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Thomas S. Hill


Obituary for Tom Hill

Thomas S. "Tom" Hill, 72, of Hurricane, WV, formerly of Huntington, WV, passed away Thursday, December 1, 2022, at his residence.

Tom was born September 19, 1950 in Long Island, NY a son of the late August Schneider and Nancy Stubblefield Hill. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Betty Davis Hill and his mother-in-law, Rosemary Davis. He graduated from Greenbrier Military School and attended Marshall University and University of Charleston. Tom was retired from Moses Automotive and had investment properties. He was a member of Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church. Survivors include: a son, Dr. J.B. (Jennifer) Marinacci of Hurricane; a beloved sister, Helen "Cookie" Maser of Charlotte, NC; a sister-in-law, Vicki Rutherford of Milton, WV; two brothers-in-law, Mike Davis of Orange, CA and Keith (Sally) Davis of Huntington; three grandchildren whom he adored, Alyssa Marinacci, Andrew Marinacci, and Addley Marinacci; a niece, Catherine (Scott) Phelan of Fort Mill, SC; a nephew, John (Corey) Maser of Apex, NC; two great nephews, Ryan Maser and Alex Thomas Maser, both of Apex; and numerous friends, including a very special group of golf buddies. Visitation will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Monday, December 12, 2022 at Chapman's Mortuary, Huntington and one hour before the service Tuesday at the church. Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 pm Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Avenue, Hurricane, WV, with Pastor Joe Kenaston officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of his three favorite charities St. Jude's Children Hospital, Huntington City Mission, or Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Alfred Essa Salamy


SALAMY, Alfred Essa, age 90, of Pettus, West Virginia passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at home. He was born on September 30, 1932 in Charleston, West Virginia to Louis and Aileen [Zegeer] Salamy, the first of two sons. As the son of a Lebanese immigrant, Alfred was proud of his heritage and traveled with his family to Beirut, Lebanon in 1950 as a teenager. He would later recount the many exotic locations and amazing sites he experienced while visiting Lebanon and Egypt, including the Great Pyramids of Giza. Alfred attended Whitesville Elementary and later the prestigious Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV, class of 1950. During these years, he also proudly attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest youth award in the Boy Scout Division of the BSA, an honor only 4 percent of members ever achieve. He attended college at West Virginia University (WVU) in Morgantown in the early 1950s where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in radar systems. After graduating WVU, he joined the United States Navy in 1956 where he served in the rank of 2nd lieutenant [LTJG] and was stationed on the USS DuPont (DD-941) during the Korean conflict, crossing the equator on several occasions during peaceful times. Following an honorable discharge from the US Navy in 1959, Alfred began working for Syracuse University Research Corporation (SRC) and then General Electric in Syracuse, NY as a radar engineer specialist in 1961.

While in Syracuse, NY, he was introduced by friends to his future wife, Beverly, a registered nurse, whom he married in December 1962, sharing their lives for almost 40 years until Beverly's passing in 2002. He and Beverly had three children while making their home in Syracuse: Debra [Paul Scholz] of Silver Spring, MD; David [Shelby Auippa] of Marion, TX; and Karen [Douglas Au] of Santa Cruz, CA. In 1976, Alfred and family moved back to his hometown of Whitesville, WV to be closer to his parents and to work with the family's furniture business. He would later become the operational manager of Dixie Furniture after the passing of his father in 1996.

Alfred was a well-known resident and business owner in the Whitesville, Boone County, and Raleigh County, WV areas for the last 46 years. He served on the Board of Trustees for the Whitesville State Bank since 1997; served as the Director spearheading the development and construction of the Mountain Terrace 35-unit Senior Apartment facility in Whitesville; and he worked tirelessly and with great enthusiasm on the "Turn This Town Around" revitalization effort for his beloved Whitesville — which the town won in 2014. Alfred was known for his amazing "steel-trap-like" memory and was extremely interested in family ancestry (his and others), often proudly introducing 2nd and 3rd cousins that did not know they were related in and around the town of Whitesville. He was a strong advocate for the Raleigh County public school system, especially during the years his children attended, and almost never missed a meeting (despite the 40+ minute drive to Beckley each way) to voice his opinions or concerns at every county Board of Education meeting. Over the last 40years, he belonged to the Whitesville Presbyterian Church and attended often with his wife and family where he served as a Deacon. He was also a proud member of the FreeMasons / Masonic Lodge #168 and the Lion's Club in Whitesville.

Alfred is predeceased by his wife, Beverly [Cowan] Salamy, his parents, Louis and Aileen Salamy, and his brother Raymond. He is survived by his three children: Debbie and her husband Paul, David and his wife Shelby, and Karen and her husband Douglas; his five grandchildren: Stephanie Scholz, Audrey Scholz, Devon Scholz, Emerson Au, and Layton Salamy; sister-in-law, Joyce Salamy and family, nephew Fr. Christopher Salamy, and niece Michelle Moujaes; his niece Kimberly Boyington and nephew Timothy George Pash IV; and the many other cousins, grand-nephews and grand-nieces in West Virginia, across the United States, and abroad.

There will be a visitation for those who wish to say their final farewell to Alfred onSaturday, November 26, 2022 at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Whitesville from 1 to 4 p.m. His family will hold a graveside service in mid-January 2023 so that all will be able to attend following the holidays. In lieu of flowers for the visitation, please consider a donation to Alfred's favorite charities in his name: The American Cancer Society, the Kfeirian Reunion Scholarship Program (, or to the Town of Whitesville for community revitalization efforts (

Marvin K Conley


Marvin Kent Conley, 72, of Charleston, WV, died peacefully Sunday, August 28, 2022, at HospiceCare CAMC Memorial. Born November 2, 1949, he was the son of Jason and JoAnn Conley of Charleston. Marvin attended Fort Hill Elementary, John Adams Junior High, and George Washington High School, where he won the state journalism contest. He played basketball growing up and was a member of Boy Scout Troop 5 of the Buckskin Council. Marvin was a proud 1967 graduate of Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg. He received the Best Drilled Cadet award and was editor of the school paper. He attended Marshall University in Huntington and was a faithful Thundering Herd fan. After college, Marvin went to work for Rhodes Brick Company in St. Albans. He moved his young family to Clemmons, NC, in 1978, where he was a member of Clemmons Presbyterian Church and served as elder, sang in the choir, and was the building maintenance supervisor. Marvin was elected to the first Clemmons Village Council, serving as councilmember for several years. He was a High School and College basketball official and was co-founder of Clemmons first recreational basketball team, the Clemmons Cougars. He worked for Cunningham Brick, then owned and operated Tanglewood Paint Center in Clemmons. After closing the Paint Center, Marvin continued to operate side businesses throughout the years. He worked for Lowe’s as a paint specialist and was the sales supervisor for Duron/Sherwin-Williams until his retirement in 2010. Following retirement, Marvin moved back home to Charleston. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Charleston where he sang in the choir and shared his faith through solo performances. He attended and sang in the choir at First Presbyterian Church in Dunbar. Marvin was an avid reader and historian. He loved researching his ancestry and sharing his family legacy with everyone he knew. His stories and history lessons will be missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, Marvin is survived by four children, Maura Copeland and husband Jamie of Statesboro, GA, Michelle Conley of Advance, NC, Jason Conley and wife Jemma of Mooresville, NC, and Megan Conley Carson and husband Cole of Rural Hall, NC; five grandchildren, Carter, Landrey, and Tyler Copeland, Keller and Addilyn Conley; one sister, Anitra Conley Thomas and husband Joe of New Bern, NC; two brothers, Tom Conley and wife Lynnette of Saint Mary’s, OH, and William “Bill” Conley and wife Eileen of Chester, VA; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In honoring Marvin’s wishes he will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 3, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church in Charleston with Reverend Dr. William C. Myers and Pastor Kari Preslar officiating. Interment will follow at First Presbyterian Church Columbarium. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until the service hour Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV 25301.

James "Spider" Headman


Headman, James of Wyandotte passed away on July 21st, 2022 at the age of 81. Beloved husband of Judy Headman. Loving stepfather of Tim Goins. James was a life-long member of Elba-Mar Boat Club in Grosse Ile and was always excited to take the boats in and out of the water for the season. He was a member of the American Legion #217 for 51 years, as well as the VFW Post #1136. He also participated in the Breakfast Club of VFW #1136. James was known as a people person and a man with a great sense of humor. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Spider spent 4 years at GMS, graduating from in 1960 and returning as a PG 1960 - 1961.

Edward W. Gallaher


Edward Walter Gallaher, Sr. passed away on Thursday, 23 June 2022, at the age of 90. He was pre-deceased by his wife of 64 years, Jackie Lou (Newell) Gallaher, in March of 2019. Ed is survived by:

His Daughter in law, Dawn Keyes Gallaher. Ed’s son, Edward W. Gallaher, Jr., pre-deceased her.

His Daughter, Kathy Lynn (Gallaher) Loyd, Kathy’s husband Eddie Joe Loyd, granddaughter Kacy Lynn Loyd, her husband Josh Jackson, their children, 2 of Ed’s 7 great grandchildren, Kaylie Marie Jackson and Karma Nykole Jackson;

His Son, Thomas A. (Tag) Gallaher, his wife, Barbara Jeanne (Jeannie) (Oulla) Gallaher, Granddaughter Caroline Marie Gallaher and her children, 2 of Ed’s Great grandchildren, Jude Adrienne Gallaher and Caleb Avery Gallaher and Granddaughter Stephani Nicole (Gallaher) Digweed, her husband Jonathan Alan Digweed, and their children, the other three of Ed’s 7 great grandchildren, Alexander Michael Digweed, Sophia Gabrielle Digweed and Aurianna Raphaelle Digweed;

His Brother in law, Dr. Donald Clifford (Doc) Newell, Jr., his wife Darlene L Newell, and their children (Ed’s nephews) Dr. Ryan Newell (Wife Lisa, children Tucker, Trent, Ella & Owen) and Lee Newell (wife Dawn, son Tommy). And his Niece Mary Beth Gallaher.

Parts of Ed’s story follow -

Ed was born 4/22/1932 in Chillicothe, OH, to Clarence Augustus (1894-1960) & Bessie Novina (nee Walde) Gallaher (1899-1992). He had an older brother, Charles (Uncle Charlie to us kids, but always Charles to Ed) and an older sister, Dorothy June, who passed away from polio as a child. Ed grew up in Chillicothe, OH and Williamsport, OH (which is about 30 minutes up the road (and the Scioto River) from Chillicothe). Ed’s Dad, Clarence, a WWI veteran from the Field Artillery (horse drawn) ran a lumberyard and hardware operation – We’re told Ed had the ‘fanciest bicycle in town’ as they sold them at the hardware store. Ed fell out of a tree at 10 years old and broke both arms… he had to have another kid at school help him in the bathroom! And we’ve heard stories about how, during WWII when there were strict requirements to haul trucks full both directions, Grandpa Gallaher (Clarence) learned how to manage if there simply wasn’t a load for the return, deflating the tires a bit and using a canvas to make the truck look fully loaded! Clarence completed through 7th grade, per the 1940 census… and Bessie 4th grade. But neither their success nor their bearing would have indicated this as a hindrance - ask those of us who knew Ed’s mom, Bessie (Bessie passed in 1992, at age 93)!

As a teen, Ed was greatly impressed by the events of WWII. At 13, he was the first in Chillicothe to win the Eisenhower award for wastepaper collection – he was a Tenderfoot Scout at Walnut Street Methodist Church in Chillicothe. He collected 1,489 pounds of waste paper in 2 weeks, gathering most of it in a pushcart and getting help from his Dad to truck it to a collection center. Ed’s big brother, Charles, was serving in the Pacific, where he was a corpsman on a hospital ship. When Charles returned, Clarence sent both Ed and Charles for a summer-long trip by car across the United States and up to the Northwest. Great wisdom to help both boys prepare for the next phase of their lives.

Ed attended Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV for the last few years of his high school education and as well as freshman college courses. Looking back, Ed has been so appreciative of how his Mom and Dad sacrificed financially to give him that opportunity for a better education and even send him later to Georgia Tech. Greenbrier Military School gave Ed great discipline as well as education. Although, to be fair, there are stories of dropping cherry bombs into toilets at GA Tech. Ed recalled working hard to avoid walking the beat at GMS (a punishment of walking the courtyard for infractions) and how the schoolmaster of the time believed that fresh air prevented disease and he required windows in every dorm room to be cracked open even in the dead of winter. Greenbrier College for Women (GWC) was across the street from Old Stone Presbyterian Church, where the cadets would march to worship Sunday nights. There is more to that story later! Ed recalled how they would march in their dress wool uniforms for church every Sunday evening and all file up into the balcony, sometimes frozen, sometimes steaming hot, sometimes soaking wet.

Ed went to GA Tech in 1951 and started classes there (in Atlanta, GA). One day, a good friend of his and former roommate from Greenbrier, Bill Trazzo, called Ed and said, of a young lady from Greenbrier College for Women, “Ed, you’ve got to meet this girl, you just have to meet this girl!” Bill and ‘this girl’ had become good friends while she was attending GWC. Ed came back to Greenbrier in 1953 to attend Bill’s graduation and there on the lawn at a ‘party house’ in Lewisburg, was Jackie Lou Newell. Ed came up to her, in all sincerity said, “I have been dying to meet you”, and began immediately to work on wooing her.

Ed began to write to Jackie and she wrote back, although she teased him often about his “line” when he first met her! They were married on June 14th, 1954 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Oak Hill WV, on a blazing hot day. Ed remembers that for both young lovers, it seemed like a very long ceremony, as they kneeled, with sweat dripping off their noses and chins. They thought they’d hidden their car successfully at a friend’s garage but some of Ed’s groomsmen from Ga Tech broke in the garage, removing a few boards. When Ed got in the car with his Bride Jackie and started it, it wouldn’t go anywhere… the boys had jacked it up on blocks about an inch off of the ground. By the time they got to Bluefield, the Roquefort cheese the boys had smeared on the engine block was very fragrant. The first night of their honeymoon was in Kingsport, TN.

Ed and Jackie lived in Decatur GA while Ed finished his Bachelors in Industrial Engineering and Jackie taught 1st grade at Forrest Park Elementary. The tiny apartment was great for newlyweds as one had to squeeze by another when going from one end of the kitchen to the next. Ants enjoyed the top of their wedding cake, which they’d thought they would save! Things apparently went well as Edward W. Gallaher Jr. was born May the 4th, 1955.

Ed Sr. finished his degree and joined the Army. For a bit, Ed and Jackie (and little Ed) lived in a tiny apartment at 2-Notch Road in Columbia, SC, while Ed did Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson. “Oh, those sand hills!” Then he was stationed for his first duty station as a 1 year hardship tour in Iceland. As a hardship, family travel and base housing are not an option. Upon arrival, Ed was picked out by a sergeant there to help him in the training center, which just happened to include a movie theater with the only CinemaScope lens on the entire island of Iceland and did films for entertainment as well as training. Near Christmas day, 1955 – Ed sent tickets and Jackie and little Ed flew on a DC3 to be with him in Iceland. Back then, the flight was non-pressurized with no Oxygen so they flew the entire way no higher than 10,000 feet. Jackie often said, “If he wasn’t there when I got there, I was not going to get off of that plane.” Well, Ed was there! He had earned enough for the tickets by selling popcorn and candy at the base concession/movie theater. The training area also had a shower, which was handy since Ed and Jackie (and little Ed) shared a single room in a house off base and shared a half-bath with 4 other tenants! So the shower at the ‘moomie’ house, as little Ed called it, was a blessing.

After a year in Iceland, Ed & Jackie returned to the Atlanta area (Brookline Drive) where Ed finished his second degree – a BS in Industrial Management – From Georgia Tech. Jackie answered an ad from a window downtown looking for a receptionist/typist – and she nailed the job, working for Otto the Orkin Man… (yes, the real, original Otto). There was a sign also for a garage apartment for rent in a florist’s shop. There they lived, blessed by the kindness of the owners of the shop. When Ed graduated in 1959, he got a job with Mead Paper Company and Jackie and he moved to Chillicothe OH, bought a house in the Chillicothe Manor and had Kathy Lynn Gallaher (Loyd) and Thomas A. (Tag) Gallaher in 1959 and 1960, respectively. While Ed was working for Mead, Jackie was teaching school (head start classes). The family stayed in that area for about 6 years, including their last year or two at a home on Graves Road, including a pond, a stable and an ornery pony named Dusty (a gift from the family doctor). This time included great visits with Ed’s first cousin, James Gallaher (Uncle Jimmy) and his wife, Posie. They had three kids roughly the same age as Ed & Jackie’s, so summer visits spent on their farm were lovely. The kids all have memories of playing in the pond with a (usually submerged) canoe. Uncle Jimmy would sometimes shout “Buddy Check” and each kid had to be paired up hand in hand with their swimming buddy before he’d count to five! Also in the manor, Ed & Jackie’s across-the-street neighbors, Nancy and Bill Bogan, had kids with ages similar to theirs, so a great friendship was born there as well. It should be noted that it was here that Ed & Jackie got their first of several Dalmatian dogs, named Chief. Chief and little Ed were close companions but Chief was also a bit of a rogue, sometimes creating brand new breeds of dogs, including the Dollies down the street (seemed a better name than Collations – a Collie/Dalmatian mix).

In 1967, Ed landed a job with Bergstrom Paper Company and the family moved up to Neenah, Wisconsin, staying there from 1967-1972. Here Ed and Jackie became good friends with Jean and Cecil Hess. Ed and Cecil worked together at Bergstrom and Jackie and Jean worked together with adults with severe mental and developmental challenges. Ed and Jackie remained friends with Jean and Cecil throughout their lives. Ed supported Jackie enthusiastically during this time as she finished her BS in English at the University of WI, Oshkosh (while raising 2 grade school children and one high school child!). Here, also, Ed & Jackie became ardent Green Bay Packers fans (and Jackie was one of their most vocal cheerers through the rest of her life)! Those were the days of Bart Star, Fuzzy Thurston, Ray Nitschke and other heroes of old.

Throughout the early years, Ed and Jackie always did family vacations – carrying their family across the US in various Dodge Station Wagons and even a pop-up camper for one memorable trip. In addition, frequent visits to see family in Oak Hill WV, and many a summer enjoying long warm days on Summersville Lake, WV, which Jackie & the kids dearly loved. Ed wasn’t a big fan of swimming but he would spend summer after summer on the water and would tow his kids skiing behind the boat for hours. When he was tired of towing, he would start going around in circles to make big waves and finally shake his kids off the line, a challenge that they loved!

During those early years, Ed always would save his per diem while he travelled on business, eating on the cheap, so that he’d have enough money when he returned to hire a baby-sitter and take his bride out for a date. And he reminded us about the importance of taking care of one’s love. Ed travelled a great deal with work and remembered when the O’hare Airport was just a few Quonset huts! He was also one of the first ‘million milers’ with Delta and would tell future generations with a gleam in his eye, “Back when I was flying all the time you actually had to fly a million miles to get that award!”

In 1972, Bergstrom tasked Ed with taking over management of a paper plant in West Carrollton (Dayton) OH, and the family moved briefly to West Carrollton and then to Oakwood, on the south end of Dayton, OH. Ed said that Bergstrom’s purchase of the plant was a terrible mistake as the plant’s machines were too large and fast to run on a high percentage of waste paper (recycled paper, which was Bergstrom’s niche). Bergstrom needed pulp, which Kimberly Clark had but Bergstrom didn’t! There were other challenges there including a wild-cat strike during his first year there.

Ed and Jackie became friends with William and Helen LeMay, who they met through the Oakwood United Methodist Church, where both families worshiped. In time, William enticed Ed to join him at Baxter Travenol and Ed learned the business of manufacturing Vinyl & Latex examination gloves (as well as the bodies for Stretch Armstrong!). By 1978, Ed and Jackie had put together a plan to start their own company called Phoenix Glove Company, pooling their life savings, building a business plan and, a few days before Tag headed off to his first year of college, they headed to South Carolina to start their company!

Ed was friends also with Arthur Parsons, a local banker in Andrews, SC, who became a mentor in finance and made many important introductions for Ed. He and his wife, ‘Becca, lived diagonal from Ed and Jackie and were good friends through the years. In Andrews, Ed and Jackie built their dream house and called it Rivendell. They became part of the heart and soul of the community in Andrews and of their local church, Trinity United Methodist. I know they were blessed by too many good friends to mention and I believe they blessed the community as well.

Ed and Jackie lived just under 4 decades in Andrews, from 1978 to 2016. They were very involved with the community and the company Ed started thrived, employing some 600 people at one point! More than a few folks have thanked “Mr. Ed” and “Ms. Jackie” for the opportunities that Phoenix offered and the great work ethic and habits that most employees developed in that environment. Jackie stayed involved with the local library and she and Ed both partnered with “Andrews Good ‘Ol Days”, and were key in convincing Chubby Checker to come to Andrews for many a year for this town-wide fund raiser for the library association.

During this time they lived a grand, joyous life!

They travelled broadly, including Asia, Australia and Europe, settling eventually into an annual trip to France where they would split their time between visiting good friends, the Binners and Cotins, in Ammerschwihr in the Alsace and spending time at Hotel Du Casino, at the west end of Omaha Beach in Normandy. Ed and Jackie tended to create lasting friendships wherever they went and these friendships often echoed throughout the family. In Hamburg Germany, they befriended Lucas & Uli Garabet who remained friends through the years and hosted son Tag and his wife, Jeannie, for a visit and dinner when they were in the country in 2015. Similarly, their relationship with the Binners has translated now into 3 generations, with various family members visiting the US and France and staying in touch frequently. And in Omaha Beach, where Ed and Jackie stayed every year for some 30 years, they became close friends of the proprietors of Hotel Du Casino, Mr. & Mrs. Clemencons, including their now grown Daughter, Julia and her husband. They also brought 3 additional generations of their own family to France and especially to Normandy – visiting battle sites, telling stories, walking the vast beach, attending retreat at the Military Cemetery at Colville Sur Mer and ensuring these generations, too, shall never forget.

Speaking of lasting friendships, Ed & Jackie’s friendship with Cecil & Jean Hess lasted well beyond the Wisconsin days and Bergstrom Paper. When Jean and Cecil moved to the then-rural east side of Atlanta and started a Christmas Tree Farm, Hess Tree Farm, Ed and Jackie were right there to help and started yet another family tradition. Large parts of the Gallaher family would come to the Hess Tree farm for Thanksgiving and help kick off the Christmas Tree selling season there. Amid much garland making, tree shaking, hay riding, tree wrapping and loading, wreath making and decorating, was an abundance of laughing, eating, drinking, storytelling and enjoying each other’s company!

Ed and Jackie also made it a point to spend time with their young granddaughters, even though they didn’t live nearby. Just like his professional investment in people, his financial investment in his company, his heartfelt investment of time and giving at Trinity UMC, his and Jackie’s intentional investment of time with their granddaughters was also a gift and also brought dividends of love. We have many pictures of Ed and Jackie with their granddaughters, playing in the playhouse or joggling on the joggling board.

With even more love to share, they had 2 Rotary International exchange students join their homes over 2 years, but those relationships also lasted even to now – Hugo Miura, from Brazil and Verona Meier from Germany. Hugo was very involved in the music program at Trinity and has been back to the US twice to visit Ed & Jackie (and the rest of us). Verona remembers Ed’s patience as he was teaching her how to drive in the US – and Ed remembered having to teach Verona a few alternative “choice words” for use in a small town in South Carolina! Verona and Hugo are both part of an ongoing, fun conversation with the entire Gallaher family.

Ed’s last decade was focused almost entirely on taking care of Jackie as he walked her home along that long, arduous path of Alzheimer’s disease. This included a move from Andrews back to Dayton, OH, in 2016 to be closer to family. Ed loved his wife more than anything else on this earth and taught us all a great deal about standing by your loved one. In her last days, he said to her “Jackie, I’ve been thinking about it and I just can’t think of anything that we wanted to do together and didn’t do.” And he was there holding her hand and sleeping by her side each night as the end drew near. Ed continued on this earthly plane for 3 years and a 3 months after Jackie died. He said “Well, it’s what Jackie would expect of me”. But his life was just not the same without her. In September 2021, he enjoyed a “Last Trip” to Hotel Du Casino in Normandy where he and Jackie had visited so often, this time with Kathy and Tag.

Ed fell in early June and spent nearly 2 weeks in Hospice in Dayton OH. Those 2 weeks gave time for family to spend time with him and say good-bye. Even in dying, Ed continued to teach us, living his life as an example. He taught us to be bold and unwavering in what matters the most. He taught us to have absolute faith. He had no fear of death – not even at the end – but wholly trusted the promise of eternal life through his faith in Jesus Christ.

For those of us left behind, we will miss him. Yet his life is something to remember and celebrate and we know that he’s where he really wanted to be – In heaven, dancing with Jackie and praising Jesus and the Father, filled with the Holy Spirit.

John Bailey Hedrick


John Bailey Hedrick
March 18, 1945 — June 19, 2022
Beckley, WV
John Bailey Hedrick, 77, of Beckley passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Bowers Hospice House on June 19, 2022. John was born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 18, 1945, to the late Dr. John A. Hedrick and Natalie Bailey Hedrick.

John graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School Class of 1963 where he was recognized as one of West Virginia’s All-State baseball pitchers. He then graduated from Greenbrier Military School in 1964 and went on to attend Marshall University.

John began his career with Gates Engineering in Beckley, WV and later joined Fairchild Incorporated. Years later, he partnered with three outstanding men; Jack Phillips, Jim Phillips and Tom Cushman at Phillips Machine Service where he continued his career.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. John A. Hedrick and Natalie Hedrick McKinney, his sister Connie Sue Concepcion and brother-in-law Dr. Roberto Concepcion. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Susan Buzzard Hedrick, his son John Christopher Hedrick (Leslie) and daughter Natalie Hedrick Fey (Jeff), his adoring grandchildren, Jack Bailey Hedrick, Caroline Elise Fey and Cameron Jeffrey Fey all of Charlotte, NC. His brother, James Robert Hedrick of Arvada, Colorado as well as many special nieces and nephews.

John was a generous, loving husband, father and grandfather. John was a true gentleman who never met a stranger. His kindness and respect for others was exemplified in how he treated people.

Services will be held at the Beckley Presbyterian Church at 11:00 am on June 29, 2022.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Parking will be permitted behind the church in the WVU Tech parking lot.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:

Bowers Hospice House

454 Cranberry Drive

Beckley WV 25801 or charity of your choice.

Paul Dessauer


Per Jim Arbogast, August 13, 2023:

Paul Louis Dessauer, Class of ’65, passed away 6/12/2022 in Denver, CO.
No other information available.

Michael David Amling


Amling, Michael David

Michael David Amling, 71, of London, Ohio passed away on June 4, 2022.

He was born in Pana, IL on October 18, 1950 to Dr. Warren Eugene Amling and Barbara (McMillan) Amling. He grew up in London, OH and graduated from London High School in 1968. He went on to Greenbrier Military School and then attended Memphis State University. He was an Army veteran serving in the Army Intelligence Corps from 1971 to 1973. While in the Army, Mike obtained his private pilot's license. After the Army, Mike started his work career at Orleton Farms in Madison County OH and Circle S Ranch in Dillon, Montana. He then worked for Strawser Paving in Columbus until his retirement in 2016.

Mike was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening, traveling with his family, cooking, and his dogs, especially, Ruby and Cooper.

Mike was predeceased by his father Warren and father-in-law Charles Hedges and is survived by his mother, Barbara; loving wife, Karen; daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah Amling; siblings, Tim (Dorothy) Amling, Babs (Scott LaVange) Amling and Pat (Kathy) Amling; nephew, Dorrian Amling; niece, Heidi Shiffer and her daughters, Camille and Claire as well as step-daughter, Kelly (Mike) Besco and their children, Nora and Rhys Besco. Also surviving are his mother-in-law, Joan Hedges; sisters-in-law, Kathy (Jim) Hackett and Tami (Mike) Hughes.

Family and friends may visit from 4-7PM on Monday, June 13 at the Lynch Family Funeral Home at 124 East High St. in London with a memorial service on Tuesday, June 14 at 11AM at Trinity Episcopal Church at 10 East 4th St. in London with The Rev. Dr. George Glazier presiding. Inurnment of ashes will be at Kirkwood Cemetery in London. Memorials in Mike's memory may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church at 10 East 4th St., London, OH 43140. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Lynch Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 124 E. High St, London.

Lt. General Winfield "Skip" Scott, Jr.


Former Air Force Academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott remembered for character and humility

Lt. Gen. Winfield W. Scott Jr., who led the Air Force Academy as the 10th superintendent from 1983 to 1987, was laid to rest Tuesday at the academy's cemetery.

He died in Colorado Springs on March 19 at age 94.

In an event that was mostly off-limits to the media, his ceremony included a formation of cadets, a firing party, a bugler sounding taps, a folding of the U.S. flag and a missing-man formation of four F-35 aircraft from Hill Air Force Base in Utah, the academy said. An American flag was then presented to Scott's daughter, Kay, by the academy's superintendent, Lt. Gen. Richard Clark.

"I can't say enough about the character and humility of General Scott, a personal inspiration who directly impacted my life and career path. He was my superintendent, and when an injury put pilot training in doubt for me, he intervened to ensure that I could continue to follow my dream," Clark said in a statement. "That was the kind of person he was — a selfless leader who set an example I have tried to follow. He inspired so many and will be dearly missed."

Clark, the academy's first black superintendent, told The Gazette last year that Scott played a big role helping him get into pilot training despite having separated shoulders he suffered from playing football.

Scott flew F-51 Mustangs during the Korean War and piloted F-4s in more than 100 combat missions during the Vietnam War.

After learning Clark was selected for a pilot slot but medically denied, Scott invited him to his office, where he asked the soon-to-be second lieutenant to rotate each of his arms above his head.

"He said, 'Ya know Rich, I flew F-100s, I ejected out of an airplane and having a dislocated shoulder is the least of your worries. And if you can play football here and you can do what I just did (raise arms over head), that's about all you need to do to be able to reach up to a switch and pull your ejection handles. I'm gonna take this one up, and we're going to get you a pilot slot.'"

Born on Dec. 10, 1927, Scott graduated West Point in 1950, earned his pilot wings, served in the Korean and Vietnam wars and became the academy's 10th superintendent before retiring from active duty in 1987 after nearly four decades of military service.

"By all accounts, Gen. Scott is remembered as a highly engaged, hands-on leader. Militarily, he played a key role in expanding soaring opportunities, permitting more cadets to experience the thrill of flying," Lt. Col. (Ret.) Steven A. Simon said in an article on "Academically, he oversaw the implementation of a program to furnish all cadets with personal computers, providing connections with the faculty through the local area network. A football player at West Point, he avidly supported Falcon athletics, attending countless events and practices."

In a statement, his sons, who served in the Air Force, said this about their dad:

"There was not another person we know more devoted to his faith, his family and our nation through the United States Air Force than our father. Not a morning or evening went by that he was not praying with mom, even after she passed away, for our family. In the last few days since he went to heaven to be with mom, we have learned more from his friends, of all ages, all over the nation expressing their gratitude for his faith, his leadership and how he never wavered from his values. He had an influence and impact that will be with us for a very long time, if not forever. We will miss him but we also know, because of our faith, we will meet again."

Also known as Skip, Scott is survived by six children and 16 grandchildren; many of them served with the academy.

His wife, Sally, died in 2015 and is also buried at the academy's cemetery.

(c)2022 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Michael M. Johnson


Michael M. “Mickey” Johnson Michael M. “Mickey” Johnson, 74, of Rice, Virginia, and formerly of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, passed away on Feb. 25, 2022 at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. Mickey was born in Washington DC to Charles A Johnson, and Evelyn Smider Johnson on Sept. 10, 1947. He Graduated from Greenbrier Military School, and Shepherd College in West Virginia, in 1969. He was the Corporate President of Shannondale, Inc for many years. Mickey was fortunate to touch so many lives with his over 35 years of involvement with Jefferson County Little League Baseball, and Midget League Basketball. He was a very active life member of Delta Sigma Pi, Business Fraternity, where he held many district, regional and national positions, and was an important part of the Charles Town Kiwanis Club, where he also held numerous local and state offices. Mickey also was very active in his community, volunteering for many years with the local United Way, Red Cross, and Old Opera House to name a few. Mickey is survived by his Wife, Frances Booth Johnson, Daughter Candy Johnson Rolle, Son Charles Johnson, 2 Grandchildren, and 5 Great-Grand Children. A graveside service will be held at Trinity Memorial Garden, in Rice, Virginia on Saturday, March 5 at 1 p.m.

Dr. Fred Abraham


Dr. Fred Abraham, 91, of Huntington, passed away on Friday, February 18, 2022, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Fred was born on December 29, 1930 in Damascus, Syria to the late Isaac and Salome Abraham. He and his family moved to WV in 1938, sailing from France to Ellis Island, NY on the Normandy. He was a dentist in the Huntington area for over 45 years.

Fred attended the Greenbrier Military Academy and Pittsburgh University for both undergraduate and dental school. He served in the Air Force as a Captain from 1956 to 1960. After his discharge, he moved to Huntington to open his dental practice, where he met his wife of 57 years, Justine Abraham, when she applied to work in his office. They fell in love and married shortly thereafter.

He was a devoted husband, father and loving brother, uncle and grandfather. Fred was deeply religious, a studier of theology, philosophy, history and politics. He was an avid walker, golfer and die-hard Steelers fan. He was a life-long member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and later became a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He founded the Guyan National Bank in Barboursville in the early 1970’s and served as Chairman of the Board.

Fred is survived by three daughters, Amy Abraham of Miami, FL, Rebecca Sothen of Huntington, WV, and Sarah Daley of Louisville, KY; six grandchildren, Jacob and Madison Abraham, Joseph May and Thurman Hinkle, Luke and Katherine Daley; and two siblings, Dr. Nazem Abraham and Dr. Charles Abraham of Huntington, WV. Funeral Liturgy will be held 11 a.m Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church by Monsignor Dean Borgmeyer. Interment will follow in Woodmere Memorial Park. Klingel-Carpenter is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.

James Moody McCormick III


James Moody McCormick, 85, of Adamstown, MD, died on February 9, 2022, at his home.
Born on March 15, 1936, in Charleston, WV, he grew up in St. Albans, WV, attending school there as a
child before spending four years at the Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV. He graduated from
Greenbrier in 1954, and went on to Duke University. Inspired by his Uncle Jerry, who was a biochemist,
he studied chemistry and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958. After graduating from
Duke, he returned to West Virginia where he worked briefly as a chemist for Union Carbide. Deciding
working with chemicals was not for him, he relocated to Washington, DC in 1961 to begin what would
be a long and successful career as a marketing executive with GEICO in Chevy Chase, MD. There he was
able to leverage his skills as a creative wordsmith and avid reader with an appreciation for a compelling
story or quality pun. He met his wife Catherine at a Bridge game soon after moving to Washington, DC,
and they were married in Betheny, PA, on June 11, 1966. They would remain happily married for fifty-
five years.

He very much enjoyed spending time with his daughter and four sons and their families. He loved
nothing more than to visit with or hear about the accomplishments of his twelve grandchildren. He will
be deeply missed by all of them. He had many interests that he was passionate about and was delighted
to share with others, a love of nature chief among them. He enjoyed birding, hiking the Appalachian
Trail or just about any trail, playing with his dogs he loved dearly; reading histories, mysteries, and
biographies; watching classic movies, Austin City Limits, his favorite murder mysteries, or a Duke
basketball game. He welcomed others to engage in these activities with him and would always impart
knowledge to those who were fortunate enough to have accepted his invitations to participate. He
traveled extensively with his loving wife, both domestically and abroad, they enjoyed those trips

He was predeceased by his mother, Dorothy May McCormick, and father, James Moody McCormick, II;
his brother, Jeremiah McCormick, and four sisters: Franz Varney, Molly Cone, Mary McCormick, and
Margot “Sherry” Harrison.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Catherine McCormick who cared for him in his final years. In addition,
he leaves behind five loving children and their families: Michael McCormick, of Columbia, MD, Robert
McCormick, of Ellicott City, MD, John McCormick, of Lancaster, NH, Timothy McCormick of Raleigh, NC,
and Mary “Mindy” McCormick, of Asheville, NC.

William G. Boyle


Obituary of William Glasscock Boyle

William “Big Lou” Glasscock Boyle, 72, of Kingwood, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2022 at Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving and heartbroken family.

Born in Morgantown on October 2, 1949, Bill was the son of the late John P. (Jack) and Carolyn Glasscock Boyle, both longtime Morgantown residents. Bill was the great grandson of Monongalia County’s only governor, William E. Glasscock. Known as the family’s pillar and patriarch, He is survived by his devoted and loyal wife of 47 years, Karen McCabe Boyle, and their four children: John P. Boyle II (Kyla) of Morgantown, grandsons Jack and Anthony Boyle; Dr. Kate Boyle Wooton (Jody) of Lewisburg, WV, grandchildren Berkeley, Bo and Baylor; Caroline Boyle Lalli (Trapper) of Chapel Hill, NC, grandsons Decker and Ledger Lalli; and Sarah Boyle (Dan Romain) of Morgantown; Survivors also include two brothers Mark E. Boyle (Mary) and their children Brienne Caranasos (Thomas), Ryan Boyle, and Tyler Boyle (Megan); brother and best friend, Edward P. Boyle II (Kathy), of Morgantown, and their children Shelby Boyle, Cassidy Albino (Rob), Lilly, and Logan Krishock ( Katie Lillard) and one sister Ann (Vicky) Boyle Colon (Juan), Ocoee, FL, and children Carly Verucchi (Vincent), Christopher and Michael Colon; along with a host of loving cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Bill Boyle graduated from Greenbrier Military School in 1967. He was a lineman for the “Fighting Cadets” and the salutatorian of his class. While at Greenbrier Military, Bill was promoted to 1stSgt and placed in charge of training and discipline for Company D, which included his freethinking, slightly rebellious cousin Patrick. After graduation Bill attended WVU, where he was member of the WVU Rifle team during his freshman year. He obtained a degree in Mining Engineering in 1972, graduating first in his class.

Summers were spent at the family cottage in Kingwood and filled with Little League baseball, (Bill covered 1st base for Hartman Coal “like buckwheat covers Preston County”, a houseful of noisy cousins, raucous cards playing, fishing for rainbow trout, hunting for golf balls, and waging cut-throat games of kickball and wiffle ball. When Bill, a left-handed slugger was at bat, everyone in the outfield dropped back, well into the neighbor’s yard, hoping to catch a high fly and beat him home. For the rest of his life, Bill remained devoted to his beloved Preston County and the close-knit, God-fearing, “Free State of Preston” community he called home.

A man of few words but many talents, Bill had a beautiful singing voice and enjoyed playing the organ before dinner. He was first mentored in the coal business by his unforgettable grandfather Ed Boyle, who is depicted in home movies accompanying his 7-year-old grandson into a mine shaft. Thus began Bill’s lifelong fascination with the coal industry, which was later reinforced by his father Jack, who, after endless badgering from his first born, finally relented, allowing his 12-year old son to work underground – a decision quickly reversed by Bill’s grandmother Eleanor Boyle. (“Are you crazy, Jack?!”) Bill, was subsequently reassigned and paid 60 cents an hour to screen coal and pitch hay, which taught him the value of hard work – and a dollar.

A devoted husband and father, Bills’ first love was his family but the family business (where he was affectionately known as “The Chairman”) was a close second. First coal, then top quality construction, Bill, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Board of Preston and Mountaineer Contractors, always considered the company’s 350+ employees, to be part of his extended family and they were treated that way. Like the company he led for decades, Bill Boyle was “founded on integrity and built on performance.” In addition, Bill served on the Board of Directors at Albright National Bank for many years.

Bill also loved West Virginia and is described by more than one admirer as “the most generous person I know”. But most people never knew it because he gave quietly from his heart, never wanting any recognition. He was very spiritual, too, according to Priscilla Weidenschlager SJ, a Brooklyn-born Catholic nun who “came to West Virginia to work with the people”. And he was kind, “a little shy and very funny.” During her 15-year stay in Preston County, Sister Priscilla said you could ask Bill Boyle for anything, and he’d always say yes. “He was a great gift to the community.”

Lastly, we want to thank Ed Boyle, his best friend and longtime business partner for his unwavering support, love, and loyalty. The bond Bill & Ed shared was indescribable.

So he returned home to his father, And while he was still far off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran out to his son. Luke 15:20.

Friends and family will be received at St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Parish, 322 E. Main Street, Kingwood, WV, on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, from 3 – 8 p.m. The body will be moved to St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, 3334B University Avenue, Star City, WV on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, for friends and family to be received from 10 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial to begin at noon with Rev. Andy Switzer as celebrant.

Hastings Funeral Home Omega Crematory is entrusted with arrangements. A family graveside committal will follow at a later date.

The family would like to sincerely thank all of the management and medical staff at Mon Health Care for their extraordinary care and compassion. The family would also like to send a heartfelt thank you to longtime family friend, Dr. Fred Gabriele for his on-going support and wise counsel.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made in Bill’s memory to Mon Health Foundation, 1200 JD Anderson Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505.

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William L. Wallace


William L. Wallace, 95, of Ronceverte formerly of Lewisburg passed away on Sunday January 30, 2022 at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.

He was born May 25, 1926 in Murray City, OH and was son of the late Luther R. and Norma Koenig Wallace.

Bill attended Greenbrier Military School, attended Ohio Wesleyan College and graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and was Past President of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association. He was a World War II Navy Veteran and member of the American Legion Post #26. Bill was owner of Wallace & Wallace Funeral Homes, Trustee of Wallace Memorial Cemetery, member of Ronceverte Presbyterian Church where he was a past Deacon, Elder and Trustee. He was a past member of Ronceverte City Council. Bill was a founding member of the Greenbrier County Emergency Ambulance Service, past member of the Ronceverte Lions Club and Shyrock Masonic Lodge.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his great grandson Odin Arnold; sister Norma Lemon; brothers Robert L. Wallace and Jack K. Wallace.

Surviving are his wife Phyllis Spencer Wallace; daughters Pamela W. Arnold (Rusty) and Judith W. Polan (Josh); grandchildren Judith Ann Dove (Jeromy), Cavanaugh Arnold (Shawna), Spencer J. Arnold (Tasha) and Mary Elizabeth Arnold (Jonathan Parker).; great grandchildren Bre Theroit, Chase Arnold, J. R., Kyleigh , Ivan and Naomi Weikle, Emily and Wyatt Dove, Gunner and Kyler Arnold, Lylah, Zoey and Harlow Arnold-Parker.

A Visitation will be held on Wednesday February 2, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

Bill’s funeral service will be Thursday February 3, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Ronceverte Presbyterian Church with Rev. Stephen Baldwin and Rev. Greg Scott officiating, interment will follow at The End Of The Trail Cemetery in Clintonville.

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Eddie Gene Beard


EDDIE GENE "POPPIE" BEARD, 88, of Lewisburg, peacefully passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022 at CAMC surrounded by his loving family.

Born on February 6, 1933 in Renick, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Minnie Brown and was a proud member of the Clifton Presbyterian Church in Maxwelton, WV. Other than his mother, he was preceded in death by his son, Eddie Joe Beard, daughter-in-law, Cheri (Monday) Beard, three sisters, Mattie Brown Sinclair (Ira), Mildred Brown McLean (John R. "Jock"), and Mary "Ruth" Brown Jenkins (Lee). Special thanks and love for Maggie and Lewis Hollandsworth and the Hollandsworth family, who raised Gene from 18 months on, following his mother's tragic passing.

Survivors include: his wife of 69 years (12/25/1952), Mary Alice (Scott) Beard; daughter, Myola Suzanne Beard, and son, Scott Eugene Beard (Stacey); grandchildren: Justin Joe Beard, Alyson DeAnne Riddle (Dain), Kara Jean Holliday (Bryan), Tori JoLayne Nahouse (Christian), Norris Scott Beard, Madeline Anne Beard, Nena Loryn Adwell, and James "Berkley" Adwell; great-grandchildren, Tyler Joe Beard, Raelyn Paige Beard, Jackson Dain Beard Riddle, Abel Thomas Holliday, Reagan Kate Holliday, and Reed Karoline Holliday; special god-daughters: Lana Gail Guthrie (J.W.) and Whitney Whanger Smith; nieces and nephews: Jane Schmidlapp (Alan) and family, Sue Massey (Don) and family, Ann Huskins (Jack), Patty Owens (Archie) and family, Francis Blake (Charlie) and family, Sherry Mullins (Houston) and family, Terry Jeffries, Ira Gene "Butch" Jenkins and family, and Victoria Wilkinson and family, Mary Ann Reynolds (Fred) and family, Vickie Janucik (Lou) and family, James "Jimbo" Scott (Rhonda) and family, Ava Knott (John) and family, Teresa Toribio (Chris) and family, Ellen Marino (Bob) and family. Lastly, dear family friends: Libby Jenkins Kincaid and Colton Lewis.

Gene began his elementary education in Renick, followed by Greenbrier Military School (GMS) and Renick High School. After high school, Gene attended GMS for undergraduate studies before being drafted into the army to serve in the Korean War. After being honorably discharged from the army, he enrolled at Oklahoma City University, earning a double major in Geology and Physical Education. Gene began his career at the McLean Oil Company in the west Texas Oil Fields, where he met lifelong friends Allen Amos and the Pullen family. In Texas, he was highly active in the Menard Little League and Jaycees.

Moving into his life career, Gene served as figure head, innovator, and leader for 30+ years in the fenestration (window and door) industry. As the VP of Sales, he traveled extensively from his home in Greenbrier County to businesses on the west coast and all states in between, where he met some of his closest friends, Warren and Mary Lacey and family, Harry and Carolyn Riegelman and family, Jack and Eileen Steigerwald and family, and Leon and Margaret Slocomb and family.

After retirement, Gene turned over the family businesses to his son Scott, but remained a mentor and served on the Board of Directors for LaPied, 4-JAKS, MDC Inc., GMB Management and GMB equipment. Gene was also proud member of VFW and NRA and served as a 40+ year board member at Gateway Industries.

His crown jewel was creating and building his farm, Gene's Mountain Inc., where his family lovingly referred to him as The President and CEO. Gene dedicated 60 years to saving and purchasing small plots of land in northern Greenbrier County, which he cleaned and cleared with the help of family and friends, until he proudly reached approximately 400 acres. "Poppie" would eagerly educate anyone who would listen, on how to live and be self-sufficient. For decades, "The Mountain" has been a place of love and adventures for the Beard family and friends. Gene oversaw many hunting expeditions, sleepovers, family reunions, gatherings, holidays, and most recently a wedding.
He was a fiercely-loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, mentor, and friend, whose hugs and kisses could break your bones. Gene had a gregarious personality, never meeting a stranger, and never too shy to tell you his opinion. Gene and Mary Alice were soul mates who met at Renick Elementary. In 1952, the couple married and began traveling the world together, crisscrossing the globe for nearly 70 years together.

On one of their favorite yearly trips, the traveling partners would pass through Louisiana, stopping to eat at his favorite restaurant where he would feast on Crawfish. After the crawfish stop, the couple would cross into Texas, where they would sometimes stop by "The Deer Lease" with his hunting buddies, "Raesner's Rowdies". After passing through Texas, Gene and Mary Alice would head north to Mary Alice's favorite destination, South Dakota, where they would watch the progress of the Crazy Horse monument. Stubbornness being one of his best qualities, Gene always drove and listened (with minimal interruptions) to his loving wife. There are not enough words to describe Gene Beard and the amazing life he lived.

We look forward to sharing stories in the near future in a celebration of life which will be determined at a later date.

James Alan Frank


JAMES ALAN FRANK – Feb 5, 1943 - Jan 2, 2022

James A. Frank, 78, of St Johns, FL, formerly of Charleston, SC, died Sunday, January 2, 2022. A native of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida was the son of Alan Stetson Frank and Frances Oliver Frank. Jim passed away peacefully at home, which is what he wanted.

James was a man of many achievements and interests. In 1961, he graduated from Greenbrier Military School, Lewisburg, WV, achieving the rank of 2nd Lt. James attended Miami-Dade Junior College, Earned a B.S. from Florida Atlantic and a certificate from University of Santa Clara School of Law. Throughout his career, he was awarded various citations from a diverse group of business professional organizations and fraternities. He loved cars, boats & sweets. James, along with his wife Claire, was an avid shooting enthusiast and they spent many days on the range competing with each other.

It should be noted that his grandfather, David Dickson Oliver gave him the tenacity to want to do more and to help others. Planted the seed of giving. His father, Alan, was an accomplished Navy pilot who made time to take care of his family and set a good example. These two men's life principals guided James to provide a final gift to others, to be an organ donor & was able to donate tissue to LifeNet Health.

He was a CFO, Controller, Accountant, & President of Bottomline Business Solutions in Hendersonville, NC. He also operated Safe Harbor Solutions, in St. Johns, FL. which sold CRM and accounting software to businesses.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Claire Ann Frank, her son Steven Voikos of Rochester Hills, MI, and 4 grandchildren, Anthony, Anna, Nick and Luke Voikos. Jim’s brother, Ronald Frank of Port St. Lucie, FL; Sister, Julia McNulty of Williamsburg, VA; total of 2 Nieces and 4 nephews. Jim’s son, James Frank Jr., of Charleston, SC, and his 3 sons, Gage, Bailey & Gavin Frank, Jim’s grandsons. Jim had 3 stepchildren from a previous marriage in Charleston SC, and 4 grandchildren. Jim was a devoted father and husband. Jim was cremated. His Celebration of Life ceremony will be at their home in St. Johns County, FL, in March 2022, when the weather warms, in the backyard by the pond he loved. All are welcome.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Jacksonville, FL. 866.253.6681

Charles "Chuck" E. Mangion



Charles "Chuck" E. Mangion, 66, passed away on November 9, 2021.

Chuck was born June 17, 1955 in Wyandotte, Michigan to Carmelo and Veda May Pansy (Atchinson) Mangion.

Chuck from a young age until he graduated, attended Greenbriar Military Academy in West Virginia. After that he attended college in Rochester, MI and then moved to Abilene, TX and got an Associate's degree in Criminal Justice from Abilene Christian.

For a bit, he was a Mounted Police officer in Detroit and at one time was even a bodyguard for Mary Kay. Chuck served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

At some point he then made his way to Chandler, Oklahoma and became very involved in all things civic. He was a police officer for years and was also on the fire department. Chuck also served as the assistant chief of emergency medical services. He was also Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff and also Lincoln County Sheriff for a while.

On May 5, 1990 Chuck married Shelly Brzowski in Chandler, OK. Chuck has always had a servant's heart and absolutely loved being involved in his community. One of his favorite things was being Santa Claus, which he was in Chandler for many years. Chuck was always willing to help anyway who needed it, from simple household things to the big things. There was no greater man than Chuck Mangion, and he will be greatly missed.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Carmelo and Pansy Mangion and sister Janelle Jackson.

Survivors include his wife Shelly Mangion; son Mason Mangion, son Mark Barneche; daughter Megan Smith; granddaughter Sorien Barneche; sister Margaret Mangion, cousin Linda Penn and nephews Michael and John Laur and many extended family and friends.

No services will be held at this time. Online condolences and memories may be shared by visiting Care Services are provided by Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Chandler, OK.

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Albert Anson III


Albert Anson III was born on October 23, 1936 in Wyandotte, Michigan to the late Albert Anson Jr. and Jean Mary Lossing, passed away peacefully on September 24, 2021, age 84.

Al grew up in St. Albans, West Virginia, and graduated from Greenbrier Military School in 1954. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1961. He worked for McJunkin Corporation as a purchasing agent, and CAMC hospital as a courier, retiring at age 77.

Al, a 2:48 marathoner, was ranked as the #1 master’s runner in West Virginia during the mid to late 1970s, and was president of the Kanawha Valley Road Runner’s Club. He qualified three times for the Boston Marathon and won the master’s division in a number of road races. Albert completed a cycling century of 102 miles over the punishing hills surrounding Kanawha Valley. He was a member of Wake Forest Baptist Church.

He is survived by his son, Michael Anson; stepson Richard Hudson, brother David Anson; granddaughter Meghan Anson; sister-in-law Shirlie Anson; daughter-in-law Mary Anson; nieces Susan Anson and Stephanie Richardson, her husband Matt, grand-nieces Schuyler and Madeline; and dear friend and companion, Carol.

A memorial service was conducted on Saturday, October 2, at Wake Forest Baptist Church, by Pastor Bill Slater.

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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Michael Curtis Staten


Michael Staten, 73, passed away unexpectedly in Mobile, Alabama on September 2, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard H. and Carol Staten and his brothers, Richard H. Staten, Jr. and Stanley Staten.

Mike is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Barbara, daughter, Keli Staten, and her husband, Jeff Palilieo, of Edmunds, Washington. He also leaves behind his sister, Stuart Ann Hanna, of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and 8 wonderful nephews: Rand, Chris, Matthew, Paul, Andrew, Justin, and Quinn Hanna, and Phillip Staten and their families. Mike also leaves lifelong childhood, summer camp friends, tennis partners, golfing mates, co-workers, and contractor friends.

Mike grew up in Lewisburg, West Virginia. He attended Greenbrier Military School, and graduated as a Post Grad in ‘66. He spent his summers on the Greenbrier River at Camp Shaw-Mi-Del-Eca, in Caldwell, West Virginia. His father was a GMS instructor and later the camp director.

Mike graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Landscape Architecture. He had a 35-year career with the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

In 2008, Mike received an organ transplant and was able to enjoy good health, family, friends, and retirement the 13 years since. He was a quiet fellow with a wonderful sense of humor, and a zest for life. Every day since his transplant was a blessing gifted by God and organ donation.

A celebration of his life memorial service is planned for the spring of 2022 at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Sharp Alumni Center in Lewisburg, West Virginia.

Harry Michael Farrell


Harry Michael “Mike” Farrell, 79, of Mt. Washington, KY, passed away on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021.

Mike was born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, and raised in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. He retired as an Industrial Arts Teacher from the Montgomery County Public School System in Rockville, Maryland, where he was also a wrestling coach for 35 years. 

Mike belonged to the Louisville Pontiac Club and KYANA. He was an avid woodworker, as well as a car enthusiast.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Howard Farrell and Mary Louise (Smith) Farrell.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Margi (Machell) Farrell; his son, Brad Farrell (Shawn Potts), and his grandchildren, Teagan Farrell and Paddy Farrell.

A note from Margi Farrell: (note edited for privacy)

It is with a heavy heart that I write this note. Mike, Harry Michael Farrell, passed
away suddenly a year ago.

Mike was so proud that he attended Greenbrier Military School during his early years. He was a successful schoolteacher for the Montgomery County School System in Gaithersburg, MD for 32 years as an Industrial Arts teacher. He retired in 1998.

He coached wrestling for the same county for 35 years (he continued to help with his team even after he retired). He was a car enthusiast. He owned 3 Corvettes, restored a Model A Ford, and a GTO over the years. He belonged to Car Clubs in both Maryland and Kentucky. He could talk for hours with his friends about the cars. He loved to travel. One of his fondest memories was our trip to Ireland with the entire family in 2018.

We retired to Louisville, KY in 2009. … We had 12 great
years in KY. I only wish we had more years together. We celebrated 50 years of

Margi Farrell

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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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.