Cadet Obituaries

Format: 2019

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.

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.

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.

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

James J. Spanos

1956
 

James J. Spanos age 79 of Mt. Lebanon passed away peacefully Thursday, August 2, 2018.
Born on August 30, 1938 in Pittsburgh, son of the late John and Jenova (Kaites) Spanos, James was a student at Greenbriar Military School and graduated from West Virginia University. He retired from Sales Management and marketing in 1999. James was loved by everyone at Holy Cross Orthodox Church, where he served on the Parish Council and was a board member of the T.H.E.O.S School. He is most known for his dedication and work ethic with the the annual Holy Cross Food Festival. He was a recipient of the St. Photios Award in 2018 for his dedication to Holy Cross.
James was a loving husband of Regina (Skarvelis) Spanos for over 56 years, beloved father of John (Julie) Spanos of Mechanicsburg, PA and Nick (Jennifer) Spanos of Venetia, PA; cherished Papou of James (Samantha) Spanos, Andrew Spanos, Anastasia Spanos and Madeline Spanos; dear Big Papou of Audriana Spanos. Also surviving an Uncle, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Family & Friends are welcome Monday, August 6, 2018 from 4-9 pm at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 123 Gilkeson Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15228. A Trisaigon Service will be held at 7 pm. Additional visitation will be held Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 10:00 am followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church. Internment at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery will follow.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Holy Cross Agape Fund.

Roy M. Blizzard, Jr.

1954
 

Roy M. Blizzard Jr., 83, passed away peacefully at his home on July 23, 2018. He was born on February 9, 1935, in South Charleston, the first son of Roy M. Blizzard Sr. and Lillian Thompson Blizzard.

Roy attended Woodrow Wilson Junior High School and graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1953. After high school, Roy attended Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg for post graduate studies before going on to attend West Virginia University on a football scholarship. Roy met and married his partner, best friend and the love of his life, Mary Elizabeth Summers, with whom he was blessed to have celebrated over 60 years of marriage. Together, they pursued their careers in education while raising their young family. Roy received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Physical Education from Morris Harvey College, a Master of Arts in Special Education from Marshall University and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. Roy always credited Mary with getting him through his doctoral program by editing and typing his papers and dissertation.

Roy's career in education and school facilities planning spanned over 50 years. He was first and foremost a teacher and coach. Early in his career, he shared his talents with his students at DuPont and Nitro High Schools and Glenville State College. After teaching, he went on to work for the West Virginia Department of Education, where he retired after 20 years of service as the Director of School Facilities Planning. After retiring from service with the West Virginia Department of Education, Roy moved to Asheville, NC, where he worked for the Buncombe County School System for ten years and retired as the Director of Planning, Maintenance and Plant Operations. After retiring from public service for the second time, Roy returned to his beloved West Virginia and formed the Southeastern Planning Group which developed master facility plans and educational specifications for new construction for 16 counties. Many new schools in West Virginia were influenced by his planning.

Roy was a devoted and loving father. Through example, he taught his children how to work hard. Growing up, most days you could find his boys working with him side by side cutting firewood on the family farm in Elkview. He was known for his firewood business and supplied many Charleston area families with wood each winter. Roy was also an avid grouse hunter. He took his children with him hunting where he instilled in them a love of everything about West Virginia. Those hunting trips were more about imparting life's lessons and bonding with his children than bird count. Roy could always be found at all his children's high school sporting events rooting them on.

Later in life, Roy and Mary returned to their Elkview farm which became a hub for many summer adventures and holiday gatherings with his children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Edsel Blizzard. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Summers Blizzard, and their son Mark R. Blizzard and Sherrie, son Stephan H. Blizzard and his children Braxton and Stephanie, son Roy M. Blizzard, his wife Tina Pappas Blizzard and their children, Mary, John, Roy, and Emily and daughter Melissa Blizzard Brown, her husband Earl Brown and their children Rowan and Lucinda. Survivors also include his son Doug Blizzard and his sons Garrett, Colton, Dylan and Dakota; older sister Mary Lucille Motley and his younger brother Dudley Blizzard.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 27, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston, with Chaplain Pete Thompson officiating.

The family would like to recognize HospiceCare for the love and care they provided to Roy.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Thomas E. Stepp

1958
 

1940-2018
Thomas E. Stepp, 77, of San Ramon, CA passed away peacefully at San Ramon Regional Medical Center due to complications from Alzheimer's. He was born on August 15, 1940, in Welch, West Virginia to Clarence and Sophia (Gorchick) Stepp.

Tom was an incredible athlete playing both football and baseball in High School. He went on to play baseball at West Virginia University where he served as Captain of the WVU baseball team his junior and senior seasons. He signed a contract with the New York Mets and played in the New York-Penn League until a broken ankle prompted his retirement from baseball. He then started his successful 35 year career with Shell Oil Company.

Tom was an avid sports fan. He loved going to Rockets and Astros games. On weekends, he was always traveling to high school football games, watching college/pro football games, fishing on Lake Conroe or on the golf course with his children or friends.

He loved coaching and was regarded as one of the top youth baseball coaches in Houston. He had a talent for choosing players, placing them in the correct position and helping them reach their full potential.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 45 years, Shirley Jean Stepp. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Tom and Mechele Stepp and grandson Michael of Sugarland, TX; daughter and son-in-law Kristie & Kevin Rouse of San Ramon, CA. He is also survived by his brother Bill Stepp, sisters Cheryl (Tim) Barnes and Peggy (Kevin) Graham and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.

Published in the Houston Chronicle on July 19th, 2018.

Joseph A. Mendez

1952
 

Joseph A. Mendez, 86, of Cogan Station, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at The Gatehouse in Williamsport.

Joseph was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 14, 1932 to the late Antonio and Dolores (Bollada) Mendez. After graduating from Greenbrier Military School in 1952, Joseph went on to serve his country in the United States Army. When he returned, he started working for Bethlehem Steel where he was the president of the union. He helped with the transition from Bethlehem Steel to Williamsport Wire and Rope. After 28 years, he retired from Williamsport Wire and Rope.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. Joseph was also a lifetime member of the Harmonia Club and the VFW. Joseph was an avid sports fan. He loved to play and officiate. He followed nearly all sports. Joseph was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was a hard worker and a humble man.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Mendez, two sons, Stephen Mendez of Cogan Station, and Brian Mendez of Northampton, and one grandson, Joshua Mendez of Northampton.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Friends and family are invited to come and share at a reception on Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 PM in Joseph’s honor at the Harmonia Club at 332 E. Seventh St., Williamsport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joseph’s name may be made to The Gatehouse at 1100 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements are entrusted to Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, Williamsport.

To leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.jamesmaneval.com.

Samuel M. Hudson II

1949
 

Samuel M. Hudson II, 88, passed away Monday, June 25, 2018, in Parkersburg, WV, with his wife of 65 years at his side.

He was born in Marysville, TN and graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV. Sam was a businessman and entrepreneur. His career included owning a meat loscker business, managing road construction in Texas, working for the family business, Red Head oil and Gas, working in property acquisition for Ashland Oil , owner and operator of HUDCO, Hudson Petroleum Company and HUDCO Tire Service. His hobbies included farming, raising Angus cattle land development, piloting small planes, traveling, playing bridge and Rotary. He was a longtime member of Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg. Sam lived in Lewisburg in his youth and retirement, also residing through the years in Cleveland and Canton, Ohio, and San Marcus, TX, and raising his family in Wooster, OH.

Sam is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Hellen Hudson; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Hudson
He is survived by his wife, Dr. Tate Hudson; sister, Helen Stabler; children, Walter Hudson, Samuel Hudson III (Cynthia, Laura Warren (Terry) and William Hudson (Cindy); grandchildren, Natalie Warren (Dan Patterson) Caroline Meyer (Anthony) , Michael Hudson, Daniel Hudson, Samuel Hudson IV, Claire Hudson and Catherine Hudson; great-granddaughters, Harper Patterson and Madison Meyer; many nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Dudley Flanders; sister-in-law Charlotte Hobson; and his faithful dog, Alice.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following: Lewisburg Rotary Club Foundation, Dam's House of Hope, University of Southern Mississippi Foundation and Jennifer Hudson Memorial Nursing Annual Scholarship.

David Farris Sayer, Jr.

1956
 

David F. Sayer Jr. of Charleston, formerly of Logan, passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2018, of natural causes. He was 80 years old, the son of David F. Sayer and Zakia Sayer. He graduated from The Greenbrier Military School and Ohio State University. He was Co-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 brother, Alex F. Sayer II. David is survived by his brother, Farris D. Sayer; 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 dearly loved.

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

Funeral service will be noon Wednesday, June 6, at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, 3818 Venable Avenue, Charleston, WV 25304. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Flowers may be sent to Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, 1118 Virginia Street E., Charleston, WV 25301. Or you may donate in memory of David to St. George Orthodox Cathedral, P.O. Box 2044, Charleston, WV 25327 or Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, 3818 Venable Avenue, Charleston, WV 25304.
The family appreciates your prayers and support.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
obituary: CHARLESTON GAZETTE MAIL, JUNE 3, 2018

James Russell Young

1958
 

James Russell "Jim" Young, born on August 9, 1939, in Richwood, WV, to James Stillman and Evalena Rader Young, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

He graduated from Richwood High School in 1957, where he was an excellent and popular student. He was selected to Boys State and many other awards and honors. He excelled in athletics, especially football and basketball. After graduation, he attended Greenbrier Military School, Class of 1958, on a basketball scholarship, followed by a basketball scholarship to William and Mary College. He followed that by serving in the United States Marine Corps.

Jim Young played in the renowned Charleston Basketball Summer League where he made the All-Star team and played with such famous players as Jerry West, Chris Smith, Gary Justice, Bob Ayersman and Rod Thorn. Jim obtained his Master's degree from Marshall University. He became a Professor of Geography at Fairmont State College where he was extremely liked and respected by his students and colleagues. He served on the Fairmont State Athletic Board including Director of the Board several times. He was offered an assistant coaching position by basketball head coach Joe Retton, but turned it down to remain in teaching. He did however serve in team/player scouting and player evaluation. He retired from Fairmont State after 49 years of teaching.

Jim's knowledge about sports was encyclopedic and he would often call radio shows. He greatly enjoyed going to local meetings of the Legends and tirelessly travelling to local and ACC football and basketball games.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carolyn Ramsey Young; his son, Stefan Kristoph Young and wife, Swathi Young; grandson, Krishna Young, who was his pride and joy; his brother, William Stillman Young of Alabama and his wife Charlotte and nephew, Randy Young. He will be missed by Dave Gillispie, Gary Justice, John Stewart, Jack Wright, Frank Gardinia and so many other dear friends. He will also be missed by his pets; Greta, Samantha and Sasha.

Special thanks to HospiceCare and to all those who helped make this time easier and his life more exciting.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday May 19, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans. The funeral service will follow at noon at the funeral home.

Entombment will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

The family encourages that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W, Charleston, WV 25387.

You may share memories of Jim on his tribute page by visiting ChapmanFuneralHomes.com.

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, WV, is honored to serve the Young family.

Thomas Dawson Canby

1946
 

Thomas Dawson Canby 90, formerly of Glen Mill, PA., son of George Rust Canby and Ann Elizabeth Dawson Canby, passed away on May 15, 2018 following a short illness. He is a descendant of Thomas Canby who settled in New Hope, Pa. in 1682, and on his mother’s side, he is a descendant of Robert Peter, the first mayor of Georgetown, Washington, DC. In the last phase of his life, the hospice and nursing staff commented on his calm and polite demeanor which was consistent with how he lived his life.
Tom grew up on the family farm in Montgomery County, Maryland. He was valedictorian of the 1946 class at Greenbrier Military School in West Virginia. In 1950, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree with honors from the Glenn L. Martin School of Engineering and Aeronautical Sciences at the University of Maryland. In June, 1952, he graduated with a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Tom started his career with Dupont Nemours in Buffalo, NY. He was transferred to Memphis, Tennessee, and then to Baytown, Texas, prior to working many years in Wilmington, Delaware. After his retirement from DuPont in 1985, Tom and his wife Marge continued to reside near Chadds-Ford, Pa.
Tom enjoyed life’s experiences during his retirement years. He participated actively in the Delaware Photographic Society and his pursuit of perfection resulted in may photos being recognized and received awards in juried contests. Tom’s love of photography also resulted in publication of a coffee table size book, Brown Bears at Brooks River. He greatly appreciated the photographic services provided by Colorworks in Washington, Delaware. tom took additional award-winning photographs while soaring over volcanos in Hawaii in an ultralight plane. Another outstanding photographic experience was during Tom and Marge’s car trip across Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
He loved all watersports, including sailing, fishing and scuba diving. During a series of trips to Alaska, he loved to fish for salmon and was prepared to offer up his catch to any grizzly bears that wandered too close. He also enjoyed fishing for Halibut offshore from Alaska. At age 68, Tom earned his open-water scuba diving certification at the Cousteau Fiji Island Resort. His favorite diving expedition was in the Red Sea.
Tom is survived by his son, Thomas Canby Jr, and his wife Kate, and his daughter Mary Jean Goetz and her husband Bob. He is survived by grandchildren, Julia Canby-Rice, Rebecca Canby, Liz Raudzus-Canby, Sarah Goetz and Matthew Goetz, and nine greatgrandchildren. Tom was married to Margaret Overbey for over 63 years before she died in 2014. His son Charles Canby passed away in 2007
Services will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Glenn Mills, PA on Saturday, June9, 2018 at 11 a.m. The committal will be the following day at Woodside Cemetery in Brighton, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, Washington DC; the American Cancer Society or the SPCA.

Mark Williamson

1956
 

Mark Williamson, 79, of Marietta passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born on May 27, 1938 in Marietta to the late Miles and Dorothy Bennett Williamson.

Mark was a 1956 graduate of Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV. He was a licensed funeral director/embalmer and worked for Reed Funeral Home and Leavitt Funeral Home. Mark was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served at the time of the Vietnam War. He was a member of American Union #1 F&AM, American Legion Post 64. and an avid target shooter and supporter of the NRA.

Survivors are a sister, Sue W. Smith of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; nephews, Brad of Marietta, Douglas of San Antonio TX, Scott of Little Rock AR, and Randall of Marietta, GA. Also surviving are Mark's sister in-law, Donna Williamson; her sons, James & Jeffrey; and grandchildren, Jeff Skylar, Bryce, Makayla, Cassie and Tyler. Matt Reed, a longtime close friend, also survives.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Williamson.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation will be observed with no services.
Online condolences may be made at www.hadleyfh.com.

Douglas Harry "Butch" Jennings

1954
 

Douglas Harry “Butch” Jennings Class of 1954/5

Douglas “Doug” Harry Jennings Sr. was born in Bluefield, WV on August 22, 1935 to Harry Kenneth and Eleanor Sally Jennings. Doug was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carol, of 58 years. He is survived by his son, Douglas H. Jennings (Debbie) of Sarasota, FL; and daughter Carolyn Hawthorne of Jacksonville, FL. Three granddaughters, Vanessa, Stephanie, and Sally; and his sister, Patricia (Ralph) Pike of Baton Rouge LA, nephew Brian (Deanna) Pike of North Palm Beach FL and niece Charlene (Joe) Pryor of Oklahoma City, OK.

Doug attended and graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV. After graduation, he moved to Orlando, FL where he met the love of his life carol Joyce Jennings (Sauerbraun). They were married for 58 wonderful years and had two children. Beyond his love for his family, Doug was extremely fond of the farm he had in Hillsville, VA. This is where he and Carol raised cattle and spent a majority of their vacations. The Grainger/Jennings farm was his second love. Doug was also an avid sportsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, boxing, and football. He was a world-class huntsman and a member of the Safari Club International.

Doug was a distinguished member of the United States Army Military Police during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed at Fort Gordon, GA from 1956-1957. Doug was an astute businessman. He attended Rollins College where he focused his studies on business. In 1955, he attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He held his internship at Carey-Hand Funeral Home in Orlando FL. Upon coming a licensed Funeral Director, he moved to Hollywood, Florida where he worked for Wadington Funeral Home.

In 1963, Doug opened his first funeral home (Jennings Funeral Home) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida . Jennings Funeral Home expanded to a second location in Tamarac, FL in 1969. He continued to grow his businesses with the purchase of Lakeland Memorial Funeral and Good Sheppard Memorial Gardens in Ocala, FL In 1992, Doug sold his funeral home in South Florida and together with his son Douglas, operated Jennings/Archway Funeral Home and Good Sheppard Memorial Gardens until it was sold in 1997. In addition to his extensive career in the funeral industry, Doug was also a proficient real estate developer who had a keen eye for investment as well as a founding board member of Landmark Bank in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Doug was also generous with his time, as he was actively involved in community service and the growth of volunteerism through various service clubs in Florida. He was a proud 32nd Degree mason (Doric Lodge) in Ft. Lauderdale, York Rite, active member of the Shrine Club, member of the Royal Order of Jesters Court 88; a Rotarian at the Downtown FT. Lauderdale Chapter he was also a member of the Angler’s Club in New Smyrna Beach as well as the New Smyrna Beach Yacht Club.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held at Good Shepherd Memorial Gardens on Friday, April 27, 2018, from 12 – 2P.M. with a short service to follow.

Doug returned to Greenbrier for the 1955 school year for his freshman year in college. He also was Cadet Major for that school year

Date of death is not available at this time.

James Paul Clark

1949
 

James Paul "Jim" Clark, 88, of St. Albans, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Broadmore Assisted Living, Hurricane, WV.

Born June 15, 1929, in Clendenin, WV, he was the youngest child of the late Thomas A. and Retha L. Robertson Clark. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene Bennett Clark, and his three brothers and four sisters.

Jim was a graduate of Clendenin High School, Greenbrier Military School and the University of Charleston and attended the University of Richmond. He was employed by Baxter Healthcare Corporation and served on the West Virginia State Board of Education. During the Korean War, he served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Essex. He was a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Albans, attending the Crusader Sunday School class and was an Admiral in the Cherry River Navy. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. A dedicated husband, father and grandfather, Jim made sure the family was well-educated and well provided for.

Lovingly known as "Pap" to his family, surviving are his daughters, Catherine Ann of St. Albans, Mary Beth and husband Roger Murad of South Charleston, Debra Jean and husband Bill Howard of Scott Depot, Jennifer and husband Bob Weaver, Esq., of Charleston, Janet and husband Jeff Neal, M.D., of Lexington, Ky; sons, James Clark II, M.D., and wife Angie of Winfield, Chris Clark, M.D., and wife Ashley Clark, M.D., of Hurricane; grandchildren, Megan and Adam Howard, Emilee, Ragie and Nick Murad, Robby, Drew, Molly and Katie Weaver, Matt, Ali and Jennifer Neal, Amanda, Jimmy, Ben, Jack and Elana Clark, and Christopher, Virginia, Sarah and Samuel Clark; great-granddaughters, Sanaya and Maya Clark.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, officiated by Dr. Ed Grant. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. You may visit Jim's tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share memories. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the staff of Broadmore Assisted Living, as well as Hospice Care for the care and compassion extended to Pap during his final illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West, Charleston, WV 25387.

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Avenue, St. Albans, is honored to serve the Clark family.

Richard "Dickie" Booker Dalton

1952
 

Richard "Dickie" Booker Dalton, 85, died Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Kingsport, TN. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Rigney Dalton.

He was born on November 11, 1932, in Bluefield, WV, the son of the late Grady William Dalton and Freda Louisa Howell Dalton.

After having moved Richlands in 1940, he was a graduate of Richlands High School, greenbrier Military School, Emory and Henry College, and the American Institute of banking.

After shaving served his country in the Air force during the Korean War, he was employed as a banker at the Richlands National bank. An active member of his community, he was involved in various organizations including the Richlands Kiwanis Club and the Richlands Moose Lodge. He was passionate about Karate, earning his black belt when he was 57 years old and delighted to teach anyone who asked or anyone who just stood still too long.

He is survived by his daughter, Anne Freya Dalton, and two grandchildren, Charles Spurgeon Booth III and Marianne Dalton Boothe.

The family will receive friends Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff, VA. An M11:00 a.m. Memorial Service will be held with the Rev. Tim Mills officiating. Burial will follow at Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery in Richlands where Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by the Members of the Casey-Shortt VFW Post # 9640, Richlands, VA.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Tazewell County Humane Society, P O Box 112, Richlands, VA 24641 and the Tazewell County Friends of the Library, P O Box 860, Richlands, VA 24641.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.SingletonFuneralService.com. Singleton Funeral Service is serving the Dalton Family.

Juan Santalla

1959
 

GMSAA has been notified by Jorge Martinez of the passing of Juan, a fellow Cuban and classmate at Greenbrier. An obituary was unavailable.

Richard Z. Macdonald

1941
 

RICHARD Z. “DICK” MACDONALD
Dick Macdonald grew up in Idlewild Park, learning from his father how to operate the family’s Ligonier Township amusement park.
When he and his brother C.K., known as Jack, took over management of the family-oriented attraction in 1957, Dick took delight in fulfilling his father’s vision for the adjoining Storybook Forest ---- where children could come face-to=-face with characters from their favorite fairytales and nursery rhymes.
“He was very instrumental in that whole idea coming to fruition,” said his daughter, Susan Grill.
Richard Z. “Dick” Macdonald died at home of natural causes Tuesday, January 2, 2018. He was 95.
Mr. Macdonald served as president of that park offshoot.
“he felt that would be fun to do” said his wife, Mary Ann. “he would work with an artist and make plans for the different fairytales.
Featured Characters included Humpty Dumpty, the three little pigs, and a knight who stood guard in a castle, speaking to visitors.
One of his favorite additions to Storybook Forest was a general store that offered patrons penny candy and antique toys.
“He drew up the plans for that” his wife recalled. We went down to Williamsburg and kind of copied from them.
Mr. Macdonald was a familiar sight on the park grounds, making sure all was well and mingling with the visitors.
“He liked seeing the people have fun”, his wife said.
Born in Cuyahoga Fall, Ohio, on Feb. 13, 1922, Mr. Macdonald was a son of the Clinton C. and Grace R. Macdonald.
A graduate of Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV., Mr. Macdonald attended Penn State University until he enlisted in the Air Force in
World War II. Initially stationed in Burtonwood, England, to serve as a test pilot.
His love of planes began when he built models as a child
After the war, he continued to fly his private plane until he was 81, making regular trips to reunions at Greenbrier. Other passions included fly fishing, trap shooting and dancing with his wife.
Hwe enjoyed rounding up cattle on horseback at the couple’s Rich Hollow Farm, where he provided winter shelter for goats featured in the park.
When the family’s next generation opted to pursue other interests, the brothers sold the park to Kennywood in January, 1983.
Mr. Macdonald stayed busy volunteering for the local Meals on Wheels program. He also donated trees to the Ligonier Valley Chamber of commerce, the Ligonier Valley Library and the Ligonier Valley Historical Society.
“He wa always considerate and a very caring person, and he enjoyed life,” his wife said.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Macdonald was preceded in death by his brother and sister, Virginia Hand.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years; three children, Zanne Macdonald of Charlottesville, VA., Susan Grill and her husband, Erik, of Ligonier, and Richard of Sandpoint, Idaho; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held in the spring. Thomas L. Nied Funeral Home of Pittsburg is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be sent to Covenant Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund 200 N. Market Street, Ligonier, Pa 15658

John Russell McLaughlin, Jr

1947
 

John Russell McLaughlin Jr, 89, passed away at his beloved farm with his family by his side early Tuesday morning, December 26, 2017.

Born January 20, 1928 in beaver, he was a son of the late John R. McLaughlin and Carolyn Dillon McLaughlin. After his graduation from Beaver High School in 1946, John went on to study at the Greenbrier Military School in 1947, before graduating from Grove City College in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Drafted that same year, he served proudly in the U. S. Army during the Korean War until 1952. Upon his return to his hometown, he married JoEtta “Nicky” Zerby in June 1953. John, a third-generation realtor, joined the family real estate firm Bovard-Anderson Company in 1953, becoming a partner with his father in 1972, and later, with his own son Edwards in January of 1992. A leader in his field, John served as President of the Beaver County Board of Realtors in 1966 and 1967, and was recognized as Realtor of the year in 1977.

One of beaver’s staunchest advocates, John lent his talents and expertise to a wide variety of community organizations, including the 4-H Program, Stockman club, and the Beaver Rotary Club where he served as a former member and past president. He was a lifelong member of the Beaver United Methodist Church, a Paul Harris Fellow Member, and the former Chairman of the Brighton Township Zoning Hearing board. The capstone of John’s life of service would be his work with the Beaver Heritage Foundation where he served as a charter member of the Board of Trustees for the beaver Area Heritage Museum and Log House. In 2013, he was awarded the Beaver Area Heritage Civic Leadership Award for his tireless contributions to this popular local landmark.

A modern renaissance man, John reveled in his love of nature as an avid fisherman and hunter and Penn State Master gardener. His curiosity and creativity led him to dabble in all sorts of art media, including pottery, met sculptures, and wood carvings. In his spare time, he could also be found in search of antiques or researching his next stock pick as an investor with the Jolly Boys Investment Club.

For those who knew and loved John, he will be remembered as a great friend to many, wonderful son and brother, loving husband, cherished father to his five children, and unforgettable Papa to his twelve grandchildren.
John sill be sadly missed by his wife and partner of 64 years, Nicky McLaughlin, Beaver, his children; Lynn (Joseph) Smith, Pittsburg, Emily (Dee Brandon) McLaughlin, NYC, Edwards (Jacqueline Crowley) McLaughlin, Beaver, Ellen (Ed) Ardey, Lorton, VA, and Susan (Brian) Brown, Brighton Twp; grandchildren; and one brother, George (Suzanne) McLaughlin, Millbrook, NY.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his youngest granddaughter, Julia Brown.

Funeral services were held at beaver Methodist Church on Friday, December 29, 2017 with the Noll Funeral Home of Beaver providing services to the family.

Robert Christian Parker

1954
 

Robert Christian Parker, age 81, of Minneapolis, passed away October 19, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Dorothy Parker, and one brother, James Parker.

He is survived by his loving children, Krisann (and spouse Nicola) Evoli of Minneapolis and Forrest (and spouse Kimberly) Parker, of Charleston, S.C., two sisters, Susan Harris and Peggy Crofoot and three grandchildren: Madeleine Brown, Justin and Jesse Shafer.

As a young man, Chris attended the Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, W.Va. He served his country in the U.S. Navy, later attending the U.S. Naval Academy. He would go on to earn a master's degree in organic chemistry from West Virginia University.

Accomplished in his field as a chemist, Chris garnered 11 patents during his career. He was a passionate cook, gifted watercolor painter, award winning marksman and golfer.

Funeral service is Tuesday, 11 a.m., at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 5730 Grove St., Edina, MN 55436, (952) 929-0049. Visitation one hour prior. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery to follow at 1:45 p.m. Memorials preferred to Minnesota Veterans Home activities fund.

Thomas Stimson Reed

1964
 

Died October 4, 2017 in Midlothian, VA. Tom is the father of two children, Kevin and Sara Elizabeth Reed. Thomas retired from VDOT in Highway administration. He attended Richmond schools and graduated from Greenbrier Military School with the Class of 1964. He attended Louisville College.
A graveside ceremony was held at Dale Memorial park in Chesterfield, VA.

Donald J. McClintock

1955
 

Sybil McClintock notified the Association of Don's passing. No details provided.

William Clark Manning

1972
 

William Clark Manning, 63, son of the late William French and Elda Cozort Manning passed away following a short illness, Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Born June 26, 1954 in Mullens, WV he was a loving husband, wonderful father, kind and loyal friend. He was a 1972 graduate of Greenbrier Military School and attended Marshall University and West Virginia University. He was self-employed for many years and was disabled after working for Patriot Coal as a warehouse clerk. He was a member of Oceana United Methodist Church.

He was a civil servant as Town Councilman and Recorder for the Town of Oceana for nineteen years.

He loved the Cincinnati Reds, WVU Mountaineers, '60's and '70's oldies and the town of Oceana.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Martha Altizer.

Clark is survived by his wife of thirty-six years, Kathy LaDoucer Manning, daughters, Lauren LeAyn and Jordan Elizabeth; sisters, Marian O'Connell and husband, Tom of Clinton, MD and Anita Wilson and husband, Bob of Greenville, TN; brother-in-law, Ronald Altizer; sisters-in-law, Debra LaDoucer and Lisa Taylor; nieces, nephews and many friends. His furry companions, Gibbs, Hatteras and Bodie will also miss him.

A celebration of life will be 4pm, Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Evans-Calfee Funeral Chapel, 1081 Cook Parkway with the Rev. Ronald Acord officiating. The family will receive friends from 2pm until time of service at the funeral home. Cremation will follow.

John Preston Gardner

1952
 

John Pearson Gardner arrived on the 16th of February, 1934 in Marianna, Pennsylvania. John was the only child born to George Pearson Gardner and Frances Gardner.

He was schooled in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. John graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, West Virginia and attended West Virginia University in Clarksburg, W. Virginia prior to going into pilot training in the United States Air Force. As a USAF Pilot, he flew single and multi-engine piston, single and multi-engine jets and four engine turbo-prop aircraft. John retired from the Air Force as a Command Pilot. During his USAF career, Major Gardner was an instructor pilot in the B-25, T-33, T-37 and C-130 Aircraft. Duty stations included several bases in the US, (Reese Air Force Base in Texas, Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida, Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, Hill Air force Base in Utah, and Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico; France, Germany and Vietnam where he flew the F-4 Phantom Air Craft and the F-100. He loved flying the F-100, his thought being that to fly it correctly one had to be a “really good” pilot. But he spoke lovingly of the C-130. “The ole gal would just fly anywhere in any kind of weather and get you there and back safely.” While serving for 21-years in the Air Force, Major Gardner earned many commendations, including the AIR MEDAL award for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight and Command Pilot status.

While visiting a military friend in Littleton, CO, he met Mona June Boley. Fourteen months later, their friendship turned into marriage. Mona and John remained in Littleton while she continued to teach school and he was ‘the cook’. After a 14 month battle with cancer, John took his “last flight” on September 6, 2017.

Survivors include his wife, Mona, his daughter Shawna Rae Thomson (husband, Patrick), his son John Patrick Gardner, and granddaughter Megan Anne Thomson, of El Paso, Texas; a step-daughter, Stacia Leigh Marcheso (husband, Brett) of Broomfield, Colorado; 2 cousins, Donald Gardner (along with his two sons, Bill and Jeff) of Washington, Pennsylvania and Georgetta Abke of Macomb, Michigan.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 11am at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 5303 East County Line Road, Centennial 80122.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association, Lewisburg, W. Virginia; Wings over the Rockies, Denver, CO or Porter Hospice, Littleton, CO.

Jack Kendall Carte

1944
 

Jack Kendall Carte passed away at Good Living Assisted Living Home in Malden on August 10, 2017. Jack was born in Charleston on Fort Hill on July 21, 1923, followed minutes later by his identical twin, John Motley Carte. He was the son of Virgil and Elizabeth Carte. A 1942 graduate of Charleston High School, he also attended Greenbrier Military School for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1944. He served with the Alaskan Defense Command for two years.

He married Mary Sue Baldridge in 1950, and they raised three children in Charleston before he re-enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963. He and the family then moved to overseas postings during the 1960s. The first posting was with Strategic Communication Command at Kagnew Station in Asmara, Eritrea; this was later followed by three years with the Defense Liaison Office at the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong. He then went on to serve a one-year duty tour in Vietnam in 1970, returning to Fort Rucker, Ala., which remained the family residence until 2001. Retired with the rank of Sergeant Major from his last duty post in 1982, he served as Senior Enlisted Personnel Manager in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel, Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort MacPherson, Atlanta, Ga. At retirement, he was awarded the Legion of Merit in recognition of exceptional meritorious conduct while serving there. He was also a recipient of a Bronze Star for his Vietnam service.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Sue Carte (1999); son, Byron Kendall Carte (2004); sister, Ruth Townsend (2011); and brother, John M. Carte (2013). In later years, Jack and Betty J. Leonard, former high school classmates, shared several years of loving companionship together before her passing in 2010.

He is survived by daughters, Sharon L. Carte, South Charleston, and Connie Hirth, Washington, D.C.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, at Bollinger Funeral Home on Lee Street, Charleston, followed immediately by a service at 2 p.m. Graveside service at Mountain View Memorial Park will be a private service for the family.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kanawha Hospice Care. The family expresses its heartfelt gratitude to Jack's caregivers at Good Living for the kindnesses and care he received there.

Robert A. Hogsett

1950
 

Robert A. Hogsett, age 86, of Richmond, VA departed this life to be with the Lord and Savior on July 18, 2017. He had been a member of the Bon Air Baptist Church since 1970 and served as a Deacon. Mr. Hogsett was predeceased by his former wife of 48 years, Ruth-Ann; and his second wife of nine years Jean-Ann. He is survived by his daughter’s family, Roberta and Stan Lee (with Robbie and Michelle); his son’s family, Richard and Lisa Hogsett (with Adam Hogsett, Andrew and Alysha Hogsett (with Lila and Oakley), and Mathew and Sarah Hogsett), Andrew and Alysha Hogsett (with Lila and Oakley), and Mathew and Sarah Hogsett); his daughter’s family, Rebecca and Brent Jones (with Tiffany); and his son’s family, Russell and Tanya Hogsett (with Alex and Samantha).
Mr. Hogsett grew up in Virginia and West Virginia. He graduated from Greenbrier Military School and West Virginia University. He served in Korea (1953-54) as an officer with the 5th Regimental Combat Team RTC.
Bob started his civilian career in the Westinghouse Air Conditioning Division and later joined Cargill Advertising Agency and later the A.H. Robbins Pharmaceuticals Corp. headquartered in Richmond, VA., with whom he spent 30 years. He was inducted into the “AHR Hall of Fame” as the Director of Promotional Services.
He also maintained his support of the U.S. Military by serving in the Army reserves for 20 years attaining the rank of Major, and later helped organize the Virginia Defense Force (VADF) where he volunteered for 20 years more as Director of Public Affairs with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Viewing will be held at Woody Funeral Home, Huguenot Road, Sunday, July 23, 4 – 6p.m. service will be held at Bon Air Baptist Church , 2531 Buford Road, Richmond, VA. 23235 on Monday, July 24, 2 p.m.

John R. Mitchell

1949
 

John R Mitchell Sr. John Riley Mitchell Sr., 85, of Charleston, passed away on June 27, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. He was born on November 6, 1931, in Union, Monroe County.He was preceded in death by his parents, James O. and Katherine Mitchell; his brother, J.O. Mitchell; and his "sister," Juanita Arbaugh; his wife, Myrna Hope Mitchell; and his former wife, Barbara G. Mitchell.Surviving are children, John R. Mitchell Jr., James L. (Terri) Mitchell, Andrea M. Mitchell and Tia (Michael) Joslin-Crone; grandchildren, Katherine F. Mitchell, Riley E. Mitchell, Hannah R. Mitchell, James R. Mitchell, Jennifer R. Mitchell, Taylor H. Crone, Jordan A. Crone, along with four great-grandchildren.

John graduated from Greenbrier Military School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from WVU College of Arts and Sciences and a Bachelor of Law from WVU College of Law, where he was a member of the William P. Willey Chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.Prior to his attendance in law school, he served honorably in the United States Army, where he attained the rank of Captain and proudly served on numerous competition firearm teams. He was also a certified Private Pilot by the Federal Aviation Administration.

John was known as a "trial lawyer" for 57 years. He began his law practice in 1960 at the Chelyan Junction with Rudolph DiTrapano. From then on, he tried thousands of cases in nearly every county in the state. He was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar and also licensed to practice in the Supreme Court of Appeals of WV, the U.S. Court of Appeals-2nd Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals-4th Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of WV.

He was a member of the WV Association of Criminal Defense Layers, the WV Association of Justice, The American Association of Justice, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association and a Senior Counsel Member of the American College of Barristers. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge Kanawha 20, Beni Kedem Shriners, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry-Valley of Charleston, York Rite Bodies, Royal Order of Jesters-Charleston Court 111, a Life Member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association (former national champion in his class), the National Rifle Association, Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association and the American Legion.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 5, at the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, on the corner of Leon Sullivan Way and Virginia Street. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. followed by a service at noon. Burial will be immediately following at Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Hubbard Hospice House.Gatens-Harding Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.