Cadet Obituaries

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Frank H Batchelor


Frank H. Batchelor passed away in his home on Windy Ghoul Drive, Beaver, on Thursday, March 29, 2012, the day of his 90th birthday.

Mr. Batchelor was the son of the late Frank M. Batchelor and Aurelia Harvey Batchelor of Monaca. His late siblings were Anne Batchelor Steege and William Batchelor. He leaves his wife, Carin Mommendey Batchelor; sons, Frank and his wife Margit of Wellesley, MA and Stuart and his wife Nancy of Burlingame, CA; and four grandchildren, Kristina (Wellesley), Andrea and her husband Ryan Patrico (Providence, RI), Jessica (Denver, CO) and Christopher (Burlingame).

Mr. Batchelor was of the Presbyterian faith. He was born and raised in Monaca, graduated from Greenbrier Military Academy, and received his bachelor's degree from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the Army and served with the 398th Regiment of the 100th Infantry Division in Ardennes/Alsace, Rhineland, and Central Europe. In Germany, during the occupation, he met his future wife. After military service, he joined the family business, Batchelor Bros. Furniture, which he managed until its closure in 2010. Batchelor Furniture was in continuous operation by only two-generations of the family for 114 years since its founding in Monaca in 1896. Stores existed in several locations in Monaca, Rochester, and Baden. The Northern Lights store was an original store when that shopping complex opened. The Beaver Valley Mall store also was among the initial group of tenants there. Additionally, he worked in banking in Monaca with the First National Bank of Beaver County as both its Chairman and President.

Beyond his business-related undertakings, Mr. Batchelor was active in the community. He served as chairman of the Salvation Army of Beaver County, chairman of the Advisory Board of Pennsylvania State University, Beaver Campus, and president of the Board of Trustees of the former Children's Home of Beaver County. He was a recipient of the William Booth award from the Salvation Army honoring his service to that institution. His dedication to these organizations spanned decades.

He and his wife were inveterate international travelers throughout much of his life. They were for many years members of the Beaver Tourist Club.

Benton Lloyd Mize, Jr.


MIZE, Benton Lloyd Jr., 81, of Ruther Glen, passed away on March 26, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Maria R. Mize; sons, Lloyd B. Mize III (Rachel), James L. Luntsford and Dudley L. Luntsford; daughters, Linda M. Pittman (Kenneth), Catherine L. Edwards and Christina V. Kothe; a sister, Nancy M. Burnham (Ron); nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Lloyd was the owner of Mize Hardware in Ruther Glen, Va. He was also a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Lloyd was a 1949 graduate of Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV, a four year cadet and held the rank of Captain. Lloyd was a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army and served his country in Korea. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Lloyd had a great sense of humor and a giving heart. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 25187 Signboard Rd., Ruther Glen, Va. 22546. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church reception hall following the services. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bon Secours Hospice, 8580 Megellan Pkwy., #4, Richmond, Va. 23227, your local food bank, or the charity of your choice.

James B. Heller


Obituary not available at this time (4/13/2012)

David Lee Ong


David Lee Ong, 64, of Hurricane went to be with the Lord on March 4, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House with his family by his side.
David was born September 2, 1947, in Charleston, a son of Millie Ong and the late Donald Ong. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Erika Rae Tyler.

David is also survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Debbie Ong; daughters, Jenni Sutherland and Sarah Hartwell and her husband, Mike, all of St. Albans; sister, Donna O'Field of Daniels; brother, Thomas Ong and his wife, Barbara, of Charleston; and his best friend and life brother, Pete Lopez. Also left to cherish his memory are his five grandchildren, who were the joy of his life, Reese Sutherland, Jorden Hartwell, Chance Hartwell, Kailey Sutherland and Brinklee Hartwell.

David attended Greenbrier Military School, and was a graduate of Charleston High and a U.S. Navy veteran. Following in his father's footsteps, David pursued a successful career in the automobile industry. He retired from Joe Holland in 2003, where he served as import sales manager. To those who knew him, he will be remembered for his quick wit and wonderful sense of humor that he maintained until the end. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish. He will be remembered for his love of God, his family and his enduring friendships.

A celebration of David's life will be 1 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans with Pastor David Bess officiating. Entombment will follow in Graceland Memorial Park, with military graveside rites to be conducted.

Gathering of family and friends will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Steve Lewis; the nursing staff at CAMC Memorial; and the staff at Hubbard Hospice House for the exceptional love and care they gave David and his family.

James Richard Campbell


March 3, 2012, J. Richard Campbell [Keyser, W.Va.] , Cumberland Times-News

KEYSER, W.Va. — J. Richard Campbell, 90, of Keyser, died on Friday, March 2, 2012, at his residence.

Born on Aug. 10, 1921, in Dawson, W.Va., he was a son of the late John Lee and Lilly Dale (Woollard) Campbell. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Margaret (Hobbs) Campbell on Nov.15, 2011.

Mr. Campbell was a graduate of Smoot High School and a U.S. Army World War II veteran. He continued his education and graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Business Administration, West Virginia Tech. with B.S. in Industrial Arts and Social Studies and West Virginia University with a M.S. in School Administration. He attended Marshall University, Oklahoma State Middle Management, Boston, Massachusetts and Central Connecticut State.

A man of great experience, he taught at Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley Greenbrier County Schools, Assistant Principal in Greenbrier County School, Supervisor of Vocational Education, Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons in Danbury, Conn. and taught Apprenticeship Class at Henry Abbot Vocational Technical in Danbury, Conn. He was the first Director of the Mineral County Vocational Technical School and retired in 1984 as Mineral County Superintendent of Schools.

Dick enjoyed hunting, golf, bridge, gardening, practical jokes and especially his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was Past President, Board of Director and member of Keyser Rotary Club, member of Chamber of Commerce, 50-years member of Davis Lodge 51, AF & AM, Potomac Highlands, Past President and member of Mountaineers for Rural Progress, VFW Post 3518 Nancy Hanks, First United Methodist Church, Chairman of First United Methodist Administrative Council, McKinley Bible Class and United Methodist Men. He was a charter member of Wolf Creek Lodge and the last surviving charter member of the Smoot Ruritan Club. Professional memberships included WVEA, NAASP, AVA and WVFA and Soil Conservation.

Surviving are his children, Mary Hutzler and husband Jim of Alexandria, Va., Tom Campbell and wife Paula, John Campbell and wife Karen, all of Keyser, Dale “Gus” Campbell and wife Cathy of Woodbridge, Va. and Cassandra Campbell of Keyser. He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren, Mara Boggs and husband Ken, Lee Ann Haley and husband Jeremy, Katie Campbell, C. J. Campbell, Clint Campbell and wife Anna, Tandi Smith, Amy Smith, Scott Smith, Lindsey and Stephanie Campbell; and four great-grandchildren, Arabella Boggs, Cole Boggs, Lyla

Robert L. Price Jr.


Robert Lee Price, Jr. died February 22,2012, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
bob entered GMS in the 8th grade and graduated in the class of 1966. He was the Company Commander of Band Company and was from Oak Hill West Virginia

Harold Berlin Snyder, Jr.


Harold B. SNYDER Jr.

SNYDER, Harold B. Jr., Colonel, U.S. Army, (retired) A Bethlehem, Pa. native, Buz Snyder graduated from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in 1956 as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He declined prestigious engineering offers to commit to a career in the Army. Following the Basic Infantry Officer's Course, he attended and completed the Army's Ranger Course and Flight School. In May, 1957, he married Varina native and graduate of Hollins College, Nelda R. Wood. Throughout his distinguished Army career, he was blessed with challenging assignments in command and staff in seven states, the District of Columbia, and five countries abroad. His last active duty assignment as Commandant of the VMI Corps of Cadets was his most cherished. An expert in military aviation he earned a Masters in Aerodynamics from Georgia Tech and graduated from the Navy War College. Colonel Snyder was a decorated combat veteran and Master Aviator with numerous awards including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Army Air medals. After completing 28 years of continuous, active military service he retired to Eastern Henrico County in September, 1984. Buz remained very active the last 28 years in civic affairs as member and past president of the VMI Club of Richmond, member and past president of the Varina Lions Club, member and Chairman of the J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College Board, and member of the Old Dominion Eye Foundation Board, the James River Association and the Richmond Audubon Society. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nelda; and two sons, Hal (Kathy) of Frederick, Md. and Chip (Kim) of Eden, N.C.; six grandchildren, Margot, Chase, Hunter, Kristin, Keely and Conor; a sister, Martha Tom of Fresh Meadows, N.Y.; a sister, Johanna Staub of Francestown, N.H.; a brother, Thomas of Edmonton, Alberta; and a sister, Elizabeth Knight of Gladwyne, Pa. Burial is private. Friends are invited to join the family for a remembrance reception on Sunday, February 26, from 2 - 5 p.m. at The Nelsen Reception Center, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave. Richmond, Va. 23231. A memorial gathering will also be held on May 5, (details forthcoming) in conjunction with the 20th annual Varina Lions Club Canoe-A-Thon of which Buz was the founding father. In lieu of flowers, remembrance gifts may be made to the "Colonel Buz Snyder Scholarship Fund" at the VMI Foundation, P.O. Box 932, Lexington, Va. 24450, or the Varina Lions Club, Inc., P.O. Box 38292, Richmond, Va 23231.

Buz was a 1953 graduate of the Greenbrier Military School junior college program.

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch from February 17 to February 19, 2012.

Chester W. Mooney


Chester W. Mooney, Jr. (Age 82)
Died on January 28, 2012 at his home, Sunrise of Alexandria. Chester is survived by his sister, Lorrine Brueil, a son and two grandchildren. Chester served in the Air Force, Army, and Army Reserve during WWII and Korea.

Chester was a graduate of Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV. He was a life member of the school's alumni association.

He retired from Giant Foods after 44 years of service. A Memorial Service will be held on February 10, 2012, at 1:30 p.m., at Sunrise of Alexandria, 3520 Duke Street, Alexandria. A reception hosted by Tina Svenson will follow the service. Interment will be in Vermont in the spring. His family and friends would like to thank the staff of Sunrise for their help and friendship

Buford Dennis Hepler


Buford Dennis Hepler '66

Buford Dennis Hepler, 64, formerly of Oswego and currently residing in Winthrop, NY passed away on Tuesday January 17, 2012 at University Hospital.

Dennis was born in Rome, NY where he was raised and educated. He was a 1966 graduate of Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Mr. Hepler was a proud US Army Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. Dennis helped many people, especially veterans, employed by various agencies as a counselor for many years. He also assisted the Canadian Government in helping establish their PTSD Program for Veterans.

Surviving is his son, Dennis B. Hepler and Patricia Neri of Liverpool, and a grandson, Brian C. Hepler.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, January 23, 2012 from 4 to 7pm at the Maurer Funeral Home Moyers Corners 3541 Rte. 31 Baldwinsville, NY. Military honors will be conducted at 7:00 pm. Services and burial will private at the convenience of the family.

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Walter H. Kropp


KROPP Walter H. Kropp, passed away on January 9, 2012 at the Wesley Ridge English Garden in Reynoldsburg. Mr. Kropp was a retired Savings and Loan Association Executive and prominent Mason. He was the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Franklin Federal, Ohio Federal, and Mid America Federal Savings and Loan Associations of Columbus, Ohio. He retired in 1987. He was a distinguished 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and served as the Presiding Officer and Deputy for Ohio, along with notable service on the governing Board of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite in Lexington, Massachusetts. He functioned as a former member and officer of many Boards including; President of the Board of Trustees of the Columbus Public Library, Executive Committee of the United States League of Savings Institutes, Chairman of the Ohio League of Savings Associations, Thrift Advisory Committee to the Federal Reserve Board in Washington D.C., Vice Chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, Camco Financial Corporation of Cambridge, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Elford Inc General Contractors, Columbus Home Builders Association, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Treasurer of the First Congregational Church, Downtown Kiwanis Club, Bexley Historical Society, the Columbus Club, and the Athletic Club of Columbus. During World War II, he served with distinction as an Infantry Captain in Italy and Germany, and was awarded the Purple Heart, and a Bronze Star and two Silver Star Medals for valor. He attended Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, West Virginia, Denison University, and Ohio State University in Ohio. He was predeceased by his mother and father Vernon Rose Shawaker Kropp and Walter C. Kropp, and two brothers Franklin A. Kropp and Richard V. Kropp. He is survived by his wife, Lucille Thornburgh Kropp; son, Walter B. and Kathy Kropp of Columbus; and son, Karl V. Kropp and Julia Sullivan of Reston, Virginia. Also beloved grand-children, Walter W. (Will) and Sarah Jane Kropp of Columbus, Richard A., Andrew K., Patrick R., and Karl Aidan Kropp-Sullivan of Reston. He was an active member of the Athletic Club of Columbus and an avid golfing member of the Columbus Country Club. Family will receive friends Friday from 4-6 p.m. at SCHOEDINGER MIDTOWN CHAPEL, 229 E. State Street. Memorial service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 444 E. Broad St. Family will observe private burial. Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Dyslexia Centers, 290 Cramer Creek Court, Dublin, OH 43017 or Motts Military Museum, 5075 S. Hamilton Rd., Groveport, OH 43125. Online condolences may be made to
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from January 11 to January 12, 2012

Charles Edward Vannetta


The Association has been notified by Carol Vannetta Farrell of Charles' death

William Edward Froelich, Jr. '43


Bill died December 25, 2011 in Gridley, IL. He is a member of the Holt family, well known in West Virginia and New Jersey politics. No further details are available

Robert Elwood Erwin


Robert Elwood Erwin, 85, passed away Saturday December 24, 2011 in Vienna, WV. He was born November 13, 1926 in Lewisburg, WV, a so of the late Joseph R and Lessie Wood Erwin.

Robert was a graduate of Lewisburg high School and also attended Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg. He is surbived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Wells Erwin; two sons David Jefrey of Alton, IL, and Richard Well ofTyrone, GA., and several grandchildren and neices and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted on Thursday, December 29 at St. Pauls United Methodist Church and the body was inturned in Evergreen North Cemetery wuth full military rites.

Thomas J. Trageser


Thomas Jay Trageser, a custom carpenter and builder, died Tuesday at his mother's home in Erie after a prolonged illness. He was 60. Born in Cleveland, Mr. Trageser was the son of Helen Trageser, and the late William Trageser. He attended Millcreek public and parochial schools, and the Greenbrier Military School, in Lewisburg, W. Va. He graduated from McDowell High School in 1969. In 1971, he married Carol Bebell, in Erie, and the couple moved to a home they built in Venango, Pa. He was employed as a salesman for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. until 1989, when the family moved to Arlington, Va. There, he established Trageser & Assoc., doing custom carpentry and commercial construction in the Washington, D.C. area. He closed the business and retired five years ago. Mr. Trageser had a big appetite for life, was great fun to be with, and never lost touch with his many close friends in the Erie area. He was an enthusiastic fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and also had a love of photography, golf, and pinochle, which he was playing with friends just hours before his death. In addition to his wife of 40 years, Mr. Trageser is survived by his mother, Helen Trageser, of Erie; two brothers, John of Millersville, Md., and his wife, Karen, and Andrew of Pittsburgh, and his wife, Susan. Also, three sisters, Christine Roylance of Cockeysville, Md., and her husband, Frank, Terry Colwell of Corry, Pa., and her husband, John, and Wendy Onorato, of Erie, and her husband, Paul. Also surviving are his son, Casey, daughter-in-law, Jackie; and grandson, Nathaniel, all of Woodbridge, Va.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Tom was preceded in death by a daughter, Katie Ann, in 1984, and a son, Todd, in 1991. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 4216 Sterrettania Rd., and are invited there on Friday for the funeral service at 2 p.m. conducted by the Rev. John Dyke. Burial will follow at the Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3642 W. 26th St., Erie, PA 16506.

Joseph Lemon


Lieutenant Colonel (US Army Retired) Joseph F. Lemon passed away December,17, 2011 in Lewisburg, WV. He was born in Claremont, WV to Dr. Charles W. Lemon, MD and Mary Virginia Lawton Lemon on Augus 3, 1918. The family moved to Lewisburg in 1932.

He attended Greenbrier Military School from 1932-38. He attended West Virginia University studying engineering and left school to join the US Army in 1942. He was assigned to the 78th Infantry (lightning) Division, Artillery, Camp Butler, NC. He deployed to England in October 1944 and to France in November 1944. He returned home in May of 1946. LTC Lemon served 21 years and 11 months. His tours of duty included Korea, Berlin,Germany; Trieste, Italy; Camp Zuma,Tokyo, Japan; Fort Sill, OK; Fort Chaffee, Ark; Fort Huachuca, AZ; and White Sands Missle Range, NM; and as an US Army recruiter in New Orleans. He retired in 1963 at Fort Sill, OK and returned to college to finish his degree. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with his Engineering Degree in 1965. He returned to Lewisburg to care for his mother. He was a supporter of Greenbrier Military School Alumni, West Virginia University, the 78 Division, and Oklahoma State University.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Charles W. Lemon, Jr and wife Norma Wallace Lemon. He is survived by his brother Dr. George L Lemon, MD (Bernice) of Nashville, TN; his nephews George L. Lemon (Rebecca Cutlip Lemon) of lewisburg, where he lived. Ted C. Lemon, Atlant, GA; nieces Virginia Lemon Strand (LTC John), Leavenworth, KS; Susan Jo Lemon Williams (Dana) Nashville, TN; Krin Lemon Valentine (Craig) and Laura Lemon Rhodes (Michael) both of Colorado Springs, CO; Barbara Lemon Esdale (Phillip), Birmingham, AL; 19 great nieces and nepphews and 15 great, great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 2PM at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service.

Note: The family donated the flag that draped Joe's casket to the Association to be used as Joe would have wanted

Charles Lewis Young


Charles Lewis Young, 85, of Charleston left this world while at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston Sunday, December 11, 2011 surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Charlie was born January 9, 1926 in Charleston and was the eldest son of Otmer M. and Thelma B. Young. As a young man he attended Greenbrier Military School and then graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School. After graduation Charlie enlisted in the Navy and served his country in various places, including Australia, during World War II. After the war, Charlie returned home and became an integral part of the family restaurant, the Quarrier Diner, as well as attending Morris Harvey College, now the University of Charleston.

Charlie married and had three daughters by his first wife, Marjorie Ann (French) Young. His first wife left this world prematurely, but Charlie made an extra special effort to be both father and mother to his three daughters. Whenever possible he would take them skiing, to the family farm in Ripley or on a vacation to a place they had never been. Over the next 50 years, Charlie devoted his life to these three girls and their children. Charlie always made time for his nine grandchildren. Each of them has many special memories with "C," the name he insisted they call him.

Charlie also had other interests that he shared with his wife, Drema, his children and their children. He was an avid hunter, and loved music, particularly jazz, and Civil War history, and was a fanatic skiier, skiing until he was in his mid- to late-70s. His interests varied widely, as evidenced by his membership in so many clubs and associations. He was a member of the National Restaurant Association; the Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow); the Civil War Roundtable; Charleston Jazz; the Kanawha Valley Historic and Preservation Society; the Fleming Hunt Club; Shriner's; the Cotillion Dance Club; and was a founding member of Snowshoe Mountain Resort.

Charlie, of course, was the Quarrier Diner. Known by his friends as the "Mayor of Quarrier Street," Charlie would greet every customer by name with a huge smile and sincere words that said, "you're special." He always served a varied menu of delicious home cooking at exceedingly affordable prices. Charlie was out to please people, not to make a fortune.

Charlie is preceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie; his youngest daughter, Kathryn Ann Young; and his brother, Edward H. Young.

He is survived by his wife, Drema Slack-Young; two of his daughters, Marcia L. (William) Talbott and Harriet L. (Richard C.) Hoy; his stepson, David Slack; his sister, Betty Jo Schumann; sister-in-law, Ariel Young; and nine grandchildren. He also leaves behind five great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins with whom he maintained contact throughout the years.

Thank you to the staff and residents at both Golden Living Center in Glasgow and Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston. They became part of our family.

Memorial service to celebrate Charlie's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston. A reception will immediately follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Charlie's memory may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killan Hill Rd. SW, Lilburn, GA 30047; or the Hubbard Hospice House, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

You may send your condolences to the family at

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

Thanks to the Charleson GAzette

Houston M. McMurray


Family notified Association of Houston's passing

James Kenny (William) Whitlock


James Kenny William Whitlock died at the Chillicothie Ohio Veterans Medical center on November 18, 2011. He was born March 15, 1953 in Beckley, WV, the son of the late Grady Lee and Marjorie Belcher Whitlock. He was preceded in death by his brother Lee and his sister-in-law Debbie Whitlock. JK is survived by a daughter, Chloe Anna Meadows and his sister, Clydia and brother Greg.

JK was a graduate of Greenbrier military School and served as president of his senior class. He served in the U.S.Army in the 82nd Airborne Division.

Services will be held on November 23, 2011 at the Melton Mortuary Chapel in Beckley, WV and will be laid to rest in the family plot at the High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill, WV

Donald P. Webb


Donald "Butch" Webb
Mar. 17, 1941 - Nov. 18, 2011
Donald ‘Butch’ Webb, age 70, of Crossville, TN, passed away November 18, 2011 at his home. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.

He was born March 17, 1941 in Yukon, WV, to Donald and Marie Webb.

Mr. Webb served in the U.S. Army. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion. He was an Engineer and Mine Foreman at the U.S. Steel Mines located in Gary and Pineville, WV.
His interests included family, bluegrass music, golfing and motorcycles.

Mr. Webb was survived by his mother, Marie Blankenship Webb of Ashland, KY; and his sister, Brenda Popovich and her husband, Larry of Worthington, KY.

He is also survived by his wife of 39 years, Janet and his 3 children : daughter, Donna Cook and husband, Steve of Sweetwater, TN; daughter, Glenis Brown of Crossville, TN; son, Michael Vickers and wife, Tonya of Pineville, WV.

Additional survivors include; 1 niece, 9 Grandchildren and 6 Great-Grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, or The National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.

A memorial service will be held on March 17, 2012 at 2 P.M. at Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, 3578 Coal Heritage Road, Bluewell, WV, (304) 589-3451, with Pastor, Garland Cook, officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Bradshaw American Legion Post 175 and Iaeger V.F.W. Post 1144.

Fanning Funeral Home in Welch is assisting the Webb family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Wife Janet reported Don's death.

Carmen D. Polino


Carmen D. Polino '46 died November 15, 2011 in Fairmont WV as reported by Kathleen Polino.

Additional details will be provided as they become available.

Ernest Linwood Young


Ernest Linwood ‘Lin’ Young, 69, of Gallipolis passed away unexpectedly on November 12th while vacationing. His death brings to a close a life filled with hard work, service, adventure, and love and loyalty to friends.
Lin was born to Linwood and Avanelle (McDaniel) Young in Clarksburg, West Virginia . After attendingGreenbrier Military Academy for several years, he graduated from Philippi High School . Lin attendedAlderson-Broaddus College where he majored in business administration, played basketball, and joined the Delphic Fraternity. Upon graduating from college, he was commissioned in the United States Navy where he, as call-sign ‘Buzzard’, flew A4 Skyhawks and instructed upcoming aviators in advanced jets. Shortly after his commissioning in the Navy, Lin married Gloria Kay Freeland, his faithful companion until her death after a lengthy illness in 1984.
After six years in the Navy, Lin began his life as a family man in 1972 settling down in Gallipolis where he remained for the rest of his life. As a sales representative and subsequent Athens Branch store manager for Walker Machinery, Lin devoted thirty-six years to the lifeblood of Southeastern Ohio : coal, timber, and energy. In the late 1970’s, he was in the coal business as part-owner of CKL Mining. Lin continued to work in the heavy equipment industry after retirement as a part-time field inspector for IronPlanet.
While his career in the military and industry are notable, Lin’s dedication to his family, friends, and church will also be remembered. He married J. Beverly (Johnson) Young in 1985 thus becoming the father of five. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church since 1972 where he served on several committees that governed the affairs of the church. As a former naval aviator, he lent his expertise as a member of the Gallia-Meigs Airport Authority. As a lover of trains, he served as District Superintendent for the National Model Railroaders Association where he earned the Russ Wenderfer Award for outstanding promotion of his hobby. He also opened his home to countless guests to both see and operate the Grafton and Greenbrier, the model railroad in his basement ( In recent years, he further broadened his horizons by joining the board of trustees for the French Art Colony.
Lin was also a member of the Bigelow Masonic Lodge #52 of Phillipi, West Virginia and a member of the Ancient, Accepted Scottish Rites, Valley of Columbus Lodge and Aladdin Shrine.
Any picture of Lin would be incomplete without mentioning those things that are hard to quantify: his willingness to lend a helping hand, his ability to connect with just about anyone, and his loyalty to his family.
Lin is preceded in death by Gloria, his parents, his stepfather A. Browne Corley and a sister-in-law, Linda Corley. In addition to Beverly, he is survived by his sister Nancy (James) Coleman ofLewisburg, West Virginia . He is further survived by his five children: Charles Young (Jessica) of Meeker, Oklahoma ; Jennifer (Michael) Gambla of Hinsdale, Illinois; Gordon (Stephanie) Splete of Cincinnati; Eric (Jenn) Splete of Hinckley, Ohio; and Shenan (Craig) Jones of Hinckley, Ohio. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren: Emily, Natalie, Sadie and Kate Young; Madeline, Abigail and Amelia Gambla; Olivia and Calvin Splete; and Davey, Thomas and Jayna Jones. Also surviving are his stepbrothers and stepsisters, A.B. "Sonny" (Cathy) Corley, Jr. of Elkview, West Virginia, Craig (Hilda) Corley of Gloucester, Virginia, Katie (Tom) Nee of Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania, Mike Corley of Lewisburg, West Virginia and Mary Jo (Cornelius) Jones of Institute, West Virginia.
Services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 18, 2011 at Grace United Methodist Church with Pastor Bill Thomas officiating. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the Willis Funeral Home on Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 4-8 p.m.

Nathan William Hurtt


Dr. Nathan William "Bill" Hurtt, formerly of Brighton Township, passed peacefully on September 11, 2011 with his son at his side in Pittsford, NY.

Bill was born March 21, 1929 in Jackson, MI to the late Robert S. and Edna Maple Boys Hurtt.

Preceding him in death was his wife of52 years, Susan L, a son Norman R.; a daughter, Ann Marie; a brother, Roberts S., and a sister Edna L.

Surviving is a son, Dr. William L. (Lynne); three grandsons Justin, Nathan, an Aaron; a sister, Christine Peterson, and a sis-in-law, Dorthy.

Bill had been a resident of Brighton Township for 52 years and resided in Port Charlotte , FL and most recently Pittsford, NY. He was a retired general dentist, having practiced in Beaver for 42 years and maintained a 50 yea membership in the Western Pennsylvania Dental Society. Dr. Hurtt was honored as a lifetime member of the American Dental Association . He was faithful member, Elder and Deacon for Park United Presbyterian Church in Beaver. Bill received his DDS fro the University of Pittsburgh after attending both Bucknell University and Greenbrier Military School. Dr. Hurtt was a World War II veteran having served in the Marine Corps. He was a 50 member of St. James Lodge #457 of the New Castle Consistory and a 50 year member of Syria Shrine Temple. Bill was an avid sportsman enjoying a lifetime of hunting and fishing. He was a member and director of the Sewickley Heights Gun Club and former member of Beaver Valley Country Club. Riverwood Country Club in Port Charlotte , FL., Kiwanis Club and Boy Scouts Canoe Trails.

Roland M. Bogert


Roland M. Bogert, 63, of Buckhannon, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at the home of his son, Charles L. Bogert in Lenexa, Kan.

He was born Aug. 3, 1948, and was the son of the late Raymond K. Bogert and Pauline S. Bogert.

In addition to his two parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Sue Abbott; infant, Carolyn Ann Bogert; and twin brother, Raymond K. Bogert III.

He is survived by one son, Charles Lovell Bogert and his wife, Jodi, and his two granddaughters, Bryce Ann and Paige Elizabeth of Lenexa, Kan.; six nieces, Amy Shealy and husband, Jim, of Lexington, S.C., Kim Trittenwein and husband, Oliver, of Chesnee, S.C., Merribeth Butler and husband, Trey, of Charlotte, N.C., Mary Ellen Calhoon and husband, Kelly, Stacy Lynn Bogert and Jeremy Egglefield of Sarasota, Fla, and Martha Ann Bogert and Dan Harvey of Brooklyn, N.Y. He is also survived by his great-nieces Kaitlin and Betsy Shealy, Isabella and Grace Trittenwein; and great-nephew, Clay Butler.

Mr. Bogert was a coal miner, member of the Fraternal Order of the Elks and Moose Lodge and Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. Roland was also involved with the Punta Gorda's PGI Civic Association as well as the Elkins Pilots Club. He attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and served in the Army Reserves. Roland enjoyed golfing and fishing, spending time in Florida with his companion and friend, Vera Bennett. He lived life to the fullest with his friends and family.

Friends will be received Friday, Nov. 18, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home with an Elks service following. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Joseph Shreve officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Cemetery at Philippi.

Online condolences may be made to the family at In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society, 1700 MacCorkle SE, Third Floor, Charleston, WV 25314 or call 304-347-5850 code SCA for Melanoma. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles S. Plumb II


Charles S. Plumb, II, 83, of Venice, FL, formerly of Columbus, OH, died November5, 2011. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Elaine; son, Charles III of Tulsa, OK.; daughter Amy Sharpe of Columbus, OH.; and three grandchildren, Joseph and Nora Plumb and Claire Sharpe. After Graduating from Greenbrier Military School and Washington & Lee University, he served in the 484th Engineers during the Korean War. Thereafter his career included managing investments and personnel of various institutional investors in Columbus, OH, Toledo, Oh and Washington, DC.

Printed in the Columbus Dispatch on November 9, 2011

Harold H. "Hank" Marsh


On November 4, 2011, at Renaissance Gardens, Silver Spring, MDD, Hank died of congestive heart failure and related illnesses. Survivors include his wife of 32 yeas, Ellen Denney Marsh; sons, Jim (Lisa). Seattle, WV, and Duncan, (Mindy), Everett, WA; Eileen's daughter, Megan Gardner, Phoenix, MD, and Carol Love (Patrick), St. Petersburg, FL; and 11 grandchildren.

Following graduation from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV, Hank served in the U.S.Army, where his love of military history was deepened during an 18-month posting to Germany. Graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Civil Engineering, Hank went to work at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. Retiring from WSSC in 1984, he worked a the Prince George County, MD Department of Public Works until his second retirement in 1996.

Hank and Eileen lived in THE HOUSE HANK BUILT in Beltsville, MD for many years , before moving to Riderwood Village, Silver Spring, MD in 2004, where they made many new friends and enjoyed classes, activities, and dinning with neighbors. Hank will be remembered fondly for his smile, his stories, and his repertoire of corny jokes,

Born in 1935, the year that Alcholics Anonymous was founded, Hank is also survived by many friends of Bill W., with whom he shared 37 years of sobriety in fellowhip. The Big Meeting has welcomed him home.

Private services will be held at a future date.

Published in The Washington Post on November 20, 2011.

Ross Vedder Hersey


HERSEY, Ross V., 94, of Waynesboro, VA, passed away November 1, 2011 at his residence at Stuarts Draft Retirement Community.

He was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on June 27, 1917 and is a graduate of Greenbrier Military School (1936) and Washington & Lee University (1940). After graduating from W&L he came to Waynesboro as Circulation Manager of the News-Virginian. During his brief stay in Waynesboro before World War II, he met and married the former Betty Lou Bush.

During World War II he served in the European Theater of Operations with the Army’s First Infantry Division. He was wounded in North Africa and received the Silver Star for heroism in combat, the Purple Heart, and the French Croix de Guerre with star. He was mustered out as a major.

After the war Mr. Hersey returned to Waynesboro and the News-Virginian and in 1947 was named its Managing Editor. In 1949 he joined the E. I. duPont Company facility in Waynesboro in public relations and personnel work. He retired from duPont in 1974 to pursue a career in public speaking where he made over 1,700 talks in all 50 states to banquets and conventions. He received the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association.

He was a member of the Waynesboro Kiwanis Club for 46 years, serving as president of his club and as lieutenant governor of the Capital District’s Fifth Division. As a Kiwanian, he chaired the committee that brought Little League baseball to Waynesboro. He served as vice-chairman of both the local Red Cross and the United Way organizations and was president of the Waynesboro Concert Association.

He served as alumni class agent for Washington & Lee for nine years and served two years as president of the Augusta-Rockingham W&L Alumni Chapter. He was a founding member of both the Oak Grove Theater and the Waynesboro Players and performed or directed in over 60 plays. He also served over 20 years on the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace.

Mr. Hersey was an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. He sang in the choir for many years, and served as president of the church men’s group, as a Sunday School teacher, and a Vestryman. He also served many years as a lay reader, being the first layman in the diocese to administer Holy Communion. He served the Diocese of Southwest Virginia as president of the Laymen of the Diocese and as editor of the Southwestern Episcopalian.

He is preceded in death by his parents Ross V. Hersey, Sr. and Ida C. Hersey and by his daughter-in-law, Patricia E. Hersey. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lou Hersey, by his four children, Robin Hersey of Waynesboro, Barbara Overstreet and her husband Ray of Bedford, Missie Hersey of Richmond, and Andrew Hersey of Charlottesville, and by two grandchildren, Brian and Holland Hersey, both of Waynesboro.

A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 473 S. Wayne Ave., at 4:00PM on Friday, November 4, 2011. The family will receive guests in the library at St. John’s prior to the service, beginning at 3:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Ross’ name to the Agape fund at St. John’s or to the Stuarts Draft Retirement Community Memorial Fund (144 Patton Farm Rd., Stuarts Draft, VA).

The family expresses its heartfelt thanks to Rodney Martin and the staff of the Stuarts Draft Retirement Community and to the Hospice of the Shenandoah for their kindness and compassionate care.


It should be noted, Ross graduated from Greenbrier Military School in 1935 and returned for a post graduate year in 1936 as Cadet Major, the highest rank in the school. He was a life member of the Alumni Association and returned in the 90's and entertained & motivated his fellow classmates and their families at their dinner/dance at The Greebrier. Ross was a member of "the greatest generation".

Gregory Aaron Shaffer


SALEM - Greg Shaffer, 60, of Salem, died October 30, 2011 at 4:50 a.m. at Salem Community Hospital.

Greg handled this final challenge (prostate cancer) with dignity and maintained his sense of humor throughout, never giving up hope of better days. We'll miss his presence and Christmas will never be the same without him.

He was born on Dec. 28, 1950 in Massillon, OH. He was the son of B. Jean (Christopher) Shaffer and the late C.G. "Bud" Shaffer.

He is survived by his mother of Salem; brother Larry (Kathy) Shaffer of Salem; and sister Rhonda Shaffer of Fairport, NY. He also left behind two nephews, Scott (Darla) Shaffer of Dubois, PA and Mike (Tara) Shaffer of Mt. Juliet, TN plus five grandnieces and nephews and one great-grandniece.

In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by grandparents, Aaron and Jenny Shaffer; grandmother Clela Beckler; a nephew, Daniel Shaffer; plus two aunts and three uncles.

Greg attended Greenbrier Military Academy in White Sulpher Springs, WV for two years and graduated from Salem High School in 1968. He earned his mechanical engineering degree from Kent State. Greg was the owner of G. Toner Cartridge in Salem and actively involved with the Tea Party. He also attended Holy Trinity English Lutheran Church.

A Celebration of Life Service will be observed on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Salem Holy Trinity English Lutheran Church with the Rev Connie Sassanella of the church officiating.

Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Beloit, Ohio. A time of visitation will be observed one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Holy Trinity English Lutheran Church 1089 East State St., Salem, Ohio 44460.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen Funeral Home, Salem, Ohio.


Arch Francis Knighton


Arch Francis Knighton ,82, Of Mamick Street, White Sulphur Springs, WV passed away late Saturday night , October 29, 2011 at the White Sulphur Springs Family care Center after an extended illness.

Born on January 12, 1929, he was the son of the late Arch Francis Sr. and Georgia Wylie Knighton.

Mr. Knighton, a member of First Presbyterian Church in White Sulphur springs, graduated from White Sulphur Springs high School where he excelled in basketball and football.He was an avid golfer all his life. He also attended Greenbrier Military School , Marshall University and the University of Georgia. Mr Knighton was a U.S.Army Veteran having served in the Korean Conflict. A certified member of the International Managers Association, Knighton was employed for 18 years at The Greenbrier , Manager of the Pipestem Resort and country clubs in both Virginia and West Virginia.

Preceding him in death other than his parents was his first wife , Ann Cooke Knighton, in 1987 Survivors include his wife at home, Helen Thacker Beall Knighton; Son, Ted Hinerman of Pipestem and daughter, Elizabeth Beall of St. Albans, WV.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at 11AM at Hillcrest Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs

There will be no visitation.

In lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Center. Shanklin Funeral Home in WSS is serving the family

George Stanley Staten


George Stanley Staten of Troutville, VA, died Sunday, October 16, 2011 from injuries incurred in a motorcycle accident.

Stanley grew p in Lewisburg, WV. He spent his childhood summers as a camper at Camp Shaw-Mi-Del-Eca and later as a teenager, as a camp counselor, teaching horseback riding. He made many friends during those summers and continued the friendship throughout his life. He attended Greenbrier Military School and West Virginia University. Stanley worked at the Lawson Transportation Company in Roanoke, VA.

An avid motorcyclist, Stanley belonged to the Gold Wing Riders Association and Southern Cruisers Association, as well as belonging to the Star City Motor Club in Roanoke. In this endeavor, he made many friends and traveled countless miles with them. He also enjoyed golf, attending horse shows, and building beautiful handmade furniture , like his father.

Stanley was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. He had an incredibly kind heart and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, Carol and Dick Staten of White Sulphur Springs, WV. He is survived by his loving wife, Ann; son Phillip and wife Jennifer; sister, Stuart Ann Hanna; brothers, Richard Staten of White Sulphur Springs and Michael Staten and wife, Barbara, of Mobile, AL; and several nieces and nephews

James R. Clowser


James R. Clowser, 79, passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at Hubbard Hospice House after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson's disease.
Born in Hillsboro on May 17, 1932, Jim attended Hillsboro High School, Greenbrier Military School and the University of Maryland. He returned to West Virginia to accept a position with the West Virginia Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. He was later appointed head of all vocational rehab centers in the state. He then went to the West Virginia Department of Mental Health where he supervised the agency's Community Program Development division.
In 1970, he was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health by Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr., where he administered the state's seven mental health hospitals, 13 community health centers and eight retardation centers.
In 1977, he founded Potomac House, Inc., which grew to five nursing homes and assisted care facilities in West Virginia and Virginia. It was ranked in 1981 in Inc. Magazine's