Cadet Obituaries

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Fred L. Ray, Jr. '42


Fred Leslie Ray, Jr., 91, passed away Thursday, September 18, 2014 in Louisville, KY.

He was a broadcast engineer for WAVE TV and Radio with over 40 years of service, a graduate of Greenbrier Military School, an Army Air Corps veteran of WWII and a member of Okolona Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his son-in-law,Thomas Proffitt. He is survived by his wife, the former Allene Moore; children, Keith Ray, DMD (Teresa), Cheryl Robinson (Daniel) and Cindy Proffitt; and grandchildren, Sarah Joiner (Kenneth),Sallie Proffitt, Timothy (Nicole) and Andrew Robinson,and Austin and Logan Ray; and great grandchildren, Katheryn and Anastasia Robinson.

His family greatly appreciates the skilled and compassionate care given by the staff at Glen Ridge Health Campus and Dr. Sheth.

His funeral is 1pm Saturday at Fern Creek Funeral Home, 5406 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville. Visitation is 3-8pm Friday and after 11am Saturday until the time of the service.
Memorial gifts: Fred and Allene Ray Scholarship Fund at Lipscomb University, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204

Lester Wade "Cappy" Burnside


Lester Wade "Cappy" Burnside, Jr., 80, died Saturday, August 30, 2014, after a period of failing health.

Burnside was the driving force in Harrison County's successful effort to attract the Federal Bureau of Investigation's CJIS division. He had just taken office as President of Harrison 2000 in January 1990 when Senator Robert C. Byrd asked West Virginia communities to prepare for FBI teams which would be looking for possible sites. Burnside quickly searched for appropriate locations with the result that Harrison County submitted four sites for consideration. Three other counties also submitted sites. At the same time, he established a rapport with FBI officials and, in the ensuing months, worked constantly to overcome numerous obstacles. In January 1991, Senator Byrd announced the FBI's decision to relocate to Harrison County, cheering news to this depressed area.

For most of his adult life, Cappy Burnside was involved in community concerns. He served a two-year term as President of the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce beginning in 1988. In 1985, he had initiated the Blue Ribbon Committee of the Chamber to unify economic development efforts. This grew into the Joint Committee for Economic Development, which eventually incorporated as Harrison 2000.

Burnside's interests and contributions to the community were varied and numerous: West Virginia Life Science Center, Board of Directors; Association of Industrial Development, Board of Directors; Clarksburg Industrial Development Corporation: President, 1989-1990; Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant: President, 1979; Builders' Supply Association of West Virginia: Board of Directors, 1965-1991; President, 1969; Boy Scouts of America, Central West Virginia Council: Board of Directors; North Bend Rails to Trails Foundation: Advisory Board; American Society of Highway Engineers, Central West Virginia Chapter: President, 1989; Mon Valley Tri-State Network; Mountaineer Country Travel Council: Board of Directors; Clarksburg Planning and Zoning Commission: Member, 1963-1978; The Oak Mound Bank: Board of Directors, 1976-1982; Salvation Army Advisory Board; Black Diamond Girl Scout Council: Board of Directors; Clarksburg Kiwanis Club: President 1969-1970.

From 1992 until 2006, Burnside was a board member of the Friends of West Virginia Public Radio, which he served as chair in 1995 and then as treasurer. He proudly displayed a mounted pipe labeled Peacemaker to commemorate his ability to solve a difficult situation.

The Route 279 bridge over I-79 will be dedicated in his honor on September 26, 2014, in recognition of his efforts to attract the FBI to Harrison County.

In October 2010, Governor Joe Manchin III named him a Distinguished Mountaineer. In 1996, the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce recognized Burnside's outstanding service to the community with special recognition of his FBI efforts. The Society of Highway Engineers selected him Man of the Year in 1988. When he retired from the Planning and Zoning Commission after fifteen years of service, the Commission published a proclamation expressing appreciation for his "dedicated, unselfish, and invaluable assistance."

Burnside was president and treasurer of Consolidated Supply Company, which he closed in 1992. In recent years, he was a consultant to building supply firms, specializing in materials for highways and bridges.

Born in Clarksburg on January 30, 1934, his parents were the late Lester W. Burnside and Louise Nowery Burnside. He graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg in 1951, where he developed leadership skills and and the code by which he lived: Truth Duty Honor. He was a 1955 graduate of West Virginia University, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and Scabbard and Blade, military honorary. He was a Life Member of the WVU Alumni Foundation and was inducted into the Emeritus Club in 2005. He served in the United States Army for two years and retired as a captain in the United States Army Reserve.

He leaves his wife, Carolyn Reynolds Burnside, with whom he had celebrated fifty-eight years of marriage; two daughters, Kate Burnside, Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman; and Mary Wade Triplett and her husband, Arnold Sennett Triplett, Bridgeport; his grandson, Patrick William Sommerville Finley and his wife, Kristen and their son, Evan, Palmyra, N.J.; his sister, Barbara Burnside Wood, Montgomery Village, Md.; his stepsister, Mary Frances Gaylord Loy and her husband, John, Clinton, N.Y.; and several nieces.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Ann Burnside Browning; his parents; his stepmother, Helen Sayer Burnside; and his loving labradoodle, Bert. The Burnside family was among the earliest settlers of Good Hope, southern Harrison County, arriving in 1797.

A memorial service will take place at a later date, after which the family will receive friends at a luncheon. Although Cappy Burnside chose cremation, his spirit will be at the party.

Rather than flowers, please make memorial donations to the Friends of West Virginia Public Radio or to a charity of choice.

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John E. Meintzer


Son Scott Austin Meintzer send word of his father's death in Easton Memorial Hospital in Easton, Md. John Died August 22, 2014. No details provided

J. Ike Brown


OAK HILL — J. Ike Brown, 90, a lifelong resident of Fayette County, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at CAMC Memorial Division surrounded by his devoted family and loving friends. The Rev. Stan Holmes administered last rites.

Born in Gauley Bridge, W.Va., Aug. 15, 1923, the second son of Minnie McCutcheon Brown and Guy D. Brown, Ike had been a resident of Oak Hill since 1950.

He attended Gauley Bridge schools before graduating from Greenbrier Military School, class of 1941. After one year at the University of Tennessee he enlisted in the United States Army in August of 1942.
As a member of the “Greatest Generation,” Ike was proud of his World War II military service. He was in one of the last cavalry regiments with horses before being transferred to the infantry where he served in the Philippines and New Guinea and participated in the Allied Forces' occupation of Japan in 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

After the war Ike joined the family automobile business founded by his father in 1914, Brown Chevrolet Company in Montgomery and King Coal Chevrolet Company in Oak Hill.

He was a former member of the Board of Directors of Merchant's National Bank in Montgomery, the Oak Hill Rotary Club, the Gauley Bridge Masonic Lodge and a member and former trustee of the Oak Hill Baptist Church.
His wife of 58 years, Mary Irene Kirby Brown, preceded him in death, as did his grandson, Scott McCutcheon Brewer, and his brother, Gordon B. Brown.

Survivors include his two daughters, Debra Brown Brewer and husband, Michael, of Fayetteville and Rita Brown DeAth and husband, William, of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Matthew Ike Brewer, John Kirby Brewer, Phillip Lee DeAth and Bailey Irene DeAth; and great-grandson, Keelan Montani Brewer.

In keeping with his wishes there is no visitation or service. The Committal of Ashes will be in the Gauley Bridge Baptist Church Cemetery.
Thanks to the Beckley and Charleston, WV newspapers

Joseph Harris Morton


Amy McGovern 410-552-5213 has informed the Association of Joe's passing. No detail available at this time, but hopefully an obituary will be available in the near future.

Jeffrey Lynn Hood, Sr.


Family has informed the Association of Jeff's death.

Anthony Samuel Georgiana


Anthony Samuel “Tony” Georgiana Jr., 80, of Carmel , NY formerly of Indiana, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family Sunday, July 13, 2014.
Born in Uniontown on May 28, 1934, he was the third son of Janie (Casio) Geogiana and Anthony Samuel Georgiana Sr.
Tony had a strong business sense, with an extensive knowledge of the produce industry. He owned and operated The Hitching Post Farm Market in Indiana for many years, and was an admired and respected businessman. However, his true passion was for his family.
Tony was loved by many. He was an extremely devoted husband, father and grandfather. To his wife, he was lovingly known as Sonny; his children, Dad; and his grandchildren, Poppy.
He is survived by his sons Kevin, of Indiana; Paul (Donna) of Austell, GA; David (Meg) of Kennett Square; and Anthony III (Mary) of Carmel; the following grandchildren: Jennifer, Brittany, Breanne, Jason, Jacqueline, David, Michael, Shalonda, Amanda, Kevin Jr., Katie and Mitchell; and the following great-grandchildren: Anthony, Quentan, Kayla, Aubrey, Dylan, Beckett, Avery, Nicholas, Christian, Jacob, Zachary, Miranda, Taylor, Kayley and Addilyn.
Tony was preceded in death by his grandson, Dustin Georgiana: his wife, Pearl (Sloboda) Georgiana; and brothers Samuel C. Georgina and Joseph F. Georgiana.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8p.m. Thursday at the Rairigh-Brence Funeral Home Inc. of Indiana. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Interment will be made at a later date.
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President Bill Isbister notes "no one could play taps like Tony---you knew immediately when he was the one assigned".

Samuel Wagoner


Sam's family has notified the Association of his death. No details are available at this time.

Samuel Dunlap Brady III


Samuel Dunlap Brady III passed away July 8, 2014, at Summersville Regional Medical Center after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was born June 12, 1931, in Morgantown. He was the son of the late Margaret Vaughan Brady and Samuel Dunlap Brady Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 59 Years, Blanch Bergdoll Brady; four children, Margaret Alice LeRose (Tim) of Summersville, Samuel D. Brady IV (Brenda Sparks) of Sugar Land, Texas, Ann Marie Bishop (Greg) of Hampstead, N.C., and Vaughan Lee Adkins (Todd) of Lexington, Ky.; and his sister, Clarissa Mahin (Phil) of Summersville. He was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret "Peggy" Cline, who was married to Jack, of Summersville.

The Brady family is grateful to his caregiver for the last three-and-a-half years, Rodney Woods.

Sam had 11 grandchildren, Kristina Elkins (Terry) of Charleston, Maria Herndon (William) of Lexington, Ky., Timothy LeRose II (Ashley Woods) of Summersville, Samuel Brady V of Houston, Texas, Mark Brady of San Marcus, Texas, Matthew Brady of Sugar Land, Texas, Sarah Cole (Aaron) of Sugar Land, Texas, Mason Bishop of Morgantown, Andrew Bishop of Hampstead, N.C., and Evan and Nathan Adkins, both of Lexington, Ky. He also had four great-grandchildren, Addison and Benjamin Elkins, Timothy LeRose III and Elijah Cole.

Sam graduated from Greenbrier Military School and West Virginia University, where he received a degree in mining engineering. While at West Virginia University he was active in campus activities. He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, ROTC, the rifle team and lettered in track for five years, running the high hurdles. After graduation he served as second lieutenant in the U.S. Army at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. He was in charge of setting up the first maintenance shop for guided missiles, for which he received a letter of commendation.

Sam was part owner and president of Margaret Peerless and Brady Cline Coal Companies. Upon retirement he opened the Friendly Computer Store in Summersville. He served as advisor for Community Trust Bank for many years. In the 1970s he coached the Summersville Little Bear football team. He was also a member of the Summersville Lions Club. Sam was a charter member of Summersville Presbyterian Church, for which he was clerk of the session for many years.

While Sam had an incredible journey in this life on earth, those who knew him were struck most not by all of his accomplishments, but by his being a gentleman first and last in all aspects and a brilliant man who never lost sight of his God, wife and family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Summersville Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 930, Summersville, WV 26651.

Visitation with family and friends will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 11, at White Funeral Home, Summersville. The funeral will be officiated by the Rev. Greg Kupar at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Summersville Presbyterian Church.

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Tom Haggin


Thompson Briggs Haggin, 70, passed away July 4, 2014. Tom was born September 25, 1943, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, KY, to Lewis K. Haggin, a local horse trainer and farmer, and Charlotte B. (Haggin) Johnson.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Peggy Ann Haggin; son Thompson Briggs Haggin, Jr. (31); brother, John Haggin of Lexington; twin sister Artemisia Anderson and younger sister Julia (Haggin) Bonkowski, both of Michigan.

Tom graduated from Greenbrier Military School in 1962 and was drafted into the military while attending the University of Kentucky. He served in the Marine Corps for 12 years where he achieved the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. Tom was a Drill Instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. He loved to share with family and friends the stories of his time as a drill instructor. Tom later owned and operated Track Services, Inc. for 39 years, a company that provides computerized timing equipment for the auto racing industry. Tom was very privileged to be employed in a business he loved. Four years ago, Tom accepted the amazing grace of Jesus Christ and was baptized at Southland Christian Church.

Visitation will be at Milward Funeral Directors, 159 North Broadway in Lexington from 5-8 pm Tuesday. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 11 am at Church of the Savior, 1301 Brannon Road in Nicholasville with the burial to follow at Lexington Cemetery. Tom loved music.

Contributions to K-Love 95.3 FM can be made in honor of Tom in lieu of flowers

Patrick Freeman


Family has notified the Association of Pat's passing, but provided no detail or an obituary.

Samuel Stanley Combs


Samuel Stanley Combs ‘56
Stan “Epa” Combs, 78, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in Wake Med Cary Hospital in Raleigh, NC.
Stan was born in Charleston, WV to the late Samuel Morris Combs and Freda Maynard Combs.
He attended his beloved Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV. He was a 1956 graduate of GMS and was the Battalion Commander, the highest ranking student in the Cadet Corps. Stan then attended The Citadel of Charleston, SC. He married Betty Jean Olearcyzk of Charleston, SV.
Stan was employed with North Carolina National Bank and later retired from Lowe’s Home Improvement Store.
He was a member of the Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association. He served in the Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow.
Stan was a caring friend and a loving father and grandfather.
He is survived by his two daughters, Dedriah Combs Simpson of Cary, NC and Kevine Michelle Phelan and husband Bryan of Holly Springs, NC; his son, Samuel Martin Combs of Greenville, NC; grandchildren, Eryn Simpson and Patrick and Christopher Phelan; and his sisters, Mary Lou Stockard and husband, Bill, of Nashville, TN, and Suzanne Pyle of Madison, WI.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at Calvary Methodist Church in Lewisburg. The family would like to express their gratitude for the wonderful care given by Rex Healthcare, Rex Home Services, Uni Health Post-Acute Care, and Raleigh and Wake Med Cary Hospital.
A special word of thanks goes to the support and care given by Peggy Scott, RN, who was always there for our dd. He called her “His Angel”.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the GMS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 922, Lewisburg, WV 24901-0922, or to the Calvary Methodist Church in Lewisburg, WV.
Condolences may be made to
Montlawn Funeral Home , 2911 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC, is in charge of arrangements

Louis E. Longanacre


Lt. Col. Ret. Louis E. Longanacre was a member of the Class of 1952, graduating from the Jr. College program. As part of his military career, he returned to GMS as PMS&T at the time the school withdrew the ROTC program. Louis, Col Thomas C. McGuire and John Moore oversaw the changes in the military program which operated under the direction of Col McGuire till the School closed in 1972

LEWISBURG — Lt. Col. Retired Louis E. Longanacre, 83, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at The Brier following an extended illness.

Born Aug. 22, 1930, at Sinks Grove, W.Va., he was the son of the late Delmer and Kate Blake Longanacre.

He was a graduate of Greenbrier High School, Greenbrier Military School and West Virginia University with a BS degree in Agriculture. He served 28 years in the U.S. Army. Overseas assignments included Germany, Korea, Panama Canal Zone and two tours in Vietnam. His awards and decorations included Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Award, Bronze Star, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Army General Staff Identification Badge, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Armed Forces Campaign Medal, Vietnam Armed Forces Medal of Honor and the Korean IN HUN Medal for combat. He served 20 years as Greenbrier County magistrate. He was active in the American Red Cross, Lewisburg Lions Club, Maxwelton Ruritan Club and served on the Advisory Board at the Brier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was a member of the Lewisburg United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Vivian M. Longanacre of Lewisburg; a son, Edwin (Maureen) Longanacre of El Paso, Texas; a daughter, Charlotte Longanacre and companion, Larry Thrasher of Sinks Grove; brothers, John (Becky) Longanacre of Fort Springs, Paul (Linda) Longanacre of Sinks Grove and Sam (Becky) Longanacre of Belpre, Ohio; sisters, Norma Jean Wolford of Wytheville, Va., Joyce (Pat) Stokes of Monet, Va., Eloise (Larry) Vass of Monet, Va. and Ruth Ann (Don) Assaid of Roanoke, Va.; grandsons, Benjamin (Sarah) of Lake City, Fla. and Michael of Lafayette, La.; great-grandsons, Trevor and Cayson; and many nieces and nephews and his devoted dogs, Ashley and Ebony.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, at McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg with the Rev. Rick Brown and Doug Fisk and Lynn Randolph officiating, with burial following at Sinks Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with full military honors.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Wes Hylton, Perry Pauley, Roy Bowden, Brian Carter, Mike Dolan and Jim Reynolds. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Lewisburg Lions Club and the Maxwelton Ruritan Club.

Arrangements by McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

James Jack "Mickey" Sharkey


James Jack "Mickey" Sharkey, 71, of Bakers Ridge Road, Morgantown, passed away early Wednesday morning, February 26, 2014 at Monongalia General Hospital.

He was born in Morgantown on July 28, 1942, a son of Agnes Wilson Sharkey with whom he made his home, and the late James George Sharkey who preceded him in death in 1994.

He attended the Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV where he was active in sports and a natural leader in his class and was Lutheran by faith.
. Mickey will be remembered as a kind and gentle soul, and will be missed by everyone who knew him.
In addition to his mother, survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Arlene and Charles "Bud" Gamble of Morgantown; two nieces, Marcie Hecker and her husband John of Parish, FL, and Kim Roy and her husband Gary of Mt. Morris, PA; a great-nephew, Michael Fioravanti of Ft. Myers, FL; an aunt, Brenda Corbin of Morgantown; and a cousin, Lori Brennan, her husband Steve, and their four children of Morgantown.

Family and friends will be received at Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce St., Morgantown, on Friday, February 28th from 5-8 PM and again on Saturday, March 1st from 10 AM until the time of the funeral service at 11 AM with Pastor Jerry Kliner of St, Paul Lutheran Church officiating. Interment will follow in the East Oak Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions may be made in Mickey's name to the Monongalia General Hospital Foundation, 1200 JD Anderson Dr., Morgantown, WV 26505 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The family would like extend their sincere appreciation to the nurses and staff of the Monongalia General Hospital’s 6th floor, Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department for their care and compassion, and to his caregiver Robin Ware for her care and support to both Mickey and his mother.

George Reed Failing


Daughter Ann has informed the Association of her father's passing.

Thomas Stewart Martin


Mary Anne Loy, Tom's sister has notified the Association of her brother's death. No other information was provided.

Robert M. Reider


Robert M. Reider, 85, died February 11, 2014.
Born in Akron, he was the son of Gertrude and Marvin E. Reider. He was a graduate of Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV and attended Kent State University. Robert was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War.
At the death of his father, he became manager and one of the owners of Reider Manufacturing of 30 years and for a short time worked at the Akron Regional Development Board and Howell-Viggers Reality. Robert was a member of Star Lodge #187 , AF&AM, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and was active in the Tadmor Temple Shrine and the Legion of Honor Unit

Preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Nicholas Jordan, he leaves his loving wife, Rita; daughter, Susan (Mike) Rudolph; son, Robert (Barbara) Reider, Jr; loving granddaughter, Elisabeth Jordan; sister, Marjorie (George) Mortimer; and nephew, James (Pauline) Mortimer.

Dr. David Weyrick will conduct funeral services Saturday at 11am Masonic service Friday at the funeral home.Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery

Barton Keener Mount


B.K. ’Bud’ Mount passed away on February 7, 2014 . He was born January 2, 1933 in Mountain City, TN, the son of the late Wiley Brown Mount and the late Mary Hamilton Vaught Mount. He attended Johnson County High School and graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV. Bud attended the University of Tennessee and East Tennessee State University before joining the family business,
As a young man, Bud worked on the Maymead Farm and after college was in charge of the Maymead Block plant in Boone, NC for 25 years. In 1980 he advocated that the company go into the asphalt and road paving business. At the passing of his uncle, Mr. J. B. Mount, Bud Mount became the president of Maymead, Inc.
Bud was a member of the Tennessee Road Builders Association and the North Carolina Aggregate Association.
He grew up in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church; attended First Baptist Church of Mountain City and was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he attended the United Methodist Men (UMN) and the Open Door Sunday School Class.
Bud has many hobbies over the years. He first became interested in flying airplanes. He late owned his own airplane and attended a club of area fliers. He loved horses and carriages and had owned a beautiful pair of Halflinger horses and carriages. One carriage belonged to his grandfather Dr. W.W. Vaught. The other carriages were made by an Amish carriage maker in Pennsylvania. Bud had a horse van and transported the horses to various parades and showing them in antique car shows. He would often attend the East Tennessee Antique Car Club.. Through all the other modes of transportation, Bud had a motorcycle , a Harley Davidson. He love riding his Harley.
Although Bud had several hobbies over the years, his main interest was his business , Maymead. He was up and out by 7 o’clock each morning, eager to face the day. He looked forward to seeing and talking to everyone with whom he came in contact.
In earlier years, he also belonged to the Rotary Club in Boone, NC and was a member of the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge # 243 AF&AM , Scottish Rite and the Shriner's Jericho Temple.
Bud is survived by his wife of 42 years, Kathleen Scott Mount; two sons, Christian K. Mount II and his wife Melanie of Lynchburg, VA and Thomas B. Mount of Jefferson City, TN; two grandchildren, Christian K. Mount III and Hannah Mount , of Georgetown, OH; sister Mary M. Roark of Johnson City, TN; Nephew Wiley B. Roark and wife, Caroline of Mountain City, TN ; niece Mary Dawn Hewitt and husband Joe of Cornelius, NC ; one great niece, Mary Katherine Harbin and husband, John; three great nephews and a very special friend, Sam, his beloved Corgi.
Funeral services will be conducted 7:30pm Monday, February 10, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ritchie Hayes, the Rev. Larry Rye and the Rev. Jim Norman to officiate. A eulogy will be given by Robert Davidson. Special music will be provided by members of the First United Methodist Church Choir, Ms. Nancy Tolliver and Mr. Joe Simmons

Private Graveside Service and Internment will be conducted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at the Mount Family Cemetery.

William Howard Gatling


William Howard Gatling, 60, of Victoria, VA died Tuesday, February 4, 2014. Mr. Gatling recently retired as an engineer with Norfolk and Southern Railroad with thirty years of service. He is survived by his wife; Cathy Shelton Gatling; son, William Howard “Will” Gatling, Jr.; daughter, Jessica Gatling Pearson (Roddy) and sister, Jane Gatling Atkinson all of Victoria; nieces and nephews, Ronald Earl (Butch) Atkinson, William Gatling Atkinson, Sarah Jane Atkinson Pendleton and Mathew Harman Gatling; and numerous cousins, great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Willey Gatling, Jr. and Dorothy Harman Gatling and his brother, Richard Henry Gatling; he was the grandson of the late Dr. William C. Harman and Jessie Connelly Harman of Brunswick County, VA and the late Joyce Dunning Gatling of Suffolk, VA. William Howard attended Central High School and graduated from Greenbrier Military Academy, and was a member of the "B Suite Cocktail Lounge. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 8, 2014 in the Victoria United Methodist Church, with interment in the Bethel Church Cemetery, Alberta, VA. The family will receive friends, Friday, February 7, 2014 from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Staples Funeral Home, Victoria and at all times at his home, 1811 Bragg Rd., Victoria. Online condolences may be made at:

Harry Mack Childress


Harry Mack Childress, 63, of Roanoke VA formerly of White Sulphur Springs, WV passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014 after a short Illness. Born August 17, 1950, in White Sulphur Springs, WV, he was a son of the late Owens and Mary Childress.

Harry graduated from the former Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV., and he also attended the police academy and became a police officer in White Sulphur Springs and also served on the rescue squad. While living in Roanoke, he was employed with Wells Fargo.

Survivors include his son, Brandon; daughter, April ; two sisters Deborah Johnson and Phyllis Davis; and two brothers, Owen Childress and Richard Childress. Harry also was a grandfather and great grandfather. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

Visitation will be held Sunday January 26, 2014 at St. James United Methodist Church in White Sulphur Springs, with burial to follow in Greenhill Cemetery.
Shanklin Funeral Home is serving the family.

John I Parsons


Dr. John L Parsons (Jack), 79, passed away January 4,2014 from a sudden illness in Ft. Meyers, Florida. Jack was born March 24, 1934 in Huntington, WV. to Dr. John Y. Parsons, a dentist , and Helen Parsons. He spent his freshman year in college at Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV and completed his undergraduate degree a Denison University in Granville, OH.

He was a grand master of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity , and President of Inter-fraternity Council. Jack served with The United States Marine Corp as a Captain from 1953-1958. He was a jet pilot for the photographic squadron. Being a marine was one of his proudest accomplishments. Jack met Sue, his wife of 53 years while at Denison University. He then attended Dental School at Indianapolis University. Jack and family moved to Fort Myers in 1970 where he was a well respected dentist for 30 years. Jack was a person who made a profound impact on family and friends. His interests were golf, tennis, skiing, and watching football (especially the Florida State Seminoles).

He is survived by his loving wife, Sue,; daughters Kimberly (Chris) Peterson; Kelli (Alan) LeBlanc; Holly (Ron) Wademan; grandchildren Steven; Eric; Morgan; Cameron;Corinne;Lindsey; Connor; and Chloe; Sister, Patty (Thad) Hogan; Brother in law Richard (Carole) Shanley and extended family.

A celebration of Life and reception will be held at 11 am Friday, January 10th at Covenant Presbyterian Church . Interment will be at Fort Meyers Memorial Gardens at 3 pm.

Warren Walton Langston


Warren Walton Langston , Je., 78, died peacefully at Hospice House in Pinehurst, NC on Friday, December 27, 2013. Born in Washington DC, he was the son of Warren W. Langston, Sr. and Aerial D. Langston. Warren was married for over 30 years to Carolyn Wade Langston. He was a graduate of Blair High School, Silver spring MD, ; greenbrier Military School , Lewisburg, West Virginia. For his college education, he attended George Washington University , Washington, DC and a member of the U S Army.

Warren was an architect and graphic artist by profession working for Fairchild Hillar, Booze Allen and Hamilton and The Rouse Company in Maryland prior to founding his own firm in 1975. In 1980 Warren and his wife established a business together and were partners until their retirement to Pinehurst in 1997. Also surviving is a son by a former marriage ; both his parents and his only daughter, Susan Langston, preceded him in death, she at age 17.

A celebration of Life for friends and family will be held on Sunday, January 19 at 3pm, 10 McDonald Road East, Pinehurst. All flowers will later be donated to the First Health Hospice House for their residents to enjoy or, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Health Hospice in Pinehurst, NC.

David Lee Lake


David Lee Lake, 66, of South Charleston, WV passed away on December 7, 2013 at his home after a long battle with ALS, (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He was born in South Charleston, WV on May 1, 1947 to Dr. Charles and Lucille Lake. His mother walked to Thomas Hospital where he was born, as his father was just beginning his Dental practice and the family lived over the dental office close to the hospital. David was preceded in death by his mother Lucille Lake, Grandparents, Charles and Mable Lake, infant sister Karen Lynn, brother Steven, and niece Renee.

He is survived by his loving wife Codetta "Cody" Cunningham Lake. Father Charles of South Charleston, Brother Terry of South Charleston, and Thomas, wife Diana, of New Port Richie, Florida. Nephew Jeremy his wife MacKenzie and son Gryphon who are stationed in Okanawa, Japan with the US Air Force. Niece Kristin Mack husband Evan and sons Carter and Henry of Albany, New York. Nephews Alexi, a student at University of South Florida and Tasso, a junior at Gulf High School in New Port Richie. Brother in law Charles "Skeet" Cunningham of Evans, WV.

David was raised in St. Albans and graduated from Greenbrier Military School. He attended West Virginia University, Beckley Junior College and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in business administration. He was a life long member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church where he worshiped his Lord and Savior. His attendance there led him to his wife of 38 years. They were introduced by the mother of one of his confirmation classmates. They were married May 24, 1975 at Cedar Lakes, near Ripley, WV.

Shortly after their wedding David decided to become a funeral director and served his apprenticeship at Snodgrass Funeral Home before attending Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. After graduation he worked for Reger Funeral Home in Huntington. He returned to South Charleston and Snodgrass where
he was a dedicated and caring Funeral Director for 6 years.

Looking for a change, he bought ACE Furniture in Nitro and ran it successfully for many years.

With Cody he bought a Minuteman Press franchise in South Charleston. He grew to love the business and worked hard to maintain quality and keep up with business changes and practices. He was forced into medical disability and retirement by the progression of ALS. While he did not go to the shop, he expected a daily report on jobs and orders from Cody. He continued to be involved in 'rallying the troops' at Minuteman Press. He was proud and grateful for the work and support of the staff, Richie Williams, Stephen Fisher and Jennifer Smith.

David loved being Godfather to Jeremy, Kristin and his namesake Tasso David. His kind and gentle spirit surrounded them, always.

David loved his cats. The current group slept and guarded his bed during his final hours.

We are grateful for the care he received from Donna at Right At Home. His passing was eased by support from Hospice Care of Charleston.

Family and friends may gather for visitation on Monday, December 9, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Snodgrass Funeral Home in South Charleston.

A service to honor the life of David Lake will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, December, 10, 2013 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 900 Lawndale Ln, Charleston, WV 25314, with Pastor Rafe Allison officiating. A luncheon at the church will immediately take place after the funeral service. Entombment will then follow at Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans.

In lieu of flowers we suggest donations to HospiceCare 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West, Charleston, WV 25387-2536. The ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301. Muscular Dystrophy Association - WEB PO Box 78960 Phoenix, AZ 85062-8960 or to St. Timothy Lutheran Church 900 Lawndale Ln, Charleston, WV 25314.

Joseph C. Palumbo


Joe Palumbo '47 died Thursday, December 5, 2013.

Joseph C. "Joe" Palumbo (born August 1, 1929) and is a longtime student, officer and graduate of Greenbrier Military School. He is a former All-American football guard, playing college football for the University of Virginia Cavaliers. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

Services will be held Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 401 Alderman Road in Charlottesville, VA at 3 PM.


Joseph "Joe" Charles Palumbo

Joseph "Joe" Charles Palumbo, 84, of Charlottesville, passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013, surrounded by his family at the Hospice House on Park Street. Born August 1, 1929, in Beaver, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late John Palumbo and Lily Camarata Palumbo and was raised by Frank Palumbo. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Palumbo; two daughters, Page Palumbo married to James Hall of Manteo, North Carolina, and Penny Mahone married to Philip Mahone; his six grandchildren, Dr. Joseph Amory and partner, Chris Curatolo of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jayme Owen married to Adam Owen of Raleigh, North Carolina, Cory Amory, Alex Mahone, Drew Mahone, and Emma Mahone; great-grand son, Brody Owen; two sisters, Terri Regan, and Mary Elaine Bickers married to Duane Bickers; dog, Georgio; as well as his beloved nephews and nieces. The family would like to give a special thanks to Peggy Dame, Dr. Michael Salerno and Dr. Dan Becker as well as all of the wonderful people at the Hospice House for their loving, compassionate care.

Joe was a graduate of Greenbrier Military Academy in 1947. He then went on to attend the University of Virginia where he played three varsity seasons (1949-51) in which Virginia posted a 23-5 mark and recorded seven shutouts. He was a first-team All-America selection that season. He was a three-time All-State selection. In 1951, Joe received the Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award from the Touchdown Club of Washington, D.C., was named the state of Virginia's Athlete of the Year, and participated in the Blue-Gray All-Star Game. He jokingly prided himself on getting thrown out of more football games than any other player in UVa history. In addition, he served in the United States Army where he was All Army and All Service. He was then honorably discharged. Following his successful football career at UVa he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. After stints on the UVa football coaching staff, he then went on to establish a successful insurance agency based in Charlottesville. He married Sandra, the love of his life, in 1959. He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame as well as Greenbrier Military Academy's Hall of Fame. Joe also received the Paul Harris Fellow recognition from the Rotary Club of Charlottesville and received the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Silver Hope Award from the MS Society's Blue Ridge Chapter, as well as numerous other awards. Joe is also one of only six football players at UVa to have his number retired. With his strong stature and never-ending love, he was better known as "Big" Joe by his family. He was a charismatic, personable, loyal, driven family man. Of all of his achievements, Big Joe was most proud of his daughters, all of his grandchildren, and great-grand son. He loved watching them grow up and each one carries a special piece of him in them. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all.

Following a private graveside service, the memorial mass will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with Fr. Stephen Alcott, O.P., delivering the eulogy. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Joseph C. Palumbo Endowed Football Scholarship or the Hospice House on Park Street. Endowed Football Scholarship donations can be sent to the Virginia Athletics Foundation or contact Barry Parkhill at 434-243-3554. Friends may send condolences to the family at Hill and Wood Funeral Home,


Ratcliffe: Virginia football loses one of its legends

Wahoo Nation lost one of its greatest legends late Wednesday night with the passing of Joe Palumbo.
A first-team All-America selection in 1951, Palumbo was regarded as the premier defensive lineman of his time. I was lucky enough to attend Palumbo’s College Football Hall of Fame induction dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in 1999 when he received the greatest individual award any college player could ever dream about.
We could go on endlessly, it seems, about all the football honors the former Cavalier defensive lineman garnered during his lifetime (and we will in a follow article on Sunday), but what made Big Joe the loveable figure he was had little to do with his accomplishments on the gridiron. Palumbo was a family man. He loved people and enjoyed giving.
Three years ago, when Big Joe was honored at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Champion’s Dinner, some of his football deeds were mentioned, but his life was so much more.
While the evening was all about Joe, to him, it was all about giving back to the Charlottesville community and to Virginia football.
That night in 2010, Gene Corrigan summed up Palumbo in a few sentences.
Uniquely wonderful
“He’s a uniquely wonderful University of Virginia guy and Charlottesville guy,” said Corrigan, former athletic director at UVa and Notre Dame, and former commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference. “I feel bad for those people that don’t know him.”
Palumbo was even more successful in the business world than he was on the football field, using that same drive in both worlds. No matter what Palumbo pursued, he always wanted to be the best, was always competitive. But he always took others along for the ride.
At UVa, the Cavaliers won 23 games and lost only five during his three varsity campaigns from 1949 to 1951.
In business, he was a giant.
Referring back to that salute in 2010, there were several tables filled with young people that worked in Joe’s company. They adored him as did most anyone who came into contact with the Beaver, Pa., native.
“Joe taught all those young employees the same thing he learned in football,” Corrigan said. “If you’re going to play, play hard.”
While there was a strong competitive side to Joe Palumbo, there was also a softer side. He had the strength of a bull but the heart of a teddy bear.
“Somebody mentioned that if you call Joe and want something, he will ask you when you want it,” Corrigan said. “He doesn’t say, I’ll see you tomorrow. He says, when do you need it.”
A uniquely wonderful UVa guy and Charlottesville guy. Those are enormous words because there’s few in that clubhouse. Palumbo always supported Cavalier football and the other sports. Of course, football was close to his heart because he was one of only six men to ever have their number retired.
Joe spoke only briefly that night and being the modest guy he was, made a point to mention that he didn’t deserve all the praise coming his way.
He also said that he hoped Virginia’s athletic teams would rise to the top and believed that President Teresa Sullivan would help that happen. He also expressed hope that Cavalier fans would get behind Mike London and support his effort to rebuild the program, knowing it wasn’t going to happen overnight.
Former James Madison University president Ron Carrier spoke during Palumbo’s dinner that evening. The two had known one another for more than 20 years.
“Joe is a big, strong man,” Carrier said. “With an even bigger heart.”
Palumbo excelled at every endeavor from football, to coaching, business and public service, not to mention raising a family. He and wife, Sandy, were married for 53 years we think.
“Perseverance, dependability, consistency … those three things made Joe a great football player, a great father, a great leader, a great husband, a great businessman,” Carrier said.
Palumbo was an expert businessman with a personal approach and supported many causes in the Charlottesville community.
Still, he wasn't exactly the soundest person when it came to advanced technology.
“The most advanced technology Joe used was the telephone,” Carrier said, poking fun of his long-time friend. “The coffee pot is a strange instrument that is only useful if someone else makes coffee.”
Perhaps technology was Big Joe’s only weakness, but it didn’t matter. It was his heart that made him great on the gridiron, in the boardroom and in his household.
Wahoo Nation mourns its loss of a true All-American, not just a great football player, but a great man.

Munir Samuel Yarid


Munir Samuel Yarid, 89, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

A memorial service to celebrate the life will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Old Stone Presbyterian Church. A luncheon will be in the Fellowship Hall of the Church immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 200 Church St., Lewisburg, WV 24901, or Carnegie Hall, 105 Church St., Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Munir was a member of the college freshman class and left school in February 1943 to enter the Army Air Force, became a bomber pilot and flew combat missions,

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William Thomas McElhinney, Jr.


William Thomas “Tom” McElhinney, Jr.,Class of 1966, age 66, passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Ft. Thomas, KY. Mr. McElhinney is survived by his life companion, Debbie Mallory of Ft. Thomas, KY; sons, William T. (Esther) McElhinney, III of Columbus, MS and James L. (Laura) McElhinney of Brooklyn, NY; daughter, Emily (Jeremy) Stansell of Beaufort, SC; grandchildren, Kate and Shannon McElhinney and Hudson and Anna Claire Stansell; brothers, Bob and Mark McElhinney; and sister Ann Kirlin. His brother, Peter McElhinney preceded him in death. A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 6 PM-9 PM at Highland United Methodist Church in Ft. Thomas, KY. A memorial service will be held at 1 PM on Friday, December 20, 2013 at Highland United Methodist Church in Ft. Thomas, KY.

Tom is reported to have died in December 2013 by Robert "Jody" Johnson '66.

Thomas William Howard


Thomas W. Howard, 91, of Mount Hope, passed away Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at his residence.
Born Feb. 11, 1922, in Mount Hope, he was the son of the late Charles E. and Gwendolyn "Gwen" Williams Howard.

Mr. Howard was a 1939 graduate of Mount Hope High School and studied a year at Greenbrier Military Institute, Lewisburg, and then went on to West Virginia University, earning B.S. and M.S. degrees in mining engineering.

He served his country during World War II, fighting in the Pacific Theater aboard the LST 880.

He was a member of Mount Hope Presbyterian Church, where he served for many years as a deacon, trustee and teacher of the men's Bible class.

He was an avid pilot, learning to fly as a teenager, and became an instrument and commercial rated private pilot. He regularly flew various aircraft for business and pleasure until about the age of 80. He was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish.

His work was always in the coal industry. In 1961, as chief engineer for The New River Company in Mount Hope, he formed his own consulting engineering firm, Thomas W. Howard, Inc. The company served clients in West Virginia, surrounding states and, occasionally, abroad.

In 1970 Mr. Howard became general manager of Beaver Coal Company, Ltd. and served in that capacity for over 20 years. He also served on the Beaver Management Corporation's board of directors for many years.

He was a registered professional engineer, 'Legion of Honor' member of the Society of Mining Engineers and served on the West Virginia State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. His overall contributions to the coal business are well recognized by all in the industry. The family also wishes to thank Mr. Howard's longtime secretary, office manager and assistant, Margaret Bickford. In 2010 Mr. Howard was inducted into the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth "Betty" Sibray Howard.

Surviving are his three children, Thomas W. Howard II, M.D. and his wife, Jan, of Hurricane, Linda Howard Brown and husband, Steve, of Mount Hope and Charles Howard and his wife, Lorna Waddell, of Morgantown, and six grandchildren, Thomas W. Howard III, M.D., Victor Alex Howard, M.D., James Grant Howard, William Brett Brown, Will Howard and Charley Howard. Also surviving is his sister, Patricia "Pat" Spickard of Shelbyville, Ky.

A special thanks to all of his caregivers, including Misty Hall, Sarah Acord, Heather Bowyer and Wanda Ball, and to Hospice of Southern West Virginia for their excellent care and oversight.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at Mount Hope Presbyterian Church, 412 Main St., Mount Hope, with the Rev. Elizabeth Stone officiating. Entombment will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday, Nov. 29.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy can be made to Mount Hope Presbyterian Church, 412 Main St., Mount Hope, WV 25880 or to the Greater Mount Hope Community Fund, 211 Bluestone Road, Mount Hope, WV 25880.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Hector David Amaro


My name is Nicolas Amaro and I am the "kid" brother of Hector
Amaro, a proud cadet of GMS. He recently attended your last
reunion as he did on a regular basis in the past. He would always
look forward to those reunions.

This is to inform you that my beloved brother Hector passed away
on November 25th, 2013 apparently of a heart attack. He turned 80
years old last August.

He was never sick on his life, and only as recently as 3 months
ago started taking medications for a thyroid issue.

He was always very proud of his school days as his University
days at Villanueva University in Havana, Cuba.

He was always smiling and loved to go out and eat "paella", which
we often did trying different restaurants and discussing their
different tastes.

He was a devout Catholic and knew just about every Church in NY
and NJ.

I know his soul is in the presence of the Lord.

Thank you for your prayers.

Nicolas Amaro

James H. Rownd


James H. “Jim” Rownd, formerly of Upper Arlington, died on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 in Tampa, FL. Jim was born February 15, in Columbus. Ohio. Graduated from Greenbrier Military School, Lewisburg, WV in 1941 and immediately enlisted in the US Army, fought in the South Pacific during WWII where he was injured and spent a year and a half hospitalized in the US. He attended the Ohio State University and received his law degree from Franklin University (now Capital) in Columbus. His law career in Columbus culminated in 2003 when he retired and moved to Tampa after receiving a 50 year recognition from Columbus Bar Foundation in 2002.

He was a member of Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church in Marble Cliff, serving as an usher for 20 years. Past President of Agonis Club in Columbus receiving their Dom Tiberi Service Award in 2002, and Past President of Lawyers Club. He was a member of Blendon Lodge #339 AF&AM; Aladdin Temple Shrine, Reception Unit and Scottish Rite, Valley of Columbus. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, former member of Brookside Country Club, and an OSU Lifetime Alumnus.

Preceded in death by his parents; former wife; three sisters; a nephew and a niece, Susan Begley. Survived by his wife of 39 years Karen (McCormick) Rownd; step-son, Richard O..Ferguson and his family of NC; nieces, Carol (Mike) Starn, Columbus and Marilee (John) Peterson, Washington Court House; nephew , J.T. (Lois) Greshel, Okemos, MI.

Services will be held beginning with a Masonic service on November 15, 2013 immediately followed by Funeral Service at Schoedinger Northwest Chapel in Upper Arlington. Interment with Military Honors to follow at Green Lawn Cemetery.

Harry Benjamion Jones, Jr.


Harry Benjamin (Ben) Jones Jr., 75, of Irvington, died on October 21, 2013. He was born in Mt. Hope, W.Va., son of the late Harry Benjamin Jones Sr. and Nina Holt Jones. Surviving are his wife, Susan W. Jones; his daughter, Laura Holt Jones and her husband, Paul Dery; his son, Harry Benjamin Jones III and his wife, Carol; his four grandchildren, Nathaniel Pepper Jones-Lang, Gabriel Pepper Jones-Lang, Milo Thelonious Jones and Oscar Santiago Jones; two step children, John Mason Ramey, III and Mary Kent "Molly" Ramey and two step grandchildren, John Mason Ramey IV and Caroline Griffin Ramey.
Mr. Jones attended Greenbrier Military School, Lewisburg, W.Va., Hampden- Sydney College, Hampden Sydney, and Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington. He was founding partner of Walker Jones, PC, Attorneys at Law in Warrenton.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2013, at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington.
Memorial contributions may be made to RW-C Foundation, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington, VA 22480 or Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association, P. O. Box 922, Lewisburg, WV 24901-0922

At GMS, Ben was Company Commander of Band Company, which was designated as "Honor Company" after a year long competition. He graduated from GMS in 1957.