Cadet Obituaries

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George William McCall, Jr.


George William “Billy” McCall, Jr., age 88, of Cedar Bluff, Virginia died on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee.

Mr. McCall was born in Huntington, WV on August 19, 1927 to the late George William McCall, Sr. and Lula Catherine Cunningham McCall. Bill had attended Richlands High School and was a graduate of the Greenbrier Military School. He served his country in the US Navy and went on to attend the University of Richmond, graduating in 1950. He was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Order (Eta Chapter). On March 19, 1955, he married the love of his life and the mother of his children, the late Vivian Sewell McCall. Bill was a coal operator, a real estate developer, stockbroker and was very active in the community as an organizer for Clinch Valley Bank and Trust, and an organizer for First Sentinel Bank. Bill was a charter member of the Tazewell County Country Club and, at the time of his death, was the longest active member of the club. Bill helped organize the Richlands Midget League Football Program with the guidance of the late Coach Ernie Hicks. He was a member of the Cedar Bluff United Methodist Church and a member of the Richlands Masonic Lodge #318 AF & AM for 65 years. He had lived all of his life in the Richlands and Cedar Bluff areas and was a diehard Richlands Big Blue Tornado fan.

Survivors are:

Daughter: Kathryn McCall Culpepper of Richlands, Virginia. Sons: George William McCall, III and wife, Lyn of Cedar Bluff, Virginia Marcus Sewell McCall and wife, Dana of Greenville, SC John Milton McCall, II of Cedar Bluff, Virginia Joseph Winston McCall and wife, Karen of Richlands, Virginia Twelve Grandchildren: Anna McCall Culpepper, Benjamin Lee Culpepper, Vivian Kathryn Culpepper, Haley Kathryn McCall and fiancée, Matthew McClaren, Connor William McCall, Brittany Holland McCall, Virginia Lee McCall and fiancée, Travis Brannon, Marcus Sewell McCall, Jr., John Milton McCall, III, Brittany Leigh Allen McCall, Joseph (Joey) Winston McCall, II, and William Grant McCall.

Go To Friend: Charlotte Vencill of Cedar Bluff, Virginia
Special Nephew: Sid Varner of Ocala, FL

Jerry Lee Cowley


Jerry Lee Cowley, 78, of Charleston, passed away on Monday, Dec 21, 2015 at home.
Jerry was born Sept 25, 1937 to the late Fenton and Verna Cowley.

He was a lifelong resident of Charleston and was retired from Pauley Motor Car.

Jerry was a 1956 graduate of Charleston High School, went to Greenbrier Military School as a post graduate and was a U S Army veteran.

He was a member of Meadowbrook Country club and Kanawha County Club.
Jerry enjoyed spending time with his friends, hunting, fishing and golfing
The family would like to extend a special thanks and appreciation to Kanawha Hospice for their assistance in caring for Jerry.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Lou Ann Cowley and granddaughter , Shana Cowley.

He is survived by his wife, Natalie Levine Cowley, daughter, Tonya Harmon (Sammy) Scruggs of Charleston, Terri (Jeff) Harper of Gandeeville and Carly (Ian) Sachs of Hummelstown, PA.; Son Shane Cowley of Virginia ; Grandchildren , Kristen Harper, Brent Harper and Justin Cowley; and great-granddaughter , Kiara Barron.

A service will be held later.

William MacDonald Clark


William Macdonald Clark, age 76 passed away Dec 11, 2015. Born in 1939 in Logan County, WV, 2nd child of Vurginia Dare Ohipps. Graduate of Greenbrier Military School , University of Virginia with a BA degree in Economics in 1961 and earned a JD from the University of Miami in 1968. Married Juliet Elaine Hamilton in Mobile, AL in 1962. Began as VP and General Merchandising Manager for Burdines of Mioami and Rike’s of Dayton, Oh (divisions of Federated stores) for 10 years. In 1972 joined Robinson’s of St. Petersburg, FL as CEO and then was named Chairman of Stix, Baer & Fuller of St Louis MO (divisions of Associated Dry Goods). After surviving a melanoma at age 36, he moved back to South Florida in 1978 and co-founded the law firm, Thompson and Clark, to be near family. He was recruited away after five years to Alamo Rent A Car where he quickly rose to Vice Chairman, President and Chief Marketing Officeer and forever changed the industry with his proclamation that “all the miles are free”. He was active on many corporate boards including the Lauderdale Marina, The 15th Street Fisheries and the McDonald Land Companies and was a mentor to countless young executives across the country.

He was a Ft Lauderdale resident for over 60 years , a part time resident on Scotland Cay, Abaco Bahamas and was a summer resident on Grindstone Island in the Thousands Islands, New York for his entire life. He is survived by his wife of 54 years and love of his life, Juliet Hamilton Clark and children Juliet Clark Bluestein of Alexandria, Virginia (Michael), William Macdonald Clark, Jr. (Jenifer) and Jennifer Clark Uustal (John) all of Ft. Lauderdale, brothers in law Ted Drum (Kathy) and Dick Clark (Jane), four nephews (Steven Clark, Scott Clark, Kelly Drum, Douglas Clark) two nieces (Lorrie Roschman, Allison Dumke) and six grandchildren: Harrison Clark Bluestein, Macy Macdonald Uustal, Willow Phipps Bluestein, Marian Hamilton Uustal, John Marcone Uustal, Willow Macy Clark and her brother Joseph Edward Conner. He was predeceased by his mother Virginia Phipps Cox, his father former Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Robert Osborne Cox, his brother John Stevens Clark (Barbara) and his sister Carol Clark Drum. Macdonald’s generosity, compassion, irreverence, wit, humor and drive made him a giant of a man to all who knew him. He lives on in all of us. A memorial service will be held this winter bringing together friends and family.

Gordon Douglas Mullins


Gordon “Square Deal” Mullins ’59, age 74, of Richlands, VA passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at his home following a lengthy illness. He was born in Richlands and was the son of the late Doug and Dismal Fields Mullins of Tazewell County, and was raised by his late grandparents , Mr. and Mrs. Bill Fields Sr.

“Square Deal” was a class of 1958 graduate of Greenbrier Military School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1959 -1961. He was injured at the Berlin Wall and was discharged early from service. He was retired a contractor and part time comedian. He attended Gethsemane Baptist Church and was a lifelong resident of the area. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ginger Lowry Mullins; daughter, Sherry Kahib of Tazewell; grandchildren, J.D. Mullins, Jimmy Kahib, Jasmine Kahib; stepmother, Edith Mullins of Ft. Pierce, Fl; a host of friends.

There were no services and burial was private.

Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands is in charge of arrangements and tose wishing to express sympathy online may do so at

Paul Kemble "PK" Legg


Son of Paul R. and Elizabeth Monroe Legg. Graduated from Lewisburg High School, served in Guam for U S Navy, and worked for the WV division of Highways; Married and preceded in death by wife Noble Clay Legg. Survived by son, Kemble Clay Legg of Lewisburg and Paula Legg Baisden of Maxwelton and several grandchildren. Graveside rites at Rosewood Cemetery of November 6, 2015 at 11 AM; Visitation at Wallace & Wallace in Lewisburg November 5, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg from 6 - 8 PM.

Joseph F. Taylor


An obituary will follow.

Robert J. Boswell


Mrs. Mary Boswell , wife, has notified the death of her husband, Robert J. Boswell September 9, 2015 in Damascus, MD. No other information was provided.

John Martin Hoferer


John was born on September 23, 1952 and passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

John was a resident of Newark, Delaware.

Services will be private.

Webster Clay Nohe Jr.


Webster Clay Nohe, Jr. of Vienna, WV, left this world peacefully in his sleep September 25, 2015, to be with the Lord.
He was born on November 1, 1925 in Parkersburg, WV the son of the late Clay and Mary Pickering Nohe.
Web was a graduate of Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV. Active in both World War II and the Korean War, he joined the U.S. Navy in Oct. 1943 and advanced to Signalman third class in Aug. 1944. He was stationed in Oran, Algeria and Palermo, Sicily. He was honorably discharged in 1946, graduated from Marietta College, and returned to the Navy in 1949. He attained the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade and was once again honorably discharged in 1952. He returned home just months before the birth of his son to work in real estate and property management until his retirement. In his younger years, Web was always very active and enjoyed handball, weight lifting and running. Those who knew him know of his long love affair with his wife’s poached eggs , large bags of M&M’s and Tootsie Pops. He enjoyed his twilight years watching the cardinals, hummingbirds and squirrels outside his bedroom patio. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.
He is survived by his devoted wife of almost 65 years (November), Dottie A. Nohe of Vienna. They were married in Carmel, CA while he was serving in the Navy. He is also survived by his children, former WV State Senator David C. Nohe (Pam) of Vienna and June Nohe-Fairchild of Vienna. He was always “Dee” to his grandchildren, Jennifer Holzapfel (Jeff), Diana Wilson (Josh), Trey Fairchild (Heather), and Adam Nohe (Jessica; and six great-grandchildren, Jacob, Joshua, Audrey, Julia, Easton and Kate.
A graveside service is planned for 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Mt Olivet Cemetery I Parkersburg, where he will be buried next to his parents, with Rev. Fr. John Gallagher officiating and military rites by Parkersburg American Legion Post # 105.

Robert P. Herman


Robert's wife Sue has informed the Association of Robert's passing. A obituary is to follow,

Christopher Rush Walkup


Christopher Rusk Walkup, 82, of White Sulphur Springs, WV, died peacefully at home on Saturday morning, September 5, 2015, after battling COPD.
Born March 25, 1933, at Renick, WV, he was a son of the late Harry Lepps and Ollie Mae Driver Walkup.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in White Sulphur Springs and was a Korean conflict veteran. He was a 1952 graduate of Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV, and attended WVU, joining Kappa Sig fraternity until he joined the army.
After returning from service, he gained employment with Capital Finance in Lewisburg, then First National Bank in Ronceverte, WV, and the Bank of White Sulphur Springs. He was President of the Bank of White Sulphur Springs for many years and president emeritus of First Citizens Bank of White Sulphur until retirement. Chris was past president of West Virginia Bankers Association in 1979 and 1980 and was past president of the White Sulphur Springs Industrial Development Incorporation. He was a member of the Hillsboro Mason Lodge in 1956, then was a member of the Allegheny Lodge at White Sulphur Springs, Chris was a member of the Elks Club , holding almost every local position and was past president of the Rotary International of White Sulphur Springs and served two terms ass president of the Chamber of Commerce. He was past chairman of the Greenbrier County Democratic Committee and was remembered for his undying support of WVU Athletics, especially football. Chris was an avid golfer and could always be found on the golf course with his buddies.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother , Ethel “Blondie” Walkup ; his paternal grandfather, Robert “Bob” James Walkup in 1947 ; paternal grandmother , Sadie McClung Walkup in 1958; and a half brother, Darrell Blake. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Frankie H. Walkup at home’ daughters, Sadie Ann Prichard (Allen) of Richmond, VA, and Victoria Rusk Walkup-Pierce (Eric) of Orlando, and Christopher Allen Prichard and Scott Franklin Prichard, both of Richmond, and Christopher Rusk Pierce of Orlando.
Graveside services will be conducted at 1 PM on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Morningside Cemetery at Renick, WV, for family and close friends.
Visitation will be form 6-8 PM on Wednesday, September 9, at the Shanklin Funeral Home in White Sulphur Springs.
In Lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice.
Shanklin Funeral Home is serving the family.
Note: Chris attended GMS for four (4) years and graduated as a 1st Lt., played JV football, served as editor-in chief of the student newspaper, member of the yearbook staff, Quill & Scroll, Hi-Y, Honor Court and Boot and Spur.

James Brightbill


Mrs Jeanette Hughes Brightbill has called to inform the Association of Jim's passing on August 23, 2015. Jim had not been well for the two years prior to his death, being confined to a medical facility of one kind or another.

Details of his life, including a 26 year work history in the food service of WestPoint, return to Lewisburg then a later move to New York are included in his obituary which are to follow.

Eduard Garrett Grimes


WARNER ROBINS, GA - Lt Col Eduard Garrett "Garry" Grimes, USAF, 58, passed away on Friday, June 26, 2015. Garry was born in Virginia and was currently residing in Warner Robins, GA. He was an Intelligence Officer in the USAF Reserves and US Civil Service. Survivors include his wife, Beverly A. Grimes of Warner Robins, GA; his mother, Margitta R. Grimes of Hampton, VA; one brother, Mario W. Grimes and his wife, Ruth, of Hampton, VA; one nephew William J. Grimes of Newport News, VA; and his very much loved dogs Murdoch, Nikko, Reba and Putt-Putt. A funeral service will be held at 10 am on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at base chapel on Langley Air Force Base. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Azle Animal Shelter Humane Association,, Sunshine State Westie Rescue,, or Warrior Canine Connection, Those wishing to attend the funeral who do not have military identification cards will need to contact Mario Grimes at 757-275-4006 or to be added to a list for base access by Thursday July 9, 2015. Arrangements by W. J. Smith and Son Funeral Home.
Published in Daily Press on July 8, 2015

Richard Cobb Jett


Richard Cobb Jett Jr 83 class 1950 D company of Lexington, Ky died May 25,2015 in Ambler PA after extended illness. He was buried in family cemetery in Richmond, KY.
Taps May he rest in peace.

Sincerely, Joseph L Soto Class 1963 D Company, Brother in law

William G. Pennell


PENNELL WILLIAM G., Jr., age 84, of Zelienople, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Born November 21, 1930, in Bellevue, he was the son of the late William G. and Margaret A. (Welsh) Pennell, Sr. Bill leaves behind his loving wife of 59 years, LaVerne (Dollhopf) Pennell of Zelienople; his children, Susan (Tom) Hayson of Franklin Park and William (Lorraine) B. Pennell of Sunrise, FL; his sister, Sarah (Ronald) Westerman of Pittsburgh; his five grandchildren, Carl, Elizabeth, Nicole, Kevin and Jessica; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Jaworek. Bill was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army and was a Korean War veteran. He retired from PPG Industries in 1992. Above all, he cherished the importance of his family. He will be dearly missed by us all. The Pennell family will welcome friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at the BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. A Funeral Ceremony will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the English Lutheran Church, 200 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople, PA 16063, with the Robert A. Keplinger, officiating. (Friends please meet at church.) In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bill's honor to the English Lutheran Church, 200 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople, PA 16063, or the Benevolent Fund at Passavant Communities, 105 Burgess Drive, Zelienople, PA 16063. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on May 19, 2015

Gordon Churchill Willis


Gordon C. Willis, Jr. (Bo), age 65 of Penhook died suddenly on Friday, May 15, 2015. He leaves his wife Cynthia Simms Willis and two children Peige Willis Rose (Harry) and Gordon C. Willis III (Sabrene`). He also leaves two stepsons, Patrick Gardner, Anthony Gardner (Tracey) and eight precious grandchildren He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon C. Willis, Sr. and wife Jean, Julia Garrett and step-father, Olin Garrett.

Born in Roanoke, Virginia on September 1, 1949, Bo worked alongside his father and son at their family owned business, Rockydale Quarries and Old Heritage Corp. in Roanoke and retired after 37 years where he was President and CEO of the Companys.

In the years that followed, Bo enjoyed many passions…. his love for the outdoors and nature, hunting, farming, his canine companion, Carmen and the love of his life and best friend, Cynthia. Whenever you saw one you saw both, they truly loved every minute they shared together.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Flora Funeral Chapel with Chaplain Rick Poland officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. Friends and family will gather afterwards at Water’s Edge Country Club. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount. Flowers are appreciated but if you’d rather make a memorial contribution, Bo had a love for a few different ones including: Wounded Warriors Project ( Cool Branch Fire / Rescue (3060 Smith Mtn. Rd., Penhook, VA 24137) and Carilion Hospice Services of Franklin County (180 Floyd Ave., Rocky Mount VA 24151)

Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.

William Nave Turner


William Nave Turner died on Monday, May 11, 2015 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, W.Va. A gentleman, he was surrounded by his family who gave him joy and happiness each day of his life.

Bill was born in Clarksburg, W.Va., on March 3, 1927. He was graduated from Greenbrier Military School in 1945, having polished a cannon to the point of ownership, and attended West Virginia University where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. He married the love of his life, Mary Ann Putman of Beckley, on September 29, 1950.

Bill served in the United States Army stationed in Germany. Honorably discharged, he returned home to Beckley where he and Mary Ann made their home and had three children.

A long, successful career in the mining industry began with the Raleigh Wyoming Mining Company, working with his father in law Mr. L T Putman, the company president. The company’s closure led him to a career with Cooke Wilson Electric Supply Company and Cam-Ral Chain Company with his friend and partner Larry Ciccarelli.

Throughout his life in Beckley he was a member of The First Christian Church where he served as a Deacon, board member, and Cub Scout Pack Master. Bill joined The Rotary Club of Beckley in 1956 and served as the President from 1979-1980. He was made a Paul Harris Fellow in 1989 for service to the Rotary Club. He was appointed to the Armory Board (later the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center) in 1966 serving 41 years until 2007, many years as President of the Armory Board. He believed that it promoted growth to southern West Virginia and was proud to be associated with its operation and with the staff that served it and Raleigh County. Bill was a member of Black Knight County Club until his death and served as President in 1971.

Bill is survived by his wife of almost 65 years, Mary Ann and three children all of whom still live and work in Beckley. His family includes his daughter Carol Ann Cooper and her husband Conrad; their children Conrad Cooper and his wife Tiffany and their two children Riley Anne and Addison Carol of Tampa, Fla. and Christopher Cooper of Tampa, Fla.; his son William Lorin Turner and his wife Cindy and their two children Dr. Jennifer Turner of Morgantown, W.Va. and William Lorin II of Beckley; and his son Charles Garland Turner and his wife Carolyn and their children Charles Daniel of Beckley and Brooke Elise and fiance’ Lanny Meadows of Morgantown.

A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at the First Christian Church on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 2 in the afternoon. Friends are invited to call prior to the service at 12 noon.

Donations of celebration honoring Bill’s life and supporting the community, may be made to First Christian Church or Beckley Area Foundation.

John N Monarek


John “Jack” N. Monarek, 74, of Allentown passed away Monday,
May 11, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Allentown. Born
November 6, 1940 in Phoenixville, PA, but resided in Mont Clare,
PA until the 1960's, he was the son of the late Mary (Vasko) and
John J. Monarek. He was married to Barbara (Lackatos) Monarek
with whom he would have celebrated 30 years of marriage this
coming August.

Jack worked as a sales rep for Boston Scientific retiring in
2010. He also worked for 3M medical supply for many years and
several other medical supply companies.

Jack was a 1958 graduate of Phoenixville Area High School where
he was a 4 letter varsity athlete and was just recently inducted
to the Phoenixville Hall of Fame. After graduating he went to
Greenbrier Military School on a Football Scholarship. Jack then
went to Wake Forest University on a full football scholarship but
also competed for the Wake Forest Track Team where he held the
school record for forty years in the longest javelin throw. Jack
served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.
While at McGuire Air Force Base he played baseball for four years
and was given the opportunity to play minor league baseball but
chose a college education instead.

He was a member of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in
Bethlehem where he volunteered his time and served as the church

Jack will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Barbara, children,
John and wife Cori, Larisa, David, Kyra and Gregory, five
grandchildren, Alex, Olivia, Sophia, Jack and Lily. He is also
survived by numerous family members.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at St. Nicholas
Russian Orthodox Church 980 Bridle Path Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18017
from 9-11 AM followed by a service at 11 AM. Burial will be at
Holy Ghost Eastern Rite Church Cemetery in Phoenixville.
Arrangements Connell Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jack’s name to St.
Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

Bobby Edward Adkins


B. E. “Bob” Adkins 85, a lifelong resident of Huntington, WV passed away on Friday, April 10, 2015. A celebration of Life will be held on Friday at 2:00p.m. at Beard Mortuary with Re, Bill DeMoss officiating. Interment will follow in Woodmere Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from noon until service time. He was born May 14, 1929 in Huntington, WV the son of the late Norman and Beulah Hayes Adkins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years , Lorna Pearson Adkins and a sister Norma Rowsey.

He graduated from Huntington East High School in 1947, where he played football, basketball, baseball and ran track all with his precious sister Norma Belle by his side. He then attended Greenbrier Military School on a football scholarship. His love of sports continued as he became active in the church softball league, serving as President for many years.

He was a member of Cross Roads United Methodist Church. He was devoted to his wife and daughters. He sacrificed promotions in his career to keep him and his family close to home. Eventually, he became successful owning his own business in the electrical field. Through many decades he loved going to the YMCA. Eventually he went on to represent West Virginia in the Senior Olympics multiple times in the 3 on 3 basketball competion. He and his “old crony buddies” even had their own following of supporters. Some of Bob’s best memories were with his life-long friend, Larry Duncan. And their world travels. They were blessed to have traveled several times to Europe, and also to Australia and China. They were truly two peas-in-pod. Bob Loved Marshall University and took pride in supporting “The Herd” by purchasing basketball and football season tickets beginning in 1972 . He always felt that it didn’t matter if the team won or lost, you still needed to support them.
Bob was the most unselfish man you would ever meet. He always had a smile and a joke. He lived by these words “only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

He is survived by his loving family, his two daughters and son-in law, Karen and Mike Booten of Murfreesboro, TN and Connie John Priddy of Barboursville, WV; four grandsons who he always had words of wisdom for and they loved him dearly, Brandon (April) Booten, Adam(Lane) Booten, Ales (Rachel) Booten and Garnett Priddy; three great grandchildren, Ben, Wells and Willa Kate Booten; Brother-in-law, Johnny Henderson of Cocoa, Fl; two nieces, four nephews and a host of extended family and friends.

Bruce Richard McGinnis


LEWISBURG — Bruce Richard McGinnis, 69, of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
Bruce was born in Montgomery, W.Va., and was the only child of the late Lester and Juanita McGinnis.

After graduating from Greenbrier Military School, Bruce graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in finance and a masters in business.

Bruce married the former Paula Owens of Frankford, W.Va. They had two children, Greg McGinnis of Austin, Texas and Brian McGinnis of Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Bruce was a lifelong business man. Most recently and rewardingly, he was the Chief Operations Officer for the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. A position he held until his passing.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Paula, his son, Greg, his son, Brian, and his daughter-in-law, Tammy.

Bruce touched many lives in his 69 years, and he will be missed by many. He was a loving and caring husband, father, and friend. He was quick to help those in need, and always put other peoples' needs before his own.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate Bruce's life for family, friends, and co-workers in the near future.

McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Jefferson Bowman


Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” Bowman, III, well known Pendleton resident, ended life peacefully on March 28, 2015, in Franklin. Born August 1, 1924 on West Market St., Harrisonburg, VA, he was the son of the late Thomas J. “Tom” Bowman, II and Alice Rebecca Woodson Bowman. In 2010 he was predeceased by his sister, Alice Woodson Bowman Altizer Call. Influential in life was his uncle, the late Ernest Bowman of Franklin, with whom he partnered in business for many years.

On December 31, 1945, at Washington Street Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, Mr. Bowman married Dorothy Lee Lambert Bowman who survives. He is also survived by his son, Thomas J. Bowman, IV, and his daughter and son-in-law Rebecca Lynn Bowman and Richard W. Lough, all of Franklin. He was “Grand-Daddy Jeff” to devoted grandchildren, Matthew Bowman Lough, of Newport Beach, CA., and Adam Richard Lough of Franklin. Gatherings with his great-grandchildren, Maddison Hannah, Gracie Ella and Britton Masters Lough were joyous events. A number of nieces and nephews and several cousins also survive, including Mary Shay Reynolds Corneby, formerly of Franklin. Mr. Bowman was predeceased by a number of valued friends; among them were John Hott, Sumner Jones, John Miller, Bill Harr, Harry Byers, Morris Homan, John Harman, Philip Altizer, Bill Evick, Ben Aulde, Richard Boggs, L.T. Stickley, William McCoy, Jr. and Charles Sites.

Graduating from Franklin High School in 1942, he attended Greenbrier Military Academy until joining the United States Marine Corps. During World War II he served in the South Pacific aboard the heavy cruiser USS Alaska. He remained a proud Marine all the days of his life.

Descended from early Pendleton settlers, the Masters and Dices, Mr. Bowman was widely known as owner of Ernest Bowman & Brother, Inc., a hardware business founded in 1872 by his grandfather, Thomas J. Bowman, I. His greatest enjoyment derived from back-grounding beef cattle and his farming practices on Dickenson Mt. Farm garnered a number of awards, including Potomac Valley Conservation District’s Farmer of the Year in 2006. Partnership with Ernest Coatney (“Cody”) Evick offered his happiest and most productive years in the cattle growing industry. He served on the Board of Directors for The Pendleton Community Bank for 45 years, where his knowledge of the local real estate market was as asset. An active community leader, he was a town councilman and, for many years, president of Franklin Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Bowman was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Pendleton County Veterans of Foreign Wars. Joining other Pendleton businessmen in the late 1960s, Mr. Bowman was active in forming Pendleton Industries (now EDA), a group dedicated to improving local economic development. A lifelong member of Franklin United Methodist Church, Mr. Bowman faithfully served in numerous administrative capacities, and was noted for his steadfast devotion to the Methodist tradition. An avid sportsman, Mr. Bowman enjoyed hunting, fishing, and horseback riding, and held a lifelong interest in forestry. Family and friends will recall his pleasure at their company during summer evenings on his Main Street porch.

Farewell arrangements are entrusted to Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin where written expressions of sympathy may be left at Franklin United Methodist will be open all day, April 2, 2015, for those who wish to visit in private remembrance with cremains and sign the guest book. Friends are invited to join the family at Franklin United Methodist Church sanctuary for a time of casual visiting and sharing from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. the same day. A celebration of life and music will begin at 3:00; interment of ashes will be private at a later date. Immediately following the service all are invited to the family home, 408 North Main St. Franklin, for light refreshments and remembering this good man and celebrating a life well-lived.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pendleton County Rescue Squad, Franklin, WV 26807.

Edward Blaine Phillips


Edward Blaine Phillips '46, of Lewisburg, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at his home. Born October 26, 1927, in Greenbrier County, he was the son of the late Edward Thomas Philips and Thelma J. Williams Phillips.

Ed graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg and was a United States Army Veteran, having served in the Korean War. He graduated from WVU with an engineering degree and worked briefly for DuPont in Charleston, WV, before returning to Lewisburg to work with Capital Finance. Then in 1963, he became owner of the Greenbrier Insurance Agency and in 1971, he bought Stuart and Watts Real Estate. He was a member and past exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge and served on the original Greenbrier County Planning Commission.

He was married to Marion Collins and is survived by their two children, Edward Blaine Phillips II and wife Barbara, of Lewisburg and Marilyn Fraser and husband , Simon, of Hilton Head , SC; four grandchildren , Erica Brown of Lewisburg, Andrew Fraser of Nashville, TN, Alex Fraser of Washington, DC and Ben Fraser of Savannah, GA; and one great grandson, Landon Brown. He was later married to Andrea McClung McCall.

Morgan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Walter David Haught


Walter David “Chick” Haught ’56, died March 21, 2015 in Huntsville AL at the home of his eldest son. He was born January 8, 1938, the son of Mr. & Mrs. W. Fred Haught in Huntington, WV. He was known as “Chick to his close friends and David to his business acquaintances.

After graduating from Greenbrier Military School in 1955, he returned to GMS for a post graduate year before entering Georgia Tech, earning a degree in Industrial Engineering and worked for Alcoa Packaging and Machinery in Inglewood, CO, but traveled the world for business and pleasure.

Chick and his wife Patti (Barker)had five (5) children, 2 boys with three daughters in between. After retiring from Alcoa, they retired to Florida during the winter and to the mountains of North Carolina for the hottest months. He has three (3) brother in the Huntington WV area.

Chick enjoyed most sports, especially golf, entering many tournaments and playing with friends on a regular basis.

Claude V. Seacrist


Claude V. Seacrist Claude V. Seacrist, 87, of St. Albans, passed away March 11, 2015 at Thomas Hospital after a short illness.Born Feb. 23, 1928 in Whittaker, he was the son of Arthur and Lula Branham Seacrist. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Wilma; devoted daughter, Carol Seacrist; brothers, Rutfort, Roy, Russell, Romie, Bill, Ray and Ronald; and sisters, Virginia, Pansy and Genalista.Claude attended Greenbrier Military School and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II of the occupation troops. Also, he attended Morris Harvey University and retired from Columbia Gas Transmission with 33 years of service.He is survived by daughter, Cindy Seacrist of St. Albans; son, Carl Seacrist and his wife, Debbie; grandchildren, Lindsey and Brandon, all of St. Albans; and brother, Rudy Seacrist of Charleston.Celebration of Claude's life will be noon Saturday, March 14, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Pastor Michael Craigo officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, with military graveside rites conducted by St. Albans VFW 6418 and American Legion Post 73.Gathering of family and friends will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, also at the funeral home.

Robert Burns Campbell


Robert Burns “Bob” Campbell passed away Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Summersville Regional Medical Center at the age of 89.

He was the son of the late Eugene L. and Edna Groves Campbell. Being civic minded, Bob served on many community committees and projects. In 1988, he retired as President of Peerless Eagle Coal Company after working there thirty-six years.
Surviving is his wife, Ann Murphy Campbell; daughter, Martha Larkin (Richard); son, Robert B. Campbell Jr.; and sister, Carolyn Hoffman.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Memorial United Methodist Church at Summersville with Revs. David Lancaster and Gene Campbell officiating. Interment will follow in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville.

Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 12 noon until time of services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to: Memorial United Methodist Church 1317 Webster Road Summersville, WV 26651.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitef
Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Thomas Lee Morris


It is with a very heavy heart I have to inform you that Thomas Lee Morris Class of 1964 died on January 31, 2015.

My sweet darling husband of over 46 years died suddenly at our home in Florida. I just received the lasted Alumni Record and saw where you listed those who had passed the previous year and know he would like to have his name included next year. While he did not attend the reunions he talked very fondly of GMS.

James Edward "Jirimiah" Conkle


Family has reported Jirimiah's death. No details are available.

John L. Weppler


MAYFIELD HEIGHTS — John L. Weppler, age 74, of Conneaut, Ohio, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 13, 2015, at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, following a two-month illness.
He was born March 26, 1940, in Conneaut, the son of Ernest L. and Mary Virginia (Fisk) Weppler. John was a 1959 graduate of Greenbrier Military School.
He began his career as a heavy equipment operator and retired after nearly 30 years as a supervisor at M.F.G. He was a confirmed Episcopalian and was a member of the Conneaut Lions Club, the Conneaut Elks Club, the Conneaut Lighthouse Cruisers, and was also a member of the former Conneaut Jaycees. He enjoyed showing his 1958 Ford convertible, model railroading, and watching Nascar racing. He was also an avid Ohio State football fan. John also enjoyed golfing and played in the Senior Golf League at Village Green.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie (Chadwick) Weppler whom he married July 28, 1962; daughter, Christine Fernandes of Dublin, Ohio; son, John L. “Jay” Weppler Jr. of Cincinnati, Ohio; a grandson, Zachary Fernandes a student at Ohio University; two sisters, Caroline (John) Palo and Sarah (Lou) DePlacido, both of Conneaut; and nieces, nephews and more distant relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Thomas Weppler; and a nephew, Ricky DePlacido.
Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 17th, at MARCY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, with Nancy Guthrie, pastoral assistant at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Kingsville, Ohio.
Calling Hours will be at the Funeral Home on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., and also Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of Service. The Lions Club will conduct Memorial Services at 5:45 p.m. on Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to East Conneaut Firefighters Association or the Conneaut Railroad Museum. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Charles K. "Todd" Ford


Charles K. "Todd" Ford
Oct. 25, 1928 - Jan. 2, 2015
Charles K. Todd Ford, 86, of Lewisburg died Friday, January 2 at the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center. Mr. Ford was educated in the Lewisburg schools, Greenbrier Military School, WVU and at R.P.I. in Richmond, VA. During the Korean War he was a tank commander on the front lines for over a year. Mr. Ford worked as an office engineer for the WV Dept. of Highways for many years.

Survivors are wife, Julia and a brother, Richard E. Ford and wife Sally of Lewisburg, daughters Charlotte Glass and husband David of St. Augustine, Fl, and Sarah Holliday and husband Roger of Lewisburg. Grandchildren and loved ones are Christopher Glass and Melllisa Espinet, Julie and Michael Gropper, Matthew Holliday and Lauran Shafer and Laura Holliday.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St James' Episcopal Church, 218 Church St., Lewisburg, WV 24901 or the Greenbrier County Humane Society, 151 Holliday Lane, Lewisburg, WV, 24901.

Services will be at St James' Episcopal Church on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Mister Josh Saxe officiating. The family will host a reception immediately following.

Robert E. Breth


Robert Edward 'Bob' Breth, 87, passed away, Friday, December 26, 2014 at Wesley Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Byrd Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Hays McKay and Rev. Kyle Gatlin officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Hill Cemetery with Byrd Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:30 7:30 on Monday. Mr. Breth was born in Chillicothe, Ohio May 19, 1927. He attended elementary school and the first three years of high school in Chillicothe. He spent his senior year at Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, West Virginia. After graduation, he served with the Army Air Corps during WWII. After completing his military service he continued his education at Ohio University. His lifetime career began with S.S. Kresge in management and continued with the creation of K-Mart. He and his family relocated several times with his last transfer opening Dothan's first K-mart in 1973. He remained in Dothan and retired in 1986. He enjoyed NASCAR, wood working, fishing and flying model airplanes. He was also a competitive sharp shooter. Mr. Breth was a lifetime member of Elks and a member of Kiwanis Golden K. Over the years he was a member of several other organizations and boards. He was a faithful member of Covenant United Methodist Church. Mr. Breth is predeceased by his parents, Henry and Frances Hathaway Breth, two brothers, Buddy Breth and Don Breth, and a sister, Eleanor Breth. He is also predeceased by his first wife, Betty Lou Carson Breth. He is survived by a daughter, Sara A. Breth Ward (Sally) and her son, Daniel Ward, all of Graceville, FL; two sons, Samuel W. Breth (Sam) of Taylor and Robert E. Breth, Jr. of Dothan and his children, Shaun (Lesa) Breth and family, all of El Paso, TX, Shane (Troy) Breth Wooten and family, all of Manhattan, KA and David (Jill) Breth and family, all of Dothan. He is also survived by his present wife, JoAn Avant Breth and her children Theresa McAlister and her family and Fred Avant and his family, all of Dothan. He also leaves an extended family and many valued friends. The family wishes to thank many supportive friends, the staff of Wesley Manor, especially his caregivers on the Sanders Wing. We also thank Mollie and Lesa from Gentiva Hospice for their thoughtful care. Flowers are being accepted or memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Resource Center, 1314 Westgate Parkway, Suite 2, Dothan, AL 36301, or Dothan Wiregrass Food Bank, 382 Twitchell Road, Dothan AL 36303, or a charity of your choice. Byrd Funeral Home on West Main Street 334-793-3003 is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be offered at Sign the guest book at