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Bruce Richard McGinnis

1963

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

1942

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 www.basagic.com. 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.

Edward Blaine Phillips

1946

Edward Blaine Phillips '46, of Lewisburg, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at his home. Born October 26, 1927, in Greenbrier County, he was the son of the late Edward Thomas Philips and Thelma J. Williams Phillips.

Ed graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg and was a United States Army Veteran, having served in the Korean War. He graduated from WVU with an engineering degree and worked briefly for DuPont in Charleston, WV, before returning to Lewisburg to work with Capital Finance. Then in 1963, he became owner of the Greenbrier Insurance Agency and in 1971, he bought Stuart and Watts Real Estate. He was a member and past exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge and served on the original Greenbrier County Planning Commission.

He was married to Marion Collins and is survived by their two children, Edward Blaine Phillips II and wife Barbara, of Lewisburg and Marilyn Fraser and husband , Simon, of Hilton Head , SC; four grandchildren , Erica Brown of Lewisburg, Andrew Fraser of Nashville, TN, Alex Fraser of Washington, DC and Ben Fraser of Savannah, GA; and one great grandson, Landon Brown. He was later married to Andrea McClung McCall.

Morgan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Walter David Haught

1956

Walter David “Chick” Haught ’56, died March 21, 2015 in Huntsville AL at the home of his eldest son. He was born January 8, 1938, the son of Mr. & Mrs. W. Fred Haught in Huntington, WV. He was known as “Chick to his close friends and David to his business acquaintances.

After graduating from Greenbrier Military School in 1955, he returned to GMS for a post graduate year before entering Georgia Tech, earning a degree in Industrial Engineering and worked for Alcoa Packaging and Machinery in Inglewood, CO, but traveled the world for business and pleasure.

Chick and his wife Patti (Barker)had five (5) children, 2 boys with three daughters in between. After retiring from Alcoa, they retired to Florida during the winter and to the mountains of North Carolina for the hottest months. He has three (3) brother in the Huntington WV area.

Chick enjoyed most sports, especially golf, entering many tournaments and playing with friends on a regular basis.

Claude V. Seacrist

1946

Claude V. Seacrist Claude V. Seacrist, 87, of St. Albans, passed away March 11, 2015 at Thomas Hospital after a short illness.Born Feb. 23, 1928 in Whittaker, he was the son of Arthur and Lula Branham Seacrist. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Wilma; devoted daughter, Carol Seacrist; brothers, Rutfort, Roy, Russell, Romie, Bill, Ray and Ronald; and sisters, Virginia, Pansy and Genalista.Claude attended Greenbrier Military School and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II of the occupation troops. Also, he attended Morris Harvey University and retired from Columbia Gas Transmission with 33 years of service.He is survived by daughter, Cindy Seacrist of St. Albans; son, Carl Seacrist and his wife, Debbie; grandchildren, Lindsey and Brandon, all of St. Albans; and brother, Rudy Seacrist of Charleston.Celebration of Claude's life will be noon Saturday, March 14, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Pastor Michael Craigo officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, with military graveside rites conducted by St. Albans VFW 6418 and American Legion Post 73.Gathering of family and friends will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, also at the funeral home.

Robert Burns Campbell

1944

Robert Burns “Bob” Campbell passed away Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Summersville Regional Medical Center at the age of 89.

He was the son of the late Eugene L. and Edna Groves Campbell. Being civic minded, Bob served on many community committees and projects. In 1988, he retired as President of Peerless Eagle Coal Company after working there thirty-six years.
Surviving is his wife, Ann Murphy Campbell; daughter, Martha Larkin (Richard); son, Robert B. Campbell Jr.; and sister, Carolyn Hoffman.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Memorial United Methodist Church at Summersville with Revs. David Lancaster and Gene Campbell officiating. Interment will follow in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville.

Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 12 noon until time of services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to: Memorial United Methodist Church 1317 Webster Road Summersville, WV 26651.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitef
Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Thomas Lee Morris

1964

It is with a very heavy heart I have to inform you that Thomas Lee Morris Class of 1964 died on January 31, 2015.

My sweet darling husband of over 46 years died suddenly at our home in Florida. I just received the lasted Alumni Record and saw where you listed those who had passed the previous year and know he would like to have his name included next year. While he did not attend the reunions he talked very fondly of GMS.

If you need any additional information plea let me know.

Pat Morris
941-773-0330
tlphmorris@gmail.com

James Edward "Jirimiah" Conkle

1960

Family has reported Jirimiah's death. No details are available.

John L. Weppler

1959

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS — John L. Weppler, age 74, of Conneaut, Ohio, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 13, 2015, at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, following a two-month illness.
He was born March 26, 1940, in Conneaut, the son of Ernest L. and Mary Virginia (Fisk) Weppler. John was a 1959 graduate of Greenbrier Military School.
He began his career as a heavy equipment operator and retired after nearly 30 years as a supervisor at M.F.G. He was a confirmed Episcopalian and was a member of the Conneaut Lions Club, the Conneaut Elks Club, the Conneaut Lighthouse Cruisers, and was also a member of the former Conneaut Jaycees. He enjoyed showing his 1958 Ford convertible, model railroading, and watching Nascar racing. He was also an avid Ohio State football fan. John also enjoyed golfing and played in the Senior Golf League at Village Green.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie (Chadwick) Weppler whom he married July 28, 1962; daughter, Christine Fernandes of Dublin, Ohio; son, John L. “Jay” Weppler Jr. of Cincinnati, Ohio; a grandson, Zachary Fernandes a student at Ohio University; two sisters, Caroline (John) Palo and Sarah (Lou) DePlacido, both of Conneaut; and nieces, nephews and more distant relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Thomas Weppler; and a nephew, Ricky DePlacido.
Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 17th, at MARCY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, with Nancy Guthrie, pastoral assistant at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Kingsville, Ohio.
Calling Hours will be at the Funeral Home on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., and also Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of Service. The Lions Club will conduct Memorial Services at 5:45 p.m. on Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to East Conneaut Firefighters Association or the Conneaut Railroad Museum. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Charles K. "Todd" Ford

1946

Charles K. "Todd" Ford
Oct. 25, 1928 - Jan. 2, 2015
Charles K. Todd Ford, 86, of Lewisburg died Friday, January 2 at the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center. Mr. Ford was educated in the Lewisburg schools, Greenbrier Military School, WVU and at R.P.I. in Richmond, VA. During the Korean War he was a tank commander on the front lines for over a year. Mr. Ford worked as an office engineer for the WV Dept. of Highways for many years.

Survivors are wife, Julia and a brother, Richard E. Ford and wife Sally of Lewisburg, daughters Charlotte Glass and husband David of St. Augustine, Fl, and Sarah Holliday and husband Roger of Lewisburg. Grandchildren and loved ones are Christopher Glass and Melllisa Espinet, Julie and Michael Gropper, Matthew Holliday and Lauran Shafer and Laura Holliday.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St James' Episcopal Church, 218 Church St., Lewisburg, WV 24901 or the Greenbrier County Humane Society, 151 Holliday Lane, Lewisburg, WV, 24901.

Services will be at St James' Episcopal Church on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Mister Josh Saxe officiating. The family will host a reception immediately following.

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