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2021 Reunion Registration Open!

 

The long-awaited GMS 1970-1971 Joint Reunion is officially underway!

Get your membership fees and/or event fees paid for in advance with our handy 2021 Reunion Registration form.

GMS 'Brier Patch' Yearbooks NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEW!

 

Hello to all GMS Alumni & Friends,

I am happy to announce as of today (May 24th, 2020) that 50 years of GMS yearbooks are now available for FREE VIEW on our website!

I hope many of you find pleasure in viewing these archives of history as I certainly did in the process of optimizing, stabilizing & cropping all 4,289 total pages from a dark microfilm state. Each yearbook has been carefully lightened with level & curve adjustments for easier visibility. As seen in this photo, the PDF reader allows for the PDF to be downloaded if you'd like to keep a copy for yourself. Also, to view the yearbook in full screen, click the "Presentation Mode" button above the reader.

A huge thanks also goes to Mike Ruth '69 and our museum curator, Mary Essig, for making this yearbook project possible!

Ready to check it out? View them under the Cadets dropdown, select "'Brier Patch' Yearbooks!"

Enjoy,

Matt Winans
GMSAA Webmaster

Read James "Deak" Roberts Jr.'s New "Passing in Review" Article

 

Read the Newest and Final Edition of James "Deak" Roberts Jr.'s "Passing in Review" series!

This is a Tribute to Herb Pearis, The Force that brought GMS alumni together and The Glue that held them together for over 30 years. Two years as a Student, 10 years as an Instructor / Counselor, and 30+ years as the GMSAA Secretary, Creator / Editor / Publisher of the Alumni Record, Herb has been an integral element of Greenbrier Military School and its alumni for over 42 years.

Read it all here! gmsaa.org/history/passing_in_review/james_herbert_pearis

August 2019 Alumni Record / 2018 Reunion Photos

 

Head on over to the Alumni Record page to see the newest August 2019 edition, honoring the Class of '69!

Also please feel free to browse photos of the latest 2018 GMS Reunion.

1967-1968 GMS Footage by Roderick C. M. White

 

GMS Cadet Roderick C. M. White recently transferred his home movies to digital format and provided this footage of some Greenbrier Military School (GMS) activities / parades in 1967-1968. He was a 7th-8th grade cadet at the school at the time. Thanks for the upload and share, Roderick!

Most Recent Cadet Obituaries

Ronald Benjamin Snyder

1957
 

A good man has died. RONALD BENJAMIN SNYDER passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at Greenbrier Valley Hospital, in Fairlea, West Virginia, on July 1, 2021.

Ron, as he was known to family, numerous friends, RBS family, church family, business associates and classmates, was born on October 4th in Harrisonburg, Virginia to Bennie and Bernice Snyder of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

He graduated from Greenbrier Military School, where he played football and was a member of The Owls Club. Ron Snyder also graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a degree in Civil engineering in 1962. While attending Carnegie, he played intramural sports, sang with Greek Sing, and served as Grand Master of his Fraternity, Kappa Sigma. He served as a Commissioned officer in the United States Army with the Second Engineer Battalion, Second Infantry Division during which he participated in Swift Strike III. In 1964, he returned to White Sulphur Springs and the family business, RBS Incorporated. He served as President of the West Virginia Contractors Association, President of the Builders Supply Association of West Virginia and Chairman of the Board, First National Bank in Ronceverte.

Ron was always expanding his knowledge, shown by his many hobbies and interests which included reading, walking, traveling and playing golf. A hobby he took great pleasure in was aviation. Early in life, he earned his single engine, multi-engine and instrument ratings and was an avid flyer in his free time. Ron also loved singing with the Old Stone Church Choir and with Treble and Bass. He was a faithful member of the Old Stone Church for over 50 years. Ron loved and cherished spending time with his grandchildren. He was a strong patriarch of his family, a good friend to all, and had a strong work ethic. Ron was a man of honor and integrity and always had a warm smile or hug for everyone.

Ron Snyder is survived by his loving wife, Suzanne, sons, William Benjamin Snyder and wife Anita of White Sulphur Springs, David Bradford Snyder and wife Kathryn of Lewisburg, loved and cherished grandchildren, Madison, Adam, Gillian, and Benjamin, Brothers, Dr. Mathew Dennis Snyder and wife Sophia of Philomath, Oregon and Stephen Douglas Snyder of Gig Harbor, Washington, a niece and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Bennie and Bernice Snyder of White Sulphur Springs, WV, and sister, Janice Sharon Butler.

A Celebration of Life will be held, Saturday, July 17, at 11:30 a.m., at Old Stone Presbyterian Church, Lewisburg, West Virginia, with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given in his name to Old Stone Presbyterian Church or the Greenbrier Valley Theater, Lewisburg, West Virginia.

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/obituaries/ronald-benjamin-snyder/article_11636b56-7859-52f3-bef8-ced3c9434672.html

John Theodore (Ted) Parker, Vice Admiral

1949
 

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/washingtontimes/name/john-parker-obituary?pid=199502263&fbclid=IwAR1VfOixT5_jmR6wS6Xx2R3Z7TMTwWQ7SKHYV2tEeLtqPKRxwyU4VNZ8fa8

Parker, John Theodore Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) Vice Admiral John Theodore Parker, United States Navy, (Ret.), age 89, died peacefully due to heart failure in the early evening of June 25, 2021. A native of Wheelwright, Kentucky, "Ted" was studying engineering at the Univ. of Cincinnati in 1951 when he was surprised by an invitation to apply to the US Naval Academy. He was accepted, and from that time on, saltwater began to run in his Appalachian veins.

Possessed of keen intelligence and a dry (and sometimes corny) sense of humor, Ted was accused by his classmates of "learning by osmosis: place book on desk, place feet on book, lean back and grow wise." And yet as a Midshipman, he commanded the 19th Company, the 5 th Battalion, and was Captain of the Fencing Team, winning All-American honors. He graduated, was commissioned as an Ensign, and got married in June of 1955.

During his active-duty years, Adm. Parker served on a number of ships, commanding three: USS St Clair County (LST-1096), USS Macdonough (DLG-8) and USS Piedmont (AD-17). He and his family moved innumerable times, from coast to coast and eventually overseas, where he served as Chief of Staff for the commander of the 6th Fleet. Several assignments involved him in the development of shipboard weapons systems. In 1978 he was assigned to lead the analytical effort to define the characteristics required in a new class of destroyers; this work led to design and construction of the Arleigh Burke class destroyers, which are still in service in large numbers. He regarded this analytical work as his most significant contribution to the Navy. He attended Nuclear Power School, and participated in the Navy's initial efforts in defense against ballistic missiles.

He earned a Master's degree in Public Administration from GWU, and is a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. As a flag officer, he commanded Service Group TWO in the Atlantic, served as special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, commanded the Operational Test and Evaluation Force, and in his final tour, Directed the Defense Nuclear Agency, reorienting that agency to the post-Cold War environment.

Along the way, three children showed up, delighting their parents, and eventually grandchildren were welcomed into the fold. In his free time, Ted greatly enjoyed playing the piano, with and without the assistance of his progeny, singing and harmonizing in his pleasing baritone. He always found great joy in teasing his beloved wife, and in simply spending time with his family. After retiring from active duty in 1989, he formed his own consulting company, serving as a director on several corporate boards, including Elbit Systems of America (whose contributions to the military defense of this country are substantial) and the Severn Leadership Group (SLG). Ted was a founding board member who ensured, with others, SLG's focus on developing leaders of character committed to serving others before self. With his USNA Class of '55 cohort, he coordinated and presented two major gifts to the Naval Academy: the restoration of the crypt of John Paul Jones, and a large mural representing the Cold War.

A life-long follower of Jesus, he chaired the administrative board at Calvary United Methodist Church in Arlington, VA for several years. In retirement, while residing in Annapolis, he and Mrs. Parker have been very active in the Naval Academy Chapel. He served as Chair of the Protestant Chapel Council and taught Plebe Sunday School for several years. He also organized the Chapel ministries that provide briefings about the Chapel for visitors, as well as video recordings of services for shut-ins and other requester's. His work with SLG and active mentorship of many participants reflected his deep faith, remaining a particular interest and passion until his death. In a final act of self-giving, he donated his body to the University of MD School of Medicine.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former H. Anne Solomons, daughter Leigh Anne Butterbrodt of Kenosha, WI; son John Theodore Parker III and daughter-in-law Carol-Ann Parker of Leonardtown, MD; daughter Emily Slough and son-in-law Stephen Slough of N. Springfield, VA; and three of his four grandchildren: Kathryn Parker Hutzel and Eric Hutzel, John Theodore Parker IV and Megan Dotson, and Sarah Slough. His sister, Ann "Rooney" Cappellari, of Huntington WV, also survives her brother.

A memorial service will be held on August 2 at 2pm at the US Naval Academy Chapel (enter at Gate 8), with private inurnment to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Severn Leadership Group, a non-profit focused on developing leaders of character committed to serving others before self. Donate online at https://severnleadership.org/donate/ or mail to 504 Tremont Circle, Annapolis, MD 21409. Please sign the Guestbook at www.legacy.com/washingtontimes

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Published by Washington Times from Jul. 20 to Jul. 23, 2021.

John Wade Bell III

1958
 

JOHN WADE BELL III, of Lewisburg, West Virginia, died peacefully at his home on June 10th, 2021 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina following a long illness. He was surrounded by his loving family. The son of Wade and Eleanor Bell, John Wade was born in Charleston, WV on November 19th, 1940. He was educated at Greenbrier Military School and West Virginia University.

He married Ann Tate, of White Sulphur Springs, in 1961, and together they raised two children, Kinsey and John, in Lewisburg, WV. He was a man of very diverse passions. His fascination with the weather led him to an early career in aviation as a pilot for Greenbrier Airlines, and his love of history and antiquities eventually called him to his true vocation as a builder and restorer of fine historic properties.

John Wade was in every essence, a passionate and driven creator. From his tireless pursuit of rare antiques, to growing massive vegetable gardens to share with friends and family, to restoring buildings and homes that no one else could envision saving, he was fully invested in everything he did. Once he decided to accomplish something, mountains were moved. He and his children even set up an amateur maple syrup operation on Washington Street.

As a builder, he was a hard man to beat, and his artistic legacy is visible across Greenbrier County. The principles of conservation and preservation formed his guiding constellation, and he loved sharing his work with anyone who was interested. His mentorship of many in the construction business is evident to this day, as many of the area's best craftsmen and builders learned from him.

Apart from his professional and vocational accomplishments, John Wade was an exceptionally generous and loving man, father, and husband. He loved imparting his wisdom and knowledge to others, whether it was a family member, employee, friend, or stranger. "Papa John", as he was known to all the little "possums" (his grandchildren), devoted countless hours to them - sharing his passion for travel, recounting tales of family history, and a whole bunch of sweet teasing and hilarious goofing.

He was a member of the Greenbrier Historical Society, a founding member of the West Virginia Home Builders Association, and a member of St. James Episcopal Church.

He is survived by his wife Ann, daughter Kinsey Mitchell (Alex), son John Wade Bell IV (Grecia) and his grandchildren, Will, Ben, Catherine, and Andrew Mitchell, and Olivia Bell. Also surviving are his siblings, Linda Ogburn (Charlie), Anne Carper (Kent), Cam Bell (Linda), and Andy Bell, sister in law, Kathleen Tate (Gene) along with numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved deeply.

Services will be held at St. James Episcopal Church in Lewisburg, West Virginia on June 26th at 10:30 a.m., with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given in his name to St. James Episcopal Church or the North House Museum in Lewisburg.

Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com/

Lawrence B. Lyon, Jr.

1946
 

LAWRENCE BRUCE "LARRY" LYON JR. - loving husband, devoted father, proud grandfather and great grandfather, and friend to many - joined God above Friday, March 26, 2021. Having spent a life in what is almost Heaven, he joins his wife and parents, in his eternal resting place. Impacted by respiratory issues that resulted in pneumonia, Larry passed away with his daughters at his side at the Hubbard Hospice House located at the CAMC Memorial campus in Charleston, West Virginia.

In 1955, Larry wed, Wilma Randolph, with whom he enjoyed 64 years of marriage. She was his world, the light of his life, and the reason for everything he did. There is no doubt that he has once again found his place, having been reunited with his greatest love in heaven.

Larry was born in Man, West Virginia to Lawrence Bruce "Frosty" and Myrtle (Carpenter) Lyon. The young family moved to Madison in 1928, which he considered home his entire life. He was a graduate of Scott High School, Greenbrier Military Academy and Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business and economics.

Following his graduation from VPI, Larry honorably served his country as a First Lieutenant in the Korean War. While based out of Japan and in active duty, Larry purchased his first gas station. Once his tour was concluded, Larry returned to Madison to build the business that became Lyon Oil Company. Together with his wife, Larry led the company to a tremendous success until it was dissolved in 1980. Thereafter, his entrepreneur spirit continued throughout other ventures until his retirement in 2015, at age 88.

A lover of history and an avid reader, Larry would admit one of his proudest accomplishments was authoring, Before the Morning Calm, a novel based on his time in Korea. Until the pandemic stopped in person meetings, Larry enjoyed monthly gatherings with other Korean Veterans. Totally devoted to his church and his community, Larry was a life-long member of the Madison United Methodist Church where he spent many years as a Sunday School teacher, and the Madison Rotary Club, which he joined in 1950 before shipping off to Korea. The Club counted him present each day of his deployment as regular attendance was mandatory then as it is today. Larry went on to proudly serve two terms as President and was the recipient of the distinguished Paul Harris Award.

Although Wilma was the gourmet cook in the family, Larry complimented many meals with his large delicious salads which grew famous among family and friends. Almost as well-known were his familiar greetings, jokes and phrases ("Oh, I am still kicking, just not very high") and his appreciation for jazz and symphony orchestras.

Wilma was early and successful in turning Larry - a Hokie by education - into a full-fledged Mountaineer. They would send two daughters to West Virginia University and faithfully support the school's athletic teams with a close circle of friends for many years.

Larry was predeceased by his wife, Wilma (Randolph) Lyon and his parents, Lawrence Bruce and Myrtle (Carpenter) Lyon. He is survived by his daughters, Kristena A. Lukish and Marianna Lyon Kiel and her husband, Jens Kiel, in addition to his grandchildren, Thomas J. Lukish, III and his wife Madelyn and Mary Katelyn (Lukish) Puccinelli and her husband Mark, plus his two great grandchildren, Amelia Jane Lukish and Leo James Puccinelli. He was proud of and dearly loved them all. He is survived by his sister, Dr. Mary Lou Lyon Lewis of Charleston, West Virginia and his brother William Lyon, of Wilmington, North Carolina. Larry is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at the Madison United Methodist Church in Madison, West Virginia on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 2 p.m. The family thanks attendees in advance for wearing a mask and practicing social distancing throughout the service.

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/obituaries/lawrence-bruce-lyon-jr/article_01dbe418-5a70-5d26-b1b8-82fbc2391936.html

Timothy Craig Scates

1971
 

Craig, age 67, passed away on March 18, 2021, after a long battle with cancer. Craig was a devoted husband and father who deeply loved his family and his friends. Craig never met a stranger, loved to tell jokes, and had many hobbies. Craig loved to hunt and fish. Craig also had a passion for the game of golf and was an excellent left-handed golfer and competitive champion.

Craig is survived by his wife of 38 years, Shryl, son Matt, daughter Caron, son Adam "Hunter," son-in-law Rob, and grandchildren Camden and Kaylyn. Craig is also survived by his parents Norma and Jerry, brother Bruce, sister-in-law Theresa, their children, Jackie and Josh, and mother-in-law Virginia Thompson. Craig was preceded in death in 2015 by his father-in-law and dearest friend, Jim Thompson.

A memorial service will be held on April 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm at The Vineyard Church, 4616 2nd St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. After the service, a reception for family and friends will be held at the Dragon Horn, 2906 Juan Tabo, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112.

The family extends much gratitude and thanks to the many devoted healthcare and hospice workers who cared for Craig during his illness. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Craig's memory can be made to the American Cancer Association or Heartland Hospice.

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/timothy-scates-obituary?pid=198300064&fbclid=IwAR1r-RF11RXdaTJ-Ihb93aAmUw47aZaW844pBSf8s2dGHp4tGF-VqMwAsP0