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John Delmer Longanaker

1957

John D. Longanacre, 79, of Fort Spring, WV, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Born October 18, 1937, in Sinks Grove, WV, to the late D.P. and Kate Blake Longanacre, he was the middle of nine children. He was married to Rebecca (Becky) Craft Longanacre, of Fort Spring, for 55 years. As a US Army veteran, he set up the first mortuary for service members killed in Vietnam. He was a funeral director for over 50 years, beginning his career with the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte WV and ending his career as the owner/operator of Longanacre Funeral Home in Fairlea and Fort Spring WV.

John was a prominent member of the community he served and took great pride in his family, his profession, and in the care he showed to those that trusted him to care for them. He was a Past Master Mason and a member of Monroe Lodge No 77 of Union (and previously a member of Shyrock Lodge No 47 of Ronceverte and Gauley Bridge Lodge No 64 of Gauley Bridge WV). He was a previous member of the Ronceverte Volunteer Fire Department and one of the first Emergency Medical Technicians in Greenbrier County when the Greenbrier Valley Emergency Ambulance Service was established. John helped establish the presence of the Salvation Army in Greenbrier County to aid families following devastating floods in the 1980s. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, the Muddy Creek Mountain Ruritan Club and a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Ronceverte where he served on many committees and in leadership positions.

He is survived by his wife, Becky, his son, Tim Longanacre, and wife Elizabeth Royal, of Burke, VA, his granddaughter, Jessica Lovejoy, and husband Michael, of Gainesville, VA, and two great grandchildren, Amelia and Fletcher Lovejoy, of Gainesville, VA. Also survived by two brothers, Paul Longanacre, and wife Linda, of Sinks Grove, Sam Longanacre, and wife Becky, of Glade Springs; four sisters, Norma Jean Wolford of Wytheville, VA, Joyce Stokes, and husband Pat, of Moneta, VA, Eloise Vass and husband Larry, of Moneta, VA, Ruth Ann Assaid, and husband Don, of Roanoke, VA, sisters-in-law, Vivian Longanacre, of Lewisburg, WV, Carolyn Longanacre, of Chickasha, OK, and many nieces, nephews, family and special friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Louis Longanacre and Jim Longanacre, brother-in-law, Charles Wolford, niece, Charlotte Longanacre, nephew, Doug Longanacre, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte, WV, followed by a graveside service at 2:30pm at Riverview Cemetery in Ronceverte, officiated by Pastor Stewart Farley and Pastor Greg Scott.

A reception will be held at Rudy’s Corner Grill in Ronceverte following the service.

Pallbearers will be Michael Lovejoy, Brad Whitley, Carson Whitley, Jason Craft, Charles Owens, Ed Longanacre, Ben Longanacre, and Keith Wickline.

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William A. "Tony" Sellards

1957

William A. "Tony" Sellards died March 10, 2017 in Salem, VA., one day short of his 79th birthday, and also his 49th wedding anniversary. Wife, Flo and brother Tim (GMS '63)morn his passing

Stewart Moore McMurray

1946

Reverend Stewart Moore McMurray, 86, died suddenly on March 6, 2017 at his home in Lewisburg, WV.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Harriet Jane Blaney McMurray, his parents, Clarence McCain McMurray and Priscilla Leslie McMurray (nee Moore), and five brothers and two sisters.
A graduate of Greenbrier Military School, Davidson College, NC and Union Theological Seminary, VA, Stewart was ordained and lovingly served Presbyterian Church U.S.A. congregations and communities in Quanah TX, and Glenville, Hinton, Lowell, Pence Springs, Gap Mills, Glace, Forest Memorial, Sweet Springs, Alderson and McElhenney. Stewart’s extensive leadership involvements supported local and regional planning work to establish public library services and Summers County Hospital, foster regional economic development, manage a multi-county food pantry, creatively initiate community events, lead youth development initiatives. Stewart’s life work embodied his deep commitment to universal human rights. With his wife Harriet, Stewart travelled the globe and served international ecumenical organizing and development organizing in the US, and in Geneva Switzerland, Seoul South Korea, and Northern Ireland.

A beloved and devoted father, grandfather and uncle, Stewart is survived by his five adult children—William Kevin McMurray (m. Tamela Duckworth McMurray) of Newark, DE; Andrew Kent McMurray of New London, CT (Kathy Donlon); Harriet Leslie McMurray of St. Paul, MN; David McCain McMurray of Nashville, TN; and Jonathan Stewart McMurray (m. Yelda Erenler McMurray) of Bethesda, MD—six grandchildren—Angela Jade McMurray, Jay Christopher McMurray, Jewel Lee McMurray, Jonathan Eugene McMurray, Lara Erenler McMurray, and Finian Arda McMurray—and nephews and nieces.

A memorial worship service to celebrate the life of Stewart McMurray will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 11 AM in the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 200 Church Street, Lewisburg, with Reverend Dr. Anna Pinckney Straight officiating.

A reception will follow in the church hall. People are encouraged to bring and share stories and memories to share.

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Hubert Samuel Callison

1941

Hubert Samuel Callison, 97, of Hillsboro, died February 17, 2017. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, February 25, at the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Hillsboro. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the church.

Hubert attended GMS for a post Graduate year and also for his freshman year in college. He was unable to attend the 2016 Reunion due to health issues and was residing with a daughter in the Charleston area.

Carey Lawrence Payne

1967

Carey Lawrence Payne, 69, left us on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at McLeod Seacoast in Little River, SC. Carey was born November 25, 2017 to James R. Payne and Mary Louise in Silver Springs, MD.

Carey graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV in 1967 as a 2nd Lt. Carey then went on and joined the Army for a few years.

He was an entrepreneur in many areas. He and his spouse, Jay Eagle, owned several businesses including Wine Shops in Cary, NC. The latest was a flooring and cabinetry store in north Myrtle Beach.

He is preceded in death by his spouse, Jay A. Eagle and a son, Edward R. Carrillo. He will be greatly missed by three daughters, Cindy C. Johnson, Sheila D. Carrillo and Janice Kay Roberts; Son, Paul H. Carrillo, two sisters, Deborah L. Sloan and Karen Drennan; 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren

Richard Aldine "Dick" Fliess

1958

Richard Aldine “Dick” Fliess, age 76, a resident of Jacksonville, FL, went home to be with the Lord on January 22, 2017. He was born on January 23, 1940, to Eugene Edward “Red” Fliess and Zernie Pearl Fliess in Clifton Forge, VA. He was the middle child of three children, he was preceded in death by his oldest brother Gene Fliess and he is survived by his younger sister, Constance Bennington, who resides in Richmond, VA.

Richard attended Greenbrier Military School and graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.

Richard is preceded in death by his wife and mother of his 6 children, Joyce Marie Fliess and his eldest son Richard Eugene “Rock” Fliess. He is survived by his wife, Carol Broda Fliess and children Stephanie Lynn Pecarro (Sam), Matthew Gale Fliess (Angie), Clay Scott Fliess (Debbie), Nathan Penn Fliess (Juda) and Jennifer Joyce Harrington (Jimmy), Carol’s son David Broda (Jessica), as well as his grandchildren Sammy (Heather), Stephen, Savannah, Joy, Cassidy, Spencer, Allie, James, Jordan, Alex, Jenna, Hannah, Jennifer, Jessica and Nathan and five great grandchildren Jackson, Samuel, Clay, Jacob and Julia.

Richard “Dick” had a successful career with the railroad for over 30 years. As a young man just out of college he joined the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad in 1963 in the engineering department. His career moved him and his family from Virginia, all over the state of West Virginia and to Baltimore, MD. His final move, as Vice President of Operations brought them to Jacksonville, FL as he was a key player in the Chessie/Seaboard “CSX” merger. He retired from CSX at the age of 55. He demonstrated that people who work hard and live with a sense of values can honestly achieve whatever goals they set for themselves.

In 1981 he was designated a member of the National Defense Executive Reserve. On February 20, 1995 The Flag of the United States of America was flown over the Capital in Honor of Richard. May 9, 1995 Clifton Forge, VA proclaimed “Richard A. Fliess Day” where he was given a key to the city in appreciation of his service and dedication to the city. That same year he was honored in Cumberland, MD by CSX CEO, John Snow, dedicating a locomotive training school as the Richard A Fliess Training Center.

He enjoyed his retirement. Richard was an avid golfer and a civil war buff. He enjoyed traveling around the United States, where he visited 49 states.

Richard loved his church. He was a founding member of Crown Point Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. He loved the Lord and was an extremely generous, humble and kind man who never met a stranger. Over the years, he offered wise counsel and friendship to many.

He lived his whole life and each day with the expectation of one day going “Home” and meeting the Lord. Welcome home Richard!

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in memory of Richard A Fliess to The Richard E. “Rock” Fliess Endowment Fund please make check to Marshall University and memo Rock Fliess Endowment to ATTN: Lance West, 519 John Marshall Drive Huntington, WV 25703 and/or Crown Point Baptist Church, 10153 Old St Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32257.

Visitation will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, January 26, 2017 in Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin. The Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, January 27, 2017 in Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025.

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Warrren Bradford Cummings

1967

Chief Warren Bradford "Brad" Cummings, 68, of Fairbanks passed away peacefully at home in the presence of loved ones on January 3, 2017 after a 5-year battle with breast cancer.
Brad was born on December 20th, 1948 in Wheelwright, KY and lived a full, happy life surrounded by friends and family doing the things he loved. At the age of 10, he moved to Atikokan, Ontario, Canada, and later graduated from the Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV as a Cadet First Lieutenant in 1967. In 1969 he was drafted for the Vietnam War out of Canada and served as a sergeant in the US Army Signal Corps, stationed in Fairbanks. Once discharged from the army, he attended a 6-month fire academy in Anchorage where he found his true passion in life. Upon finishing the training in 1972, he was hired by the Fairbanks Fire Department. In 1995 he was appointed to lead the Fire Department as Chief, where he served until retirement in 2015. Through his 43-year, 7-month tenure with the department, he oversaw millions in capital improvements through grants obtained at the federal and state level and served in various positions in the Alaska Fire Chiefs Association, the Western Fire Chiefs Associations, and the Alaska Fire Standards Council.
Along with his dedication to the fire community, Brad devoted much of his time to the Moose Fraternity. After joining in 1974, he served in various capacities on local, state and international levels. He most recently served as a member of the International Supreme Council beginning in 2009. His service with the Moose fraternity took him all over the United States where he enhanced the mission of the Moose Fraternity and spread the personal message about the importance of early breast cancer detection, for both men and women, through monthly self-exams.
Chief Cummings was well known for his kindness, generosity, and moral integrity. He will be profoundly missed by his family, friends and everyone in the Fairbanks community , who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Brad is survived by his wife of 23 years, Cathy; sons William Spairs, Owen Clyde and granddaughter Harper Clyde; daughters Amy Spairs, of Fairbanks, Carla Clyde and grandson Alex Wood of Fairbanks, Elizabeth Cummings and grandson Zayne Orin of Ketchikan, Christina Carlson, husband Sam, and granddaughter Bridget Carlson of Fairbanks; and brother Beaman Cummings, wife Pam, and Aunt Elizabeth Cummings of West Boylston, MA and Uncle Richard H. Cummings of Beverly Hills, MI. He is preceded in death by his parents, Waldo and Esther Cummings.
The family will will host a potluck celebration of life at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 7 for family and friends at the Fairbanks Moose Lodge. A ceremony dedicating the Fairbanks Fire Station Headquarters to Brad will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 11 and is open to the public.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Warren’s memory to the Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska, 1905 Cowles Street, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (bcdcofak.org) or Moose Charities, 155 S. International Drive, Mooseheart, IL 60539-1100 (moosecharities.org).

Martin Luther "Pete" Harman

1951

Martin Luther "Pete" Harman, Jr. of Winter Haven, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on December 6, 2016 at the age of 83. Born October 17, 1933 in Richlands, Virginia,

Pete was raised in Tazewell until he began military school at age 13. He graduated from Greenbrier Military School as a member of the Class of 1951 and also completed work for a junior college degree in 1953.

He married Margaret Hardy in 1957, and they raised two daughters, Lynn and Kaye.

Pete was the Bluefield YMCA director and director of athletics and professor at Bluefield College for many years. Moving to Florida in 1975, Pete began serving on the St. Paul's Episcopal Church vestry and served as Headmaster of St. Paul's school. Pete loved the children and always had funny stories to tell.

He married Jean Klay Snively in 1979 and they began to travel the world, visiting over 167 countries. Pete is survived by his daughters Lynn Harman Margo (Curtis) of Tampa and Kaye Harman Stine (Jay), Stepsons James Klay Snively, Jeffrey Scott Snively, Bruce Alan Snively (Melissa), David Randall Snively (Melissa) and Richard Leigh Snively (Miladys) and thirteen grandchildren. Pete will mostly be remembered for his story telling and his love of people.

A celebration of life will be held December 22, 2016 at 11:00am First Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Good Shepherd Hospice 3450 Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33805 and First Presbyterian Church, 637 6th Street NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881 -

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Martin Luther "Pete" Harman

1951

Martin Luther "Pete" Harman, Jr. of Winter Haven, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on December 6, 2016 at the age of 83. Born October 17, 1933 in Richlands, Virginia,

Pete was raised in Tazewell until he began military school at age 13. He graduated from Greenbrier Military School as a member of the Class of 1951 and also completed work for a junior college degree in 1953.

He married Margaret Hardy in 1957, and they raised two daughters, Lynn and Kaye.

Pete was the Bluefield YMCA director and director of athletics and professor at Bluefield College for many years. Moving to Florida in 1975, Pete began serving on the St. Paul's Episcopal Church vestry and served as Headmaster of St. Paul's school. Pete loved the children and always had funny stories to tell.

He married Jean Klay Snively in 1979 and they began to travel the world, visiting over 167 countries. Pete is survived by his daughters Lynn Harman Margo (Curtis) of Tampa and Kaye Harman Stine (Jay), Stepsons James Klay Snively, Jeffrey Scott Snively, Bruce Alan Snively (Melissa), David Randall Snively (Melissa) and Richard Leigh Snively (Miladys) and thirteen grandchildren. Pete will mostly be remembered for his story telling and his love of people.

A celebration of life will be held December 22, 2016 at 11:00am First Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Good Shepherd Hospice 3450 Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33805 and First Presbyterian Church, 637 6th Street NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881 -

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James R. Lindsey Sr

1943

James r. Lindsey, SR, age 91, of High Meadows in Roaring Gap, NC, died peacefully on Monday, December 5, 2016, surrounded by family who loved him dearly.

Jim is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jeanette Brown Lindsey. He is also survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Jean York Lindsey of Roanoke and by his children, James R. Lindsey Jr., Julie Lindsey Hunsaker, Janet Burrow and husband Richard, all of Roanoke, John York Lindsey and wife, LaRhonda of Cedar Bluff, JoAnne Hairston and husband Tom of Abingdon. He is also survived by step-son Raymond Jackson and wife, Karen of Pounding Mill; and step son Richard Jackson and wife Paula of Ocala, Fl., Jim is also survived by his brother Lt. Col. Harry Vaughn Lindsey, Jr. and wife, Jean, of Independence.

“Granddaddy” is survived by Dr. Jimmy Lindsey, John Lindsey, Lee Hunsaker Jody Hunsaker Haller, Amanda Phillips Martinez, Sarah Phillips Blum, Matt Phillips, Taylor, Katie, Maggie and Ellie Lindsey Simmons -Ratliff, Martin Simmons, Kayla Jackson Whited, Patrick and Ryan Jackson, and ten grandchildren-in-law Matt Dexter Shaffer, Levi and Silas Haller, Grace and Caroline Blum, Stella and Louisa Martinez, and Boone Ratliff. Uncle Jim Shaffer is survived by several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

James R. Lindsey was born to Harry Vaughn and Stella Crabtree Lindsey of Richlands on August 6, 1925. Jim graduated from Richlands High School in 1942 and then attended Greenbrier Military School on a football scholarship. From Greenbrier, he was recruited to play football at the University of Tennessee. When UT halted its 1943 season because of WWII, Jim was invited by coach Bobby Dodd to play for Georgia Tech. Jim rode the train to Atlanta and played for GT in the 1944 Sugar Bowl. Jim was drafted as soon as football season ended and served in the 3rd Air Force as a gunner on the B-29.

After the war, Jim attended Indiana University, graduating in 1948. With his wife, Jean and son, Jim Jr., he returned to Richlands and began his career in the life insurance business, Jim was an adventurous and enterprising businessman; day after day, he rode with coal truckers to sell life insurance policies to benefit the families of coal miners and truck driver of the region. He was most successful and was a leading salesman, featured in Time magazine and Sports Illustrated as a top salesman!

Jim was an outstanding person, businessman and well known and highly respected to all in southwest Virginia.

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