 joined Robinson’s of St. Petersburg, FL as CEO and then was named Chairman of Stix, Baer & Fuller of St Louis MO (divisions of Associated Dry Goods). After surviving a melanoma at age 36, he moved back to South Florida in 1978 and co-founded the law firm, Thompson and Clark, to be near family. He was recruited away after five years to Alamo Rent A Car where he quickly rose to Vice Chairman, President and Chief Marketing Officeer and forever changed the industry with his proclamation that “all the miles are free”. He was active on many corporate boards including the Lauderdale Marina, The 15th Street Fisheries and the McDonald Land Companies and was a mentor to countless young executives across the country.

He was a Ft Lauderdale resident for over 60 years , a part time resident on Scotland Cay, Abaco Bahamas and was a summer resident on Grindstone Island in the Thousands Islands, New York for his entire life. He is survived by his wife of 54 years and love of his life, Juliet Hamilton Clark and children Juliet Clark Bluestein of Alexandria, Virginia (Michael), William Macdonald Clark, Jr. (Jenifer) and Jennifer Clark Uustal (John) all of Ft. Lauderdale, brothers in law Ted Drum (Kathy) and Dick Clark (Jane), four nephews (Steven Clark, Scott Clark, Kelly Drum, Douglas Clark) two nieces (Lorrie Roschman, Allison Dumke) and six grandchildren: Harrison Clark Bluestein, Macy Macdonald Uustal, Willow Phipps Bluestein, Marian Hamilton Uustal, John Marcone Uustal, Willow Macy Clark and her brother Joseph Edward Conner. He was predeceased by his mother Virginia Phipps Cox, his father former Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Robert Osborne Cox, his brother John Stevens Clark (Barbara) and his sister Carol Clark Drum. Macdonald’s generosity, compassion, irreverence, wit, humor and drive made him a giant of a man to all who knew him. He lives on in all of us. A memorial service will be held this winter bringing together friends and family.