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Samuel Stanley Combs


Samuel Stanley Combs ‘56
Stan “Epa” Combs, 78, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in Wake Med Cary Hospital in Raleigh, NC.
Stan was born in Charleston, WV to the late Samuel Morris Combs and Freda Maynard Combs.
He attended his beloved Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV. He was a 1956 graduate of GMS and was the Battalion Commander, the highest ranking student in the Cadet Corps. Stan then attended The Citadel of Charleston, SC. He married Betty Jean Olearcyzk of Charleston, SV.
Stan was employed with North Carolina National Bank and later retired from Lowe’s Home Improvement Store.
He was a member of the Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association. He served in the Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow.
Stan was a caring friend and a loving father and grandfather.
He is survived by his two daughters, Dedriah Combs Simpson of Cary, NC and Kevine Michelle Phelan and husband Bryan of Holly Springs, NC; his son, Samuel Martin Combs of Greenville, NC; grandchildren, Eryn Simpson and Patrick and Christopher Phelan; and his sisters, Mary Lou Stockard and husband, Bill, of Nashville, TN, and Suzanne Pyle of Madison, WI.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at Calvary Methodist Church in Lewisburg. The family would like to express their gratitude for the wonderful care given by Rex Healthcare, Rex Home Services, Uni Health Post-Acute Care, and Raleigh and Wake Med Cary Hospital.
A special word of thanks goes to the support and care given by Peggy Scott, RN, who was always there for our dd. He called her “His Angel”.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the GMS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 922, Lewisburg, WV 24901-0922, or to the Calvary Methodist Church in Lewisburg, WV.
Condolences may be made to
Montlawn Funeral Home , 2911 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC, is in charge of arrangements

Louis E. Longanacre


Lt. Col. Ret. Louis E. Longanacre was a member of the Class of 1952, graduating from the Jr. College program. As part of his military career, he returned to GMS as PMS&T at the time the school withdrew the ROTC program. Louis, Col Thomas C. McGuire and John Moore oversaw the changes in the military program which operated under the direction of Col McGuire till the School closed in 1972

LEWISBURG — Lt. Col. Retired Louis E. Longanacre, 83, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at The Brier following an extended illness.

Born Aug. 22, 1930, at Sinks Grove, W.Va., he was the son of the late Delmer and Kate Blake Longanacre.

He was a graduate of Greenbrier High School, Greenbrier Military School and West Virginia University with a BS degree in Agriculture. He served 28 years in the U.S. Army. Overseas assignments included Germany, Korea, Panama Canal Zone and two tours in Vietnam. His awards and decorations included Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Award, Bronze Star, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Army General Staff Identification Badge, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Armed Forces Campaign Medal, Vietnam Armed Forces Medal of Honor and the Korean IN HUN Medal for combat. He served 20 years as Greenbrier County magistrate. He was active in the American Red Cross, Lewisburg Lions Club, Maxwelton Ruritan Club and served on the Advisory Board at the Brier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was a member of the Lewisburg United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Vivian M. Longanacre of Lewisburg; a son, Edwin (Maureen) Longanacre of El Paso, Texas; a daughter, Charlotte Longanacre and companion, Larry Thrasher of Sinks Grove; brothers, John (Becky) Longanacre of Fort Springs, Paul (Linda) Longanacre of Sinks Grove and Sam (Becky) Longanacre of Belpre, Ohio; sisters, Norma Jean Wolford of Wytheville, Va., Joyce (Pat) Stokes of Monet, Va., Eloise (Larry) Vass of Monet, Va. and Ruth Ann (Don) Assaid of Roanoke, Va.; grandsons, Benjamin (Sarah) of Lake City, Fla. and Michael of Lafayette, La.; great-grandsons, Trevor and Cayson; and many nieces and nephews and his devoted dogs, Ashley and Ebony.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, at McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg with the Rev. Rick Brown and Doug Fisk and Lynn Randolph officiating, with burial following at Sinks Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with full military honors.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Wes Hylton, Perry Pauley, Roy Bowden, Brian Carter, Mike Dolan and Jim Reynolds. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Lewisburg Lions Club and the Maxwelton Ruritan Club.

Arrangements by McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

James Jack "Mickey" Sharkey


Obituary for James Jack "Mickey" Sharkey

James Jack "Mickey" Sharkey, 71, of Bakers Ridge Road, Morgantown, passed away early Wednesday morning, February 26, 2014 at Monongalia General Hospital.

He was born in Morgantown on July 28, 1942, a son of Agnes Wilson Sharkey with whom he made his home, and the late James George Sharkey who preceded him in death in 1994.

He attended the Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV where he was active in sports and a natural leader in his class and was Lutheran by faith.
. Mickey will be remembered as a kind and gentle soul, and will be missed by everyone who knew him.
In addition to his mother, survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Arlene and Charles "Bud" Gamble of Morgantown; two nieces, Marcie Hecker and her husband John of Parish, FL, and Kim Roy and her husband Gary of Mt. Morris, PA; a great-nephew, Michael Fioravanti of Ft. Myers, FL; an aunt, Brenda Corbin of Morgantown; and a cousin, Lori Brennan, her husband Steve, and their four children of Morgantown.

Family and friends will be received at Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce St., Morgantown, on Friday, February 28th from 5-8 PM and again on Saturday, March 1st from 10 AM until the time of the funeral service at 11 AM with Pastor Jerry Kliner of St, Paul Lutheran Church officiating. Interment will follow in the East Oak Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions may be made in Mickey's name to the Monongalia General Hospital Foundation, 1200 JD Anderson Dr., Morgantown, WV 26505 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The family would like extend their sincere appreciation to the nurses and staff of the Monongalia General Hospital’s 6th floor, Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department for their care and compassion, and to his caregiver Robin Ware for her care and support to both Mickey and his mother.

Robert M. Reider


Robert M. Reider, 85, died February 11, 2014.
Born in Akron, he was the son of Gertrude and Marvin E. Reider. He was a graduate of Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV and attended Kent State University. Robert was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War.
At the death of his father, he became manager and one of the owners of Reider Manufacturing of 30 years and for a short time worked at the Akron Regional Development Board and Howell-Viggers Reality. Robert was a member of Star Lodge #187 , AF&AM, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and was active in the Tadmor Temple Shrine and the Legion of Honor Unit

Preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Nicholas Jordan, he leaves his loving wife, Rita; daughter, Susan (Mike) Rudolph; son, Robert (Barbara) Reider, Jr; loving granddaughter, Elisabeth Jordan; sister, Marjorie (George) Mortimer; and nephew, James (Pauline) Mortimer.

Dr. David Weyrick will conduct funeral services Saturday at 11am Masonic service Friday at the funeral home.Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery

Barton Keener Mount


B.K. ’Bud’ Mount passed away on February 7, 2014 . He was born January 2, 1933 in Mountain City, TN, the son of the late Wiley Brown Mount and the late Mary Hamilton Vaught Mount. He attended Johnson County High School and graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV. Bud attended the University of Tennessee and East Tennessee State University before joining the family business,
As a young man, Bud worked on the Maymead Farm and after college was in charge of the Maymead Block plant in Boone, NC for 25 years. In 1980 he advocated that the company go into the asphalt and road paving business. At the passing of his uncle, Mr. J. B. Mount, Bud Mount became the president of Maymead, Inc.
Bud was a member of the Tennessee Road Builders Association and the North Carolina Aggregate Association.
He grew up in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church; attended First Baptist Church of Mountain City and was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he attended the United Methodist Men (UMN) and the Open Door Sunday School Class.
Bud has many hobbies over the years. He first became interested in flying airplanes. He late owned his own airplane and attended a club of area fliers. He loved horses and carriages and had owned a beautiful pair of Halflinger horses and carriages. One carriage belonged to his grandfather Dr. W.W. Vaught. The other carriages were made by an Amish carriage maker in Pennsylvania. Bud had a horse van and transported the horses to various parades and showing them in antique car shows. He would often attend the East Tennessee Antique Car Club.. Through all the other modes of transportation, Bud had a motorcycle , a Harley Davidson. He love riding his Harley.
Although Bud had several hobbies over the years, his main interest was his business , Maymead. He was up and out by 7 o’clock each morning, eager to face the day. He looked forward to seeing and talking to everyone with whom he came in contact.
In earlier years, he also belonged to the Rotary Club in Boone, NC and was a member of the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge # 243 AF&AM , Scottish Rite and the Shriner's Jericho Temple.
Bud is survived by his wife of 42 years, Kathleen Scott Mount; two sons, Christian K. Mount II and his wife Melanie of Lynchburg, VA and Thomas B. Mount of Jefferson City, TN; two grandchildren, Christian K. Mount III and Hannah Mount , of Georgetown, OH; sister Mary M. Roark of Johnson City, TN; Nephew Wiley B. Roark and wife, Caroline of Mountain City, TN ; niece Mary Dawn Hewitt and husband Joe of Cornelius, NC ; one great niece, Mary Katherine Harbin and husband, John; three great nephews and a very special friend, Sam, his beloved Corgi.
Funeral services will be conducted 7:30pm Monday, February 10, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ritchie Hayes, the Rev. Larry Rye and the Rev. Jim Norman to officiate. A eulogy will be given by Robert Davidson. Special music will be provided by members of the First United Methodist Church Choir, Ms. Nancy Tolliver and Mr. Joe Simmons

Private Graveside Service and Internment will be conducted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at the Mount Family Cemetery.

William Howard Gatling


William Howard Gatling, 60, of Victoria, VA died Tuesday, February 4, 2014. Mr. Gatling recently retired as an engineer with Norfolk and Southern Railroad with thirty years of service. He is survived by his wife; Cathy Shelton Gatling; son, William Howard “Will” Gatling, Jr.; daughter, Jessica Gatling Pearson (Roddy) and sister, Jane Gatling Atkinson all of Victoria; nieces and nephews, Ronald Earl (Butch) Atkinson, William Gatling Atkinson, Sarah Jane Atkinson Pendleton and Mathew Harman Gatling; and numerous cousins, great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Willey Gatling, Jr. and Dorothy Harman Gatling and his brother, Richard Henry Gatling; he was the grandson of the late Dr. William C. Harman and Jessie Connelly Harman of Brunswick County, VA and the late Joyce Dunning Gatling of Suffolk, VA. William Howard attended Central High School and graduated from Greenbrier Military Academy, and was a member of the "B Suite Cocktail Lounge. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 8, 2014 in the Victoria United Methodist Church, with interment in the Bethel Church Cemetery, Alberta, VA. The family will receive friends, Friday, February 7, 2014 from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Staples Funeral Home, Victoria and at all times at his home, 1811 Bragg Rd., Victoria. Online condolences may be made at:


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.

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


Tribute & Message From The Family

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.

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.