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1967-1968 GMS Footage by Roderick C. M. White


GMS Cadet Roderick C. M. White recently transferred his home movies to digital format and provided this footage of some Greenbrier Military School (GMS) activities / parades in 1967-1968. He was a 7th-8th grade cadet at the school at the time. Thanks for the upload and share, Roderick!

New GMSAA Website!


Hey GMS Alumni!

I am Matt Winans, the GMSAA Webmaster, here bringing you all a fun little present... just in time for Christmas 2018: a Brand New AMAZING Website!!!!!! I know, right!? This is the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!!!!

As some of you might know from my visit to the 2016 Reunion, my Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) "Graphic Communications" Professor Mike Ruth, GMS Class of '69 initially got me on board as a graduating student freelance intern to do this website back in 2011. He was our Interactive Multimedia expert who actually named my own degree... and I guess knew how to pick out great talent! ;) HA! I hadn't worked with Content Management Systems much before getting into this job, but I knew it would be a necessity for your association and found Drupal - though having a bit steeper of a learning curve than WordPress or Joomla - to be the best route for the job... and thankfully I was right. It has worked fantastic for our use! Drupal is regularly maintained and kept secure by the open-source community. Since the initial launch in 2011, we have continuously implemented upgrades, utilizing over 130 modules in an effort to make this website as useful as possible for all of you GMS alumni.

The biggest breakthrough from the onset was to make as Herb calls "The Lifeblood of the Association" a.k.a. the Cadet Database of over 6k records finally available to YOU, the public, in a secure state. Then of course came the Cadet Store, Reunion Registration implementation, Donation Form, Official Board of Directors, News / Newsletter integration, ability to create the Name Tags everyone wears around their necks at the reunions, the generation of the CASS Certified Mailing Labels that provide the association a discount through the Postal Service on every mailing...... and I'm not sure why I started listing features because this is going to get long, but my point is... it's been quite the fun and exciting journey.

This new version of the website is definitely my finest to date and it is one I am truly proud of. It is a responsive, device compatible theme with cool graphics and a hand full of new/upgraded features. Please take some time to click around! I would like to know what you think, and will continue to work on updating minor things until I am completely 100% satisfied-- a hard goal for me to achieve. I'd like to thank Mike, Herb Pearis, Tony Sadler, Bob Boles, and Perry Woodside for being a part of the GMSAA Web Committee. You guys have been awesome! Also I'd like to say Thank You to WVSOM for providing this association awesome dedicated hosting for our filesystem and database (right on the campus of GMS)-- especially Wes Ward in their IT department for being there for me at all times, even in the evening! Wes is an incredibly hard worker and one of the smartest people I've ever interacted with. There are so many others in this association I have begun to consider friends over partners. The GMS Alumni Association has been a really fun group for me to get to know, work with and I appreciate all of you. Thank you for the opportunity to let me help you guys out and please... enjoy the New Website and Merry Christmas!


Matt Winans

Message From the GMSAA President


Dear GMS Alumni and Friends,

Based on recent Facebook posts, it appears that some people are getting spammed from someone posing as Bob Blair regarding a possible refund and asking to “friend” him on Facebook. As many of you know Bob passed away some time ago. Please do not respond to this email as it likely is an attempt to extract money/information from you. Our IT consultant has already requested Bob’s Facebook account be memorialized, but be cautious if something like this appears.


Perry Woodside
Greenbrier Military Alumni Association

2017 GMSAA Reunion Online Registration Open


Get your membership fees and/or event fees paid for in advance!

Registration is open on the 2017 Online Registration Form.



JUNE 18, 2017

Attached is Charles Shea Smith's Class ring. Some good hearted souls found it in Eastern Long Island recently and are trying to get it back to Mr. Smith. They have contacted GMSAA.org and our FB Group. The class ring says 1961 but records show Charles graduated in 1962 and was in Band Co.

If any of you know where Charles is, could you contact Herb or me (or have Charles contact one of us directly) and we will forward to Charles their contact information. I have a gmail address for Charles, but he has not responded. His last known address on file is in southern AZ.

I lost mine about 25 years ago and would love to get it back. You can have them remade, but (ask Sam Sardis) the cost is prohibitive for many of us.

Mike Ruth GMS '69

Most Recent Cadet Obituaries

Jesse O. Guills, Jr.


Jesse O. Guills, Jr., 73, of Lewisburg passed away Friday, June 28, 2019 at CAMC Memorial Division, Charleston, WV.

Jesse was born June 5, 1946 in Bluefield, WV and was the son of the late Jesse O. Guills, Sr. and Grace Duncan Guills.

Jesse was an active member of the Lewisburg United Methodist Church, retired attorney at law, received his BS degree from WVU in 1968 and his JD degree from WVU Law School in 1971.

During 1971 and 1972 he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U. S. Army. Jesse was a WV State Senator serving from 2002 to 2010. He was Treasurer of the WV Chapter American Board of Trial Advocates, a member of the WV State Bar Association, served as Chairman of Greenbrier County Airport Authority, and was President of the Hollowell Foundation.

Preceding Jesse in death other than his parents were his sisters, Patricia Price and her husband, Bill, and Nancy Guills, as well as his beloved golden doodle, Sam.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children; Amy M. Guills and husband Jim “Hollywood” Savas of Santa Monica, CA, Patrick B. Guills and partner Becki Allen of Lewisburg and his children’s mother Karen F. Guills of Lewisburg; his granddaughter who was his pride and joy, Rhylynn P. Guills and Jesse’s companion Donna Ream, his dogs, Charlie and Gracie, as well as grand-dogs, Hank and Abe.

Funeral services with Military Honors for Jesse will be held Saturday July 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Lewisburg United Methodist Church, with Pastor Tim Halloran officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday, July 12, 2019 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations of sympathy be made to local EMS & Fire Departments.

William Nelsson Page


William Nelson “Bill” Page, 97, of Marietta, Ohio, died peacefully Thursday, May 9, 2019 at his home. He was born on March 17, 1922 in Chicago, IL, to the late Randolph Gilham Page and Frances (Hay) page Earwood.

Bill attended Greenbrier military School and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. He served his country during WWII in the 8th Army Air Corps stationed in England from 1942 to 1945, and then graduate from Bowling Green Business School in 1947. Bill worked for Klaus Office Equipment, Remington Rand, Diebold and retired for Kardex. He then worked for Peoples Bank as a courier and in the mail room until age 94. He was a member of Kiwanis, was head of the traffic Commission in Marietta for many years, but what enjoyed most was spending time with his wife, Carolyn Klaus Page, whom he married on January 12, 1946; his faithful companion, Bow; son un law, Rocky Binkley; his stepfather, Paul Bibb Earwood; and two brothers , Jim and Ranny Page.

Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. on Monday May 13, 2019 at the Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral home, with Joel Gaydon officiating. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Park, with full military honors observed. Visitation will be on Saturday from 5 to 7p.m. and Sunday form 2 to 4p.m.
Donations may be directed to Strecker Cancer Center or the Humane Society of Ohio Valley

Max O'Rell Sessions, Jr.


Max's death was reported by his brother Steve, but an obituary was not provided.

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.