Cadet Obituaries

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Frederick N. Cooke


Frederick N. Cooke, 86, of Nitro, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016 at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

Freddie was born on August 27, 1929 in Hinton to Fred and Lillian D. Cooke, he grew up in Nitro and began working for his father at the Fred Cooke Funeral Home when he was 16. He was a graduate of Nitro High School, attended WV Wesleyan College, and graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science after which he became a licensed funeral director and embalmer and continued to work in the family business. He was a past president of the WV Funeral Directors Association and was active in the Nitro Civitan Club. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Freddie was preceded in death by his wife Wilma, parents Fred and Lillian, and his brother Brent.

He is survived by his daughter Dorothea of Denver, CO, brother Roger A. Cooke of Nitro, sister Cheryle Painter of Miami, FL and other relatives and friends.

A service to celebrate Freddie’s life will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, May 13, 2016 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church with Rev. Mark Smith officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the church on Friday.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, PO Box 278, Nitro, WV 25143.

Franklin Garner Hamrick


Retired Navy Captain Franklin Garner Hamrick, a decorated naval aviator, died Monday, May 2, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Mountain Grove, VA, on July 14, 1932, during the hard times of the Great Depression.
As one of nine children, he grew up fast where only the strong survived. During high school, he excelled in sports and was a standout athlete in football and baseball.
He attended Greenbrier Military School as a post graduate student.
After College he joined the Navy and entered the Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD) program, earning his Wings of Gold in 1954. He was initially assigned to Fighter Squadron VF-61, flying the swept winged FJ-3M Fury. A few months later, the squadron was decommissioned, and he was transferred to the world-famous Jolly Rogers of VF-84. He was one of the pilots who landed a swept winged jet on WWII straight-decked aircraft carriers. Following assignments included flight instructor duty on VT-4, tours in two F-8 Crusader squadrons, aerospace safety management school at the University of Southern California, and safety officer for Fleet Air Jacksonville.
Captain Hamrick’s last four Fleet Squadron tours flying the RA5C Vigilante were in RVAH-7, 5, 1, and finally as the commanding officer of RVAH-13. He flew more than 100 combat missions over North Vietnam and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), tow Single Act Medals, and Strike Flight Air Medals. His final assignment in the Navy were on the staff of NATO Supreme Command in Mons, Belgium, and the Supreme Command Atlantic in Norfolk, VA. He logged over 5,000 flight hours and 500 carrier landings.
Following retirement for the next 13 years, Hamrick became a naval science instructor at the Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach, VA. His NJROTC students won many awards under his leadership. In October 1991, he got back in the air at the Sabreliner Corporation /Raytheon Corporation, NAS Pensacola, FL, flying the T-39N Sabreliner, training naval flight officers. He retired from Sabreliner Corporation/Raytheon Corporation in March 2003
He was predeceased by his loving wife, Dottie, and son Frankie. He is survived by his daughter, Page Hamrick; sister Virginia Dent; as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
One of the highlights of Frank’s life was writing his memoirs three years before he died. To read “Just Call Me Frank” is to know Frank at a very personal level. He enjoyed getting emails from readers all over the world who told him how much they loved his stories. As the emails continue to pour in, they are being answered by Frank’s loyal friends.
A celebration of Frank’s life wo;; be held at the NAS Pensacola 19th hole on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 1600 to 1800 , and a second celebration will be held in Lewisburg, WV
Information submitted by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

James Albert Arbuckle


James Albert (Al) Arbuckle, 68, of Max Meadows, Va., went to rest high on the mountain on April 27, 2016.

Al was born in Ronceverte, W.Va., on January 31, 1948, to John B. and Ann S. Arbuckle of Lewisburg. He was a 1965 graduate of Greenbrier Military School and VPI with an Industrial Engineering Degree in 1969. Al was a true mountain man who appreciated all of the beautiful wonders of nature and animals.

Left to cherish Al's memory are his wife, Ejay; and his many dogs and cats; brother, John B. Arbuckle, Jr. and wife, Elizabeth of Lewisburg; son, J. Stuart Arbuckle and wife, Jill of Christiansburg, Va.; daughter, Edith A. Wine of Mt. Lebanon, Pa.; as well as three grandsons; and two granddaughters.

Please join us for a celebration of life 11 a.m. Sat. June 11, at Clifton Presbyterian Church, Maxwelton, W.Va., with Rev. Janice Fraser, family and friends.

Bernard B. Hamrick


Bernard B. Hamrick ’57, age 78, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016 at his residence In Lewisburg, WV.

He was born April 8, 1938, at Marlinton, WV, a son of Charles Page and Nellie Florence Chestnut Hamrick.
Mr. Hamrick attended Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg prior to earning a B.S. from Concord College and his masters from Florida Atlantic University. Bernie wars a retired teacher and coached basketball and golf at Miramar High in Hollywood, FL. The gymnasium at Miramar High was named in his honor.

He was of the Presbyterian faith, was a member pf the Lewisburg Elks Club, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Jerry Shanklin, Catherine Spurlock, and Marilyn Bennett; and brothers Page Hamrick Jr., and Virle Hamrick.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Betty Gale Russell Hamrick; daughter Lynn Gayle Vanderstyne (Richard); a grandson, Daniel B. Smadling; sister, Virginia Dent; a brother, Frank Hamrick; and many nieces and nephews that he was very close to and made them call him Uncle Bernie.

Services will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg with the Re. Cameron Harkness officiating. Interment will follow at Rosewood Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

John Lovell Middleton


John Lovell Middleton, 84, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., died Thurs. April 7, 2016, after several weeks of hospitalization following open heart surgery.

Mr. Middleton was the owner and founder of Carolina Material Handling, Inc., a material handling corporation, headquartered in Greensboro, NC. He started the business in 1971 and it continues successfully today under the leadership of his eldest son, John "Mid" Middleton, IV. His son, Cary D. Middleton, manages the warehouse and shipping departments. The company, in its forty-fifth year, employs a sales force that covers North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina.

Having graduated from Charleston High School, Charleston, where he was All-State in basketball and football, Mr. Middleton attended Greenbrier Military School, Lewisburg, WV and after a year was offered a basketball scholarship to the University of Virginia in 1950. At UVA, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Eli Banana Society and ROTC. He played in the first ACC Basketball Tournament in 1954. Forced to take his deferred commission early, he entered the military as an Army Second Lieutenant in 1954 and later completed his graduation degree in Education under the Bootstrap Program, graduating from Kansas State University in 1961.

During his nine years of military service, he became a helicopter pilot and had various tours in the states, Germany, Okinawa, and Thailand eventually entering the Vietnam War with the Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter Company, the first armed helicopter company. Mr. Middleton made the decision to leave the military and return to civilian life in 1962. In Charleston, WV, he joined Jefferds, a material handling company, as Parts and Service Manager and eventually as a salesman. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to Greensboro, N.C. where he began his own company, Carolina Material Handling, Inc., in 1971.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Susan; son, Mid Middleton (Doreen) and four granddaughters; son, Cary; brother, George Middleton (Eva); sister, Josephine Lorant (Connard); sister-in-law, Andy Bennington (Richard); aunt, Charlotte Mullins; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held in Greensboro, N.C. at Community in Christ, Presbyterian on Sunday May 1, 2016, at 2 p.m. followed by a reception hosted by the family at Forest Oaks Country Club. The Middleton family wishes to express their gratitude for the care given by Baptist Medical Center, Life Touch and Northeast Florida Community Hospice. Memorial contributions may be made to the Virginia Athletics Foundation, P.O. Box 400833, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4833 or to a US veteran's organization of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL.
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Andrew B. Robertson


Andrew Burkhardt Robertson, 74, of Sidney, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016, at 4:02 a.m. at Dayton V.A. Medical Center. He was born on May 12, 1941, in Sidney, Ohio, to the late George Newell and Carolyn Leah (Murphey) Robertson. He is survived by many friends.

Mr. Robertson graduated from Sidney High School in 1959 and attended the Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, West Virginia, as a post-graduate cadet in 1959 and 1960. He studied accounting at Miami-Jacobs College before enlisting in the United States Air Force. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 15, 1967, after four years of service. He retired from the Amos Memorial Public Library.

Andrew was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church where he taught an adult Sunday School class for many years and played in the handbell choir. He was an avid collector with many interests and had a passion for classical music, history and cinema.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 120 W. Water St., Sidney, with Rev. Jonathan W. Schriber officiating. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave., Sidney.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. Condolences may be expressed at the funeral home's website,

John Dennis Bruffy


John Dennis Bruffy, 71, residing in Denver, Colo., passed away Feb. 28, 2016, at home after a short illness. Born Aug. 6, 1944, in Charleston, WV to John Dennis Bruffy Sr. and Margaret Sue (Keene) Bruffy, he is survived by his wife, Judith, son, Robert and wife, Cheri; sister, Virginia Olsen; as well as nieces and nephews

John attended Greenbrier Military School and Winfield H.S., graduating in 1962 before joining the Air Force and serving in Vietnam. John's two main earthly passions were piloting small planes and building and repairing organs, having built his own, complete pipe organ in the 1970's. John Bruffy was a caring and loving husband, father and friend. He will be greatly missed.

William Campbell Turley, Jr.


W.C. Turley ,88, of Petersburg, WV died Friday, February 26, 2016. He was preceded in death by his ex-wife, Jo Ann and daughter, Teresa Hofer.
He is survived by his son, William Turley III and his wife Margaret of Forest, VA.

William attended Greenbrier Military School for his freshman year of college.

W.C. served in the Navy aboard the USS Philippine Sea during WW II. He was a long term employee of Island Creek Coal Company where he worked as a mining engineer and superintendent. He love his West Virginia Mountaineers and attended their games for many years.
He will be burier in the family cemetery in Pecks Mill, WV.

James Harvey Coleman


James Harvey Coleman died on February 25, 2016.He was born on February 23, 1929, in Pike County, Kentucky.

James graduated high school from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg. He served as an officer in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. In 1960, James graduated from West University College of Law before settling in Charleston, he was a member of the West Virginia Bar Association for over 50 years. The majority of his legal work was in private practice in Malden, where he felt fortunate to help others. James was also a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge in Louisville, Kentucky.

What turned out to be his life's most passionate endeavor was being a friend to Bill W., sharing the message of Alcoholics Anonymous as a faithful member since January 2, 1976. James, known for "plugging into the power" encouraged others to work the 12 steps, which he referred to as a "proven path to perfect peace", and to find the God of your understanding. His persistence in spreading the truth, as he understood the truth, touched and changed many lives, also causing disruption for those struggling with honesty and a need to take a closer look deep within.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert M. Coleman, MD and Ruth Cooper Coleman; brothers, Theodore R. Coleman, MD, Herbert M. Coleman, Jr., Robert I. Coleman and Donald J. Coleman.

He is survived by his wife, Marla M. Coleman; children from a previous marriage, daughters, Bobbi Holland and husband, Joey, and Teri DiTrappano and husband, Danté, of Charleston. One son, James D. Coleman of Sarasota, Florida; and daughter, Becky Alford and husband, Van, of Lexington, Ky.; two step-children, Charlotte M. Clark of Greensboro, N.C. and William Mobley III of Williamston, N.C.; also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Brett, Jeremy, Brianna, Shanna, Zachary, Nicci, Santino, Sofia, Hali, Haddon, Caroline and Ellie; three great-granddaughters, Braylynn, Natalia and Zoey; a future great-grandson; and one surviving brother, Charles A. Coleman and wife, Daisey of Columbus, Ohio.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday February 28, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar with Pastor Joey Endres officiating.

James has donated his body to the Human Gift Registry at West Virginia University in Morgantown with his ashes to be placed at Woodmere Cemetery in Huntington and Greenbrier Military School, Lewisburg. -

Richard File Waid


Richard F. Waid '47 died February 25, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. He is survived by his wife Pamela. He attended Greenbrier Military School as a Post Graduate during the school year of 1947.
Richard F. Waid, also known as Dick, served as Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated. Mr. Waid was responsible for working with capital markets teams, particularly investment banking and private equity at Robert W. Baird. Prior to joining Robert W. Baird & Co. in 2002, he served as Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division at Robinson-Humphrey, a part of SunTrust in Atlanta. He joined Robinson-Humphrey in 1992 and served as Head of the its National Real Estate, Energy and Industrial Practice Groups within the Investment Banking Division. Prior Robinson-Humphrey, he was with Kidder, Peabody & Co. in New York for more than 20 years, last serving as a Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance. He started his professional career with IBM and helped take a venture capital-financed business public, leading to his career on Wall Street. He serves on the board of the University of Richmond. He also serves as an Investor Advisor of Fairfax Partners. He served as director of a number of public and private corporations, including North Carolina Natural Gas (now part of Progress Energy) since 1981. He served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army. Mr. Waid earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, attended the Graduate School of Business and Public Management at George Washington University and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

Dewey Cosby Ballengee


DEWEY COSBY BALLENGEE, 78, of Huntington, W.Va., passed away Monday, February 8, 2016, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2016, at Steele Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Kevin Lantz and Rev. Ralph Sager officiating. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Memorial Park, Huntington.

He was born July 9, 1937, in Charleston, W.Va., a son of the late Dewey C. and Lillian Sparkes Ballengee. He was preceded in death by a brother, Byron Ballengee and three sisters, Ruth Lee, Nina Angle and JoAnn Cobb.

He was retired from Nationwide Insurance, was a veteran of the US Army, and was a member of Steele Memorial United Methodist Church. He attended Greenbrier Military School as a post graduate during the school year of 1956.

He is survived by his wife Sue Hunt Ballengee; one daughter, Nancy Ballengee (Doug Ward) of Culloden, W.Va.; two sons, Greg (Tammy) Ballengee of Barboursville, and Dewey (Leslie) Ballengee of Huntington; seven grandchildren, Tiffany (Jeremy) Moore, Scott Ballengee, Cody Ballengee, Alexis Ballengee Ward, Brooke Ballengee, Brittany Ballengee and Quinnlyn Ballengee; and one great-grandson, Jace Moore.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, 3100 Staunton Road, Huntington, WV 25702.

William David Jones


GENEVA — William David Jones, age 66, of Geneva, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Hilton Head, SC.

David was born Feb. 4, 1950, in Ruston, La., the son of Bill and Gerry (Stevenson) Jones. He met his future wife, Janey Cooper, in a Shakespeare class at Louisiana Tech University and they were married March 4, 1972, in Bossier City, La.

David attended Greenbrier Military School where he attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant and Platoon Leader. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La., he was a proud member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He played an active role in the Geneva Community, beginning his career at Geneva Federal Savings and Loan where he served as Treasurer and President. Upon leaving the financial industry, he owned several businesses including Jones’ Country Store and Mary’s Kitchen in Geneva-on-the-Lake and Mary’s Diner in Geneva. For the last several years he has served on the Board of the NEOFund, helping young entrepreneurs begin their career in Ashtabula County. He was a past President of the Rotary Club of Geneva and was honored to be awarded the Rotarian of the Year twice. He was also a member of the Geneva First United Methodist Church. He was a people person and he loved to joke, tease, and share a good laugh. You knew he thought highly of you when he stole just a bit from your plate. Since March of 2015, David was enjoying retirement with his wife and family, especially his three grandsons who brought him great joy. He spent the last month traveling with the love of his life visiting with treasured family and friends.

David is survived by his wife, Janey Cooper Jones; daughters, Alison and Dennis McAllister of Westerville, Ohio and Lauren and Bill Hanna of Castle Pines, Colo.; grandchildren, William Drew and Bryce David Hanna and Brady William McAllister; father-in-law, J.B. Cooper of Fouke, Ark.; brother-in-law, John and Sandy Cooper of West Monroe, La.; as well as loving nieces and nephews who found him very entertaining.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends and family will be received from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12th, at BEHM FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 175 S. Broadway, Geneva.

Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 13th, at Geneva First United Methodist Church, 89 S. Broadway, Geneva. The Rev. Bruce Hitchcock will officiate the Service.

Contributions may be made in his name to: UH Geneva Medical Center for the Community Christmas Card Program, 870 W. Main St., Geneva, Ohio 44041 or the Geneva First United Methodist Church, 89 S. Broadway, Geneva, Ohio 44041.

Friends may leave condolences online at www.behmfuneral

Frank Thomas Angotti


Frank passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Frank was a resident of Nutter Fort, West Virginia. A Complete obituary will be forthcoming. A Gathering of Family and friends will be held at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home 201 Edison Street Nutter Fort on Sunday from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 126 East Pike Street Clarksburg at 11:00 am Monday February 8 2016.

James Walter Cosby


James “Walter” Cosby, 75, of Columbus, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Walter was born in Virginia on June 2, 1940, to the late Sarah and Walter Cosby. He grew up in White Sulphur Springs, WV and graduated from Greenbrier Military School in 1959, Marshall University, 1963 and West Virginia University 1971 with his Master’s Degree. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War with the US Army.

Walter is survived by his wife of 22 years, Pam (Clarke) Cosby; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Norma and Dan Warrell, Kathy and John Johnson, Sandy Clarke, and Gary and Linda Clarke; nieces and nephews, Kelly Clarke Forrester, Wendy and Mohamed Moselhy, Beth and David Leistensnider, Stacy Borchers, Nathan Johnson, Nicole and Jason Para, Lindsey, Eric and Brittany Clarke; great nieces and nephews, Noah and Ava, Noah and Zayn, Annika and Matthew, Addison, Logan and Emery and many many friends.

Walter was an avid reader and Civil War enthusiast and a huge OSU fan due to his marriage to Pam. He loved spending the day playing golf with his best friend, Jim Lewis and he especially loved his conversations with his lifelong friend, Burke Raymond.

Everyone who met Walter, thought he was a true and engaging gentleman. He took a genuine interest in everyone he met and will be dearly missed.

Family and friends will gather on Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2-4 PM at Newcomer Funeral Home, SW Chapel, 3393 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123, with a Memorial Service at 4PM.

Earl Carter Martin


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

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

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

Robert H. Fortune


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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard Warren Wilkinson


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

W. Sherman Beard


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

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

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

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

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

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

Larry DeVincentis


Larry DeVincentis, 79, 0f Monaca, wonderful husband, best father, grandfather and true friend to so many, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2016, surrounded by his loving family, while under the compassionate care of the staff of Heritage Valley Beaver’s Intensive Care Unit.

Larry was born on August 1, 1936, in Monaca, a son of the late Flavio and Modesta (Cenci) DeVincentis. He was a graduate of Monaca High School, Class of 1955, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He attended Greenbrier Military School in White Sulfur Springs, WV, before attending college with a full scholarship playing football for the Cincinnati Bearcats in Cincinnati, OH; where he was ranked fourth best punter in the nation.

On March 6, 1959, Larry married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Ann Davis.

Larry worked at Colonial Steel for 10 years and Nova Chemical for 25 years. After his retirement, Larry continued to stay active by working for the Beaver County Courthouse. He coached Monaca Jr. High football and Monaca Midget Football for a combined 25 years, where he left his players with a wealth of knowledge, not only about football, but more importantly life itself. Larry was inducted into the Monaca Hall of Fame and was chosen as Monaca’s Finest Football Player. He was a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of Monaca, Monaca Sportsman’s Club, Monaca Turners, Monaca Sokol Club and Monaca PNA.

Throughout his life, Larry enjoyed many sports and activities, which included playing softball, bowling and golfing, as well as playing Scrabble and doing crossword puzzles. His favorite activity was following all his grandchildren to any sporting event in which they participated. During his retirement years Larry enjoyed planting and tending to his garden, going to camp in Tionesta and enjoying many family Sunday dinners filled with stories of the past that always ended in much laughter. Larry truly loved sports, but the most important people in his life were his family.

In addition to his parents Larry was preceded in death by a sister, Aquilina Harris and a brother, Anthony DeVincentis.

Larry is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Ann (Davis) DeVincentis; a daughter, Tracy (Richard) Schultz of Monaca; a son, Larry (Katrina) DeVincentis of Center Township; seven grandchildren, Lindsay (Sam) Cercone, Ricky Schultz, Skyler Schultz, Brandon Schultz, Theresa DeVincentis and Cameron DeVincentis; four great-grandchildren, Italia, Sammy and Chase Cercone and Kendall Schultz; a brother-in-law, Dale Harris and a sister-in-law, Hilda Weaver, as well as many special nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca, where parting prayers will be offered Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca.

Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.

“Our family will always appreciate and remember how he never spoke a bad word about anyone; how he always found the good in people…let that be an inspiration to us all.”

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John Gary Watson


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

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Mitchell 'Mitch" Scott, Jr.


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

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

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

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

Freddie Ross Miller


Freddie's death is reported by Jim Dodway '70

George William McCall, Jr.


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

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

Survivors are:

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

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

Jerry Lee Cowley


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

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

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

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

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

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

A service will be held later.

William MacDonald Clark


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

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

Gordon Douglas Mullins


Gordon “Square Deal” Mullins ’59, age 74, of Richlands, VA passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at his home following a lengthy illness. He was born in Richlands and was the son of the late Doug and Dismal Fields Mullins of Tazewell County, and was raised by his late grandparents , Mr. and Mrs. Bill Fields Sr.

“Square Deal” was a class of 1958 graduate of Greenbrier Military School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1959 -1961. He was injured at the Berlin Wall and was discharged early from service. He was retired a contractor and part time comedian. He attended Gethsemane Baptist Church and was a lifelong resident of the area. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ginger Lowry Mullins; daughter, Sherry Kahib of Tazewell; grandchildren, J.D. Mullins, Jimmy Kahib, Jasmine Kahib; stepmother, Edith Mullins of Ft. Pierce, Fl; a host of friends.

There were no services and burial was private.

Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands is in charge of arrangements and tose wishing to express sympathy online may do so at

Paul Kemble "PK" Legg


Son of Paul R. and Elizabeth Monroe Legg. Graduated from Lewisburg High School, served in Guam for U S Navy, and worked for the WV division of Highways; Married and preceded in death by wife Noble Clay Legg. Survived by son, Kemble Clay Legg of Lewisburg and Paula Legg Baisden of Maxwelton and several grandchildren. Graveside rites at Rosewood Cemetery of November 6, 2015 at 11 AM; Visitation at Wallace & Wallace in Lewisburg November 5, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg from 6 - 8 PM.

Joseph F. Taylor


An obituary will follow.

Robert J. Boswell


Mrs. Mary Boswell , wife, has notified the death of her husband, Robert J. Boswell September 9, 2015 in Damascus, MD. No other information was provided.