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Earl Carter Martin


Mr. Earl Carter Martin, Jr., 64, of Charleston, passed away Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 at his residence. He was born in Charleston on Nov. 7, 1951, a son of the late Earl Carter Martin and Patricia Fawn Twaddle. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Alice Knight Martin. He attended George Washington High School and then graduated from Greenbrier Military School. He was educated at Marshall University and West Virginia State College. Carter spent his working career as a safety manager at Union Carbide after serving in the United States military. He was an avid golfer, hiker and dog lover. Carter enjoyed dancing. He was an enthusiastic supporter of Mountaineer and Thundering Herd sports. He loved spending time with his family and granddaughter.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Tara and Peter Markham of Charleston, and his son, John Carter Martin of Asheville, N.C.; his granddaughter, Addison Knight Markham of Charleston; and six sisters, Lynn White, Pam Martin, Jane Rowsey, Beth Altizer and Robin Moore, all of Charleston, and Kelly Mardis of Pennsylvania.

Memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Bartlett Burdette Cox Funeral Home, Charleston. The family will receive friends from noon until service time on Saturday.The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, 1248 Greenbrier St., Charleston, WV 25311.

Robert H. Fortune


Robert H. Fortune, 74 of Saybrook Township took his last cruise on January 20th onboard the Carnival “Splendor”. He was born September 6, 1941 in Conneaut the son of Robert M. and Helen (Hewitt) Fortune and has been a lifetime area resident.

He graduated in 1959 from Greenbrier Military Academy in West Virginia and received his Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University. He owned Frank Fortune Wholesale Grocery Company; he was also sales manager of the Cleveland division of Super foods. Currently he was the lot boy at West Side Auto in Saybrook.

He was a Saybrook little league coach when his sons were young; a lifetime member of BPOE #208; a past president of the Ashtabula Jaycees; a member of Music Box Society International; a member of the Ashtabula Rod & Gun Club; he was a Notary Public; a substitute teacher; a member of the Saybrook Twp. fire department where he was a firefighter/EMT; he was Vice Commander of the Saybrook Water Rescue team; he was a Master Diver; a coxswain of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and had his Captains license for the Great Lakes.

Surviving him are his two sons, Rob (Marcia) Fortune of Ashtabula and Rick (Gina) Fortune of Youngstown; three grandchildren, Haley Pritt, Eric B. Fortune, Jr and Joseph Leshnack; several Great grandchildren; four brothers, Ronald L. (Linda) of Ashtabula, William F. (Diana) of New Mexico, Michael E. (Mary) of South Carolina and David S (Julie) of Alabama; several nieces and nephews and his extended family at Martinis. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sharon in 2004 and by a granddaughter, Danielle Marie.

Funeral services will be Monday (Feb. 1st) at 11:00 AM at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 615 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula with Rev. Michael Meranda officiating. Burial will be in Saybrook Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Sunday (Jan. 31st) from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula. Memorial contributions can be made to the Saybrook Water Rescue Team, 5714 North Ridge West, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 or to the Messiah Lutheran Church 615 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. Guest book and obituary at

Richard Warren Wilkinson


Richard W. Wilkinson ‘48/49, (11/18/1932 - 1/15/2016)

R. W. “Buzzy” Wilkinson passed away Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, SC at the age of 83, following a short illness. He was born Nov 18, 1932 in Welch, and was the son of the late E M Wilkinson, MD and Addie Mae (Johnson) Wilkinson of Pineville, WV.

He is survived by Patricia Ann Haynes Wilkinson; two sons, Richard Ernest “Rick” Wilkinson and Frank Warren Wilkinson and his wife Gina Butcher Wilkinson, of Bluefield, VA; and three grandchildren, Anne Warren Wilkinson, Caroline Pearson Hayes Wilkinson and Frank Thomas Wilkinson of Bluefield, Va. He is also survived by his brother, E.M. Wilkinson, Jr. of Covington, VA.

He graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg in 1950 and was a college freshman in 1951, and then attended the University of Virginia and graduated in 1955. He was an exceptional athlete and became the first basketball player to have his jersey---number 14---retired at the University of Virginia. He was also recognized as an All American in 1954 and 1955 and still holds the single season ACC scoring record for averaging 32.1 point per game in 1955. He scored 2233 points during his college career and is currently third on the University’s all-time scoring list. He also averaged 28.6 points per game for a career and score 898 points his senior year, which is a record as well. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics in that same year.

He was honored on July 25, 2015 at the Sports Legends Reunion at the Beckley Moose Club. They referred to him as the “Jerry West of the University”. He decided to give up a career with the Celtics following a car accident and attended law school at the University of Virginia, graduating in1962. He moved to Bluefield, W. Va. and worked at the First National Bank of Bluefield (now First Century Bank) and had a rewarding baking career that lasted for 50 years. He retired as president and CEO on Dec. 31, 2010. He was still active on the boards of the bank and holding company at the time of his death. His passion was working with people and making the community a better place to live for everyone.
Buzzy also served as president of the H.I. Shott, Jr. Foundation, as well as the Ethel N. Bowen Foundation. He was active in many civic organizations and believed in giving of his time for the betterment of the community.

In accordance with his wishes, the family will have a private service. The family would as that, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Christ Episcopal Church, 200 Duhring Street, Bluefield, WV 24701, for their Food Pantry Program.
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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.

Freddie Ross Miller


Freddie's death is reported by Jim Dodway '70



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