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Harry Mack Childress


Harry Mack Childress, 63, of Roanoke VA formerly of White Sulphur Springs, WV passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014 after a short Illness. Born August 17, 1950, in White Sulphur Springs, WV, he was a son of the late Owens and Mary Childress.

Harry graduated from the former Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV., and he also attended the police academy and became a police officer in White Sulphur Springs and also served on the rescue squad. While living in Roanoke, he was employed with Wells Fargo.

Survivors include his son, Brandon; daughter, April ; two sisters Deborah Johnson and Phyllis Davis; and two brothers, Owen Childress and Richard Childress. Harry also was a grandfather and great grandfather. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

Visitation will be held Sunday January 26, 2014 at St. James United Methodist Church in White Sulphur Springs, with burial to follow in Greenhill Cemetery.
Shanklin Funeral Home is serving the family.

John I Parsons


Dr. John L Parsons (Jack), 79, passed away January 4,2014 from a sudden illness in Ft. Meyers, Florida. Jack was born March 24, 1934 in Huntington, WV. to Dr. John Y. Parsons, a dentist , and Helen Parsons. He spent his freshman year in college at Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV and completed his undergraduate degree a Denison University in Granville, OH.

He was a grand master of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity , and President of Inter-fraternity Council. Jack served with The United States Marine Corp as a Captain from 1953-1958. He was a jet pilot for the photographic squadron. Being a marine was one of his proudest accomplishments. Jack met Sue, his wife of 53 years while at Denison University. He then attended Dental School at Indianapolis University. Jack and family moved to Fort Myers in 1970 where he was a well respected dentist for 30 years. Jack was a person who made a profound impact on family and friends. His interests were golf, tennis, skiing, and watching football (especially the Florida State Seminoles).

He is survived by his loving wife, Sue,; daughters Kimberly (Chris) Peterson; Kelli (Alan) LeBlanc; Holly (Ron) Wademan; grandchildren Steven; Eric; Morgan; Cameron;Corinne;Lindsey; Connor; and Chloe; Sister, Patty (Thad) Hogan; Brother in law Richard (Carole) Shanley and extended family.

A celebration of Life and reception will be held at 11 am Friday, January 10th at Covenant Presbyterian Church . Interment will be at Fort Meyers Memorial Gardens at 3 pm.

Warren Walton Langston


Warren Walton Langston , Je., 78, died peacefully at Hospice House in Pinehurst, NC on Friday, December 27, 2013. Born in Washington DC, he was the son of Warren W. Langston, Sr. and Aerial D. Langston. Warren was married for over 30 years to Carolyn Wade Langston. He was a graduate of Blair High School, Silver spring MD, ; greenbrier Military School , Lewisburg, West Virginia. For his college education, he attended George Washington University , Washington, DC and a member of the U S Army.

Warren was an architect and graphic artist by profession working for Fairchild Hillar, Booze Allen and Hamilton and The Rouse Company in Maryland prior to founding his own firm in 1975. In 1980 Warren and his wife established a business together and were partners until their retirement to Pinehurst in 1997. Also surviving is a son by a former marriage ; both his parents and his only daughter, Susan Langston, preceded him in death, she at age 17.

A celebration of Life for friends and family will be held on Sunday, January 19 at 3pm, 10 McDonald Road East, Pinehurst. All flowers will later be donated to the First Health Hospice House for their residents to enjoy or, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Health Hospice in Pinehurst, NC.

David Lee Lake


David Lee Lake, 66, of South Charleston, WV passed away on December 7, 2013 at his home after a long battle with ALS, (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He was born in South Charleston, WV on May 1, 1947 to Dr. Charles and Lucille Lake. His mother walked to Thomas Hospital where he was born, as his father was just beginning his Dental practice and the family lived over the dental office close to the hospital. David was preceded in death by his mother Lucille Lake, Grandparents, Charles and Mable Lake, infant sister Karen Lynn, brother Steven, and niece Renee.

He is survived by his loving wife Codetta "Cody" Cunningham Lake. Father Charles of South Charleston, Brother Terry of South Charleston, and Thomas, wife Diana, of New Port Richie, Florida. Nephew Jeremy his wife MacKenzie and son Gryphon who are stationed in Okanawa, Japan with the US Air Force. Niece Kristin Mack husband Evan and sons Carter and Henry of Albany, New York. Nephews Alexi, a student at University of South Florida and Tasso, a junior at Gulf High School in New Port Richie. Brother in law Charles "Skeet" Cunningham of Evans, WV.

David was raised in St. Albans and graduated from Greenbrier Military School. He attended West Virginia University, Beckley Junior College and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in business administration. He was a life long member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church where he worshiped his Lord and Savior. His attendance there led him to his wife of 38 years. They were introduced by the mother of one of his confirmation classmates. They were married May 24, 1975 at Cedar Lakes, near Ripley, WV.

Shortly after their wedding David decided to become a funeral director and served his apprenticeship at Snodgrass Funeral Home before attending Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. After graduation he worked for Reger Funeral Home in Huntington. He returned to South Charleston and Snodgrass where
he was a dedicated and caring Funeral Director for 6 years.

Looking for a change, he bought ACE Furniture in Nitro and ran it successfully for many years.

With Cody he bought a Minuteman Press franchise in South Charleston. He grew to love the business and worked hard to maintain quality and keep up with business changes and practices. He was forced into medical disability and retirement by the progression of ALS. While he did not go to the shop, he expected a daily report on jobs and orders from Cody. He continued to be involved in 'rallying the troops' at Minuteman Press. He was proud and grateful for the work and support of the staff, Richie Williams, Stephen Fisher and Jennifer Smith.

David loved being Godfather to Jeremy, Kristin and his namesake Tasso David. His kind and gentle spirit surrounded them, always.

David loved his cats. The current group slept and guarded his bed during his final hours.

We are grateful for the care he received from Donna at Right At Home. His passing was eased by support from Hospice Care of Charleston.

Family and friends may gather for visitation on Monday, December 9, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Snodgrass Funeral Home in South Charleston.

A service to honor the life of David Lake will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, December, 10, 2013 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 900 Lawndale Ln, Charleston, WV 25314, with Pastor Rafe Allison officiating. A luncheon at the church will immediately take place after the funeral service. Entombment will then follow at Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans.

In lieu of flowers we suggest donations to HospiceCare 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West, Charleston, WV 25387-2536. The ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301. Muscular Dystrophy Association - WEB PO Box 78960 Phoenix, AZ 85062-8960 or to St. Timothy Lutheran Church 900 Lawndale Ln, Charleston, WV 25314.

Joseph C. Palumbo


Joe Palumbo '47 died Thursday, December 5, 2013.

Joseph C. "Joe" Palumbo (born August 1, 1929) and is a longtime student, officer and graduate of Greenbrier Military School. He is a former All-American football guard, playing college football for the University of Virginia Cavaliers. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

Services will be held Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 401 Alderman Road in Charlottesville, VA at 3 PM.


Joseph "Joe" Charles Palumbo

Joseph "Joe" Charles Palumbo, 84, of Charlottesville, passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013, surrounded by his family at the Hospice House on Park Street. Born August 1, 1929, in Beaver, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late John Palumbo and Lily Camarata Palumbo and was raised by Frank Palumbo. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Palumbo; two daughters, Page Palumbo married to James Hall of Manteo, North Carolina, and Penny Mahone married to Philip Mahone; his six grandchildren, Dr. Joseph Amory and partner, Chris Curatolo of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jayme Owen married to Adam Owen of Raleigh, North Carolina, Cory Amory, Alex Mahone, Drew Mahone, and Emma Mahone; great-grand son, Brody Owen; two sisters, Terri Regan, and Mary Elaine Bickers married to Duane Bickers; dog, Georgio; as well as his beloved nephews and nieces. The family would like to give a special thanks to Peggy Dame, Dr. Michael Salerno and Dr. Dan Becker as well as all of the wonderful people at the Hospice House for their loving, compassionate care.

Joe was a graduate of Greenbrier Military Academy in 1947. He then went on to attend the University of Virginia where he played three varsity seasons (1949-51) in which Virginia posted a 23-5 mark and recorded seven shutouts. He was a first-team All-America selection that season. He was a three-time All-State selection. In 1951, Joe received the Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award from the Touchdown Club of Washington, D.C., was named the state of Virginia's Athlete of the Year, and participated in the Blue-Gray All-Star Game. He jokingly prided himself on getting thrown out of more football games than any other player in UVa history. In addition, he served in the United States Army where he was All Army and All Service. He was then honorably discharged. Following his successful football career at UVa he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. After stints on the UVa football coaching staff, he then went on to establish a successful insurance agency based in Charlottesville. He married Sandra, the love of his life, in 1959. He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame as well as Greenbrier Military Academy's Hall of Fame. Joe also received the Paul Harris Fellow recognition from the Rotary Club of Charlottesville and received the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Silver Hope Award from the MS Society's Blue Ridge Chapter, as well as numerous other awards. Joe is also one of only six football players at UVa to have his number retired. With his strong stature and never-ending love, he was better known as "Big" Joe by his family. He was a charismatic, personable, loyal, driven family man. Of all of his achievements, Big Joe was most proud of his daughters, all of his grandchildren, and great-grand son. He loved watching them grow up and each one carries a special piece of him in them. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all.

Following a private graveside service, the memorial mass will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with Fr. Stephen Alcott, O.P., delivering the eulogy. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Joseph C. Palumbo Endowed Football Scholarship or the Hospice House on Park Street. Endowed Football Scholarship donations can be sent to the Virginia Athletics Foundation or contact Barry Parkhill at 434-243-3554. Friends may send condolences to the family at Hill and Wood Funeral Home,


Ratcliffe: Virginia football loses one of its legends

Wahoo Nation lost one of its greatest legends late Wednesday night with the passing of Joe Palumbo.
A first-team All-America selection in 1951, Palumbo was regarded as the premier defensive lineman of his time. I was lucky enough to attend Palumbo’s College Football Hall of Fame induction dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in 1999 when he received the greatest individual award any college player could ever dream about.
We could go on endlessly, it seems, about all the football honors the former Cavalier defensive lineman garnered during his lifetime (and we will in a follow article on Sunday), but what made Big Joe the loveable figure he was had little to do with his accomplishments on the gridiron. Palumbo was a family man. He loved people and enjoyed giving.
Three years ago, when Big Joe was honored at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Champion’s Dinner, some of his football deeds were mentioned, but his life was so much more.
While the evening was all about Joe, to him, it was all about giving back to the Charlottesville community and to Virginia football.
That night in 2010, Gene Corrigan summed up Palumbo in a few sentences.
Uniquely wonderful
“He’s a uniquely wonderful University of Virginia guy and Charlottesville guy,” said Corrigan, former athletic director at UVa and Notre Dame, and former commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference. “I feel bad for those people that don’t know him.”
Palumbo was even more successful in the business world than he was on the football field, using that same drive in both worlds. No matter what Palumbo pursued, he always wanted to be the best, was always competitive. But he always took others along for the ride.
At UVa, the Cavaliers won 23 games and lost only five during his three varsity campaigns from 1949 to 1951.
In business, he was a giant.
Referring back to that salute in 2010, there were several tables filled with young people that worked in Joe’s company. They adored him as did most anyone who came into contact with the Beaver, Pa., native.
“Joe taught all those young employees the same thing he learned in football,” Corrigan said. “If you’re going to play, play hard.”
While there was a strong competitive side to Joe Palumbo, there was also a softer side. He had the strength of a bull but the heart of a teddy bear.
“Somebody mentioned that if you call Joe and want something, he will ask you when you want it,” Corrigan said. “He doesn’t say, I’ll see you tomorrow. He says, when do you need it.”
A uniquely wonderful UVa guy and Charlottesville guy. Those are enormous words because there’s few in that clubhouse. Palumbo always supported Cavalier football and the other sports. Of course, football was close to his heart because he was one of only six men to ever have their number retired.
Joe spoke only briefly that night and being the modest guy he was, made a point to mention that he didn’t deserve all the praise coming his way.
He also said that he hoped Virginia’s athletic teams would rise to the top and believed that President Teresa Sullivan would help that happen. He also expressed hope that Cavalier fans would get behind Mike London and support his effort to rebuild the program, knowing it wasn’t going to happen overnight.
Former James Madison University president Ron Carrier spoke during Palumbo’s dinner that evening. The two had known one another for more than 20 years.
“Joe is a big, strong man,” Carrier said. “With an even bigger heart.”
Palumbo excelled at every endeavor from football, to coaching, business and public service, not to mention raising a family. He and wife, Sandy, were married for 53 years we think.
“Perseverance, dependability, consistency … those three things made Joe a great football player, a great father, a great leader, a great husband, a great businessman,” Carrier said.
Palumbo was an expert businessman with a personal approach and supported many causes in the Charlottesville community.
Still, he wasn't exactly the soundest person when it came to advanced technology.
“The most advanced technology Joe used was the telephone,” Carrier said, poking fun of his long-time friend. “The coffee pot is a strange instrument that is only useful if someone else makes coffee.”
Perhaps technology was Big Joe’s only weakness, but it didn’t matter. It was his heart that made him great on the gridiron, in the boardroom and in his household.
Wahoo Nation mourns its loss of a true All-American, not just a great football player, but a great man.

Munir Samuel Yarid


Munir Samuel Yarid, 89, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

A memorial service to celebrate the life will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Old Stone Presbyterian Church. A luncheon will be in the Fellowship Hall of the Church immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 200 Church St., Lewisburg, WV 24901, or Carnegie Hall, 105 Church St., Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Munir was a member of the college freshman class and left school in February 1943 to enter the Army Air Force, became a bomber pilot and flew combat missions,

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William Thomas McElhinney, Jr.


William Thomas “Tom” McElhinney, Jr.,Class of 1966, age 66, passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Ft. Thomas, KY. Mr. McElhinney is survived by his life companion, Debbie Mallory of Ft. Thomas, KY; sons, William T. (Esther) McElhinney, III of Columbus, MS and James L. (Laura) McElhinney of Brooklyn, NY; daughter, Emily (Jeremy) Stansell of Beaufort, SC; grandchildren, Kate and Shannon McElhinney and Hudson and Anna Claire Stansell; brothers, Bob and Mark McElhinney; and sister Ann Kirlin. His brother, Peter McElhinney preceded him in death. A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 6 PM-9 PM at Highland United Methodist Church in Ft. Thomas, KY. A memorial service will be held at 1 PM on Friday, December 20, 2013 at Highland United Methodist Church in Ft. Thomas, KY.

Tom is reported to have died in December 2013 by Robert "Jody" Johnson '66.

Thomas William Howard


Thomas W. Howard, 91, of Mount Hope, passed away Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at his residence.
Born Feb. 11, 1922, in Mount Hope, he was the son of the late Charles E. and Gwendolyn "Gwen" Williams Howard.

Mr. Howard was a 1939 graduate of Mount Hope High School and studied a year at Greenbrier Military Institute, Lewisburg, and then went on to West Virginia University, earning B.S. and M.S. degrees in mining engineering.

He served his country during World War II, fighting in the Pacific Theater aboard the LST 880.

He was a member of Mount Hope Presbyterian Church, where he served for many years as a deacon, trustee and teacher of the men's Bible class.

He was an avid pilot, learning to fly as a teenager, and became an instrument and commercial rated private pilot. He regularly flew various aircraft for business and pleasure until about the age of 80. He was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish.

His work was always in the coal industry. In 1961, as chief engineer for The New River Company in Mount Hope, he formed his own consulting engineering firm, Thomas W. Howard, Inc. The company served clients in West Virginia, surrounding states and, occasionally, abroad.

In 1970 Mr. Howard became general manager of Beaver Coal Company, Ltd. and served in that capacity for over 20 years. He also served on the Beaver Management Corporation's board of directors for many years.

He was a registered professional engineer, 'Legion of Honor' member of the Society of Mining Engineers and served on the West Virginia State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. His overall contributions to the coal business are well recognized by all in the industry. The family also wishes to thank Mr. Howard's longtime secretary, office manager and assistant, Margaret Bickford. In 2010 Mr. Howard was inducted into the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth "Betty" Sibray Howard.

Surviving are his three children, Thomas W. Howard II, M.D. and his wife, Jan, of Hurricane, Linda Howard Brown and husband, Steve, of Mount Hope and Charles Howard and his wife, Lorna Waddell, of Morgantown, and six grandchildren, Thomas W. Howard III, M.D., Victor Alex Howard, M.D., James Grant Howard, William Brett Brown, Will Howard and Charley Howard. Also surviving is his sister, Patricia "Pat" Spickard of Shelbyville, Ky.

A special thanks to all of his caregivers, including Misty Hall, Sarah Acord, Heather Bowyer and Wanda Ball, and to Hospice of Southern West Virginia for their excellent care and oversight.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at Mount Hope Presbyterian Church, 412 Main St., Mount Hope, with the Rev. Elizabeth Stone officiating. Entombment will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday, Nov. 29.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy can be made to Mount Hope Presbyterian Church, 412 Main St., Mount Hope, WV 25880 or to the Greater Mount Hope Community Fund, 211 Bluestone Road, Mount Hope, WV 25880.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Hector David Amaro


My name is Nicolas Amaro and I am the "kid" brother of Hector
Amaro, a proud cadet of GMS. He recently attended your last
reunion as he did on a regular basis in the past. He would always
look forward to those reunions.

This is to inform you that my beloved brother Hector passed away
on November 25th, 2013 apparently of a heart attack. He turned 80
years old last August.

He was never sick on his life, and only as recently as 3 months
ago started taking medications for a thyroid issue.

He was always very proud of his school days as his University
days at Villanueva University in Havana, Cuba.

He was always smiling and loved to go out and eat "paella", which
we often did trying different restaurants and discussing their
different tastes.

He was a devout Catholic and knew just about every Church in NY
and NJ.

I know his soul is in the presence of the Lord.

Thank you for your prayers.

Nicolas Amaro

James H. Rownd


James H. “Jim” Rownd, formerly of Upper Arlington, died on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 in Tampa, FL. Jim was born February 15, in Columbus. Ohio. Graduated from Greenbrier Military School, Lewisburg, WV in 1941 and immediately enlisted in the US Army, fought in the South Pacific during WWII where he was injured and spent a year and a half hospitalized in the US. He attended the Ohio State University and received his law degree from Franklin University (now Capital) in Columbus. His law career in Columbus culminated in 2003 when he retired and moved to Tampa after receiving a 50 year recognition from Columbus Bar Foundation in 2002.

He was a member of Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church in Marble Cliff, serving as an usher for 20 years. Past President of Agonis Club in Columbus receiving their Dom Tiberi Service Award in 2002, and Past President of Lawyers Club. He was a member of Blendon Lodge #339 AF&AM; Aladdin Temple Shrine, Reception Unit and Scottish Rite, Valley of Columbus. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, former member of Brookside Country Club, and an OSU Lifetime Alumnus.

Preceded in death by his parents; former wife; three sisters; a nephew and a niece, Susan Begley. Survived by his wife of 39 years Karen (McCormick) Rownd; step-son, Richard O..Ferguson and his family of NC; nieces, Carol (Mike) Starn, Columbus and Marilee (John) Peterson, Washington Court House; nephew , J.T. (Lois) Greshel, Okemos, MI.

Services will be held beginning with a Masonic service on November 15, 2013 immediately followed by Funeral Service at Schoedinger Northwest Chapel in Upper Arlington. Interment with Military Honors to follow at Green Lawn Cemetery.

Harry Benjamion Jones, Jr.


Harry Benjamin (Ben) Jones Jr., 75, of Irvington, died on October 21, 2013. He was born in Mt. Hope, W.Va., son of the late Harry Benjamin Jones Sr. and Nina Holt Jones. Surviving are his wife, Susan W. Jones; his daughter, Laura Holt Jones and her husband, Paul Dery; his son, Harry Benjamin Jones III and his wife, Carol; his four grandchildren, Nathaniel Pepper Jones-Lang, Gabriel Pepper Jones-Lang, Milo Thelonious Jones and Oscar Santiago Jones; two step children, John Mason Ramey, III and Mary Kent "Molly" Ramey and two step grandchildren, John Mason Ramey IV and Caroline Griffin Ramey.
Mr. Jones attended Greenbrier Military School, Lewisburg, W.Va., Hampden- Sydney College, Hampden Sydney, and Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington. He was founding partner of Walker Jones, PC, Attorneys at Law in Warrenton.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2013, at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington.
Memorial contributions may be made to RW-C Foundation, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington, VA 22480 or Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association, P. O. Box 922, Lewisburg, WV 24901-0922

At GMS, Ben was Company Commander of Band Company, which was designated as "Honor Company" after a year long competition. He graduated from GMS in 1957.

Kenneth W. Dotson


Kenneth Dotson, age 77, passed away at University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, Virginia on Sunday, October 6, 2013. The cause of death was heart failure. Born September 18, 1936, in Lewisburg, West Virginia to Thomas and Rhoda Dotson, he attended Lewisburg High School, Greenbrier Military School and graduated from West Virginia University. Kenny bravely served his country as a helicopter pilot in the United States Air Force and served in the Air National Guard. He was the founder and owner of True Value Home Center for over 40 years. Kenny was an avid golfer and enjoyed square dancing, traveling, farming, and spending time with his friends and family. Kenny is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Jacalyn Bennett Dotson; two sons, Brian and wife Renee of Morgantown, WV, and Bret and wife Krista of Stow, OH; six grandchildren, Sydney, Grace, Brittney, Kimberly, Cailin, and Kelly; one sister, Linda Vaughan of Lewisburg.; the mother of his sons, Helen Dotson of Lewisburg; four nieces, Kathy Dotson Camden, Angie Dotson Hill, Deanna Vaughan, Tracey Dotson Godby; and two nephews, Gary Dotson, Danny Vaughan. In addition to his parents, Kenny was preceded in death by his three brothers, Thomas, Charlie, and Don Ray. Family and friends may call at Morgan Funeral Home from 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, until the 2 p.m. funeral service. Burial will follow at Rosewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Greenbrier County Youth Camp, PO Box 210, Frankford, WV 24938

2:00 PM Friday
October 11, 2013
Morgan Funeral Home

1 to 2 PM Friday
October 11, 2013
Morgan Funeral Home

John Motley Carte


John Motley Carte, passed away at Hubbard House on October 3, 2013, at age 90.
The son of Virgil and Elizabeth Carte, he was born on Fort Hill in Charleston, just a few minutes after the birth of his identical twin, Jack. He would go on to attend Charleston High School and graduate from Greenbrier Military School. A combat veteran, John saw action in France and Germany in World War II, including the Battle of the Bulge. He would later serve in Korea as well. Discharged in 1949, he continued in the US ArmyReserves until 1961.

Retired from the State Assessor's Office in the 1980's, John married Alice Rogers carte in 1984. Together they enjoyed an active social life going to the races at Keeneland, traveling on the Orient Express and doing a tour of Beijing until Alice's passing in 1998.

John was also preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Carte Townsend (2011).

John suffered a stroke in 2007 and had been a resident of Heartland Nursing Home since then.

John was quick with a joke and a one-liner and loved telling a good story making him popular party guest, especially in his earlier bachelor days. He loved a new car, a smart-looking dinner jacket, getting a new gift tie, his and Alice's pet miniature schnauzers-especially his favorite, Oliver Cromwell. He and brother, Jack, loved to rib each other and play practical jokes.

He is survived by his brother, Jack Kendall Carte; niece, Connie Hirth, Washington, D.C., and Sharon Carte.

The family expresses its gratitude to those Heartland staff, who were caring of John these past years, and for the comfort provided him at the last by Hubbard House staff.

Funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m., Monday, October 7, at Wilson Funeral Home, 420 Lee St. West, Charleston with Rev. Jeff Allen officiating. Entombment with military graveside rites will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

The online guestbook may be accessed at

In lieu of flowers, the familyRequests donations be made to Hubbard House 1001 Kennawa Dr., Charleston, WV 25311.

Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston is serving the Carte family.

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Kenneth S. Pond


Colonel Kenneth S. Pond, 78, of Wilmington, NC, passed away at home Thursday, October 3, 2013. He was born October 18, 1934 in Raleigh, NC to Mozelle and Clifton Pond. Ken spent his early years in Raleigh and, through family misfortune and tragedy, at the Masonic Orphanage in Oxford, NC, before later reuniting with family in Norfolk, VA. His brother, Gene Pond, predeceased him in 2012. Ken is survived by Miriam "Mimi" A. Pond, his wife of 49 years, their daughter Kendall and her husband Bill Williams, of Wilmington, his son Kenneth "K.C." Pond and his partner Jack Markey, of Washington, D.C., two granddaughters, Emilia and Ava Williams, also of Wilmington, and many beloved relatives. During a highly decorated career that spanned six decades, Ken served our nation as soldier, diplomatic representative, and senior federal executive. From 1957-1987, he was a Company Commander in the Old Guard, the official Presidential Honor Guard. He was an Army Airborne Ranger in Vietnam, Battalion commander at Fort Banning, GA, Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army Command in Vicenza, Italy, and senior Army Advisor to North Carolina's governor and adjutant general. From 1987 to 1994, Ken represented the American Battle Monuments Commission at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy. Later, as the Commission's Executive Director, Ken oversaw operations at all overseas U.S. military cemeteries and monuments. As a fitting capstone to a long and distinguished career, and under the direction of Presidents Bush, Clinton, and Bush, Jr., he was instrumental in the creation of the World War II Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Ken retired from the federal government's Senior Executive Service and relocated to Wilmington in 2004, where he was an Honor Flight spokesperson and volunteer. Ken attended the College of William and Mary, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College, and earned degrees from the University of Nebraska and Georgia State University. His many military awards include four Legion of Merit medals and three Bronze Stars. North Carolina's governor presented him with the Distinguished Service Medal and inducted him into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, and the American Battle Monuments Commission awarded him two Distinguished Service Medals. Ken was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend, mentor, warrior, and a truly great American. He lived life to the fullest and exemplified the "Can Do" American spirit which led him through some of the most historic events of the last century. From humble roots and orphanage life, Ken dedicated himself, with great enthusiasm and great devotion, to his family, our country, and our veterans. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 25, at St. Andrew's on the Sound Episcopal Church, 101 Airlie Road, Wilmington. A full honor funeral and interment in Arlington National Cemetery will follow at a later date. The family would like to express its thanks to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice for the comfort and services it provided during the past year. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to the Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565. Condolences to the family at

Kenny was a Post Graduate at Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV.

Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2013
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James Albert Simmons


Retired Master Sergeant James Albert Simmons (78) of Deltona, Florida, with his family beside him, passed from this earthly life on 09/12/2013 at the Halifax Hospice of Volusia/Flagler County in Orange City, Fl. Retired Master sergeant Simmons was born in Cumberland, MD on May 5, 1935 to the late Albert and Mary (Hook) Simmons. He attended Paw Paw High School in Paw Paw, WV graduating in 1953. He also attended Greenbrier Military School before entering the United States Army in 1956. Retired Master Sergeant Simmons served 26 years with honor and distinction throughout these United States of America and many foreign countries including Vietnam, Korea, Germany and Thailand, retiring from service in 1980 while stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY. After retiring he attended Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN earning a BS in Business. Retired Master Sergeant Simmons was an active member of the American Legion, Moose Lodge and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Disabled American Veterans (DAV). He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening,woodworking, card games, had a great sense of humor, and was an avid supporter of the American Indian. Retired Master sergeant Simmons was preceded in death by his brother Lynn Joseph Simmons of Schertz, TX and a son Timothy Albert Simmons of Lawrenceville, GA. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Patricia Ann (Cadigan) Simmons , one son James Lynn Simmons and wife Caralynn of Washington, MO, one daughter Teresa Ann Brewer and husband Jackie of Newbern, TN., along with 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren . A military service will be held at a later date. Retired Master sergeant Simmons wishes were for donations to be made to the Disabled American Veterans and Hospice of Volusia/Flagler in lieu of flowers. We miss you, but know your are un a better place today.

Daniel P. Bierman


Mrs. Joan Bierman has notified the Association of Dan's passing.

Charles William Watts


Family returned the dues notice with the comment that Charles had died on August 13, 2013.

Lee Maxwell Lockhart


Lee M. Lockhart, 72 of Hobe Sound, FL who was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and devoted friend to many, died peacefully August 8, 2013 after a valiant fight against lung cancer. Lee was born in Covington, Virginia and was the son of the late Mildred (Polly) Hefner and Herbert Lockhart of White Sulphur Springs, WV. He attended Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV and proudly served his country as a Sharpshooter in the U.S. Army.
Lee began his over 50 year career in the resort and golf industry at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV. Over the course of his career he helped lead some of the most prestigious and successful resorts and golf properties across America including The Homestead, Pinehurst, Sea Pines, Amelia Island Plantation, Grenelefe Golf and Tennis Resort, Grand Cypress, Lake Lanier Islands Hotel and Golf Club, and Muirfield Village Golf Club. In addition to the Resort business, Lee also worked for the Marriot Hotel Corporation in national sales and marketing.
He not only will be remembered for his contributions to the creation and management of numerous resorts and golf properties, he will be remembered by the countless number of people he helped along the way. Lee was a long-time friend and business associate of Jack Nicklaus and was a senior executive of the Nicklaus organization for over 20 years. In 2006, he founded Trophy Golf & Resorts and served as the company's President until his death.
He leaves behind his beloved wife Jan. He was the proud father of Brian Lockhart, of Lewisburg WV, and Robert Lockhart of Atlanta, GA. He recently got to see his son Robert marry his fiancé, Ashley in Stuart, FL He leaves behind two grandchildren, Ryan Lockhart of White Sulphur Springs, WV and Aaron Lockhart of Lewisburg, WV
Services will be held at the Forest Hills Young and Prill Chapel in Stuart Florida on Saturday, August 17th. There will be a gathering from 1-3 for friends and family with a Celebration of Life Service starting at 3pm. Donations can be made to the Treasure Coast Hospice or American Cancer Society.

Reported by Ms. Jan Lockhart, widow.

Charles Stuart Bell


Charles died in Tucker, GA on August 3, 2013. No additional information is available.

George Lawton Lemon


George L. Lemon, MD, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

Born June 1, 1921, and reared in West Virginia, George attended Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV, West Virginia University, and the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Lemon practiced medicine in public health service from the Marine Hospitals of Baltimore, MD, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. From 1947-65,he practiced in Lewisburg, WV, many of those years with his father , Dr. Charles Lemon. In 1965, George took a position at Ohio University in health service and sports medicine. From 1969 -86, he served as the director of the emergency room at Community Hospital of Roanoke Valley.

Upon retirement, George and his wife, Bernice, embarked on many missions to better the lives of others, both locally and abroad. For six years they worked with Black Teens for Advancement (BTA) in Atlanta, GA. This organization was started by young men in predominately black high school and between other high schools. Before George left the program, it had grown to over 4,000 involved students. Many of those student prospered and started programs in troubled schools in other cities and states and were invited to Switzerland, Germany, and Norway to explain their methods to school officials, students, police forces, and government leaders.

George also worked nationally and internationally with the Moral & Spiritual Re-Armament Association (MRA) , contributing his medical service to that organization, made up of musical ambassadors to Romania and Poland.

A true gentleman, George will be remembered for his fun-loving nature, witty charm, and love of God that overflowed in the manner in which he ministered and cared for his family , his patients, and later for children throughout the world. The following poem that George penned in May 1993 embodies how he lived his life.

And God said.
"Take my hand and I will lead you.
Throw away your sins and I will forgive you,
Bow your head and I will protect you.
Know my Word and K will use you.
Pray constantly and I will hear you.
Listen quietly and I will speak to you.
Do my work for my glory and I will bless you."

He is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs Charles W. Lemon Sr.; brother and sister-in law, Charles Jr. and Norma Lemon; and brother Joseph Lemon. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, sons, daughters, grandchildren as well as his nephew George L. Lemon and wife, Becky,of Lewisburg, WV.

Charles Helman


Charlie Helman, PG56, age 77, died at 12:50 a.m., Monday, 29 July 2013, at the Pleasant Hill Manor, Piketon, Ohio. Charlie was born 23 April 1936 in Waverly, Ohio.

Edsel S. Blizzard


Family has informed GMSAA of Ed's death in South American on July 14, 2013

James Glendon Grove


Mrs Virginia Grove sent notice Jim died July 14, 2013 in Palm Harbor, FL. No further details available.

Charles F. Erickson


Charles F. Erickson went to be with our loving Lord July 4, 2013.
He was born in Man, W.Va., the son of Charlie O. and Ethel Erickson. Charles graduated from Greenbrier Military School and attended WVU before joining the military. He served 2 years in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. He then joined his father, C. O. Erickson, in business. Together they built Durfees Cable Company into the largest cable operation in West Virginia Charles also built cable systems in Virginia., Kentucky, and Michigan.

Charles and his father both felt strongly about the importance of higher education to the future of W.Va. and to the country. After C.O.'s death in 1993, the Erickson Foundation was formed. Charles promised his father he would run the foundation focusing on providing a home on West Virginia colleges and university campuses for alumni to remain connected and involved with each institution. To date there are 13 Erickson alumni centers throughout West Virginia.

In May, 2011, Charles was inducted into the Order of Vandalia, WVU's highest honor, and in 2005 he was named Mountaineer of the Year. In May, 2013, he received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Concord University.

Charles leaves behind his loving wife, Laurie; two sons, Charles II (Lynn) of Washington, N.C. and Brandon of Boca Raton, Fla.; his grandson, Chase, who was the light of his life; two sisters, Donna Tulley of Savannah, Ga. and Myra Scott (Lee) of Chapel Hill, N.C.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends who will miss him dearly.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 11, at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, WV.

Service will be 10 a.m., Friday, July 12, at the First Presbyterian Church with the Reverend W. Douglas Hood from his church in Fla. and Reverend Michael Seely.

Burial will follow at Parkersburg Memorial Gardens with military rites by the American Legion Post #15.

The family requests donations be made to The Erickson Foundation 400 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101 or any college or university of your choice.

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Wright Hugus, Jr


Wright Hugus, Jr., age 82, of Fairfield, CT the beloved husband of 34 years of Elizabeth (Thomas) Hugus of Weston, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2013. He was born in Wheeling, WV to the late Wright Hugus, Sr. and Martha (Majesky) Hugus.

He graduated from Duke University and subsequently was commissioned as an Ensign in the US Navy where he served in the Korean War as a Naval intelligence officer and aide to Admiral Wayne Sabin. In 1959 he graduated from the University of Virginia Law School. He practiced law throughout the US and abroad with a specialty in Sports Law and Sports Management thus founding Hugus Enterprises in Greenwich. Following his retirement in 1994, he owned and operated a Good Humor Ice Cream truck and was well known in Fairfield County serving countless children and adults.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children , Stephanie Racz of Dorset, VT.; Christin O'Neill of Stratford and Wright Hugus, III of Denver, CO; and grandchildren, Bryan, Robin, Wright IV and Morgan.

Friends are invited to attend funeral services on Tuesday June 25, 2013 at 11 am at First Church Congregational,148 Beach Road, Fairfield. Interment will follow in the church's Memorial Garden.

Duane Charles Parsons


Duane Charles Parsons, age 70, of Rome, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
He was born in Charleston, West Virginia, on December 1, 1942, the son of the late Decoe Parsons and the late Pauline Virginia Detamore. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Max D. Parsons.

Duane was a graduate of Greenbrier Military School, Class of 1959. A long time resident of the Washington, DC area, Mr. Parsons moved to Rome in 1995 with his family. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Gearin Parsons, one daughter; Kirsten McGee and her husband Dylan, three sons; Derek C. Parsons and his wife Kate; Damien C. Parsons, and Devin C. Parsons and his wife Audrey. His sister Jan Bishopp, five grandchildren, three nieces and three nephews also survive.

Paul Ellis Prillaman, Jr.


Dr. Paul Ellis Prillaman Jr., died on Monday, May 20, 2013, after a brief illness.

A private memorial service is planned.

Paul was born in Beckley, W.Va., the son of Dr. Paul E. Prillaman Sr. and Sally Haller Prillaman.

He was a graduate of Greenbrier Military School and the University of Virginia where he received his undergraduate and medical degrees. After completing his surgical residency and thoracic surgical fellowship, he joined his father in surgical practice in Ronceverte, W.Va. In a partnership spanning ten years, they provided selfless medical care to the residents of Greenbrier County. From 1972 until his retirement, Dr. Prillaman was a partner in Bradenton Surgical, working at Blake Medical Center and Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Florida.

Paul’s greatest joy was his family, serving as their constant support. He will be remembered for his generous and humble spirit, as well as for his wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ginger; three children, Elizabeth Woolford and husband, Jim, Sarah Prillaman, and Paul Prillaman and wife, Hannah; five grandchildren; two sisters, Sally Bauer and Jacqueline Oler; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Tidewell Hospice/Philanthropy Department, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34238 or to the charity of your choice.

Reprint from Beckley Register Herald May 22, 2013

Robert R. Hatfield


CATLETTSBURG — Robert R. Hatfield, 79, of Catlettsburg, died
Wednesday evening, May 15, 2013, at his residence.

Bob was born Dec. 29, 1933, in Ashland, a son of the late Grover
and Lillian Thornsbury Hatfield.

He was the former general manager of Machinery Incorporated and
was a U.S. veteran.

He is survived by a daughter, Kathy Berry and her husband, Tom;
sisters, Peggy Thirion and her husband, Tim, and Jean Woods and
her husband, Charlie; brother, Clancy Hatfield; and grandson
Robby Berry, all of Ashland; and special nephew, Beau Martin and
his wife, Katie, of Nashville, Tenn.

“Big Bob” as he was affectionately called by friends and
family, wanted to express his love and appreciation to all his RC
racing buddies and his dear, dear friends at the Cannonsburg
Methodist Food Pantry.

The family has chosen to grieve privately and wishes to thank
everyone for their love and prayers.

Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral
Home in Ashland

Addendum:Bob was at Greenbrier 1952 and 1953. He was a member of the Band, Band Orchestra and also a member of rifle team.

Thanks to Burley Stevens'53

Harold E. "Punk" Starcher


Harold E. "Punk" Starcher Jr. died May 6, 2013, at his home in Ripley, W.Va., after a long illness. The son of Margaret M. and Harold E. Starcher, Punk was born August 13, 1928, in Logan, W.Va., the product of the first successful Caesarean section performed at Logan General Hospital. He was the husband of Virginia "Ginny" Rae Jolliffe, who preceded him in death, and the father of two children, Mark L. Starcher (Paige), McLean, Va. and Ann R. Starcher, Charleston, W.Va. He bragged incessantly about his two grandchildren, John E. Starcher, New York, N.Y. and Margaret R. Starcher, Graz, Austria.
Educated in Ripley primary schools, Punk was a graduate of Greenbrier Military School, where he played football. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Belvoir and was attached to the 101st Airborne Division in Kunsan, Korea, where he was executive officer and acting company commander.

After the war, Punk graduated with a civil engineering degree from West Virginia University and did postgraduate studies at Purdue University and the University of California, Berkeley. His engineering work with Kaiser Aluminum and General Electric Corporation allowed him and his family to travel the world with assignments in Australia, Brazil, California, England, Jamaica, Maryland and New York.

In the early 70s he returned to Ripley to start a construction company, Chartwell Corporation, and pursue real estate development. He was an active member of the Ripley community, an elder and trustee of the First Presbyterian Church of Ripley and co-founder and first president of the Jackson County Development Authority. He served on the West Virginia Capitol Building Commission and the Jackson County Airport Authority.

A joint memorial service for Punk and Ginny Starcher will be held at 1 p.m. on June 7 at the First Presbyterian Church, 210 Cedar Lakes Drive, Ripley. A reception will follow at Waybright Funeral Home, 511 Church St. S., Ripley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 86 County Farm Road, Cottageville, WV 25239.

Alfred Kirkland Canterbury, Jr.


Millie has informed the Association of Kirk's passing on April 23, 2013. no further information provided. Kirk came to GMS from Beckley, WV and last resided in South Carolina.