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Bernard B. Hamrick

1957

Bernard B. Hamrick ’57, age 78, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016 at his residence In Lewisburg, WV.

He was born April 8, 1938, at Marlinton, WV, a son of Charles Page and Nellie Florence Chestnut Hamrick.
Mr. Hamrick attended Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg prior to earning a B.S. from Concord College and his masters from Florida Atlantic University. Bernie wars a retired teacher and coached basketball and golf at Miramar High in Hollywood, FL. The gymnasium at Miramar High was named in his honor.

He was of the Presbyterian faith, was a member pf the Lewisburg Elks Club, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Jerry Shanklin, Catherine Spurlock, and Marilyn Bennett; and brothers Page Hamrick Jr., and Virle Hamrick.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Betty Gale Russell Hamrick; daughter Lynn Gayle Vanderstyne (Richard); a grandson, Daniel B. Smadling; sister, Virginia Dent; a brother, Frank Hamrick; and many nieces and nephews that he was very close to and made them call him Uncle Bernie.

Services will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg with the Re. Cameron Harkness officiating. Interment will follow at Rosewood Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

John Lovell Middleton

1950

John Middleton

John Lovell Middleton, 84, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., died Thurs. April 7, 2016, after several weeks of hospitalization following open heart surgery.

Mr. Middleton was the owner and founder of Carolina Material Handling, Inc., a material handling corporation, headquartered in Greensboro, NC. He started the business in 1971 and it continues successfully today under the leadership of his eldest son, John "Mid" Middleton, IV. His son, Cary D. Middleton, manages the warehouse and shipping departments. The company, in its forty-fifth year, employs a sales force that covers North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina.

Having graduated from Charleston High School, Charleston, where he was All-State in basketball and football, Mr. Middleton attended Greenbrier Military School, Lewisburg, WV and after a year was offered a basketball scholarship to the University of Virginia in 1950. At UVA, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Eli Banana Society and ROTC. He played in the first ACC Basketball Tournament in 1954. Forced to take his deferred commission early, he entered the military as an Army Second Lieutenant in 1954 and later completed his graduation degree in Education under the Bootstrap Program, graduating from Kansas State University in 1961.

During his nine years of military service, he became a helicopter pilot and had various tours in the states, Germany, Okinawa, and Thailand eventually entering the Vietnam War with the Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter Company, the first armed helicopter company. Mr. Middleton made the decision to leave the military and return to civilian life in 1962. In Charleston, WV, he joined Jefferds, a material handling company, as Parts and Service Manager and eventually as a salesman. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to Greensboro, N.C. where he began his own company, Carolina Material Handling, Inc., in 1971.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Susan; son, Mid Middleton (Doreen) and four granddaughters; son, Cary; brother, George Middleton (Eva); sister, Josephine Lorant (Connard); sister-in-law, Andy Bennington (Richard); aunt, Charlotte Mullins; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held in Greensboro, N.C. at Community in Christ, Presbyterian on Sunday May 1, 2016, at 2 p.m. followed by a reception hosted by the family at Forest Oaks Country Club. The Middleton family wishes to express their gratitude for the care given by Baptist Medical Center, Life Touch and Northeast Florida Community Hospice. Memorial contributions may be made to the Virginia Athletics Foundation, P.O. Box 400833, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4833 or to a US veteran's organization of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL.
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John Dennis Bruffy

1959

John Dennis Bruffy, 71, residing in Denver, Colo., passed away Feb. 28, 2016, at home after a short illness. Born Aug. 6, 1944, in Charleston, WV to John Dennis Bruffy Sr. and Margaret Sue (Keene) Bruffy, he is survived by his wife, Judith, son, Robert and wife, Cheri; sister, Virginia Olsen; as well as nieces and nephews

John attended Greenbrier Military School and Winfield H.S., graduating in 1962 before joining the Air Force and serving in Vietnam. John's two main earthly passions were piloting small planes and building and repairing organs, having built his own, complete pipe organ in the 1970's. John Bruffy was a caring and loving husband, father and friend. He will be greatly missed.

JAMES HARVEY COLEMAN

1945

James Harvey Coleman died on February 25, 2016.He was born on February 23, 1929, in Pike County, Kentucky.

James graduated high school from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg. He served as an officer in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. In 1960, James graduated from West University College of Law before settling in Charleston, he was a member of the West Virginia Bar Association for over 50 years. The majority of his legal work was in private practice in Malden, where he felt fortunate to help others. James was also a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge in Louisville, Kentucky.

What turned out to be his life's most passionate endeavor was being a friend to Bill W., sharing the message of Alcoholics Anonymous as a faithful member since January 2, 1976. James, known for "plugging into the power" encouraged others to work the 12 steps, which he referred to as a "proven path to perfect peace", and to find the God of your understanding. His persistence in spreading the truth, as he understood the truth, touched and changed many lives, also causing disruption for those struggling with honesty and a need to take a closer look deep within.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert M. Coleman, MD and Ruth Cooper Coleman; brothers, Theodore R. Coleman, MD, Herbert M. Coleman, Jr., Robert I. Coleman and Donald J. Coleman.

He is survived by his wife, Marla M. Coleman; children from a previous marriage, daughters, Bobbi Holland and husband, Joey, and Teri DiTrappano and husband, Danté, of Charleston. One son, James D. Coleman of Sarasota, Florida; and daughter, Becky Alford and husband, Van, of Lexington, Ky.; two step-children, Charlotte M. Clark of Greensboro, N.C. and William Mobley III of Williamston, N.C.; also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Brett, Jeremy, Brianna, Shanna, Zachary, Nicci, Santino, Sofia, Hali, Haddon, Caroline and Ellie; three great-granddaughters, Braylynn, Natalia and Zoey; a future great-grandson; and one surviving brother, Charles A. Coleman and wife, Daisey of Columbus, Ohio.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday February 28, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar with Pastor Joey Endres officiating.

James has donated his body to the Human Gift Registry at West Virginia University in Morgantown with his ashes to be placed at Woodmere Cemetery in Huntington and Greenbrier Military School, Lewisburg. -

Dewey Cosby Ballengee

1956

DEWEY COSBY BALLENGEE, 78, of Huntington, W.Va., passed away Monday, February 8, 2016, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2016, at Steele Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Kevin Lantz and Rev. Ralph Sager officiating. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Memorial Park, Huntington.

He was born July 9, 1937, in Charleston, W.Va., a son of the late Dewey C. and Lillian Sparkes Ballengee. He was preceded in death by a brother, Byron Ballengee and three sisters, Ruth Lee, Nina Angle and JoAnn Cobb.

He was retired from Nationwide Insurance, was a veteran of the US Army, and was a member of Steele Memorial United Methodist Church. He attended Greenbrier Military School as a post graduate during the school year of 1956.

He is survived by his wife Sue Hunt Ballengee; one daughter, Nancy Ballengee (Doug Ward) of Culloden, W.Va.; two sons, Greg (Tammy) Ballengee of Barboursville, and Dewey (Leslie) Ballengee of Huntington; seven grandchildren, Tiffany (Jeremy) Moore, Scott Ballengee, Cody Ballengee, Alexis Ballengee Ward, Brooke Ballengee, Brittany Ballengee and Quinnlyn Ballengee; and one great-grandson, Jace Moore.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, 3100 Staunton Road, Huntington, WV 25702.

William David Jones

1968

GENEVA — William David Jones, age 66, of Geneva, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Hilton Head, SC.

David was born Feb. 4, 1950, in Ruston, La., the son of Bill and Gerry (Stevenson) Jones. He met his future wife, Janey Cooper, in a Shakespeare class at Louisiana Tech University and they were married March 4, 1972, in Bossier City, La.

David attended Greenbrier Military School where he attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant and Platoon Leader. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La., he was a proud member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He played an active role in the Geneva Community, beginning his career at Geneva Federal Savings and Loan where he served as Treasurer and President. Upon leaving the financial industry, he owned several businesses including Jones’ Country Store and Mary’s Kitchen in Geneva-on-the-Lake and Mary’s Diner in Geneva. For the last several years he has served on the Board of the NEOFund, helping young entrepreneurs begin their career in Ashtabula County. He was a past President of the Rotary Club of Geneva and was honored to be awarded the Rotarian of the Year twice. He was also a member of the Geneva First United Methodist Church. He was a people person and he loved to joke, tease, and share a good laugh. You knew he thought highly of you when he stole just a bit from your plate. Since March of 2015, David was enjoying retirement with his wife and family, especially his three grandsons who brought him great joy. He spent the last month traveling with the love of his life visiting with treasured family and friends.

David is survived by his wife, Janey Cooper Jones; daughters, Alison and Dennis McAllister of Westerville, Ohio and Lauren and Bill Hanna of Castle Pines, Colo.; grandchildren, William Drew and Bryce David Hanna and Brady William McAllister; father-in-law, J.B. Cooper of Fouke, Ark.; brother-in-law, John and Sandy Cooper of West Monroe, La.; as well as loving nieces and nephews who found him very entertaining.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends and family will be received from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12th, at BEHM FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 175 S. Broadway, Geneva.

Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 13th, at Geneva First United Methodist Church, 89 S. Broadway, Geneva. The Rev. Bruce Hitchcock will officiate the Service.

Contributions may be made in his name to: UH Geneva Medical Center for the Community Christmas Card Program, 870 W. Main St., Geneva, Ohio 44041 or the Geneva First United Methodist Church, 89 S. Broadway, Geneva, Ohio 44041.

Friends may leave condolences online at www.behmfuneral

JAMES WALTER COSBY

1959

James “Walter” Cosby, 75, of Columbus, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Walter was born in Virginia on June 2, 1940, to the late Sarah and Walter Cosby. He grew up in White Sulphur Springs, WV and graduated from Greenbrier Military School in 1959, Marshall University, 1963 and West Virginia University 1971 with his Master’s Degree. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War with the US Army.

Walter is survived by his wife of 22 years, Pam (Clarke) Cosby; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Norma and Dan Warrell, Kathy and John Johnson, Sandy Clarke, and Gary and Linda Clarke; nieces and nephews, Kelly Clarke Forrester, Wendy and Mohamed Moselhy, Beth and David Leistensnider, Stacy Borchers, Nathan Johnson, Nicole and Jason Para, Lindsey, Eric and Brittany Clarke; great nieces and nephews, Noah and Ava, Noah and Zayn, Annika and Matthew, Addison, Logan and Emery and many many friends.

Walter was an avid reader and Civil War enthusiast and a huge OSU fan due to his marriage to Pam. He loved spending the day playing golf with his best friend, Jim Lewis and he especially loved his conversations with his lifelong friend, Burke Raymond.

Everyone who met Walter, thought he was a true and engaging gentleman. He took a genuine interest in everyone he met and will be dearly missed.

Family and friends will gather on Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2-4 PM at Newcomer Funeral Home, SW Chapel, 3393 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123, with a Memorial Service at 4PM.

Earl Carter Martin

1970

Mr. Earl Carter Martin, Jr., 64, of Charleston, passed away Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 at his residence. He was born in Charleston on Nov. 7, 1951, a son of the late Earl Carter Martin and Patricia Fawn Twaddle. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Alice Knight Martin. He attended George Washington High School and then graduated from Greenbrier Military School. He was educated at Marshall University and West Virginia State College. Carter spent his working career as a safety manager at Union Carbide after serving in the United States military. He was an avid golfer, hiker and dog lover. Carter enjoyed dancing. He was an enthusiastic supporter of Mountaineer and Thundering Herd sports. He loved spending time with his family and granddaughter.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Tara and Peter Markham of Charleston, and his son, John Carter Martin of Asheville, N.C.; his granddaughter, Addison Knight Markham of Charleston; and six sisters, Lynn White, Pam Martin, Jane Rowsey, Beth Altizer and Robin Moore, all of Charleston, and Kelly Mardis of Pennsylvania.

Memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Bartlett Burdette Cox Funeral Home, Charleston. The family will receive friends from noon until service time on Saturday.The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, 1248 Greenbrier St., Charleston, WV 25311.

Robert H. Fortune

1959

Robert H. Fortune, 74 of Saybrook Township took his last cruise on January 20th onboard the Carnival “Splendor”. He was born September 6, 1941 in Conneaut the son of Robert M. and Helen (Hewitt) Fortune and has been a lifetime area resident.

He graduated in 1959 from Greenbrier Military Academy in West Virginia and received his Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University. He owned Frank Fortune Wholesale Grocery Company; he was also sales manager of the Cleveland division of Super foods. Currently he was the lot boy at West Side Auto in Saybrook.

He was a Saybrook little league coach when his sons were young; a lifetime member of BPOE #208; a past president of the Ashtabula Jaycees; a member of Music Box Society International; a member of the Ashtabula Rod & Gun Club; he was a Notary Public; a substitute teacher; a member of the Saybrook Twp. fire department where he was a firefighter/EMT; he was Vice Commander of the Saybrook Water Rescue team; he was a Master Diver; a coxswain of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and had his Captains license for the Great Lakes.

Surviving him are his two sons, Rob (Marcia) Fortune of Ashtabula and Rick (Gina) Fortune of Youngstown; three grandchildren, Haley Pritt, Eric B. Fortune, Jr and Joseph Leshnack; several Great grandchildren; four brothers, Ronald L. (Linda) of Ashtabula, William F. (Diana) of New Mexico, Michael E. (Mary) of South Carolina and David S (Julie) of Alabama; several nieces and nephews and his extended family at Martinis. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sharon in 2004 and by a granddaughter, Danielle Marie.

Funeral services will be Monday (Feb. 1st) at 11:00 AM at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 615 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula with Rev. Michael Meranda officiating. Burial will be in Saybrook Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Sunday (Jan. 31st) from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula. Memorial contributions can be made to the Saybrook Water Rescue Team, 5714 North Ridge West, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 or to the Messiah Lutheran Church 615 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com

Richard Warren Wilkinson

1950

Richard W. Wilkinson ‘48/49, (11/18/1932 - 1/15/2016)

R. W. “Buzzy” Wilkinson passed away Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, SC at the age of 83, following a short illness. He was born Nov 18, 1932 in Welch, and was the son of the late E M Wilkinson, MD and Addie Mae (Johnson) Wilkinson of Pineville, WV.

He is survived by Patricia Ann Haynes Wilkinson; two sons, Richard Ernest “Rick” Wilkinson and Frank Warren Wilkinson and his wife Gina Butcher Wilkinson, of Bluefield, VA; and three grandchildren, Anne Warren Wilkinson, Caroline Pearson Hayes Wilkinson and Frank Thomas Wilkinson of Bluefield, Va. He is also survived by his brother, E.M. Wilkinson, Jr. of Covington, VA.

He graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg in 1950 and was a college freshman in 1951, and then attended the University of Virginia and graduated in 1955. He was an exceptional athlete and became the first basketball player to have his jersey---number 14---retired at the University of Virginia. He was also recognized as an All American in 1954 and 1955 and still holds the single season ACC scoring record for averaging 32.1 point per game in 1955. He scored 2233 points during his college career and is currently third on the University’s all-time scoring list. He also averaged 28.6 points per game for a career and score 898 points his senior year, which is a record as well. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics in that same year.

He was honored on July 25, 2015 at the Sports Legends Reunion at the Beckley Moose Club. They referred to him as the “Jerry West of the University”. He decided to give up a career with the Celtics following a car accident and attended law school at the University of Virginia, graduating in1962. He moved to Bluefield, W. Va. and worked at the First National Bank of Bluefield (now First Century Bank) and had a rewarding baking career that lasted for 50 years. He retired as president and CEO on Dec. 31, 2010. He was still active on the boards of the bank and holding company at the time of his death. His passion was working with people and making the community a better place to live for everyone.
Buzzy also served as president of the H.I. Shott, Jr. Foundation, as well as the Ethel N. Bowen Foundation. He was active in many civic organizations and believed in giving of his time for the betterment of the community.

In accordance with his wishes, the family will have a private service. The family would as that, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Christ Episcopal Church, 200 Duhring Street, Bluefield, WV 24701, for their Food Pantry Program.
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