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Most Recent News

Read James "Deak" Roberts Jr.'s New "Passing in Review" Article

 

Read the Newest and Final Edition of James "Deak" Roberts Jr.'s "Passing in Review" series!

This is a Tribute to Herb Pearis, The Force that brought GMS alumni together and The Glue that held them together for over 30 years. Two years as a Student, 10 years as an Instructor / Counselor, and 30+ years as the GMSAA Secretary, Creator / Editor / Publisher of the Alumni Record, Herb has been an integral element of Greenbrier Military School and its alumni for over 42 years.

Read it all here! gmsaa.org/history/passing_in_review/james_herbert_pearis

August 2019 Alumni Record / 2018 Reunion Photos

 

Head on over to the Alumni Record page to see the newest August 2019 edition, honoring the Class of '69!

Also please feel free to browse photos of the latest 2018 GMS Reunion.

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!

Sincerely,

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.

Sincerely,

Perry Woodside
President
Greenbrier Military Alumni Association

Most Recent Cadet Obituaries

Thomas Jackson Blair III '51

1951
 

THOMAS JACKSON BLAIR III, 87, passed away on March 13, 2020, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, at Hubbard Hospice House deemed him ‘interim mayor and CEO’.
He was born in Weston, WV, on February 18, 1933, to the late Thomas Jackson Blair Jr. and Emma Harrison Davisson Blair. He was preceded in death by his sister, Anna Blair Curtis.
He was a graduate from Charleston High School, serving as class president Greenbrier Military School, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI), also serving as class president of 1955.
Tom never knew a stranger; everyone was his friend. He loved an audience and was never short on stories and jokes. He loved horseback riding, fishing, bike riding and playing games. He loved to spend time at the family farm of Annamede in Crawford, WV, with many friends and family; everyone was always welcome.
Tom was a civil servant in many capacities, making numerous contributions to his beloved state of West Virginia and alma mater, VPI. He served as a Commissioned Officer, U.S. Corps of Engineers in Charlottesville, Va. He started as a Project Engineer at Kelly Gidley, and Staub Inc., eventually becoming President and CEO of Kelley, Gidley, Blair and Wolfe, Inc. He was a registered Professional Civil and Environmental Engineer. His professional affiliations were many as were the numerous honorary recognitions!
He is survived by the love of his life, Irene Pearson Butcher Blair; Children, Julia Ann Blair Childers (William), Mary Elizabeth Blair, Carol Davisson Blair Lambdin (Rob), Thomas Jackson Blair IV (Cara) and Charles Thomas Butcher Blair, and numerous step children and grandchildren.
A service to celebrate his life will be held at Frist Presbyterial Church at 2 o’clock on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

James Edward Roberts

1956
 

JAMES EDWARD ROBERTS ‘56

James Edward Roberts Jr. (aka Jim or Deak) age 80, died Thursday, January 2, 2020 in Surprise, Arizona. Born in Charleston, West Virginia, raised in Vienna, West Virginia, he had lived in Canton most of his life moving to Arizona in 2006.

Jim was a 1956 graduate of Greenbrier Military School, earned a BS from the University of North Alabama in 1960 and an MBA from The Ohio State University in 1980. He retired a Captain, after 24 years in the United States Naval Reserve. He was a former employee of Goodyear Industrial Products and Amoco Chemicals division of Standard Oil of Indiana and then started his own business, Jim Roberts Plastics.

He invented, patented, and marketed “Dish Scrubber”, the detergent-in-the-handle dishwashing tool used throughout the World. Jim served over 13 years in the Akron Public Schools (Central Hower High School) as a volunteer assisting his wheelchair-bound first wife, Mary Jane (Hudak) Roberts, who was afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis. She taught mathematics and computer science and preceded him in death. He was a life member of the Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association, The Military Officers Association of America, The Naval Reserve Association, Navy League of the United States, The Reserve Officers Association and a member of the United States LST/Amphibs Association, the Army-Navy Union, American Legion, AmVets, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Jim enjoyed writing poetry and composed over 450 poems. He also wrote a book on his travels with his daughter across Canada and Alaska.

Survived by his wife, Carol Miller-Roberts, daughter, MaryKathryn (Kevin) Zuza, all of Goodyear, Arizona, and sister, Susan Kathryn Travis of Kentucky. Also preceded in death by his parents, James Edward Roberts and Iva Kathryn (Mangus) Roberts.

SERVICES ARE PENDING. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 6155 Rockside Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44131 or Saint Sebastian Catholic Church Education Fund 500 Mull Ave, Akron, OH 44320.

Harry Wade Basham

1952
 

Harry Wade Basham ’50, a long time South Charleston resident and former Charleston businessman, passed away at his hoe on October 15, 2019, after a long illness.

Born on July 12, 1932, in Charleston, he was the son of the late Luther C. and Pearl Basham. He graduated from the Greenbrier Military Academy in 1950 where he played several sports. He served I the U.S. Army specializing in Army Intelligence. His entire career was spent as a employee the business owner of West Virginia Tractor Company, a successful business his father had started I 1936 where he worked with his three brothers, Calvin, Donald, and Burke, who preceded him.

He was also predeceased by his loving wife Donna Burgess Burton, who passed away in August, 1999.

Harry enjoyed outings with Donna and their friends at Kanawha Country Club and various trips and outings with the WV Contractors Association (which included his brothers and their wives). He enjoyed bowling but he was a avid golfer and he was good at it. Harry was a member of the Elks ad enjoyed that fraternal interaction until fairly recently.

Harry is survived by his biggest and best accomplishment, his family He is survived by a daughter, Debbie of South Charleston, and a son, Steve (Kathy) of Hamlin, as well as four grandchildren: Danny (Verna) of Louisville, KY, Kandace (Nick) Ansah of Hamlin, Jamie of Lewisburg, WV and Will (Amanda) of Milton, WV. He also leaves behind 11 great-grandchildren: Drew, Gabe, Nick, Noah, Bella, Nate, ayah Judah Tevah and Charlie as well as several special nieces and nephews and cousins.

A service to honor Harry will be held at 11a.m Saturday October 19 at Snodgrass Funeral Hoe South Charleston with Pastor Will Basha officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Memories of Harry may be shared by visiting sodgrass-funeral.com and selecting the obituary.

Oscar Wallace Frazer

1956
 

Oscar Wallace "Wally" Frazer III passed away peacefully at home in Granbury, TX on October 11, 2019 from natural causes. He was 81.

Wally was born on August 31, 1938 in Bluefield, WV to Oscar Wallace Frazer III and Emily Frances Dyer. After graduating from Greenbriar Military Academy, Wally entered the US Air Force, where he served for 20 years as pilot and flight instructor.

Wally earned many awards and medals, most notably the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Top Gun award. After flying 100 successful missions over North Vietnam in his F-105 Thunderchief fighter jet, he was allowed to come home to his family in San Antonio, TX. After retiring from both the US Air Force and a second career in electronics, Wally and his wife Betty spent their time fishing, restoring old boats, target shooting, and playing with their four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Wounded Warriors Foundation or charity of choice. Wally was preceded in death by his father Oscar and mother Emily Frances, brothers Hugh Frazer and Fred Frazer, sister Nancy Snodgrass, and son-in-law Mike Wilson. Wally is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Betty; daughters Laurie Moore (husband David) and Susan Wilson; grandchildren Sarah Wilson, Abigail Wilson, Noah Wilson (wife Sarah) and Lizzie Moore; great-grandsons Kellen Wilson and Nathaniel Steward.

Service: 11:15 a.m. Thursday in Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Wiley Funeral Home.

Viewing services will be held at Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury, TX on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm.

Graveside services will be at the DFW National Veterans' Cemetery in Fort Worth, TX on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 11:15am. The procession will be leaving the Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury at 9:00am.

Charles Randolph Bailey

1944
 

Charles Randolph "Tinker" Bailey, Sr. 93, of Mullens, passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019 at the VA Medical Center, Beckley.

Born January 15, 1926 at Mullens, he was the son of the late Walter Nash and Edna Mae (Hughes) Bailey.

Tinker was a lifelong resident of Mullens and active in his business, civic, social, and religious associations including the Mullens Masonic Lodge, Gideons, American Legion, and Mullens Area Chamber of Commerce.

Tinker attended Mullens Public Schools until transferring to, and graduating from Greenbrier Military School prior to joining the Army 88th Division "Blue Devils" returning from WWII he attended General Motors Institute in order to manage the family business, Mullens Motor Company. After closing the business in the mid-1980s he was an insurance agent until he took retirement on his beloved farm near Alderson, WV and continued to manage the dealership buildings as Bailey Apartments until his death. Although throughout his lifetime he attended Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist churches, he remained true to his Presbyterian beliefs all of his life.

In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by by his first wife, Janis Dooley Bailey and their only son, Charles R. Bailey, Jr.; three brothers, Donald P. Bailey, Ronald P. Bailey, and Nash "Babe" Bailey, Jr.; and his second wife, Barbara Kid Sikes Bailey, with whom he had no children.
Those left to cherish his memory include his only daughter, Dana Bailey Long.

Services will be 12 Noon, Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, Mullens with Rev. Sue Lowther and Pastor John Morgan officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

Members of the Mullens and Beckley Masonic Lodge will serve as pallbearers.

Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Wyoming County Honor Guard and Masonic graveside rites will be conducted by the Mullens Masonic Lodge #151 A.F. & A.M. and the Beckley Masonic Lodge #95 A.F. & A.M.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tankersleyfh.com.

The family of Charles "Tinker" Bailey is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

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