Cadet Obituaries

Format: 2021

Edmund (Ed) B. Bookman, Jr.


U.S. Veteran

Edmund (Ed) B. Bookman Jr passed away on Sept 4, 2021 at Bradley Creek Health Center. He was born October 12, 1929 in West Virginia the second of four children of Edmund B. Bookman and Lillian Bookman Osteen. He was preceded in death by his parents and his older sister Katherine Sullivan. He is survived by his loving wife of 73 years Jane, daughter Jane Hutchison (Bill) of Connecticut, his son Edmund B. Bookman III of Wilmington. Grandchildren Melissa K Miller (Shawn) and Edmund B Bookman IV (Julianna), two Great Grandchildren Jordan and Justice Miller, brother David Bookman, sister Judith Bookman and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ed was a graduate of the Greenbrier Military School in 1947 and a graduated with a Mining Engineering degree from West Virginia University in 1952. He retired from the United States Army as a LTC in 1980 after 28 years. He served one tour of duty in Korea and two tours of duty in Vietnam as a military pilot.

After retiring Ed moved to Wilmington where he was active in the Pine Valley Methodist Church serving both as the church treasurer for a number of years and then as President of the Ever 49’s, West Virginia University Graduate Emeritus, Hospice Volunteer, President of Cape Fear Shag Club and active in a number of bridge groups in Wilmington including Contract Bridge at the local YMCA.

A celebration of life will be held at a future date.

Memorial donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Life Care, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401
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Ronald Benjamin Snyder


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.

John Theodore (Ted) Parker, Vice Admiral


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 or mail to 504 Tremont Circle, Annapolis, MD 21409. Please sign the Guestbook at

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

John Wade Bell III


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.

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Miles Poindexter III


Miles Poindexter lll, passed away on April 20, 2021, the day after his 76th birthday. Predeceased by his parents Ellen Jane and Miles Poindexter ll, he was born in Richmond and raised in Danville, Virginia. Miles attended the University of Virginia, where he was a member of St. Elmo Hall. He graduated from Humbolt State University in California and the Wooden Boat School in Maine.
He served honorably in the Marine Corps. Miles is survived by his daughter, Chase Poindexter Cunningham (Stephen) of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
An adventurer, sailor, boat builder, wood craftsman, bird lover and avid reader, he was an interesting character who never forgot the past. Miles always enjoyed rich conversations with just about anyone.

Lawrence B. Lyon, Jr.


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.

Timothy Craig Scates


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.

Enrico Benigno


Enrico “Rocco/Rico” Benigno, 80, passed away on March 7, 2021. He was born in Manhattan, NY and lived in Brooklyn, NY before moving to Garfield, NJ where he remained. He graduated from Garfield High School in 1958. He also was an alumni of Greenbriar Military School, graduating in 1959. He then attended Montana State University where he played football. He also had his Real Estate license. Before retiring, Rico worked in various positions in the concrete industry for many years in both New York and New Jersey. He then worked for the Garfield School District as a Security Guard and retired in 2014. He loved his fish pond and enjoyed scuba diving on his many vacations with his wife. He also enjoyed spending time with his two beloved pet cats. Predeceased by his parents Edward I. and Mary Benigno, and a brother Edward Benigno, Jr. Beloved husband of Andrea Benigno (nee Stanish). Devoted loving father of Ashley Grey Bennington. Dear brother of Sal Benigno and Joanne Chinelly (nee Benigno). He was a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews and had many godchildren. Rico was a caring person who went far and beyond to help others. He will be missed by many. Funeral services were private. Santangelo Funeral Home, 300 Main St., Lodi.

Donald Peters


Donald W. Peters, age 92, of Westerville, passed away Saturday, February 27th, 2021.

Born March 14th, 1928 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Henry Peters and Jessie (Wilson) Peters. Don was the youngest of 3 children and was fascinated with aviation at a very young age after accompanying his father to an air show at the newly constructed Port Columbus Airport. Don watched through the fence as SB2C Dive Bombers rolled off the assembly line at The Curtis-Wright Factory on Fifth Ave during World War II. At the same time he began flight training at the old Norton Field airport in Whitehall. He graduated Columbus North High School in 1946 after spending several years at The Greenbrier Military Academy in West Virginia. He got a job with The Piper Aircraft Company delivering new Piper Cub aircraft from the factory in Lockhaven, PA to buyers around the country. In 1948 he joined The United States Air Force and graduated from pilot training in San Angelo, TX in 1949 as a member of Cadet Class 49-C.

He was assigned to The Military Air Transport Command (MATS) and flew aircraft around the world including over the Pacific Ocean during the Korean Conflict. While based at Hickam Field, Honolulu, Hawaii he met Miss Nancy Boles of Bend, Oregon. They were married in Honolulu on June 14th, 1953. Later in 1953, Don was hired by Trans World Airlines (TWA) and assigned to a base in Detroit, Michigan flying DC-3s. In 1955 he starting flying international routes for TWA in the Lockheed Constellation and in 1956 he and Nancy lived in Cairo, Egypt on assignment. During the Suez Crisis they were evacuated by The United States Navy and returned to the United States, now assigned to the New York domicile.

Don continued to fly for TWA for 34 years as Captain of 707, 727, L1011 aircraft and finishing his career on the Boeing 747. In 1975 the couple had moved back to Ohio and settled in Westerville with their two sons David and Alan.

After retiring from TWA in 1988, Don was retained by The Limited as a pilot on their corporate aircraft and flew with them until 1995. He flew restored WW II Bombers for the Commemorative Air Force at Air Shows around the country. He stayed active in aviation affairs locally at both Port Columbus and Don Scott Field. He rebuilt a 1946 Piper J-3 Cub which he flew for several years before hanging up his wings and donating it to The Ohio State University. It now hangs in the rotunda of newly constructed terminal at OSU airport. He was a member of the Old Buzzards Club of Westerville, EAA Chapter 9, The Quiet Birdmen, Professional Pilots Association and of First Church of Christian Science in Clintonville.

He is survived by his sons David A. Peters of Columbus; Alan W. and Molly Peters of Blacklick; grandchildren Ethan P. Peters of Columbus; Mahala M. Peters of Blacklick; nieces and nephews. The family would also like to acknowledge the friendship of personal assistant Rene Harrington.

Donations in memory of Don can be made to The Ohio Air and Space Hall of Fame and Museum.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.

John Katon


John Katon Obituary
Here is John Katon’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences.

It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved John Katon (Oakmont, Pennsylvania), who passed away at the age of 75, on February 17, 2020. Family and friends can light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of John Katon to show support.

He was predeceased by : his parents, William Katon and Margret Katon; his son Robert; and his sister Joan Clarke (Ben). He is survived by : his children, William Katon (Nicole), Kimberly Proffer and Maggie Katon; and his siblings, Jay Katon (Lee) and Dotty Hoeflinger (Helmet). He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Charles Thomas Craft


Charles “Chuck” Thomas Craft, 73, of Spotsylvania, VA, with ‘a heart bigger than any fish he ever caught’, peacefully passed in his home Thursday, February 4, 2021.

Chuck was born in Logan, WV, to Frances Louise (Garwood) and Thomas Alfred “Al” Craft on December 30, 1947. He graduated from the Greenbrier Military School in 1965. He attended and was on the Dean's Honor List at West Virginia University, Marshall University and Bluefield State College. Chuck met the love of his life, Jackie and her two children Ed and Eileen; he and Jackie married on April 12th, 1975, in Huntington, WV. Chuck paused his studies to dutifully raise and provide for an instant family, with another soon on the way, by putting his life on the line working in a local coal mine. He became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and moved his new family to Utah where they were sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple of the Church. While in Utah he found great joy surrounded by so many others of his same faith. For a time he was co-partner of a subdivision development and construction company with his two closest friends Dennis Flynn and Hal Golightly. In search of new opportunities, he eventually moved his family to Los Angeles, California, and finally settled in Northern Virginia. Well into his 50s, and with perseverance, Charles at last completed those remaining credits and earned his college degree from Bluefield State College. Throughout his varied career he learned everything there is to know about the construction and building industry and put that knowledge to good use as a public servant and Supervisory Site Inspector for the Fairfax County Government where he worked until he retired in 2013.

With great pride he served four years in the US Air Force to include a combat tour in the Vietnam War with the 6924th Security Squadron in DaNang, South Vietnam, earning several medals. He served too many years to remember in the Optimist Club of Springfield, VA, with several years as President. He was Boy Scout Leader, taught Sunday school for numerous years, and held several other Church callings. Outside of service to his church and community, his favorite pastimes were fishing the James River with his boys and grandkids, and spending time with his family.

Charles was preceded in death by his mother and father Frances Louise and Thomas Alfred Craft.

Charles is survived by his precious wife and soul mate, Jackie Craft; his five children: Edward Powers (Cathy), Eileen Jones, Mary Smith (Darren), Charles Craft II (Dona), and Thomas Craft II (Lauren); ‘Irish twin’ brother, George Craft, dear sister Ann Marie Schafter (Butch), and baby brother Don Craft (Monique); his greatest legacy (as ‘Pop-Pop’) - his twelve grandchildren: Connor McClure, Emma McClure, Lauren Headrick (D.J.), Justin Jones, Devon Smith, Jackson Smith, Chloe Craft, Charles “Trey” Craft III, Malina Fortune (Reese), Maya Richardson, Alayna Richardson, and Alycia Richardson; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, with Bishop Alan Camp of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officiating, for up to a maximum of 80 people*. Family members only are then invited to attend a committal service at Quantico National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19 mandates, masks will be required in the funeral home.

*The family respectfully asks that others attend the funeral virtually via webcast due to social gathering restrictions. An online memorial tribute page has been created for everyone to share and enjoy fond memories and pictures of Chuck.

Pallbearers will be his sons, Ed, Charles, and Tom; grandsons, Connor and Trey; and son-in-law, Darren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his name to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):

The family wishes to extend their sincerest thanks to Chuck’s doctors, especially Dr. John O’Brien, the staff at Mary Washington University Hospital, the Spotsylvania Ward Bishopric and Ministering Brethren of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and friends and family of that Ward. The family is also very grateful for all the support and services that their local VA facility has provided. The services, support, and outreach from all are truly appreciated.


Dorothy (Del Bene) Mohn


(From Geoffrey Mohn)
My mom was very intense in her belief that we could be what ever we wanted to be. She would grip each of our faces and tell us this with such conviction. I cannot repay such faith. How could I not let her down. I am in her debt for such faith in me . I feel unworthy of such faith. I owe her vastly more than I can repay.

(From Megan Mohn Johnson)

We lost our beautiful Mother this past Saturday. She loved living in Lewisburg and loved to reminisce about our happy days there. One of our favorite stories that our Dad, Major Richard Mohn, would like to tell was about the time Mother went bowling on Fairview Road. The story goes that a group of cadets were walking off demerits in formation on Fairview Road when Mother came flying up the road (we lived on Fairview Road at the time) and the cadets went diving into the ditch! The story found its way to Dad and he loved to tease Mother about it! Mother will be dearly missed.

Dorothy E. Mohn, 90, of Girard, died on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at her home with her family by her side. Dorothy was born November 21, 1929, a daughter of Attorney Michael A. and Mary L. (Orians) Del Bene. She was a sister to Norene Del Bene Beach of Alexandria, VA, Joyce Del Bene Acheson of Lima, Ohio, Pauline Del Bene Boye of Warren, Ohio and Charles A. Del Bene, who is deceased. Dorothy was a graduate of St. Rose Elementary School, Girard High School, Seton Hill College and Youngstown State University. She was a member of St. Rose Church and the Mary Chesney Chapter of DAR. She married Richard G. Mohn (Deceased) on December 1, 1951, the father of their eight children. She was a mother to Geoffrey R. Mohn and wife Rebecca, of Huntington, WV, Mary Mohn Deutsch, husband Gary, of St Louis, MO, Rosanne Mohn Murphy, husband Thomas, of Chesapeake, VA, Lisa Mohn Chapman, husband John, of Brunswick, GA, Megan Mohn Johnson, husband Jeffery, of Athens, WV, Joyce Mohn Burton, husband Walter, of Oak Ridge, NC, Michael A. Mohn, wife Rebecca (Deceased), of Girard and Gretchen Mohn Cipriano, husband Christopher, of Columbus, Ohio. She was a grandmother to nineteen grandchildren, one of whom, Kent Burton, is deceased, and seventeen great grandchildren. She had many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. All afforded her a rich, full and happy life. A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, November 19th, 11:00 AM at St. Rose Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rose Church, 48 N. Main St., Girard, Ohio, or the Emmanuel Community Care Center, 2 N. State St., Girard, Ohio 44420, of which she was a loyal supporter.

Jay Robbins McKenzie


Jay Robbins McKenzie, 82, of Richwood, WV passed away on November 3, 2020, in Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill, WV.

Jay was born on January 2, 1938, in Richwood, WV to the late James Albert and Virginia Ruth Robbins McKenzie. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, and was always available to share sound advice with his children and grandchildren.

Jay left Richwood in his earlier years to work in the coal and railroad industry as both a mine owner, then as a consultant, and then returned to Richwood as retirement approached. He had a great sense of humor and was quick to share a joke or a funny moment. He could often be found relaxing on the front porch of his house, enjoying an occasional cigar and taking in the sights and sounds of Richwood. Jay was an outstanding basketball athlete in high school and remained an avid college basketball and football enthusiast throughout his life.

In retirement, Jay took an interest in refurbishing and refinishing furniture and could often be found puttering in his workshop. He was preceded in death by his parents, James “Jiggs” Albert McKenzie and Virginia “Cookie” Ruth Robbins McKenzie, brothers, James and Jan McKenzie, sister, Joan McKenzie, and son Michael McKenzie.

SURVIVORS: Wife: Pat McKenzie, Children: Jay Robbins McKenzie, Jr. and wife Beverly, Huntersville, NC, Virginia Christine McKenzie, Richwood, WV, Patrick Kevin McKenzie, Greenville, SC, 5 Grandchildren and 2 Great-Grandchildren.

Per Jay’s request, he will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman funeral home.

Wayne Leroy Johnson


Obituary for Wayne Leroy Johnson
Wayne Leroy Johnson, age 84, of Wiggins, Mississippi passed away Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Gulfport Memorial Hospital of Covid-19 health complications. Wayne was born December 08, 1935, in Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland to the late Elmer Leroy and Gladys Emmart Johnson. He will be greatly missed by his family and many Gulf Coast and Pearisburg, VA friends. Wayne was a generous soul and people were drawn to him. He loved being around and talking with other people.

Wayne was a 1954 graduate of Greenbrier Military School, Lewisburg, WV where he was accomplished on the basketball court and football field as well as being the first trumpet in the band. After graduation he joined the U. S. Air Force as he said, “to see the world.” In 1955 he was assigned to Sculthorpe Air Force Base in England and met Lilian Lister of Manchester, England and they were married in May of 1958. Over his twenty-year career he would go on to be assigned to permanent and temporary duty stations at some 15 U.S. Air Force bases around the world. After retirement Wayne and Lilian moved back to the Mississippi Gulf Coast living in Gulfport and Wiggins. Wayne started a second career as a Harrison County Deputy Sheriff where he worked for 10 years. From there he worked as a bail bondsman in Gulfport, MS.

He loved golfing and watching sports on TV. He participated in many Shrine activities at the Masonic Lodge located in Perkinston, Mississippi where he had obtained his 32nd Degree. He loved reconnecting at reunions at Greenbrier Military School in WV and Pearisburg High School in VA. Wayne was always in possession of the latest electronic devices and assorted gadgets that he would talk about and share with family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Lilian Lister Johnson; son, Gary Michael Johnson; and brother, Robert Charles Johnson. Wayne is survived by brother, Gary William Johnson and wife Sandra of Asheville, NC; sons, Robert Anthony Johnson of Gulfport, MS and Michael Leroy Johnson of Wiggins, MS; grandchildren, Christina and husband Joshua King of Gulfport, MS, Justin Johnson of Gulfport, MS, Joshua Johnson of Gulfport, MS, Alexis Johnson of Wiggins, MS, Zachary Johnson, of Hawaii, Nicholas Johnson of Fort Walton Beach, FL; great grandchildren, Jasmine, Lilyann, and Mason King; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special friend Helen Dale.

Visitation will be Friday, October 2, 2020, at Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home, O’Neal Road, Gulfport, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The funeral service with Masonic Rites will be at 12 noon in the funeral home chapel. The graveside service with honors by the US Air Force will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Biloxi National Cemetery. Masks must be worn by everyone attending the visitation and funeral service. Attendance at the cemetery is limited to 20 people. Due to the restrictions for flowers at the Biloxi National Cemetery, the family requests memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Home is honored to serve the family.

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William Bentley Carris


William “Bill” Bentley Carris

February 24, 1928 - September 21, 2020

William “Bill” Bentley Carris of Lakewood Co, passed away on Monday Sept. 21, 2020 due to kidney cancer, while at the Collier Center, Lutheran Hospice. He was 92 years old. Bill was a 1946 alumnus of Greenbriar Military Academy, in West Virginia. He served in the Army from 1951-54 during the Korean War. In 1960 he Received a BS in Chemistry from Morris Harvey College, now Charleston University, WV. Bill was a Sr. Processing Chemist at ITTRayonier Inc for 18yrs. He loved tropical fish, music, walking, modern electronics/recording and spending time with his family.

He is preceded in death by his wives Marlene Jane Carris (1963-2001) and Eileen Moses Carris (2002-2016).

He is survived by his son Michael and his wife Marschelle, grandchildren MJ, Olivia Carris of Portland, OR. His daughter Cathy Carris, husband David Adams, granddaughters Ericka, Cassandra of Conifer Co. His brother David Carris and 2 nieces and a nephew.

From his wife Eileen 5 step children, 9 step grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s name, can be made to one of the following charities:

Relay for Life, Cancer Walk/Run, the one Bill used to participate in yearly.

John Guy Keller


John G. (Jack) Keller, 92, of Scottsdale, passed away peacefully on August, 13th 2020. He was born in Columbus, Ohio on August 2nd, 1928 to Anna Madge (Robertson) and John Guy Keller. Jack’s second marriage was to Phyllis Fradella (formerly Phyllis Pagnillo) on December 7th, 1975 in Scottsdale. Jack graduated from Ohio State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accountancy. He was a CPA and had a career in Tax Accounting, retiring from The Greyhound Corporation in 1987. He worked in several other industries throughout the years, including roles in accounting and other business ventures. Jack was proud to be a Buckeye, and had a lifelong passion for Ohio State sports, especially football. He was a member of the AICPA and NRA, and served on the board of several homeowners’ associations over the years. His other interests included watching sports, all things aviation, target shooting, and he was very interested in politics and the current affairs of local, state and federal governments. Jack was a 70-year member of the Masonic Fraternity. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and always had a good story to share. Jack is survived by his wife of 45 years, Phyllis Keller, his four sons John Stuart (Stu) Keller, Tim Keller (Kim Keller), Ken Keller (Betty Tinnell), Philip Keller (Jeannie Keller), stepson Daniel Pagnillo (Margaret Pagnillo), grandchildren Jay Lynch (Lisa Lynch), Kyle Keller, Brian Keller, Christina Keller, Jennifer Keller, Anthony Pagnillo, Madeline Pagnillo, Mary Pagnillo, great-grandchild Jayson Lynch, Stevi Lynch and three great-great grandchildren, as well as many other extended family and friends who will deeply miss Jack. A service will be held in the fall, time and date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers the family asks to please consider a donation in Jack’s name to Hospice of the Valley or the American Cancer Society.

Christopher Brent Lilly


Per WV NEWS and Rex Tennant II

SALEM — Christopher Brent Lilly (GMS Class of 1972) passed away peacefully on April 29, 2020 at Salem Center.
A life-long resident of West Virginia, he was born on July 22, 1953, and grew up in the Huntington/Charleston area.
He graduated from Greenbrier Military School and attended West Virginia University.
He was the son of the late Dr. Donzie Lilly and Mary Catherine Persinger.

He enjoyed fly-fishing and climbing around the state, The Beatles, and taking his husky Stella to the park.
He is survived by his daughter, Kathrine; and wife, Lisa Lilly; and brothers, Donzie “Chip” Lilly, Michael Persinger and Sunny Persinger.
The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Salem Center, River Oaks, and Clarksburg Nursing and Rehab for their care and support.

Justin Boyd Harris


Justin Boyd Harris, age 93, passed away on April 5, 2020, in Jacksonville Florida

He grew up in Media Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. His early years took him to Lewisburg West Virginia, far from home, for military school. He did not like this, but excelled. After graduation, and as WWII was continuing, he applied to and was accepted into the Navy's V-12 program - he wanted to be a pilot. As the Navy - not Boyd, as he was known to his family and friends - would decide where he would be educated, he spent one semester at U. of Pennsylvania, then one semester at Ursinus College. For sophomore year he was sent to Villanova (at that time still a college), and remained for the next three years. He met the spunky and talented Martha Foster while she was also a college student at West Chester State Teachers College. They were married in between his junior and senior year. While both sets of parents were horrified, believing their kids would never finish college after this, they both went on to graduate, Boyd finishing second in his class.

He began his professional career with Westinghouse Electric, where he found it not to his liking in the first year, quit and sold life insurance. After one year, he decided he did like Westinghouse after all and returned, remaining the next 41 years. His career took him from South Philadelphia to Kansas City to Pittsburgh to Jacksonville and finally ending in San Jose California. He had started out as a mechanical engineer working on gas turbine engines for aircraft, but Westinghouse found his talents better suited to organizing and numbers, and so encouraged him and helped him to become a "systems analyst." All the while with his "entourage" of a wife and child first, then three more children, to make a tribe of six. Believing that Jacksonville would be the best fit for him and his wife, he retired there and spent the final 30 years of his life in the city.

He enjoyed his time with the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, or "Jay Cee's" in the 1950's, traveling once in a caravan to the western states from Philly in his brand new 1954 Ford convertible. In the 1960's, as a devoted family man and wanting his sons to learn useful skills, he became involved first with "Indian Guides," and later the Boy Scouts, rising to the position of District Commissioner for the eastern District of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh). In the mid-60's his community figured it needed a pool. Boyd volunteered to design it, as his father had been an architect, and helped sell "shares" in the pool - memberships which helped raise money to build it - a novel idea at the time.

Boyd was predeceased in life by his loving wife of 56 years, Martha ("Marfy" as she was known to her friends), his son Jeffrey, his brother Nelson and his sister Marguerite.

He is survived by his second wife, Doreen, and three sons, Philip (Son Jeff and granddaughter), Kelly (wife Terri and children Ben and Kimberly), and Andrew (wife Therese and sons Christopher, Nicholas (wife Lexi) and Jonathan), Many thanks go out to Brookdale Senior Living facilities, who cared for Boyd in his final years, the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, the Right-At-Home Care Company, Community Hospice, and to his second wife Doreen.

Interment to be at Dignity Memorial Oaklawn Cemetery

David Richard Gibbs



David Richard Gibbs, 82, of Lake Panasoffkee, FL, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Bushnell, FL. He was born in Sabina, Ohio to Ralph and Catherine (Beller) Gibbs. Richard enjoyed going out to lunch with his bereavement group and watching sports. He was an alumnus of the Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Elizabeth Gibbs, and his daughter, Mary Catherine Gibbs.

Richard is survived by his grandchildren: Catherine (Nathan) Wilson of Lake Panasoffkee, FL, Vincent Gibbs of Mount Dora, FL, Amanda Tinsley of Leesburg, FL; and brother: James Gibbs of Ridge Manor, FL.

Edward Salim Yarid


EDWARD SALIM YARID, 97, of Lewisburg, passed away peacefully at the Peyton Hospice House on March 31, 2020.

He was born in Lewisburg, on Friday the 13th in December 1922 and, except for college, lived his entire life there. He was a devoted husband and a wonderful father and grandfather.

He attended high school at Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg and, after graduation, joined the Army where he trained in Hawaii during World War II.

After the war, he took advantage of the G.I. bill and graduated from West Virginia University, where he joined the Kappa Alpha Order. He then went to New York University for a Master's in business. He came back to Lewisburg to work with his mother and father at Yarid's Clothing Store.

In 1957, while on a trip to Miami, he met his soon to be wife, Joan Battah. After a long distance romance through the U.S. Postal System, they married in 1958 and he brought her back to Lewisburg. They had four children and settled into their life of family and retail.

Yarid's Department Store was a very important part of Eddie's life. He and his mother, Dora, were buyers for the ladies clothing, and his brother, Munir, was buyer for the men's clothing. They would travel to New York numerous times per year to bring back the latest fashions to the ladies of West Virginia.

Eddie loved Lewisburg and was a major contributor to the revitalization of the town. Eddie and Munir were one of the founding members of "Taste of Our Town" (TOOT) which became an instrumental fundraiser for Carnegie Hall.

He was also a member of the Greenbrier County Board of Education, a member of the Board of Directors for Davis and Elkins, an Elder and Deacon at Old Stone Presbyterian Church, and was awarded a Lifelong Member of the Lewisburg Rotary Club. In 2015, when the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine christened the Greenbrier Military School Museum, Eddie was celebrated as the oldest living member of GMS.

He loved WVU football and basketball and would proudly wear his WVU baseball cap during all his travels. On several occasions he would make new friends, as his baseball cap was a catalyst for conversations about his beloved West Virginia.

He held a special place in his heart for his caregivers, Angela Radford, Libby Kincaid, Sandy Alderman, and Beth Humphries. He also was extremely fond of his girls in the Yarid's Lewisburg location. After Eddie retired, he would visit them daily, take them the mail, and give them advice on the business.

Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Dora Yarid; his brother Munir; and his son, David.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Joan, and his three daughters, Dora OBrien (John), Katherine Juker (Tony), and Emilie Couch (Chris); his seven grandchildren, Jessica and Sean OBrien, Anthony and Sophia Juker, and Sam, Alex, and Rachel Couch; and his sister-in-law, Yvette.

There will be a memorial service when we are able to celebrate his life with all the glory he deserved and with all of the people he loved. We ask that everyone who has a special story about Eddie or their favorite memories of Yarid's to please share at

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The David Yarid Scholarship Fund, c/o The Greenbrier County Schools Foundation, 400 N. Lee Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901; The Old Stone Presbyterian Church; or Peyton Hospice House in Lewisburg.

Thomas Jackson Blair III


THOMAS JACKSON BLAIR III, 87, passed away on March 13, 2020, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, at Hubbard Hospice House deemed him ‘interim mayor and CEO’.

He was born in Weston, WV, on February 18, 1933, to the late Thomas Jackson Blair Jr. and Emma Harrison Davisson Blair. He was preceded in death by his sister, Anna Blair Curtis.

He was a graduate from Charleston High School, serving as class president Greenbrier Military School, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI), also serving as class president of 1955.

Tom never knew a stranger; everyone was his friend. He loved an audience and was never short on stories and jokes. He loved horseback riding, fishing, bike riding and playing games. He loved to spend time at the family farm of Annamede in Crawford, WV, with many friends and family; everyone was always welcome.

Tom was a civil servant in many capacities, making numerous contributions to his beloved state of West Virginia and alma mater, VPI. He served as a Commissioned Officer, U.S. Corps of Engineers in Charlottesville, Va. He started as a Project Engineer at Kelly Gidley, and Staub Inc., eventually becoming President and CEO of Kelley, Gidley, Blair and Wolfe, Inc. He was a registered Professional Civil and Environmental Engineer. His professional affiliations were many as were the numerous honorary recognitions!

He is survived by the love of his life, Irene Pearson Butcher Blair; Children, Julia Ann Blair Childers (William), Mary Elizabeth Blair, Carol Davisson Blair Lambdin (Rob), Thomas Jackson Blair IV (Cara) and Charles Thomas Butcher Blair, and numerous step-children and grandchildren.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at Frist Presbyterial Church at 2 o’clock on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

James Edward Roberts



James Edward Roberts Jr. (aka Jim or Deak) age 80, died Thursday, January 2, 2020 in Surprise, Arizona. Born in Charleston, West Virginia, raised in Vienna, West Virginia, he had lived in Canton most of his life moving to Arizona in 2006.

Jim was a 1956 graduate of Greenbrier Military School, earned a BS from the University of North Alabama in 1960 and an MBA from The Ohio State University in 1980. He retired a Captain, after 24 years in the United States Naval Reserve. He was a former employee of Goodyear Industrial Products and Amoco Chemicals division of Standard Oil of Indiana and then started his own business, Jim Roberts Plastics.

He invented, patented, and marketed “Dish Scrubber”, the detergent-in-the-handle dishwashing tool used throughout the World. Jim served over 13 years in the Akron Public Schools (Central Hower High School) as a volunteer assisting his wheelchair-bound first wife, Mary Jane (Hudak) Roberts, who was afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis. She taught mathematics and computer science and preceded him in death. He was a life member of the Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association, The Military Officers Association of America, The Naval Reserve Association, Navy League of the United States, The Reserve Officers Association and a member of the United States LST/Amphibs Association, the Army-Navy Union, American Legion, AmVets, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Jim enjoyed writing poetry and composed over 450 poems. He also wrote a book on his travels with his daughter across Canada and Alaska.

Survived by his wife, Carol Miller-Roberts, daughter, MaryKathryn (Kevin) Zuza, all of Goodyear, Arizona, and sister, Susan Kathryn Travis of Kentucky. Also preceded in death by his parents, James Edward Roberts and Iva Kathryn (Mangus) Roberts.

SERVICES ARE PENDING. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 6155 Rockside Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44131 or Saint Sebastian Catholic Church Education Fund 500 Mull Ave, Akron, OH 44320.

Michael S. Smith


Obituary for Michael S. Smith
Michael S. Smith, age 67, passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019. He was born on December 27, 1951 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Franklin and Reatha (Estep) Smith.

Michael graduated from Greenbrier Military High School, and then went on attend Miami University. He was Vice President at Hocking Valley Steel until his retirement. He was an avid car enthusiast and for a time enjoyed turning his hobby into the MS Auto Dealership where he sold and restored classic cars. He enjoyed playing golf and was a member of The Medallion Club. He also enjoyed reading, NASCAR and politics in his spare time.

Michael is survived by his son, Ian Smith, daughter and son-in-law Jessica and Jeremiah Gebhart, son Cameron Smith, and grandchildren Gunner and Addington Gebhart.

In addition to his parents, Michael is preceded in death by his brother, Frankie Smith and his second wife Deborah (Knox) Smith.

Harry Wade Basham


Harry Wade Basham ’50, a long time South Charleston resident and former Charleston businessman, passed away at his hoe on October 15, 2019, after a long illness.

Born on July 12, 1932, in Charleston, he was the son of the late Luther C. and Pearl Basham. He graduated from the Greenbrier Military Academy in 1950 where he played several sports. He served I the U.S. Army specializing in Army Intelligence. His entire career was spent as a employee the business owner of West Virginia Tractor Company, a successful business his father had started I 1936 where he worked with his three brothers, Calvin, Donald, and Burke, who preceded him.

He was also predeceased by his loving wife Donna Burgess Burton, who passed away in August, 1999.

Harry enjoyed outings with Donna and their friends at Kanawha Country Club and various trips and outings with the WV Contractors Association (which included his brothers and their wives). He enjoyed bowling but he was a avid golfer and he was good at it. Harry was a member of the Elks ad enjoyed that fraternal interaction until fairly recently.

Harry is survived by his biggest and best accomplishment, his family He is survived by a daughter, Debbie of South Charleston, and a son, Steve (Kathy) of Hamlin, as well as four grandchildren: Danny (Verna) of Louisville, KY, Kandace (Nick) Ansah of Hamlin, Jamie of Lewisburg, WV and Will (Amanda) of Milton, WV. He also leaves behind 11 great-grandchildren: Drew, Gabe, Nick, Noah, Bella, Nate, ayah Judah Tevah and Charlie as well as several special nieces and nephews and cousins.

A service to honor Harry will be held at 11a.m Saturday October 19 at Snodgrass Funeral Hoe South Charleston with Pastor Will Basha officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

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Oscar Wallace Frazer


Oscar Wallace "Wally" Frazer III passed away peacefully at home in Granbury, TX on October 11, 2019 from natural causes. He was 81.

Wally was born on August 31, 1938 in Bluefield, WV to Oscar Wallace Frazer III and Emily Frances Dyer. After graduating from Greenbriar Military Academy, Wally entered the US Air Force, where he served for 20 years as pilot and flight instructor.

Wally earned many awards and medals, most notably the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Top Gun award. After flying 100 successful missions over North Vietnam in his F-105 Thunderchief fighter jet, he was allowed to come home to his family in San Antonio, TX. After retiring from both the US Air Force and a second career in electronics, Wally and his wife Betty spent their time fishing, restoring old boats, target shooting, and playing with their four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Wounded Warriors Foundation or charity of choice. Wally was preceded in death by his father Oscar and mother Emily Frances, brothers Hugh Frazer and Fred Frazer, sister Nancy Snodgrass, and son-in-law Mike Wilson. Wally is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Betty; daughters Laurie Moore (husband David) and Susan Wilson; grandchildren Sarah Wilson, Abigail Wilson, Noah Wilson (wife Sarah) and Lizzie Moore; great-grandsons Kellen Wilson and Nathaniel Steward.

Service: 11:15 a.m. Thursday in Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Wiley Funeral Home.

Viewing services will be held at Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury, TX on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm.

Graveside services will be at the DFW National Veterans' Cemetery in Fort Worth, TX on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 11:15am. The procession will be leaving the Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury at 9:00am.

Charles Randolph Bailey


Charles Randolph "Tinker" Bailey, Sr. 93, of Mullens, passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019 at the VA Medical Center, Beckley.

Born January 15, 1926 at Mullens, he was the son of the late Walter Nash and Edna Mae (Hughes) Bailey.

Tinker was a lifelong resident of Mullens and active in his business, civic, social, and religious associations including the Mullens Masonic Lodge, Gideons, American Legion, and Mullens Area Chamber of Commerce.

Tinker attended Mullens Public Schools until transferring to, and graduating from Greenbrier Military School prior to joining the Army 88th Division "Blue Devils" returning from WWII he attended General Motors Institute in order to manage the family business, Mullens Motor Company. After closing the business in the mid-1980s he was an insurance agent until he took retirement on his beloved farm near Alderson, WV and continued to manage the dealership buildings as Bailey Apartments until his death. Although throughout his lifetime he attended Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist churches, he remained true to his Presbyterian beliefs all of his life.

In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by by his first wife, Janis Dooley Bailey and their only son, Charles R. Bailey, Jr.; three brothers, Donald P. Bailey, Ronald P. Bailey, and Nash "Babe" Bailey, Jr.; and his second wife, Barbara Kid Sikes Bailey, with whom he had no children.
Those left to cherish his memory include his only daughter, Dana Bailey Long.

Services will be 12 Noon, Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, Mullens with Rev. Sue Lowther and Pastor John Morgan officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

Members of the Mullens and Beckley Masonic Lodge will serve as pallbearers.

Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Wyoming County Honor Guard and Masonic graveside rites will be conducted by the Mullens Masonic Lodge #151 A.F. & A.M. and the Beckley Masonic Lodge #95 A.F. & A.M.

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The family of Charles "Tinker" Bailey is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

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Edgar Allen Fleetwood, Jr.


Edgar Allen Fleetwood, Jr.—known to his GMS friends as “Fleety— passed away peacefully in CharloBe, N.C. on September 24, 2019 from natural causes. He was 93.

Edgar was born on June 27, 1926, in Clarksburg, WV to Edgar Allen Fleetwood, Sr. and Fannie Harrison Fleetwood. After gradua›ng from Greenbriar Military School in 1944, Edgar aBended Duke University for a few months un›l he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force. He completed his training at Camp ABerbury in Indiana and was assigned to the 1537th AAF BU, serving in the Pacific Theater as a radio operator and gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress. He was sta›oned in Okinawa and the Japanese mainland.

Edgar logged many flights and was considered a very proficient radio operator. His most memorable missions were between Japan and the Philippines under the command of General Douglas McArthur. When he finished his service in 1946, Edgar, then a sergeant, returned to Duke University where he earned his degree in Chemical Engineering. After gradua›on he returned to his family home in West Virginia and con›nued his post-graduate educa›on at West Virginia Wesleyan University.

In 1950, “Fleety” met his soulmate, Shirley Jean Hunt at the Candy Kitchen in Weston, West Virginia, his mother’s hometown. They were married in 1951 at St. Patricks Church in Weston—a marriage that lasted almost 70 years! Edgar and Shirley had two children, Nancy Jean Fleetwood and Edgar Allen Fleetwood III.

Edgar’s career in chemical engineering opened challenging opportuni›es throughout the Southeast. He left Weston and joined the Celanese Corpora›on in Pearisburg, WV for several years and then was transferred to another Celanese plant in Rock Hill, SC, as Director of quality control. From there he joined a division of Dow Chemical Corpora›on, Dow Badische, in Williamsburg, VA. Having gained extensive experience in major U.S. manufacturing plants, Edgar was recruited by Voigt-England Chemical Company to broker large equipment contracts represen›ng European and U.S. manufacturers throughout the U.S. and Canada. He served as Vice President and in 1975 established his office in CharloBe, NC.

When he turned 65, Edgar “tried to re›re” but his re›rement only lasted a few months—a new challenge was on the horizon. As a veteran and a businessman, Edgar was approached to join the U.S. Small Business Administra›on in CharloBe as the Veterans Affairs Officer. For the next 20 years, Edgar worked with veterans who were leaving military service in North and South Carolina to help them establish small businesses. He loved his work with all of the vets and was credited with assis›ng many new careers for his fellow comrades. At 85 years old, Edgar re›red and was honored by the U.S. Small Business Administrator for his outstanding service.

Edgar and his wife Shirley were very involved in the Arts in CharloBe—they were regular leaders in the Carolina Opera Guild, the CharloBe Symphony and the Mint Museum. Edgar was a well-read historian of the U.S. involvement in wars both home and abroad. Throughout his life, Edgar loved listening and dancing to the Big Band sounds that he and his pals shared at GMS. He loved fishing and taking his children boa›ng and water skiing. Known as “Daddy Ed” to his grandchildren and 5 great-grandsons, they had so much fun exchanging an›cs and silly faces fueled by Daddy Ed’s contagious laughter.
His days at Greenbrier Military School were very special to Edgar. These guys became his most cherished life›me friends and he loved aBending reunions later in his life. He was so proud of his service in World War II and was a loyal contributor to the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. He lost several GMS
classmates in World War II. “Fleety” was always a bit “misty” when he visited the memorial or regaled his family with stories of his high school adventures at Greenbrier.

Edgar passed away on September 24th, just a liBle over a month after his beloved wife, Shirley. His memorial service was held at Christ Episcopal Church in CharloBe, N.C.—a tribute to his incredible life and service to his beloved country.

He is survived by his daughter Nancy Fleetwood Miller (James Forrest Miller) and son Edgar Allen Fleetwood III; granddaughters, Caroline Fleetwood Miller Withers (Christopher Murdoch Withers) and Kathleen Harrison Miller O’Gara (Grady Daniel O’Gara); grandsons Jack Christopher Withers, Camden James Withers, WyaB Fleetwood Withers, Rowan Patrick O’Gara, Miller Fleetwood O’Gara.

Edgar will be buried with Military Honors at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020, in Arlington Na›onal Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. His wife Shirley Hunt Fleetwood will also be buried with him.

William Frederick Kale


William Frederick Kale, age 74, of Euclid, died on September 24, 2019. Bill was a man you could count on. He worked for the Cleveland Trust Company for 31 years through its incarnations as Ameritrust Society ad Key He married Bonita I 1966 ad stayed married to her till his death 52 years later. He was a hard-working s valued member of the Euclid Stamp Club, and also of the Friends of the Euclid Public Library for who he ran the twice-yearly book sale. More important, he was loving to his family and kind to everyone. He was a great guy and the world is poorer for his loss.

Bill ad Bonnie raised three children. Their life together wasn’t outwardly exciting – no safaris, no marathons – but deeply joyful and satisfying. They had and appreciated the extraordinarily good fortune of seeing their children grow up alive honest, and independent.

Bill is survived and sorely missed by his wife, Bonita; sons John (Sheila) and David (Kristen Higgins); daughter Sarah Merrell (Douglas); ad Grandchildren Thomas Kale and Branwen and Dierdre Merrell.

Memorial Service 11:00 a.m. on Saturday October 5, at Church of the Epiphany, 21000 Lake Shore Blvd., Euclid 44123

Robert Victor Gamba


Captain Robert Victor Gamba, 80, died peacefully September 18, 2019 with his family by his side. He leaves behind his wife of forty-six years Joanne; daughters Mary jo (Jack) Laurin Judianne (Ronald) Reynolds, Charlene (Raphael) Della Ratta, and Gina (Joshua) son Joh; twelve grandchildren He is predeceased by his parents, Annibale, ad Clara Gaba and sister Therann.

Bob was born in Ft Lauderdale Florida on January 22, 1939. The best days of his early years were spent o Kate’s Moutai in White Sulphur Springs West Virginia. He graduated from Greenbrier Military School in 1956, and enrolled in the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1960. He earned a degree International Affairs from George Washington University.

Highlights of Bob’s naval career include: tours o the USS Becuna, USS Ethan Allen, USS Salmon, and USS Wahoo, attendance at the Naval War College from 1969 to 1970, Aide to the Chief of Staff at Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT), Executive Officer for the USS Richmond K. Turner, Commanding Officer of the USS Miller attendance at the National War College from 1980-1981, Staff Position at the Pentagon Commanding Officer Fleet Combat Training Center Pacific. He ended his career as Commanding Officer of the Naval Station Annapolis, Bob retire as a Captain, USN I June 1990 having served thirty years.

After the military Bob entered the civilian work force and worked as Senior Vice President for Bullock Construction Inc. and as procurement officer for the State of Maryland
He et the love of his life Joanne Speer Ehlers, the widow of the late Ernie Spears (USNA ’59) during his tour at SACLANT. Joanne four young children who he adopted ad raised as his own. This was no small feat for a young bachelor. Their family grew to seven with the addition of their youngest daughter. No words ca express how grateful we feel for Bob entering our lives a husband and father.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, watching sports, traveling wine tasting storytelling, spending time with his family.

Whether a new acquittance or a lifetime fried Bob always made you feel exceptional. Through his career, Bob and Joanne established an extensive military family with who they shared many laughs, travels, and memories. This family loved and supported them throughout their years. The Gamba family will receive visitors at Hardesty Funeral Home at 2 Ridgely Avenue, Annapolis, MD, on Monday, October 4, from 6-8 PM. A celebration of Life ass will be held at the United States Naval Chapel followed immediately by internment at the USNA Columbarium on 5 October 209 @2:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Organization for Autism Research or American Cancer Society.

David Tinsley Kennedy III


DAVID TINSLEY KENNEDY III, 66, of Charleston, W.Va., died July 31, 2019, after a decade-long battle with multiple myeloma.

Mr. Kennedy worked for the West Virginia Public Service Commission for 28 years. He was a dedicated worker who often came in on weekends and holidays to make up for work days lost due to chemotherapy. He worked up until the time he collapsed near the office on July 3rd. He was a lifelong Roman Catholic, a Democrat, and a lover of opera and choral music.

Mr. Kennedy was born January 11, 1953, in Richmond, Va., the son of the late David T. Kennedy Jr. and Jean Stephenson Kennedy. He grew up in Beckley and was a 1971 graduate of Greenbrier Military School. He graduated with a degree in political science from Randolph-Macon College in 1976. He also had a Master's Degree from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies.

He never married, but was a loving father figure to Lauren Reasor of Huntington, whom he called his "pseudo-daughter," who along with her mother, Cindy Franz, would nurse him through his final days.

To the surprise of his brothers, who never heard him sing a note as a child, Mr. Kennedy developed an interest in singing in middle age. He sang in the choir of the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, and with that group, once sang at the Vatican. He also sang with the West Virginia Symphony Chorus. His music opened up a new world of travel and friendships. In addition to travels to Europe, Mr. Kennedy would often travel to a large city to attend an opera. Mr. Kennedy's final days were much enhanced by the love, visits, prayers, calls, and concern of his fellow choristers. He was preceded in death by his fur companion, Murphy, who passed in 2007.

Mr. Kennedy is survived by two brothers, Thomas D. Kennedy (Rose) of Little Rock, Ark., and Michael F. Kennedy (Jeanne) of Roanoke, Va.; as well as nephews, Thomas Kennedy Jr. and Nicholas Kennedy (Tara), both of Dallas, Texas; and Leonard Kennedy and Lucas Kennedy of Roanoke.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 3, at The Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Charleston, W.Va., with The Very Rev. Father Donald X. Higgs officiating. Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley, W.Va.

The family will receive family and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 2, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, W.Va., with a rosary service at 6:30 p.m.

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