Cadet Obituaries

Format: 2020

Christopher Brent Lilly

1972
 

Per WV NEWS and Rex Tennant II

SALEM — Christopher Brent Lilly (GMS Class of 1972) passed away peacefully on April 29, 2020 at Salem Center.
A life-long resident of West Virginia, he was born on July 22, 1953, and grew up in the Huntington/Charleston area.
He graduated from Greenbrier Military School and attended West Virginia University.
He was the son of the late Dr. Donzie Lilly and Mary Catherine Persinger.

He enjoyed fly-fishing and climbing around the state, The Beatles, and taking his husky Stella to the park.
He is survived by his daughter, Kathrine; and wife, Lisa Lilly; and brothers, Donzie “Chip” Lilly, Michael Persinger and Sunny Persinger.
The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Salem Center, River Oaks, and Clarksburg Nursing and Rehab for their care and support.

Justin Boyd Harris

1944
 

Justin Boyd Harris, age 93, passed away on April 5, 2020, in Jacksonville Florida

He grew up in Media Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. His early years took him to Lewisburg West Virginia, far from home, for military school. He did not like this, but excelled. After graduation, and as WWII was continuing, he applied to and was accepted into the Navy's V-12 program - he wanted to be a pilot. As the Navy - not Boyd, as he was known to his family and friends - would decide where he would be educated, he spent one semester at U. of Pennsylvania, then one semester at Ursinus College. For sophomore year he was sent to Villanova (at that time still a college), and remained for the next three years. He met the spunky and talented Martha Foster while she was also a college student at West Chester State Teachers College. They were married in between his junior and senior year. While both sets of parents were horrified, believing their kids would never finish college after this, they both went on to graduate, Boyd finishing second in his class.

He began his professional career with Westinghouse Electric, where he found it not to his liking in the first year, quit and sold life insurance. After one year, he decided he did like Westinghouse after all and returned, remaining the next 41 years. His career took him from South Philadelphia to Kansas City to Pittsburgh to Jacksonville and finally ending in San Jose California. He had started out as a mechanical engineer working on gas turbine engines for aircraft, but Westinghouse found his talents better suited to organizing and numbers, and so encouraged him and helped him to become a "systems analyst." All the while with his "entourage" of a wife and child first, then three more children, to make a tribe of six. Believing that Jacksonville would be the best fit for him and his wife, he retired there and spent the final 30 years of his life in the city.

He enjoyed his time with the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, or "Jay Cee's" in the 1950's, traveling once in a caravan to the western states from Philly in his brand new 1954 Ford convertible. In the 1960's, as a devoted family man and wanting his sons to learn useful skills, he became involved first with "Indian Guides," and later the Boy Scouts, rising to the position of District Commissioner for the eastern District of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh). In the mid-60's his community figured it needed a pool. Boyd volunteered to design it, as his father had been an architect, and helped sell "shares" in the pool - memberships which helped raise money to build it - a novel idea at the time.

Boyd was predeceased in life by his loving wife of 56 years, Martha ("Marfy" as she was known to her friends), his son Jeffrey, his brother Nelson and his sister Marguerite.

He is survived by his second wife, Doreen, and three sons, Philip (Son Jeff and granddaughter), Kelly (wife Terri and children Ben and Kimberly), and Andrew (wife Therese and sons Christopher, Nicholas (wife Lexi) and Jonathan), Many thanks go out to Brookdale Senior Living facilities, who cared for Boyd in his final years, the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, the Right-At-Home Care Company, Community Hospice, and to his second wife Doreen.

Interment to be at Dignity Memorial Oaklawn Cemetery

Edward Salim Yarid

1941
 

EDWARD SALIM YARID, 97, of Lewisburg, passed away peacefully at the Peyton Hospice House on March 31, 2020.

He was born in Lewisburg, on Friday the 13th in December 1922 and, except for college, lived his entire life there. He was a devoted husband and a wonderful father and grandfather.

He attended high school at Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg and, after graduation, joined the Army where he trained in Hawaii during World War II.

After the war, he took advantage of the G.I. bill and graduated from West Virginia University, where he joined the Kappa Alpha Order. He then went to New York University for a Master's in business. He came back to Lewisburg to work with his mother and father at Yarid's Clothing Store.

In 1957, while on a trip to Miami, he met his soon to be wife, Joan Battah. After a long distance romance through the U.S. Postal System, they married in 1958 and he brought her back to Lewisburg. They had four children and settled into their life of family and retail.

Yarid's Department Store was a very important part of Eddie's life. He and his mother, Dora, were buyers for the ladies clothing, and his brother, Munir, was buyer for the men's clothing. They would travel to New York numerous times per year to bring back the latest fashions to the ladies of West Virginia.

Eddie loved Lewisburg and was a major contributor to the revitalization of the town. Eddie and Munir were one of the founding members of "Taste of Our Town" (TOOT) which became an instrumental fundraiser for Carnegie Hall.

He was also a member of the Greenbrier County Board of Education, a member of the Board of Directors for Davis and Elkins, an Elder and Deacon at Old Stone Presbyterian Church, and was awarded a Lifelong Member of the Lewisburg Rotary Club. In 2015, when the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine christened the Greenbrier Military School Museum, Eddie was celebrated as the oldest living member of GMS.

He loved WVU football and basketball and would proudly wear his WVU baseball cap during all his travels. On several occasions he would make new friends, as his baseball cap was a catalyst for conversations about his beloved West Virginia.

He held a special place in his heart for his caregivers, Angela Radford, Libby Kincaid, Sandy Alderman, and Beth Humphries. He also was extremely fond of his girls in the Yarid's Lewisburg location. After Eddie retired, he would visit them daily, take them the mail, and give them advice on the business.

Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Dora Yarid; his brother Munir; and his son, David.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Joan, and his three daughters, Dora OBrien (John), Katherine Juker (Tony), and Emilie Couch (Chris); his seven grandchildren, Jessica and Sean OBrien, Anthony and Sophia Juker, and Sam, Alex, and Rachel Couch; and his sister-in-law, Yvette.

There will be a memorial service when we are able to celebrate his life with all the glory he deserved and with all of the people he loved. We ask that everyone who has a special story about Eddie or their favorite memories of Yarid's to please share at info.yarids@gmail.com.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The David Yarid Scholarship Fund, c/o The Greenbrier County Schools Foundation, 400 N. Lee Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901; The Old Stone Presbyterian Church; or Peyton Hospice House in Lewisburg.

Thomas Jackson Blair III

1951
 

THOMAS JACKSON BLAIR III, 87, passed away on March 13, 2020, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, at Hubbard Hospice House deemed him ‘interim mayor and CEO’.

He was born in Weston, WV, on February 18, 1933, to the late Thomas Jackson Blair Jr. and Emma Harrison Davisson Blair. He was preceded in death by his sister, Anna Blair Curtis.

He was a graduate from Charleston High School, serving as class president Greenbrier Military School, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI), also serving as class president of 1955.

Tom never knew a stranger; everyone was his friend. He loved an audience and was never short on stories and jokes. He loved horseback riding, fishing, bike riding and playing games. He loved to spend time at the family farm of Annamede in Crawford, WV, with many friends and family; everyone was always welcome.

Tom was a civil servant in many capacities, making numerous contributions to his beloved state of West Virginia and alma mater, VPI. He served as a Commissioned Officer, U.S. Corps of Engineers in Charlottesville, Va. He started as a Project Engineer at Kelly Gidley, and Staub Inc., eventually becoming President and CEO of Kelley, Gidley, Blair and Wolfe, Inc. He was a registered Professional Civil and Environmental Engineer. His professional affiliations were many as were the numerous honorary recognitions!

He is survived by the love of his life, Irene Pearson Butcher Blair; Children, Julia Ann Blair Childers (William), Mary Elizabeth Blair, Carol Davisson Blair Lambdin (Rob), Thomas Jackson Blair IV (Cara) and Charles Thomas Butcher Blair, and numerous step-children and grandchildren.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at Frist Presbyterial Church at 2 o’clock on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

James Edward Roberts

1956
 

JAMES EDWARD ROBERTS ‘56

James Edward Roberts Jr. (aka Jim or Deak) age 80, died Thursday, January 2, 2020 in Surprise, Arizona. Born in Charleston, West Virginia, raised in Vienna, West Virginia, he had lived in Canton most of his life moving to Arizona in 2006.

Jim was a 1956 graduate of Greenbrier Military School, earned a BS from the University of North Alabama in 1960 and an MBA from The Ohio State University in 1980. He retired a Captain, after 24 years in the United States Naval Reserve. He was a former employee of Goodyear Industrial Products and Amoco Chemicals division of Standard Oil of Indiana and then started his own business, Jim Roberts Plastics.

He invented, patented, and marketed “Dish Scrubber”, the detergent-in-the-handle dishwashing tool used throughout the World. Jim served over 13 years in the Akron Public Schools (Central Hower High School) as a volunteer assisting his wheelchair-bound first wife, Mary Jane (Hudak) Roberts, who was afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis. She taught mathematics and computer science and preceded him in death. He was a life member of the Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association, The Military Officers Association of America, The Naval Reserve Association, Navy League of the United States, The Reserve Officers Association and a member of the United States LST/Amphibs Association, the Army-Navy Union, American Legion, AmVets, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Jim enjoyed writing poetry and composed over 450 poems. He also wrote a book on his travels with his daughter across Canada and Alaska.

Survived by his wife, Carol Miller-Roberts, daughter, MaryKathryn (Kevin) Zuza, all of Goodyear, Arizona, and sister, Susan Kathryn Travis of Kentucky. Also preceded in death by his parents, James Edward Roberts and Iva Kathryn (Mangus) Roberts.

SERVICES ARE PENDING. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 6155 Rockside Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44131 or Saint Sebastian Catholic Church Education Fund 500 Mull Ave, Akron, OH 44320.

Harry Wade Basham

1952
 

Harry Wade Basham ’50, a long time South Charleston resident and former Charleston businessman, passed away at his hoe on October 15, 2019, after a long illness.

Born on July 12, 1932, in Charleston, he was the son of the late Luther C. and Pearl Basham. He graduated from the Greenbrier Military Academy in 1950 where he played several sports. He served I the U.S. Army specializing in Army Intelligence. His entire career was spent as a employee the business owner of West Virginia Tractor Company, a successful business his father had started I 1936 where he worked with his three brothers, Calvin, Donald, and Burke, who preceded him.

He was also predeceased by his loving wife Donna Burgess Burton, who passed away in August, 1999.

Harry enjoyed outings with Donna and their friends at Kanawha Country Club and various trips and outings with the WV Contractors Association (which included his brothers and their wives). He enjoyed bowling but he was a avid golfer and he was good at it. Harry was a member of the Elks ad enjoyed that fraternal interaction until fairly recently.

Harry is survived by his biggest and best accomplishment, his family He is survived by a daughter, Debbie of South Charleston, and a son, Steve (Kathy) of Hamlin, as well as four grandchildren: Danny (Verna) of Louisville, KY, Kandace (Nick) Ansah of Hamlin, Jamie of Lewisburg, WV and Will (Amanda) of Milton, WV. He also leaves behind 11 great-grandchildren: Drew, Gabe, Nick, Noah, Bella, Nate, ayah Judah Tevah and Charlie as well as several special nieces and nephews and cousins.

A service to honor Harry will be held at 11a.m Saturday October 19 at Snodgrass Funeral Hoe South Charleston with Pastor Will Basha officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Memories of Harry may be shared by visiting sodgrass-funeral.com and selecting the obituary.

Oscar Wallace Frazer

1956
 

Oscar Wallace "Wally" Frazer III passed away peacefully at home in Granbury, TX on October 11, 2019 from natural causes. He was 81.

Wally was born on August 31, 1938 in Bluefield, WV to Oscar Wallace Frazer III and Emily Frances Dyer. After graduating from Greenbriar Military Academy, Wally entered the US Air Force, where he served for 20 years as pilot and flight instructor.

Wally earned many awards and medals, most notably the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Top Gun award. After flying 100 successful missions over North Vietnam in his F-105 Thunderchief fighter jet, he was allowed to come home to his family in San Antonio, TX. After retiring from both the US Air Force and a second career in electronics, Wally and his wife Betty spent their time fishing, restoring old boats, target shooting, and playing with their four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Wounded Warriors Foundation or charity of choice. Wally was preceded in death by his father Oscar and mother Emily Frances, brothers Hugh Frazer and Fred Frazer, sister Nancy Snodgrass, and son-in-law Mike Wilson. Wally is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Betty; daughters Laurie Moore (husband David) and Susan Wilson; grandchildren Sarah Wilson, Abigail Wilson, Noah Wilson (wife Sarah) and Lizzie Moore; great-grandsons Kellen Wilson and Nathaniel Steward.

Service: 11:15 a.m. Thursday in Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Wiley Funeral Home.

Viewing services will be held at Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury, TX on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm.

Graveside services will be at the DFW National Veterans' Cemetery in Fort Worth, TX on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 11:15am. The procession will be leaving the Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury at 9:00am.

Charles Randolph Bailey

1944
 

Charles Randolph "Tinker" Bailey, Sr. 93, of Mullens, passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019 at the VA Medical Center, Beckley.

Born January 15, 1926 at Mullens, he was the son of the late Walter Nash and Edna Mae (Hughes) Bailey.

Tinker was a lifelong resident of Mullens and active in his business, civic, social, and religious associations including the Mullens Masonic Lodge, Gideons, American Legion, and Mullens Area Chamber of Commerce.

Tinker attended Mullens Public Schools until transferring to, and graduating from Greenbrier Military School prior to joining the Army 88th Division "Blue Devils" returning from WWII he attended General Motors Institute in order to manage the family business, Mullens Motor Company. After closing the business in the mid-1980s he was an insurance agent until he took retirement on his beloved farm near Alderson, WV and continued to manage the dealership buildings as Bailey Apartments until his death. Although throughout his lifetime he attended Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist churches, he remained true to his Presbyterian beliefs all of his life.

In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by by his first wife, Janis Dooley Bailey and their only son, Charles R. Bailey, Jr.; three brothers, Donald P. Bailey, Ronald P. Bailey, and Nash "Babe" Bailey, Jr.; and his second wife, Barbara Kid Sikes Bailey, with whom he had no children.
Those left to cherish his memory include his only daughter, Dana Bailey Long.

Services will be 12 Noon, Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, Mullens with Rev. Sue Lowther and Pastor John Morgan officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

Members of the Mullens and Beckley Masonic Lodge will serve as pallbearers.

Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Wyoming County Honor Guard and Masonic graveside rites will be conducted by the Mullens Masonic Lodge #151 A.F. & A.M. and the Beckley Masonic Lodge #95 A.F. & A.M.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tankersleyfh.com.

The family of Charles "Tinker" Bailey is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

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William Frederick Kale

1963
 

William Frederick Kale, age 74, of Euclid, died on September 24, 2019. Bill was a man you could count on. He worked for the Cleveland Trust Company for 31 years through its incarnations as Ameritrust Society ad Key He married Bonita I 1966 ad stayed married to her till his death 52 years later. He was a hard-working s valued member of the Euclid Stamp Club, and also of the Friends of the Euclid Public Library for who he ran the twice-yearly book sale. More important, he was loving to his family and kind to everyone. He was a great guy and the world is poorer for his loss.

Bill ad Bonnie raised three children. Their life together wasn’t outwardly exciting – no safaris, no marathons – but deeply joyful and satisfying. They had and appreciated the extraordinarily good fortune of seeing their children grow up alive honest, and independent.

Bill is survived and sorely missed by his wife, Bonita; sons John (Sheila) and David (Kristen Higgins); daughter Sarah Merrell (Douglas); ad Grandchildren Thomas Kale and Branwen and Dierdre Merrell.

Memorial Service 11:00 a.m. on Saturday October 5, at Church of the Epiphany, 21000 Lake Shore Blvd., Euclid 44123

Edgar Allen Fleetwood, Jr.

1944
 

Edgar Allen Fleetwood, Jr.—known to his GMS friends as “Fleety— passed away peacefully in CharloBe, N.C. on September 24, 2019 from natural causes. He was 93.

Edgar was born on June 27, 1926, in Clarksburg, WV to Edgar Allen Fleetwood, Sr. and Fannie Harrison Fleetwood. After gradua›ng from Greenbriar Military School in 1944, Edgar aBended Duke University for a few months un›l he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force. He completed his training at Camp ABerbury in Indiana and was assigned to the 1537th AAF BU, serving in the Pacific Theater as a radio operator and gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress. He was sta›oned in Okinawa and the Japanese mainland.

Edgar logged many flights and was considered a very proficient radio operator. His most memorable missions were between Japan and the Philippines under the command of General Douglas McArthur. When he finished his service in 1946, Edgar, then a sergeant, returned to Duke University where he earned his degree in Chemical Engineering. After gradua›on he returned to his family home in West Virginia and con›nued his post-graduate educa›on at West Virginia Wesleyan University.

In 1950, “Fleety” met his soulmate, Shirley Jean Hunt at the Candy Kitchen in Weston, West Virginia, his mother’s hometown. They were married in 1951 at St. Patricks Church in Weston—a marriage that lasted almost 70 years! Edgar and Shirley had two children, Nancy Jean Fleetwood and Edgar Allen Fleetwood III.

Edgar’s career in chemical engineering opened challenging opportuni›es throughout the Southeast. He left Weston and joined the Celanese Corpora›on in Pearisburg, WV for several years and then was transferred to another Celanese plant in Rock Hill, SC, as Director of quality control. From there he joined a division of Dow Chemical Corpora›on, Dow Badische, in Williamsburg, VA. Having gained extensive experience in major U.S. manufacturing plants, Edgar was recruited by Voigt-England Chemical Company to broker large equipment contracts represen›ng European and U.S. manufacturers throughout the U.S. and Canada. He served as Vice President and in 1975 established his office in CharloBe, NC.

When he turned 65, Edgar “tried to re›re” but his re›rement only lasted a few months—a new challenge was on the horizon. As a veteran and a businessman, Edgar was approached to join the U.S. Small Business Administra›on in CharloBe as the Veterans Affairs Officer. For the next 20 years, Edgar worked with veterans who were leaving military service in North and South Carolina to help them establish small businesses. He loved his work with all of the vets and was credited with assis›ng many new careers for his fellow comrades. At 85 years old, Edgar re›red and was honored by the U.S. Small Business Administrator for his outstanding service.

Edgar and his wife Shirley were very involved in the Arts in CharloBe—they were regular leaders in the Carolina Opera Guild, the CharloBe Symphony and the Mint Museum. Edgar was a well-read historian of the U.S. involvement in wars both home and abroad. Throughout his life, Edgar loved listening and dancing to the Big Band sounds that he and his pals shared at GMS. He loved fishing and taking his children boa›ng and water skiing. Known as “Daddy Ed” to his grandchildren and 5 great-grandsons, they had so much fun exchanging an›cs and silly faces fueled by Daddy Ed’s contagious laughter.
His days at Greenbrier Military School were very special to Edgar. These guys became his most cherished life›me friends and he loved aBending reunions later in his life. He was so proud of his service in World War II and was a loyal contributor to the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. He lost several GMS
classmates in World War II. “Fleety” was always a bit “misty” when he visited the memorial or regaled his family with stories of his high school adventures at Greenbrier.

Edgar passed away on September 24th, just a liBle over a month after his beloved wife, Shirley. His memorial service was held at Christ Episcopal Church in CharloBe, N.C.—a tribute to his incredible life and service to his beloved country.

He is survived by his daughter Nancy Fleetwood Miller (James Forrest Miller) and son Edgar Allen Fleetwood III; granddaughters, Caroline Fleetwood Miller Withers (Christopher Murdoch Withers) and Kathleen Harrison Miller O’Gara (Grady Daniel O’Gara); grandsons Jack Christopher Withers, Camden James Withers, WyaB Fleetwood Withers, Rowan Patrick O’Gara, Miller Fleetwood O’Gara.

Edgar will be buried with Military Honors at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020, in Arlington Na›onal Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. His wife Shirley Hunt Fleetwood will also be buried with him.

Robert Victor Gamba

1956
 

Captain Robert Victor Gamba, 80, died peacefully September 18, 2019 with his family by his side. He leaves behind his wife of forty-six years Joanne; daughters Mary jo (Jack) Laurin Judianne (Ronald) Reynolds, Charlene (Raphael) Della Ratta, and Gina (Joshua) son Joh; twelve grandchildren He is predeceased by his parents, Annibale, ad Clara Gaba and sister Therann.

Bob was born in Ft Lauderdale Florida on January 22, 1939. The best days of his early years were spent o Kate’s Moutai in White Sulphur Springs West Virginia. He graduated from Greenbrier Military School in 1956, and enrolled in the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1960. He earned a degree International Affairs from George Washington University.

Highlights of Bob’s naval career include: tours o the USS Becuna, USS Ethan Allen, USS Salmon, and USS Wahoo, attendance at the Naval War College from 1969 to 1970, Aide to the Chief of Staff at Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT), Executive Officer for the USS Richmond K. Turner, Commanding Officer of the USS Miller attendance at the National War College from 1980-1981, Staff Position at the Pentagon Commanding Officer Fleet Combat Training Center Pacific. He ended his career as Commanding Officer of the Naval Station Annapolis, Bob retire as a Captain, USN I June 1990 having served thirty years.

After the military Bob entered the civilian work force and worked as Senior Vice President for Bullock Construction Inc. and as procurement officer for the State of Maryland
He et the love of his life Joanne Speer Ehlers, the widow of the late Ernie Spears (USNA ’59) during his tour at SACLANT. Joanne four young children who he adopted ad raised as his own. This was no small feat for a young bachelor. Their family grew to seven with the addition of their youngest daughter. No words ca express how grateful we feel for Bob entering our lives a husband and father.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, watching sports, traveling wine tasting storytelling, spending time with his family.

Whether a new acquittance or a lifetime fried Bob always made you feel exceptional. Through his career, Bob and Joanne established an extensive military family with who they shared many laughs, travels, and memories. This family loved and supported them throughout their years. The Gamba family will receive visitors at Hardesty Funeral Home at 2 Ridgely Avenue, Annapolis, MD, on Monday, October 4, from 6-8 PM. A celebration of Life ass will be held at the United States Naval Chapel followed immediately by internment at the USNA Columbarium on 5 October 209 @2:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Organization for Autism Research or American Cancer Society.

David Tinsley Kennedy III

1971
 

DAVID TINSLEY KENNEDY III, 66, of Charleston, W.Va., died July 31, 2019, after a decade-long battle with multiple myeloma.

Mr. Kennedy worked for the West Virginia Public Service Commission for 28 years. He was a dedicated worker who often came in on weekends and holidays to make up for work days lost due to chemotherapy. He worked up until the time he collapsed near the office on July 3rd. He was a lifelong Roman Catholic, a Democrat, and a lover of opera and choral music.

Mr. Kennedy was born January 11, 1953, in Richmond, Va., the son of the late David T. Kennedy Jr. and Jean Stephenson Kennedy. He grew up in Beckley and was a 1971 graduate of Greenbrier Military School. He graduated with a degree in political science from Randolph-Macon College in 1976. He also had a Master's Degree from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies.

He never married, but was a loving father figure to Lauren Reasor of Huntington, whom he called his "pseudo-daughter," who along with her mother, Cindy Franz, would nurse him through his final days.

To the surprise of his brothers, who never heard him sing a note as a child, Mr. Kennedy developed an interest in singing in middle age. He sang in the choir of the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, and with that group, once sang at the Vatican. He also sang with the West Virginia Symphony Chorus. His music opened up a new world of travel and friendships. In addition to travels to Europe, Mr. Kennedy would often travel to a large city to attend an opera. Mr. Kennedy's final days were much enhanced by the love, visits, prayers, calls, and concern of his fellow choristers. He was preceded in death by his fur companion, Murphy, who passed in 2007.

Mr. Kennedy is survived by two brothers, Thomas D. Kennedy (Rose) of Little Rock, Ark., and Michael F. Kennedy (Jeanne) of Roanoke, Va.; as well as nephews, Thomas Kennedy Jr. and Nicholas Kennedy (Tara), both of Dallas, Texas; and Leonard Kennedy and Lucas Kennedy of Roanoke.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 3, at The Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Charleston, W.Va., with The Very Rev. Father Donald X. Higgs officiating. Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley, W.Va.

The family will receive family and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 2, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, W.Va., with a rosary service at 6:30 p.m.

You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Delvord Eddy

1955
 

Del Eddy, 83, of Williamsburg, KY passed away at his home on Saturday, July 20, 2019. He was a native of Lexington, KY, and the son of the late Delvord Manning Eddy, Sr. and Mary (Rose) Eddy. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Sue (Davis) Eddy, and grandson, Benjamin Cade Shelton.

He is survived by his wife, Betty (Smith) Eddy of Williamsburg; daughters, Margueritte Williams (Fernie) of Lexington, KY, Della Shelton (Kevin) of Yorktown, VA, and Andrea Walters (Allen Freeman) of Williamsburg, KY; and three grandchildren, Kathryn Shelton, Tyler Banks, and Alexandra Freeman.

Del was a proud graduate of the Greenbrier Military School and a veteran of the US Air Force. He owned and operated the Royal Crown Bottling Company and the Whistle Stop Pizza Shop in Williamsburg. He was also an avid outdoorsman, craftsman, and blacksmith.

Cremation services are being provided by Croley Funeral Home of Williamsburg. A private service will be held at a later date at the Lexington Cemetery.

Michael Lynn McClung

1964
 

Michael Lynn McClung (January 3, 1947 - July 18, 2019) was the son of William Wilson and Leora Belle Spinks McClung. He was married to Karen Lee Coleman McClung. H was married to Karen Lee Coleman in 1968.

Born in Ronceverte, Mike grew up on Merry Hill Farm where his father was the farm manager. The McClung family were among the Greenbrier Valley's first settlers, establishing a farm in Williamsburg in 1785. Mike attended Lewisburg public schools and entered the Greenbrier Military School in his junior year, where he graduated in 1964 with honors for marksmanship. Mike the enrolled at West Virginia Tech in Montgomery, WV where he graduated with joint degrees in mathematics, physics and nuclear engineering.

After school, mike enrolled in General; Electrics' management program in Cincinnati, Ohio. He worked for General Electric through the Vietnam War where he led the production of jet engines for the military. Later, he oversaw the production of submarine engine systems and other technologies for the military. In 1976, Mike accepted a position with Colt industries in Beloit, Wisconsin as Superintendent of Large Engine Operation, producing back-up power for nuclear facilities, large engines for the maritime shipping industry, as well as hospital and city emergency power systems. Mike returned to Lewisburg in 1977 to become plant manager and Vice President of Appalachian Electronic Instruments.

Aside from his technical education and career, Mike was an outdoorsman and a farmer in his heart. He loved hunting, fishing, and most of all, farming. He took a lot of pride in the family farm, where he ran a top-quality herd of angus beef cattle. His appreciation of history was evident in his enjoyment of antiques and collectible cars.

Mike served on the Lewisburg City Council for 16 years, and also on the Greenbrier Public Service Commission. He served on the board of Gateway Industries Sheltered Workshop in Ronceverte. He was a longstanding member of the Elks, and a past president of both the Richlands Ruritans and the Meadow Mountain Hunt Club. He was proud to be a Son of the American Revolution. As a lifelong member of the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, Mike served as both a deacon and elder. He also served on the property committee overseeing the first renovations for the educational building.

He is preceded in death by his brother William Kent McClung. He is survived by his beloved wife Karen Lee, two sons, and five grandchildren. His younger son Kevin Howard has raised tow fine young men, Kyle Hunter and William Wilson Cody. His older son Michael Oliver and his wife Katya Kopaskie have three wonderful children, William Owen, Kelsey Lynn and Caroline Lynn and Caroline Nan.

Jesse O. Guills, Jr.

1964
 

Jesse O. Guills, Jr., 73, of Lewisburg passed away Friday, June 28, 2019 at CAMC Memorial Division, Charleston, WV.

Jesse was born June 5, 1946 in Bluefield, WV and was the son of the late Jesse O. Guills, Sr. and Grace Duncan Guills.

Jesse was an active member of the Lewisburg United Methodist Church, retired attorney at law, received his BS degree from WVU in 1968 and his JD degree from WVU Law School in 1971.

During 1971 and 1972 he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U. S. Army. Jesse was a WV State Senator serving from 2002 to 2010. He was Treasurer of the WV Chapter American Board of Trial Advocates, a member of the WV State Bar Association, served as Chairman of Greenbrier County Airport Authority, and was President of the Hollowell Foundation.

Preceding Jesse in death other than his parents were his sisters, Patricia Price and her husband, Bill, and Nancy Guills, as well as his beloved golden doodle, Sam.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children; Amy M. Guills and husband Jim “Hollywood” Savas of Santa Monica, CA, Patrick B. Guills and partner Becki Allen of Lewisburg and his children’s mother Karen F. Guills of Lewisburg; his granddaughter who was his pride and joy, Rhylynn P. Guills and Jesse’s companion Donna Ream, his dogs, Charlie and Gracie, as well as grand-dogs, Hank and Abe.

Funeral services with Military Honors for Jesse will be held Saturday July 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Lewisburg United Methodist Church, with Pastor Tim Halloran officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday, July 12, 2019 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations of sympathy be made to local EMS & Fire Departments.

William Nelson Page

 

William Nelson “Bill” Page. 97, of Marietta, Ohio, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at his home. He was born on March 17, 1922 in Chicago, IL, to the late Randolph Gilham Page and Frances (Hay) Page Earwood.
Bill Attended Greenbrier Military School and Graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. He served his country during WWII in the 8th Army Corps stationed in England from 1942 – 1945, and then graduated from Bowling Green Business School in 1947.
Bill worked for Klaus Office Equipment, Remington Rand, Diebold and retired from Kardex. He then worked for Peoples Bank as a courier and in the mail room until the age of 94. He was a member of Kiwanis, was head of Traffic Commission in Marietta for many years, but what he enjoyed most was spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn Klaus Page, whom he married on January 12, 1946; his faithful companion, Rocky Binkley; his step-father, Paul Bibb Earwood; and two brothers, Jim and Ranny Page.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 13, 2019 at the Marietta Chapel of Cawley and Peoples Funeral Home, with Joel Gaydos officiating. Burial will follow in East Lawn Park, with full military honors observed. Visitation will be on Saturday from 5 to 7p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

William Nelson Page

1942
 

William Nelson “Bill” Page, 97, of Marietta, Ohio, died peacefully Thursday, May 9, 2019 at his home. He was born on March 17, 1922 in Chicago, IL, to the late Randolph Gilham Page and Frances (Hay) page Earwood.

Bill attended Greenbrier military School and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. He served his country during WWII in the 8th Army Air Corps stationed in England from 1942 to 1945, and then graduate from Bowling Green Business School in 1947. Bill worked for Klaus Office Equipment, Remington Rand, Diebold and retired for Kardex. He then worked for Peoples Bank as a courier and in the mail room until age 94. He was a member of Kiwanis, was head of the traffic Commission in Marietta for many years, but what enjoyed most was spending time with his wife, Carolyn Klaus Page, whom he married on January 12, 1946; his faithful companion, Bow; son un law, Rocky Binkley; his stepfather, Paul Bibb Earwood; and two brothers , Jim and Ranny Page.

Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. on Monday May 13, 2019 at the Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral home, with Joel Gaydon officiating. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Park, with full military honors observed. Visitation will be on Saturday from 5 to 7p.m. and Sunday form 2 to 4p.m.
Donations may be directed to Strecker Cancer Center or the Humane Society of Ohio Valley

Max O'Rell Sessions, Jr.

1969
 

Max O'Rell Sessions Jr., passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Wake Forest Baptist Cancer Center on March 21, 2019. He was born in Winston-Salem on November 15, 1950 to Max O'Rell Sessions Sr. and Betty Morris Sessions. He was educated at Whitaker Elementary School, Wiley Middle School, Reynolds High School, Wake Forest University and UNC School of the Arts. Max worked at Sessions Specialty Company and was a member of Knollwood Baptist Church. Max had a strong affinity for the arts, especially film. He created some of his own productions and was steadfastly involved in promoting the appreciation of many film genres over the decades. He was a frequent volunteer at the RiverRun Film Festival. His quick wit and energetic spirit added a special spark to every occasion and will be greatly missed. Max was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother and his son, Wil Sessions (Paige) and grandsons Max and Marshall. Other survivors include his brothers Steve Sessions (Anne) and John Sessions (Lora), his sister Carol Hefner (Larry), nephews Ben Sessions, Trent Hefner, David Sessions, and Nathan Sessions and nieces Kate Sessions and Lilly Sessions, and many other family members who loved him dearly. The family would like to thank Felix Hairston and his team of caregivers and the staff on the 7th floor at Wake Forest Baptist Cancer Center for their compassion and attention. There will be a graveside service at 2:00 p.m. at Forsyth Memorial Park on Sunday, March 24 followed by visitation at the home of John and Lora Sessions, 349 Arbor Road, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Cancer Services, 3175 Maplewood Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, in memory of Max Sessions Jr. Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.

Harry Gustavus Shaffer

1944
 

Harry Gustavus "Gus" Shaffer, Jr., 93, of Daniels, W. Va., died March 9, 2019, at Woodlands Retirement Community in Huntington, W.Va.

He was born February 8, 1926, in Madison, W.Va., the son of the late Harry G. and Brookie Turley Shaffer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 67 years, Mary Lee Kenney Shaffer. Gus and Mary Lee were married on August 20, 1949, and their loving devotion to each other is an example to all who knew them. Throughout their marriage, they were each other's favorite companions. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Catherine Blair, Jane Johnson, and Margaret Frobase; and his brother, Winfield T. Shaffer; as well as an infant granddaughter, Margaret Palmer Shaffer.

Gus attended Scott High School and Greenbrier Military Academy and served in the Army Air Corps prior to enrolling at West Virginia University, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and Mountain Honorary. He supported the Scouts for many years, earning his Eagle Scout as a youth and the Silver Beaver award as an adult. He graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1950 and joined his father in the law firm, Shaffer & Shaffer, PLLC, where he practiced for the duration of his distinguished legal, business, and civic career. He was the mayor of Madison for 16 years, past president of the Madison Rotary Club, long-time Chairman of Boone National Bank, past president of the West Virginia State Bar, and a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
His many and varied interests are a reflection of his love of life, but his true passion was in serving Christ through service to others. He was a long-time member of Madison Baptist Church where he served in various leadership roles, but most importantly as a Sunday School teacher. Most recently, Gus and Mary Lee were members of the United Methodist Temple in Beckley, W.Va. He was certified by Stephen Ministries and provided one on one care to those who were hurting and struggling in life. He was a member of Gideons International, and Gus and Mary Lee travelled the entire country as active members of Habitat for Humanity.

Gus is survived by two daughters, Susan (Tom) Gilpin, of Huntington, W.Va., and Ann (Jim) Bunch, of Houston, Texas; and a son, Harry G. "Chip" Shaffer, III (Sarah) of Madison, W.Va. He was the beloved "Pop" to eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Jacob Bunch (April) of Houston, Texas, and their son Jackson; David Bunch (Shannon) of Chapel Hill, N.C., and their daughters, Sophia and Lilly; Katherine Gilpin Skahen (Martin) of Syracuse, N.Y., and their children Caroline and Charles; Andrew Gilpin (Allison Bean) of New York, N.Y.; Ann Gilpin Lentell (Ryan) of Natick, Mass., and their sons Thomas and James; Harry G. "Gus" Shaffer, IV, of Morgantown, W.Va.; Carl Shaffer (Lauren Gerchufsky) of Charleston, W.Va.; and William Palmer Shaffer, of Knoxville, Tenn.; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends who love and admire him.
His family wishes to acknowledge and thank Pam Sadzewicz who provided loving care to Mary Lee and Gus for many years and also the many caregivers including those of Hospice in his final days.

The family will receive friends and family beginning at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, March 13, in the sanctuary of the Madison Baptist Church, 426 Second Street, Madison, W.Va. The funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m., after the visitation, on Wednesday, at the church, with the Rev. Jim Butcher officiating.
Burial will follow at Boone Memorial Park in Madison. Handley Funeral Home in Danville is assisting the family. In thanksgiving for Gus's life and generous spirit, in lieu of flowers the family invites memorial contributions to the Shaffer Family Fund at the Boone County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 38, Madison, WV 25130.

Farris David Sayer

1954
 

Farris D. Sayer passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019, after a long illness. He was 83 years, the son of David F. Sayer and Zakia Sayer. He graduated from The Greenbrier Military School in 1954, and later from the Ohio State University. Owner of Sayer Brothers department stores throughout West Virginia.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marlene Nicholas, and brothers, David F. Sayer Jr. and Alex F. Sayer II.

Farris is survived by his sisters, Lorraine Ghareeb (Fauzy) and Christine Husson (Bruce), as well as his nephews and nieces, Nicky Nicholas, Jacqueline Mason (Jason), David Husson (Mindy), Jonathan Husson, Christin Husson, Alex Ghareeb (Amilia), and all his many great - nephews and great - nieces whom he loved.

He will be remembered as a wonderful brother, a devoted son, and a great Uncle. The family wishes to give special thanks to all of his loving caregivers who provided him great comfort.

The Funeral will be held at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, 3818 Venable Avenue, Charleston, WV 25304. Visitation will be on Friday, March 1, between 12 to 1 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Flowers may be sent to Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, 1118 Virginia Street E., Charleston, WV 25301.

In lieu of flowers, you may donate in memory of Farris to St. George Orthodox Cathedral, P.O. Box 2044, Charleston, West Virginia 25327 or Village Chapel Presbyterian Church.

The family appreciates your prayers and support.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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Richar Morgan McCoy

1957
 

Richard Morgan McCoy, 79, of Washington, WV, passed away December 26, 2018.
He was born October 5, 1939, in Jackson County, WV, the son of the late James Vernon McCoy White.
Richard was a 1957 graduate of Greenbrier Military School and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He retired from GE Plastics after 33 years of service.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years Barbara J. Fox McCoy; his four children, Jeffrey McCoy (Janet) of Washington, WV, Kimberly McCoy of Parkersburg, WV, Christopher McCoy (Missy) of Madison, MS., and Melissa Higgins (James) of Washington, WV; his sister, Ann Lovern (Ken) of Jonesboro, AR; five grandchildren, Phillip McCoy (Julie), Eric McCoy (Brittany), Bree McCoy (Tyler), Michael McCoy (Nikki) and Joseph Higgins; and seven great-grandchildren, Ryleigh, Levi, Henry, Otto, Payden, Jackson and Owen.
In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his twin brother, David Shelley McCoy.
Graveside services will be held at 1p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018 at Ravenswood Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Funeral services will follow at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home in South Parkersburg, WV.

John Alan McBane

1958
 

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Philip Lee Mclaughlin

1958
 

PHILIP LEE MCLAUGHLIN 1940 - 2018

Philip Lee McLaughlin sr. was met on Sunday, November 11, 2018, by hi Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” Mclaughlin Walton, and other family and friends who have gone before him. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
He was born on June 28, 1940, to Andrew W. and Dorothy McLaughlin.
Philip is survived by his wife, Paula; son Philip L. McLaughlin Jr. (Sherry); daughter Jody Hammond (David); son, Chris Baker (Carin); son-in-law. Don Walton; Sisters Alice McKnight and June Strader (John), He was “Bog Dog” to 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Philip leaves a great business and civic legacy to the Greenbrier Valley and the state of West Virginia. He served as president and chief executive officer and director of Greenbrier Valley national Bank from 1971 to 1993. In 1993, Greenbrier Valley National Bank merged into Horizon Bancorp, expanding the company’s market area to include Raleigh, Summers, Pocahontas and Greenbrier Counties.
Philip served as the president and chief operating officer and as a director of Horizon Bancorp Inc. from 1993 until 1998, when Horizon Bancorp merged into City Holding Company and the Greenbrier Valley Bank merged into City National Bank, creating one of West Virginia’s largest banking organizations, operating 59 branches in 1999. As the culmination of the merger of Horizon and City, Philip became chairman of the combined company.
He retired from active management of City and stepped down from the position as chairman in 2002, but remained on City’s Board until 2015. He served as a Federal Reserve Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond for three hears under Alan Greenspan, one year as Chairman.
He was the president of the West Virginia Banker’s Association from 1988 – 1989. His very first job was as a paper boy for the Charleston Gazette. Philip served as treasurer of the Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association until 2012.
He was a member of Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Lewisburg and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a lifelong member and served as Deacon, Elder and Trustee od Old Stone Presbyterian Church. He was also a long-time member of the Lewisburg Elk B.P.O.E. One of his most special civic accomplishments was the founding of Boy Scout Troop 248. Philip was involved in numerous charitable organizations, and the s\essence of his life was to serve others.
Philip received his bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from William and Mary University and completed the Stonier Graduate School of Banking program at Rutgers University. He oved to tell jokes, sometimes the same ones to the same people. As far as he was concerned, he was a master golfer, hunter and fisherman. He treasured his ’39 Ford Coupe and his camp on the river. His advice to everyone, especially his kids, “Stay within the due bounds of a lady or gentleman.” He was genuine class, through and through.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg at 11a.m., with a Celebration of Life gathering at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Center immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Elizabeth McLaughlin Walton Fund for CASA, establisher in 2012, which supports CASA of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of WV and their advocacy work on behalf of abused and neglected children. Mail donations to the Greater Greenbrier Valley Foundation, P.O. Box 1682, Lewisburg, WV 24901.
Send online condolences by visiting www.wallace and WallaceFH.com,.
Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements

William Isbister

1952
 

Rotary Foundation. He previously served as Moderator of the Presbytery of Milwaukee. He was a member of the University Club of Milwaukee and served on the boards of the Wisconsin Council on Economic Education, Asset Builders of America, and Juniper and Canticle Courts of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. He served as President of the Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association and was recently named "Mr. Greenbrier" for his many years of service to the organization. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 13th between 4:00PM and 7:00PM at the funeral home.

The funeral service will be on Wednesday, November 14th at 11:00AM at Community United Methodist Church (14700 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove). Interment will follow at Wisconsin Memorial Park with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to GMSAA (Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association) Leadership Scholarship Fund, PO Box 922, Lewisburg, WV 24901; the Brookfield Rotary Foundation, PO Box 1014, Brookfield, WI 53008-1014; Community United Methodist Church, Elm Grove, WI; or the charity of your choice.

Laurence Higgins

1959
 

Laurence "Larry" Higgins, 78, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2018, with family at his side. He was born to Irene and Joseph Higgins on august 14, 1940 in Elizabeth, NJ.
Larry was a Civil Engineer , graduate from Greenbrier military School and University of Missouri. He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and still kept in contact with many of his fraternity brothers.

He moved to Jacksonville in 1948 as the Project Manager in charge of constructing the cooling towers for the JEA Power Plant on Blount Island. He then worked for the City of Atlantic Beach as the Residential Building Inspector, a job he truly loved.

He is survived by his siblings: Maureen (Dave) , Ned, Pat, (Susan), Jodi, Jake and Meg; 15 nieces and nephews and many cousins; two loving daughter Jennifer and (Bobby) Scott and jane Higgins; two grandchildren, Ryan and Lindsey.

Larry has been described as a loyal friend, a tremendous football player (in his day) and he had a personality that could charm anyone, when he wanted to!

A memorial service will be held on December 1, 2018 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 435 1st Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach at 11:30 am. A Gathering at the Family life Center will follow to celebrate his life.

Joseph J. Devine Jr.

1955
 

Joseph J. Devine Jr., age 82, peacefully passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Beloved husband of Annette Devine for 61 years; loving father of Jeffrey (Jeff Watson) Devine and the late Brian (Jennifer – surviving) Devine; proud grandfather of Kristin and Dr. Danielle Devine; brother of the late Thomas (Corann – surviving) Devine and Albert (Jeanne – surviving) Devine.; brother-in-law of JoAnn (Jerry) Maier and the late Mary Rovilea; son of the late Joseph and Margaret Devine, Sr.; also survived by many loving nieces nephews, and great nieces nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Joseph was a man who always liked to keep busy, whether at work or at home. He was known as being a handyman, being able to fix or build anything. Most of all, Joseph’s light of his life was his family. He always put his family’s want and needs before himself. He enjoyed being vice president of the band boosters and coach for his sons growing up and also being a coach for his granddaughters’ sports team. Joseph was always so proud of his family, he loved to talk about his sons and granddaughters to anyone who would listen.

Funeral arrangements by Beinhauers. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, 10am in St. Benedict the Abbot Church.

Raymond Hanger Dunlap

1960
 

Raymond "Hank/Ray" Hanger Dunlap of Madisonville, KY, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson, KY.

He was born April 11,1940, in South Chareston, WV, to Keith Alderson and Mary Ann Dunn Dunlap.

He attended Greenbrier Military School. He served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper. He lived most of his life in Tennessee and Kentucky. He worked for the TVA in Ten Mile, TN, for 10 years to help build the Watts Bar Nuclear Reactor. He later was employed by the Iron Workers #103 in Evansville, IN, from which he retired.

Mr. Dunlap was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Rizpah Shrine. He loved to hunt, was an avid fisherman, and loved to read western novels, especially Louis L'Amour.

In addition to his parens, Mr. Dunlap was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Strader Dunlap.

He is survived by two sons, Raymond Dunlap Jr. and Keith Dunlap, and one daughter, Mary Hughes, all of Madisonville; and one sister, Keith Ann Dunlap Alexander of Clemmons, NC. He also had multiple grandchildren and stepchildren.

Mr. Dunlap had resided at the Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson, since September 2013.

A graveside service at Rosewood Cemetery in Lewisburg will be held at a later date.

McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete at this time.

Obituary originally published in the October 12, 2018 edition of The
West Virginia Daily News.

Forrest Stephen Jones

1965
 

Notification from the family has been received that Forrest Stephen jones did September 16, 2018 in Summersville, WV.

No further details are available at this time.

Donald S. Eyman

1948
 

Donald's wife has informed the Association of Don's passing

William Thomas "Coach" Kern

1965
 

WILLIAM THOMAS “COACH” KERNS ’65
9/11/1946 -8/8/2018
William Thomas “Coach” Kerns ’65, Age 71, of Bridgeport, entered into Eternal Rest unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. He was born in Clarksburg on September 11, 1946, a son of the late Robert and Marjorie (Newbrough) Kerns.

Coach is survived y his loving wife of 20 years, Sue Kerns, and his son Matt Kerns and his wife Natalie of Athens, GA; his grandsons, Nathen “Dutch” Kerns and Tyson “Ty” Kerns , both of Athens, GA; a step-daughter , Melisa Kennedy and her husband Bill of Orlando, FL; and step-daughter , Melisa Kennedy and her husband Bill of Orlando, FL; and a step-granddaughter Emily Kennedy of Orlando, FL; his sister Beth Clifton and her husband Chuck of Flemington; and several nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Becky Bowen, his brother-in-law Bill Bowen, and nephews Gregory Mills and Jason Brown.

Coach Kerns graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1964, Greenbrier Military School in 1965, and then entered WVU with a full track scholarship. He not only set many university track records, he also served as co-captain of the track team in 1968-69. He also played freshman basketball was a member and an officer of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and eventually graduated with both a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree in Education.

Bill was first employed in Berkeley County at Martinsburg High School as a teacher, assistant track coach and basketball coach where he worked with lifelong friend, Head Coach Bob Hummell. After spending five years (1970 – 1975) at Martinsburg, he was offered the Head Basketball and Track coaching positions in Harrison County at Bridgeport High School. Bill taught and coached at his alma mater for the next 30 years. He was truly enjoying life after retiring from coaching basketball in 1993 and then, teaching in 2005. He loved his school and his players.

While coaching the sport he cherished, basketball, he and his teams’ accomplishments were many. his teams’ accomplishments were many. After Qualifying for six state tournaments in his last 10 years, Bridgeport finally won the school’s first State Basketball Championship in 1993. Along the way his teams numerous County, Big 10, sectional, and Regional Championships. Also, in 1991, his team was the first in Bridgeport history to go undefeated in the regular season at 24-0. Coach Kerns always considered it a privilege to coach at his alma mater, coach the sport he loved so much, and to be able to work with all the great student-athletes through the years from 1970 -1993. He was selected “West Virginia Retired Coach of the Year in 2016 by the West Virginia Secondary Coaches Association. He was presented this award at the State Basketball Tournament in Charleston.

Bill will be greatly missed by his soulmate and loving wife, devoted son and his family, compassionate sister, nephews and friends