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Max O'Rell Sessions, Jr.


Max O'Rell Sessions Jr., passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Wake Forest Baptist Cancer Center on March 21, 2019. He was born in Winston-Salem on November 15, 1950 to Max O'Rell Sessions Sr. and Betty Morris Sessions. He was educated at Whitaker Elementary School, Wiley Middle School, Reynolds High School, Wake Forest University and UNC School of the Arts. Max worked at Sessions Specialty Company and was a member of Knollwood Baptist Church. Max had a strong affinity for the arts, especially film. He created some of his own productions and was steadfastly involved in promoting the appreciation of many film genres over the decades. He was a frequent volunteer at the RiverRun Film Festival. His quick wit and energetic spirit added a special spark to every occasion and will be greatly missed. Max was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother and his son, Wil Sessions (Paige) and grandsons Max and Marshall. Other survivors include his brothers Steve Sessions (Anne) and John Sessions (Lora), his sister Carol Hefner (Larry), nephews Ben Sessions, Trent Hefner, David Sessions, and Nathan Sessions and nieces Kate Sessions and Lilly Sessions, and many other family members who loved him dearly. The family would like to thank Felix Hairston and his team of caregivers and the staff on the 7th floor at Wake Forest Baptist Cancer Center for their compassion and attention. There will be a graveside service at 2:00 p.m. at Forsyth Memorial Park on Sunday, March 24 followed by visitation at the home of John and Lora Sessions, 349 Arbor Road, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Cancer Services, 3175 Maplewood Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, in memory of Max Sessions Jr. Online condolences may be made through

Harry Gustavus Shaffer


Harry Gustavus "Gus" Shaffer, Jr., 93, of Daniels, W. Va., died March 9, 2019, at Woodlands Retirement Community in Huntington, W.Va.

He was born February 8, 1926, in Madison, W.Va., the son of the late Harry G. and Brookie Turley Shaffer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 67 years, Mary Lee Kenney Shaffer. Gus and Mary Lee were married on August 20, 1949, and their loving devotion to each other is an example to all who knew them. Throughout their marriage, they were each other's favorite companions. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Catherine Blair, Jane Johnson, and Margaret Frobase; and his brother, Winfield T. Shaffer; as well as an infant granddaughter, Margaret Palmer Shaffer.

Gus attended Scott High School and Greenbrier Military Academy and served in the Army Air Corps prior to enrolling at West Virginia University, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and Mountain Honorary. He supported the Scouts for many years, earning his Eagle Scout as a youth and the Silver Beaver award as an adult. He graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1950 and joined his father in the law firm, Shaffer & Shaffer, PLLC, where he practiced for the duration of his distinguished legal, business, and civic career. He was the mayor of Madison for 16 years, past president of the Madison Rotary Club, long-time Chairman of Boone National Bank, past president of the West Virginia State Bar, and a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
His many and varied interests are a reflection of his love of life, but his true passion was in serving Christ through service to others. He was a long-time member of Madison Baptist Church where he served in various leadership roles, but most importantly as a Sunday School teacher. Most recently, Gus and Mary Lee were members of the United Methodist Temple in Beckley, W.Va. He was certified by Stephen Ministries and provided one on one care to those who were hurting and struggling in life. He was a member of Gideons International, and Gus and Mary Lee travelled the entire country as active members of Habitat for Humanity.

Gus is survived by two daughters, Susan (Tom) Gilpin, of Huntington, W.Va., and Ann (Jim) Bunch, of Houston, Texas; and a son, Harry G. "Chip" Shaffer, III (Sarah) of Madison, W.Va. He was the beloved "Pop" to eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Jacob Bunch (April) of Houston, Texas, and their son Jackson; David Bunch (Shannon) of Chapel Hill, N.C., and their daughters, Sophia and Lilly; Katherine Gilpin Skahen (Martin) of Syracuse, N.Y., and their children Caroline and Charles; Andrew Gilpin (Allison Bean) of New York, N.Y.; Ann Gilpin Lentell (Ryan) of Natick, Mass., and their sons Thomas and James; Harry G. "Gus" Shaffer, IV, of Morgantown, W.Va.; Carl Shaffer (Lauren Gerchufsky) of Charleston, W.Va.; and William Palmer Shaffer, of Knoxville, Tenn.; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends who love and admire him.
His family wishes to acknowledge and thank Pam Sadzewicz who provided loving care to Mary Lee and Gus for many years and also the many caregivers including those of Hospice in his final days.

The family will receive friends and family beginning at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, March 13, in the sanctuary of the Madison Baptist Church, 426 Second Street, Madison, W.Va. The funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m., after the visitation, on Wednesday, at the church, with the Rev. Jim Butcher officiating.
Burial will follow at Boone Memorial Park in Madison. Handley Funeral Home in Danville is assisting the family. In thanksgiving for Gus's life and generous spirit, in lieu of flowers the family invites memorial contributions to the Shaffer Family Fund at the Boone County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 38, Madison, WV 25130.

Farris David Sayer


Farris D. Sayer passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019, after a long illness. He was 83 years, the son of David F. Sayer and Zakia Sayer. He graduated from The Greenbrier Military School in 1954, and later from the Ohio State University. Owner of Sayer Brothers department stores throughout West Virginia.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marlene Nicholas, and brothers, David F. Sayer Jr. and Alex F. Sayer II.

Farris is survived by his sisters, Lorraine Ghareeb (Fauzy) and Christine Husson (Bruce), as well as his nephews and nieces, Nicky Nicholas, Jacqueline Mason (Jason), David Husson (Mindy), Jonathan Husson, Christin Husson, Alex Ghareeb (Amilia), and all his many great - nephews and great - nieces whom he loved.

He will be remembered as a wonderful brother, a devoted son, and a great Uncle. The family wishes to give special thanks to all of his loving caregivers who provided him great comfort.

The Funeral will be held at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, 3818 Venable Avenue, Charleston, WV 25304. Visitation will be on Friday, March 1, between 12 to 1 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Flowers may be sent to Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, 1118 Virginia Street E., Charleston, WV 25301.

In lieu of flowers, you may donate in memory of Farris to St. George Orthodox Cathedral, P.O. Box 2044, Charleston, West Virginia 25327 or Village Chapel Presbyterian Church.

The family appreciates your prayers and support.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.






Richar Morgan McCoy


Richard Morgan McCoy, 79, of Washington, WV, passed away December 26, 2018.
He was born October 5, 1939, in Jackson County, WV, the son of the late James Vernon McCoy White.
Richard was a 1957 graduate of Greenbrier Military School and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He retired from GE Plastics after 33 years of service.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years Barbara J. Fox McCoy; his four children, Jeffrey McCoy (Janet) of Washington, WV, Kimberly McCoy of Parkersburg, WV, Christopher McCoy (Missy) of Madison, MS., and Melissa Higgins (James) of Washington, WV; his sister, Ann Lovern (Ken) of Jonesboro, AR; five grandchildren, Phillip McCoy (Julie), Eric McCoy (Brittany), Bree McCoy (Tyler), Michael McCoy (Nikki) and Joseph Higgins; and seven great-grandchildren, Ryleigh, Levi, Henry, Otto, Payden, Jackson and Owen.
In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his twin brother, David Shelley McCoy.
Graveside services will be held at 1p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018 at Ravenswood Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Funeral services will follow at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home in South Parkersburg, WV.

John Alan McBane


Mrs. Ann McBane has informed the Association of John Alan's death in November

Philip Lee Mclaughlin



Philip Lee McLaughlin sr. was met on Sunday, November 11, 2018, by hi Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” Mclaughlin Walton, and other family and friends who have gone before him. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
He was born on June 28, 1940, to Andrew W. and Dorothy McLaughlin.
Philip is survived by his wife, Paula; son Philip L. McLaughlin Jr. (Sherry); daughter Jody Hammond (David); son, Chris Baker (Carin); son-in-law. Don Walton; Sisters Alice McKnight and June Strader (John), He was “Bog Dog” to 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Philip leaves a great business and civic legacy to the Greenbrier Valley and the state of West Virginia. He served as president and chief executive officer and director of Greenbrier Valley national Bank from 1971 to 1993. In 1993, Greenbrier Valley National Bank merged into Horizon Bancorp, expanding the company’s market area to include Raleigh, Summers, Pocahontas and Greenbrier Counties.
Philip served as the president and chief operating officer and as a director of Horizon Bancorp Inc. from 1993 until 1998, when Horizon Bancorp merged into City Holding Company and the Greenbrier Valley Bank merged into City National Bank, creating one of West Virginia’s largest banking organizations, operating 59 branches in 1999. As the culmination of the merger of Horizon and City, Philip became chairman of the combined company.
He retired from active management of City and stepped down from the position as chairman in 2002, but remained on City’s Board until 2015. He served as a Federal Reserve Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond for three hears under Alan Greenspan, one year as Chairman.
He was the president of the West Virginia Banker’s Association from 1988 – 1989. His very first job was as a paper boy for the Charleston Gazette. Philip served as treasurer of the Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association until 2012.
He was a member of Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Lewisburg and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a lifelong member and served as Deacon, Elder and Trustee od Old Stone Presbyterian Church. He was also a long-time member of the Lewisburg Elk B.P.O.E. One of his most special civic accomplishments was the founding of Boy Scout Troop 248. Philip was involved in numerous charitable organizations, and the s\essence of his life was to serve others.
Philip received his bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from William and Mary University and completed the Stonier Graduate School of Banking program at Rutgers University. He oved to tell jokes, sometimes the same ones to the same people. As far as he was concerned, he was a master golfer, hunter and fisherman. He treasured his ’39 Ford Coupe and his camp on the river. His advice to everyone, especially his kids, “Stay within the due bounds of a lady or gentleman.” He was genuine class, through and through.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg at 11a.m., with a Celebration of Life gathering at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Center immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Elizabeth McLaughlin Walton Fund for CASA, establisher in 2012, which supports CASA of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of WV and their advocacy work on behalf of abused and neglected children. Mail donations to the Greater Greenbrier Valley Foundation, P.O. Box 1682, Lewisburg, WV 24901.
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Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements

William Isbister


Rotary Foundation. He previously served as Moderator of the Presbytery of Milwaukee. He was a member of the University Club of Milwaukee and served on the boards of the Wisconsin Council on Economic Education, Asset Builders of America, and Juniper and Canticle Courts of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. He served as President of the Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association and was recently named "Mr. Greenbrier" for his many years of service to the organization. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 13th between 4:00PM and 7:00PM at the funeral home.

The funeral service will be on Wednesday, November 14th at 11:00AM at Community United Methodist Church (14700 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove). Interment will follow at Wisconsin Memorial Park with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to GMSAA (Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association) Leadership Scholarship Fund, PO Box 922, Lewisburg, WV 24901; the Brookfield Rotary Foundation, PO Box 1014, Brookfield, WI 53008-1014; Community United Methodist Church, Elm Grove, WI; or the charity of your choice.

Laurence Higgins


Laurence "Larry" Higgins, 78, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2018, with family at his side. He was born to Irene and Joseph Higgins on august 14, 1940 in Elizabeth, NJ.
Larry was a Civil Engineer , graduate from Greenbrier military School and University of Missouri. He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and still kept in contact with many of his fraternity brothers.

He moved to Jacksonville in 1948 as the Project Manager in charge of constructing the cooling towers for the JEA Power Plant on Blount Island. He then worked for the City of Atlantic Beach as the Residential Building Inspector, a job he truly loved.

He is survived by his siblings: Maureen (Dave) , Ned, Pat, (Susan), Jodi, Jake and Meg; 15 nieces and nephews and many cousins; two loving daughter Jennifer and (Bobby) Scott and jane Higgins; two grandchildren, Ryan and Lindsey.

Larry has been described as a loyal friend, a tremendous football player (in his day) and he had a personality that could charm anyone, when he wanted to!

A memorial service will be held on December 1, 2018 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 435 1st Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach at 11:30 am. A Gathering at the Family life Center will follow to celebrate his life.

Joseph J. Devine Jr.


Joseph J. Devine Jr., age 82, peacefully passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Beloved husband of Annette Devine for 61 years; loving father of Jeffrey (Jeff Watson) Devine and the late Brian (Jennifer – surviving) Devine; proud grandfather of Kristin and Dr. Danielle Devine; brother of the late Thomas (Corann – surviving) Devine and Albert (Jeanne – surviving) Devine.; brother-in-law of JoAnn (Jerry) Maier and the late Mary Rovilea; son of the late Joseph and Margaret Devine, Sr.; also survived by many loving nieces nephews, and great nieces nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Joseph was a man who always liked to keep busy, whether at work or at home. He was known as being a handyman, being able to fix or build anything. Most of all, Joseph’s light of his life was his family. He always put his family’s want and needs before himself. He enjoyed being vice president of the band boosters and coach for his sons growing up and also being a coach for his granddaughters’ sports team. Joseph was always so proud of his family, he loved to talk about his sons and granddaughters to anyone who would listen.

Funeral arrangements by Beinhauers. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, 10am in St. Benedict the Abbot Church.

William Frank Fortune


Bill Fortune passed away on October 5, 2018 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Bill was born December 6, 1948 in Ashtabula, Ohio to Helen and Robert Fortune. He was one of five brothers, Robert(Sharon), Ronnie(Linda), Michael (Mary) and David(Julie) Fortune. He graduated from The Citadel of South Carolina in 1971. Bill served 22 years as a USAF C-130 pilot. After his retirement he was an avid collector of gas & oil memorabilia.

He is survived by his wife Diana and children, James (Angela), Lisa and one grandchild, William.
Services were held October 10, 2018 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Published on October 21, 2018

Raymond Hanger Dunlap


Raymond "Hank/Ray" Hanger Dunlap of Madisonville, KY, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson, KY.

He was born April 11,1940, in South Chareston, WV, to Keith Alderson and Mary Ann Dunn Dunlap.

He attended Greenbrier Military School. He served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper. He lived most of his life in Tennessee and Kentucky. He worked for the TVA in Ten Mile, TN, for 10 years to help build the Watts Bar Nuclear Reactor. He later was employed by the Iron Workers #103 in Evansville, IN, from which he retired.

Mr. Dunlap was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Rizpah Shrine. He loved to hunt, was an avid fisherman, and loved to read western novels, especially Louis L'Amour.

In addition to his parens, Mr. Dunlap was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Strader Dunlap.

He is survived by two sons, Raymond Dunlap Jr. and Keith Dunlap, and one daughter, Mary Hughes, all of Madisonville; and one sister, Keith Ann Dunlap Alexander of Clemmons, NC. He also had multiple grandchildren and stepchildren.

Mr. Dunlap had resided at the Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson, since September 2013.

A graveside service at Rosewood Cemetery in Lewisburg will be held at a later date.

McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete at this time.

Obituary originally published in the October 12, 2018 edition of The
West Virginia Daily News.

Forrest Stephen Jones


Notification from the family has been received that Forrest Stephen Jones died September 16, 2018 in Summersville, WV.

No further details are available at this time.

Donald S. Eyman


Donald's wife has informed the Association of Don's passing

William Thomas "Coach" Kern


9/11/1946 -8/8/2018
William Thomas “Coach” Kerns ’65, Age 71, of Bridgeport, entered into Eternal Rest unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. He was born in Clarksburg on September 11, 1946, a son of the late Robert and Marjorie (Newbrough) Kerns.

Coach is survived y his loving wife of 20 years, Sue Kerns, and his son Matt Kerns and his wife Natalie of Athens, GA; his grandsons, Nathen “Dutch” Kerns and Tyson “Ty” Kerns , both of Athens, GA; a step-daughter , Melisa Kennedy and her husband Bill of Orlando, FL; and step-daughter , Melisa Kennedy and her husband Bill of Orlando, FL; and a step-granddaughter Emily Kennedy of Orlando, FL; his sister Beth Clifton and her husband Chuck of Flemington; and several nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Becky Bowen, his brother-in-law Bill Bowen, and nephews Gregory Mills and Jason Brown.

Coach Kerns graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1964, Greenbrier Military School in 1965, and then entered WVU with a full track scholarship. He not only set many university track records, he also served as co-captain of the track team in 1968-69. He also played freshman basketball was a member and an officer of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and eventually graduated with both a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree in Education.

Bill was first employed in Berkeley County at Martinsburg High School as a teacher, assistant track coach and basketball coach where he worked with lifelong friend, Head Coach Bob Hummell. After spending five years (1970 – 1975) at Martinsburg, he was offered the Head Basketball and Track coaching positions in Harrison County at Bridgeport High School. Bill taught and coached at his alma mater for the next 30 years. He was truly enjoying life after retiring from coaching basketball in 1993 and then, teaching in 2005. He loved his school and his players.

While coaching the sport he cherished, basketball, he and his teams’ accomplishments were many. his teams’ accomplishments were many. After Qualifying for six state tournaments in his last 10 years, Bridgeport finally won the school’s first State Basketball Championship in 1993. Along the way his teams numerous County, Big 10, sectional, and Regional Championships. Also, in 1991, his team was the first in Bridgeport history to go undefeated in the regular season at 24-0. Coach Kerns always considered it a privilege to coach at his alma mater, coach the sport he loved so much, and to be able to work with all the great student-athletes through the years from 1970 -1993. He was selected “West Virginia Retired Coach of the Year in 2016 by the West Virginia Secondary Coaches Association. He was presented this award at the State Basketball Tournament in Charleston.

Bill will be greatly missed by his soulmate and loving wife, devoted son and his family, compassionate sister, nephews and friends

James J. Spanos


James J. Spanos age 79 of Mt. Lebanon passed away peacefully Thursday, August 2, 2018.
Born on August 30, 1938 in Pittsburgh, son of the late John and Jenova (Kaites) Spanos, James was a student at Greenbriar Military School and graduated from West Virginia University. He retired from Sales Management and marketing in 1999. James was loved by everyone at Holy Cross Orthodox Church, where he served on the Parish Council and was a board member of the T.H.E.O.S School. He is most known for his dedication and work ethic with the the annual Holy Cross Food Festival. He was a recipient of the St. Photios Award in 2018 for his dedication to Holy Cross.
James was a loving husband of Regina (Skarvelis) Spanos for over 56 years, beloved father of John (Julie) Spanos of Mechanicsburg, PA and Nick (Jennifer) Spanos of Venetia, PA; cherished Papou of James (Samantha) Spanos, Andrew Spanos, Anastasia Spanos and Madeline Spanos; dear Big Papou of Audriana Spanos. Also surviving an Uncle, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Family & Friends are welcome Monday, August 6, 2018 from 4-9 pm at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 123 Gilkeson Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15228. A Trisaigon Service will be held at 7 pm. Additional visitation will be held Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 10:00 am followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church. Internment at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery will follow.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Holy Cross Agape Fund.

Roy M. Blizzard, Jr.


Roy M. Blizzard Jr., 83, passed away peacefully at his home on July 23, 2018. He was born on February 9, 1935, in South Charleston, the first son of Roy M. Blizzard Sr. and Lillian Thompson Blizzard.

Roy attended Woodrow Wilson Junior High School and graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1953. After high school, Roy attended Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg for post graduate studies before going on to attend West Virginia University on a football scholarship. Roy met and married his partner, best friend and the love of his life, Mary Elizabeth Summers, with whom he was blessed to have celebrated over 60 years of marriage. Together, they pursued their careers in education while raising their young family. Roy received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Physical Education from Morris Harvey College, a Master of Arts in Special Education from Marshall University and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. Roy always credited Mary with getting him through his doctoral program by editing and typing his papers and dissertation.

Roy's career in education and school facilities planning spanned over 50 years. He was first and foremost a teacher and coach. Early in his career, he shared his talents with his students at DuPont and Nitro High Schools and Glenville State College. After teaching, he went on to work for the West Virginia Department of Education, where he retired after 20 years of service as the Director of School Facilities Planning. After retiring from service with the West Virginia Department of Education, Roy moved to Asheville, NC, where he worked for the Buncombe County School System for ten years and retired as the Director of Planning, Maintenance and Plant Operations. After retiring from public service for the second time, Roy returned to his beloved West Virginia and formed the Southeastern Planning Group which developed master facility plans and educational specifications for new construction for 16 counties. Many new schools in West Virginia were influenced by his planning.

Roy was a devoted and loving father. Through example, he taught his children how to work hard. Growing up, most days you could find his boys working with him side by side cutting firewood on the family farm in Elkview. He was known for his firewood business and supplied many Charleston area families with wood each winter. Roy was also an avid grouse hunter. He took his children with him hunting where he instilled in them a love of everything about West Virginia. Those hunting trips were more about imparting life's lessons and bonding with his children than bird count. Roy could always be found at all his children's high school sporting events rooting them on.

Later in life, Roy and Mary returned to their Elkview farm which became a hub for many summer adventures and holiday gatherings with his children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Edsel Blizzard. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Summers Blizzard, and their son Mark R. Blizzard and Sherrie, son Stephan H. Blizzard and his children Braxton and Stephanie, son Roy M. Blizzard, his wife Tina Pappas Blizzard and their children, Mary, John, Roy, and Emily and daughter Melissa Blizzard Brown, her husband Earl Brown and their children Rowan and Lucinda. Survivors also include his son Doug Blizzard and his sons Garrett, Colton, Dylan and Dakota; older sister Mary Lucille Motley and his younger brother Dudley Blizzard.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 27, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston, with Chaplain Pete Thompson officiating.

The family would like to recognize HospiceCare for the love and care they provided to Roy.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Thomas E. Stepp


Thomas E. Stepp, 77, of San Ramon, CA passed away peacefully at San Ramon Regional Medical Center due to complications from Alzheimer's. He was born on August 15, 1940, in Welch, West Virginia to Clarence and Sophia (Gorchick) Stepp.

Tom was an incredible athlete playing both football and baseball in High School. He went on to play baseball at West Virginia University where he served as Captain of the WVU baseball team his junior and senior seasons. He signed a contract with the New York Mets and played in the New York-Penn League until a broken ankle prompted his retirement from baseball. He then started his successful 35 year career with Shell Oil Company.

Tom was an avid sports fan. He loved going to Rockets and Astros games. On weekends, he was always traveling to high school football games, watching college/pro football games, fishing on Lake Conroe or on the golf course with his children or friends.

He loved coaching and was regarded as one of the top youth baseball coaches in Houston. He had a talent for choosing players, placing them in the correct position and helping them reach their full potential.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 45 years, Shirley Jean Stepp. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Tom and Mechele Stepp and grandson Michael of Sugarland, TX; daughter and son-in-law Kristie & Kevin Rouse of San Ramon, CA. He is also survived by his brother Bill Stepp, sisters Cheryl (Tim) Barnes and Peggy (Kevin) Graham and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.

Published in the Houston Chronicle on July 19th, 2018.

Joseph A. Mendez


Joseph A. Mendez, 86, of Cogan Station, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at The Gatehouse in Williamsport.

Joseph was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 14, 1932 to the late Antonio and Dolores (Bollada) Mendez. After graduating from Greenbrier Military School in 1952, Joseph went on to serve his country in the United States Army. When he returned, he started working for Bethlehem Steel where he was the president of the union. He helped with the transition from Bethlehem Steel to Williamsport Wire and Rope. After 28 years, he retired from Williamsport Wire and Rope.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. Joseph was also a lifetime member of the Harmonia Club and the VFW. Joseph was an avid sports fan. He loved to play and officiate. He followed nearly all sports. Joseph was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was a hard worker and a humble man.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Mendez, two sons, Stephen Mendez of Cogan Station, and Brian Mendez of Northampton, and one grandson, Joshua Mendez of Northampton.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Friends and family are invited to come and share at a reception on Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 PM in Joseph’s honor at the Harmonia Club at 332 E. Seventh St., Williamsport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joseph’s name may be made to The Gatehouse at 1100 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements are entrusted to Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, Williamsport.

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Samuel M. Hudson II


Samuel M. Hudson II, 88, passed away Monday, June 25, 2018, in Parkersburg, WV, with his wife of 65 years at his side.

He was born in Marysville, TN and graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV. Sam was a businessman and entrepreneur. His career included owning a meat loscker business, managing road construction in Texas, working for the family business, Red Head oil and Gas, working in property acquisition for Ashland Oil , owner and operator of HUDCO, Hudson Petroleum Company and HUDCO Tire Service. His hobbies included farming, raising Angus cattle land development, piloting small planes, traveling, playing bridge and Rotary. He was a longtime member of Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg. Sam lived in Lewisburg in his youth and retirement, also residing through the years in Cleveland and Canton, Ohio, and San Marcus, TX, and raising his family in Wooster, OH.

Sam is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Hellen Hudson; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Hudson
He is survived by his wife, Dr. Tate Hudson; sister, Helen Stabler; children, Walter Hudson, Samuel Hudson III (Cynthia, Laura Warren (Terry) and William Hudson (Cindy); grandchildren, Natalie Warren (Dan Patterson) Caroline Meyer (Anthony) , Michael Hudson, Daniel Hudson, Samuel Hudson IV, Claire Hudson and Catherine Hudson; great-granddaughters, Harper Patterson and Madison Meyer; many nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Dudley Flanders; sister-in-law Charlotte Hobson; and his faithful dog, Alice.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following: Lewisburg Rotary Club Foundation, Dam's House of Hope, University of Southern Mississippi Foundation and Jennifer Hudson Memorial Nursing Annual Scholarship.

David Samuel Dunlap


Ms Cathy Dunlap has notified the Association of her husband David's passing. No details are available at this time.

David Farris Sayer, Jr.


David F. Sayer Jr. of Charleston, formerly of Logan, passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2018, of natural causes. He was 80 years old, the son of David F. Sayer and Zakia Sayer. He graduated from The Greenbrier Military School and Ohio State University. He was Co-Owner of Sayer Brothers department stores throughout West Virginia.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marlene Nicholas, and brother, Alex F. Sayer II. David is survived by his brother, Farris D. Sayer; sisters, Lorraine Ghareeb (Fauzy) and Christine Husson (Bruce); as well as his nephews and nieces, Nicky Nicholas, Jacqueline Mason (Jason), David Husson (Mindy), Jonathan Husson, Christin Husson, Alex Ghareeb (Amilia); and all his many great - nephews and great - nieces whom he dearly loved.

He will be remembered as a wonderful brother, a devoted son, and a loving Uncle. The family wishes to give special thanks to all of his loving caretakers who provided him great comfort.

Funeral service will be noon Wednesday, June 6, at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, 3818 Venable Avenue, Charleston, WV 25304. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Flowers may be sent to Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, 1118 Virginia Street E., Charleston, WV 25301. Or you may donate in memory of David to St. George Orthodox Cathedral, P.O. Box 2044, Charleston, WV 25327 or Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, 3818 Venable Avenue, Charleston, WV 25304.
The family appreciates your prayers and support.

Condolences may be sent to the family at
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

James Russell Young


James Russell "Jim" Young, born on August 9, 1939, in Richwood, WV, to James Stillman and Evalena Rader Young, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

He graduated from Richwood High School in 1957, where he was an excellent and popular student. He was selected to Boys State and many other awards and honors. He excelled in athletics, especially football and basketball. After graduation, he attended Greenbrier Military School, Class of 1958, on a basketball scholarship, followed by a basketball scholarship to William and Mary College. He followed that by serving in the United States Marine Corps.

Jim Young played in the renowned Charleston Basketball Summer League where he made the All-Star team and played with such famous players as Jerry West, Chris Smith, Gary Justice, Bob Ayersman and Rod Thorn. Jim obtained his Master's degree from Marshall University. He became a Professor of Geography at Fairmont State College where he was extremely liked and respected by his students and colleagues. He served on the Fairmont State Athletic Board including Director of the Board several times. He was offered an assistant coaching position by basketball head coach Joe Retton, but turned it down to remain in teaching. He did however serve in team/player scouting and player evaluation. He retired from Fairmont State after 49 years of teaching.

Jim's knowledge about sports was encyclopedic and he would often call radio shows. He greatly enjoyed going to local meetings of the Legends and tirelessly travelling to local and ACC football and basketball games.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carolyn Ramsey Young; his son, Stefan Kristoph Young and wife, Swathi Young; grandson, Krishna Young, who was his pride and joy; his brother, William Stillman Young of Alabama and his wife Charlotte and nephew, Randy Young. He will be missed by Dave Gillispie, Gary Justice, John Stewart, Jack Wright, Frank Gardinia and so many other dear friends. He will also be missed by his pets; Greta, Samantha and Sasha.

Special thanks to HospiceCare and to all those who helped make this time easier and his life more exciting.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday May 19, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans. The funeral service will follow at noon at the funeral home.

Entombment will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

The family encourages that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W, Charleston, WV 25387.

You may share memories of Jim on his tribute page by visiting

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, WV, is honored to serve the Young family.

Carl J. Arnold


Dr. Carl J. Arnold, age 89, of Derby Lane passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at his home.
He was born in Bristol, VA and was the son of the late J. Carl and Martha C. Arnold.
Dr. Arnold attended Elementary and High School education in Bristol and Abington, VA and graduated from Greenbrier military School in Lewisburg, WV in 1946. He later received his Bachelor of Science in 1951, his Masters in 1952 from Virginia Tech, and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1958. He was a faculty member at Virginia Tech, the University of Florida Rollins College, and Presbyterian College. Dr. Arnold was awarded and achieved many honors during his time in academia, he was awarded and achieved many honors during his time in academia, he was awarded the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics and Business Administration from Presbyterian College, the Professor of the year award for the University of Florida and Presbyterian College, and the Distinguished Service Award from Presbyterian College and College Annual Dedication from Presbyterian College in 1980. He was a member of the Methodist faith and was active in church work and activities in Abingdon VA, Blacksburg, VA and Winter Park FL, and was a member of the Lions Club in Blacksburg, VA.
Dr. Arnold is survived by his wife, Nancy of the home, his daughter , Sandra Ellen Lambert of Dallas, TX; his grandchildren, Leah Lambert, Erin Lambert, and Matt Lambert; and his four great-grandchildren.
A Memorial service will be held, Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 3:00PM at Edmunds Hall at Presbyterian College.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Carl J. Arnold Scholarship Fund, Presbyterian College, 503 South Broad Street, Clinton, SC 29325 or the charity of one’s choice.

Thomas Dawson Canby


Thomas Dawson Canby 90, formerly of Glen Mill, PA., son of George Rust Canby and Ann Elizabeth Dawson Canby, passed away on May 15, 2018 following a short illness. He is a descendant of Thomas Canby who settled in New Hope, Pa. in 1682, and on his mother’s side, he is a descendant of Robert Peter, the first mayor of Georgetown, Washington, DC. In the last phase of his life, the hospice and nursing staff commented on his calm and polite demeanor which was consistent with how he lived his life.
Tom grew up on the family farm in Montgomery County, Maryland. He was valedictorian of the 1946 class at Greenbrier Military School in West Virginia. In 1950, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree with honors from the Glenn L. Martin School of Engineering and Aeronautical Sciences at the University of Maryland. In June, 1952, he graduated with a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Tom started his career with Dupont Nemours in Buffalo, NY. He was transferred to Memphis, Tennessee, and then to Baytown, Texas, prior to working many years in Wilmington, Delaware. After his retirement from DuPont in 1985, Tom and his wife Marge continued to reside near Chadds-Ford, Pa.
Tom enjoyed life’s experiences during his retirement years. He participated actively in the Delaware Photographic Society and his pursuit of perfection resulted in may photos being recognized and received awards in juried contests. Tom’s love of photography also resulted in publication of a coffee table size book, Brown Bears at Brooks River. He greatly appreciated the photographic services provided by Colorworks in Washington, Delaware. tom took additional award-winning photographs while soaring over volcanos in Hawaii in an ultralight plane. Another outstanding photographic experience was during Tom and Marge’s car trip across Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
He loved all watersports, including sailing, fishing and scuba diving. During a series of trips to Alaska, he loved to fish for salmon and was prepared to offer up his catch to any grizzly bears that wandered too close. He also enjoyed fishing for Halibut offshore from Alaska. At age 68, Tom earned his open-water scuba diving certification at the Cousteau Fiji Island Resort. His favorite diving expedition was in the Red Sea.
Tom is survived by his son, Thomas Canby Jr, and his wife Kate, and his daughter Mary Jean Goetz and her husband Bob. He is survived by grandchildren, Julia Canby-Rice, Rebecca Canby, Liz Raudzus-Canby, Sarah Goetz and Matthew Goetz, and nine greatgrandchildren. Tom was married to Margaret Overbey for over 63 years before she died in 2014. His son Charles Canby passed away in 2007
Services will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Glenn Mills, PA on Saturday, June9, 2018 at 11 a.m. The committal will be the following day at Woodside Cemetery in Brighton, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, Washington DC; the American Cancer Society or the SPCA.



Hubert's daughter, Brenda Lykins, has informed GMSAA of her fathers death in Tracy, California

Mark Williamson


Mark Williamson, 79, of Marietta passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born on May 27, 1938 in Marietta to the late Miles and Dorothy Bennett Williamson.

Mark was a 1956 graduate of Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV. He was a licensed funeral director/embalmer and worked for Reed Funeral Home and Leavitt Funeral Home. Mark was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served at the time of the Vietnam War. He was a member of American Union #1 F&AM, American Legion Post 64. and an avid target shooter and supporter of the NRA.

Survivors are a sister, Sue W. Smith of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; nephews, Brad of Marietta, Douglas of San Antonio TX, Scott of Little Rock AR, and Randall of Marietta, GA. Also surviving are Mark's sister in-law, Donna Williamson; her sons, James & Jeffrey; and grandchildren, Jeff Skylar, Bryce, Makayla, Cassie and Tyler. Matt Reed, a longtime close friend, also survives.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Williamson.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation will be observed with no services.
Online condolences may be made at

Douglas Harry "Butch" Jennings


Douglas Harry “Butch” Jennings Class of 1954/5

Douglas “Doug” Harry Jennings Sr. was born in Bluefield, WV on August 22, 1935 to Harry Kenneth and Eleanor Sally Jennings. Doug was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carol, of 58 years. He is survived by his son, Douglas H. Jennings (Debbie) of Sarasota, FL; and daughter Carolyn Hawthorne of Jacksonville, FL. Three granddaughters, Vanessa, Stephanie, and Sally; and his sister, Patricia (Ralph) Pike of Baton Rouge LA, nephew Brian (Deanna) Pike of North Palm Beach FL and niece Charlene (Joe) Pryor of Oklahoma City, OK.

Doug attended and graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV. After graduation, he moved to Orlando, FL where he met the love of his life carol Joyce Jennings (Sauerbraun). They were married for 58 wonderful years and had two children. Beyond his love for his family, Doug was extremely fond of the farm he had in Hillsville, VA. This is where he and Carol raised cattle and spent a majority of their vacations. The Grainger/Jennings farm was his second love. Doug was also an avid sportsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, boxing, and football. He was a world-class huntsman and a member of the Safari Club International.

Doug was a distinguished member of the United States Army Military Police during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed at Fort Gordon, GA from 1956-1957. Doug was an astute businessman. He attended Rollins College where he focused his studies on business. In 1955, he attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He held his internship at Carey-Hand Funeral Home in Orlando FL. Upon coming a licensed Funeral Director, he moved to Hollywood, Florida where he worked for Wadington Funeral Home.

In 1963, Doug opened his first funeral home (Jennings Funeral Home) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida . Jennings Funeral Home expanded to a second location in Tamarac, FL in 1969. He continued to grow his businesses with the purchase of Lakeland Memorial Funeral and Good Sheppard Memorial Gardens in Ocala, FL In 1992, Doug sold his funeral home in South Florida and together with his son Douglas, operated Jennings/Archway Funeral Home and Good Sheppard Memorial Gardens until it was sold in 1997. In addition to his extensive career in the funeral industry, Doug was also a proficient real estate developer who had a keen eye for investment as well as a founding board member of Landmark Bank in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Doug was also generous with his time, as he was actively involved in community service and the growth of volunteerism through various service clubs in Florida. He was a proud 32nd Degree mason (Doric Lodge) in Ft. Lauderdale, York Rite, active member of the Shrine Club, member of the Royal Order of Jesters Court 88; a Rotarian at the Downtown FT. Lauderdale Chapter he was also a member of the Angler’s Club in New Smyrna Beach as well as the New Smyrna Beach Yacht Club.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held at Good Shepherd Memorial Gardens on Friday, April 27, 2018, from 12 – 2P.M. with a short service to follow.

Doug returned to Greenbrier for the 1955 school year for his freshman year in college. He also was Cadet Major for that school year

Date of death is not available at this time.

James Paul Clark


James Paul "Jim" Clark, 88, of St. Albans, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Broadmore Assisted Living, Hurricane, WV.

Born June 15, 1929, in Clendenin, WV, he was the youngest child of the late Thomas A. and Retha L. Robertson Clark. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene Bennett Clark, and his three brothers and four sisters.

Jim was a graduate of Clendenin High School, Greenbrier Military School and the University of Charleston and attended the University of Richmond. He was employed by Baxter Healthcare Corporation and served on the West Virginia State Board of Education. During the Korean War, he served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Essex. He was a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Albans, attending the Crusader Sunday School class and was an Admiral in the Cherry River Navy. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. A dedicated husband, father and grandfather, Jim made sure the family was well-educated and well provided for.

Lovingly known as "Pap" to his family, surviving are his daughters, Catherine Ann of St. Albans, Mary Beth and husband Roger Murad of South Charleston, Debra Jean and husband Bill Howard of Scott Depot, Jennifer and husband Bob Weaver, Esq., of Charleston, Janet and husband Jeff Neal, M.D., of Lexington, Ky; sons, James Clark II, M.D., and wife Angie of Winfield, Chris Clark, M.D., and wife Ashley Clark, M.D., of Hurricane; grandchildren, Megan and Adam Howard, Emilee, Ragie and Nick Murad, Robby, Drew, Molly and Katie Weaver, Matt, Ali and Jennifer Neal, Amanda, Jimmy, Ben, Jack and Elana Clark, and Christopher, Virginia, Sarah and Samuel Clark; great-granddaughters, Sanaya and Maya Clark.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, officiated by Dr. Ed Grant. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. You may visit Jim's tribute page at to share memories. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the staff of Broadmore Assisted Living, as well as Hospice Care for the care and compassion extended to Pap during his final illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West, Charleston, WV 25387.

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Avenue, St. Albans, is honored to serve the Clark family.

Richard "Dickie" Booker Dalton


Richard "Dickie" Booker Dalton, 85, died Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Kingsport, TN. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Rigney Dalton.

He was born on November 11, 1932, in Bluefield, WV, the son of the late Grady William Dalton and Freda Louisa Howell Dalton.

After having moved Richlands in 1940, he was a graduate of Richlands High School, greenbrier Military School, Emory and Henry College, and the American Institute of banking.

After shaving served his country in the Air force during the Korean War, he was employed as a banker at the Richlands National bank. An active member of his community, he was involved in various organizations including the Richlands Kiwanis Club and the Richlands Moose Lodge. He was passionate about Karate, earning his black belt when he was 57 years old and delighted to teach anyone who asked or anyone who just stood still too long.

He is survived by his daughter, Anne Freya Dalton, and two grandchildren, Charles Spurgeon Booth III and Marianne Dalton Boothe.

The family will receive friends Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff, VA. An M11:00 a.m. Memorial Service will be held with the Rev. Tim Mills officiating. Burial will follow at Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery in Richlands where Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by the Members of the Casey-Shortt VFW Post # 9640, Richlands, VA.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Tazewell County Humane Society, P O Box 112, Richlands, VA 24641 and the Tazewell County Friends of the Library, P O Box 860, Richlands, VA 24641.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to Singleton Funeral Service is serving the Dalton Family.

Juan Santalla


GMSAA has been notified by Jorge Martinez of the passing of Juan, a fellow Cuban and classmate at Greenbrier. An obituary was unavailable.