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Douglas Harry "Butch" Jennings

1954

Douglas Harry “Butch” Jennings Class of 1954/5

Douglas “Doug” Harry Jennings Sr. was born in Bluefield, WV on August 22, 1935 to Harry Kenneth and Eleanor Sally Jennings. Doug was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carol, of 58 years. He is survived by his son, Douglas H. Jennings (Debbie) of Sarasota, FL; and daughter Carolyn Hawthorne of Jacksonville, FL. Three granddaughters, Vanessa, Stephanie, and Sally; and his sister, Patricia (Ralph) Pike of Baton Rouge LA, nephew Brian (Deanna) Pike of North Palm Beach FL and niece Charlene (Joe) Pryor of Oklahoma City, OK.

Doug attended and graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV. After graduation, he moved to Orlando, FL where he met the love of his life carol Joyce Jennings (Sauerbraun). They were married for 58 wonderful years and had two children. Beyond his love for his family, Doug was extremely fond of the farm he had in Hillsville, VA. This is where he and Carol raised cattle and spent a majority of their vacations. The Grainger/Jennings farm was his second love. Doug was also an avid sportsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, boxing, and football. He was a world-class huntsman and a member of the Safari Club International.

Doug was a distinguished member of the United States Army Military Police during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed at Fort Gordon, GA from 1956-1957. Doug was an astute businessman. He attended Rollins College where he focused his studies on business. In 1955, he attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He held his internship at Carey-Hand Funeral Home in Orlando FL. Upon coming a licensed Funeral Director, he moved to Hollywood, Florida where he worked for Wadington Funeral Home.

In 1963, Doug opened his first funeral home (Jennings Funeral Home) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida . Jennings Funeral Home expanded to a second location in Tamarac, FL in 1969. He continued to grow his businesses with the purchase of Lakeland Memorial Funeral and Good Sheppard Memorial Gardens in Ocala, FL In 1992, Doug sold his funeral home in South Florida and together with his son Douglas, operated Jennings/Archway Funeral Home and Good Sheppard Memorial Gardens until it was sold in 1997. In addition to his extensive career in the funeral industry, Doug was also a proficient real estate developer who had a keen eye for investment as well as a founding board member of Landmark Bank in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Doug was also generous with his time, as he was actively involved in community service and the growth of volunteerism through various service clubs in Florida. He was a proud 32nd Degree mason (Doric Lodge) in Ft. Lauderdale, York Rite, active member of the Shrine Club, member of the Royal Order of Jesters Court 88; a Rotarian at the Downtown FT. Lauderdale Chapter he was also a member of the Angler’s Club in New Smyrna Beach as well as the New Smyrna Beach Yacht Club.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held at Good Shepherd Memorial Gardens on Friday, April 27, 2018, from 12 – 2P.M. with a short service to follow.

Doug returned to Greenbrier for the 1955 school year for his freshman year in college. He also was Cadet Major for that school year

Date of death is not available at this time.

James Paul Clark

1949

James Paul "Jim" Clark, 88, of St. Albans, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Broadmore Assisted Living, Hurricane, WV.

Born June 15, 1929, in Clendenin, WV, he was the youngest child of the late Thomas A. and Retha L. Robertson Clark. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene Bennett Clark, and his three brothers and four sisters.

Jim was a graduate of Clendenin High School, Greenbrier Military School and the University of Charleston and attended the University of Richmond. He was employed by Baxter Healthcare Corporation and served on the West Virginia State Board of Education. During the Korean War, he served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Essex. He was a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Albans, attending the Crusader Sunday School class and was an Admiral in the Cherry River Navy. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. A dedicated husband, father and grandfather, Jim made sure the family was well-educated and well provided for.

Lovingly known as "Pap" to his family, surviving are his daughters, Catherine Ann of St. Albans, Mary Beth and husband Roger Murad of South Charleston, Debra Jean and husband Bill Howard of Scott Depot, Jennifer and husband Bob Weaver, Esq., of Charleston, Janet and husband Jeff Neal, M.D., of Lexington, Ky; sons, James Clark II, M.D., and wife Angie of Winfield, Chris Clark, M.D., and wife Ashley Clark, M.D., of Hurricane; grandchildren, Megan and Adam Howard, Emilee, Ragie and Nick Murad, Robby, Drew, Molly and Katie Weaver, Matt, Ali and Jennifer Neal, Amanda, Jimmy, Ben, Jack and Elana Clark, and Christopher, Virginia, Sarah and Samuel Clark; great-granddaughters, Sanaya and Maya Clark.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, officiated by Dr. Ed Grant. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. You may visit Jim's tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share memories. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the staff of Broadmore Assisted Living, as well as Hospice Care for the care and compassion extended to Pap during his final illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West, Charleston, WV 25387.

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Avenue, St. Albans, is honored to serve the Clark family.

Richard "Dickie" Booker Dalton

1952

Richard "Dickie" Booker Dalton, 85, died Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Kingsport, TN. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Rigney Dalton.

He was born on November 11, 1932, in Bluefield, WV, the son of the late Grady William Dalton and Freda Louisa Howell Dalton.

After having moved Richlands in 1940, he was a graduate of Richlands High School, greenbrier Military School, Emory and Henry College, and the American Institute of banking.

After shaving served his country in the Air force during the Korean War, he was employed as a banker at the Richlands National bank. An active member of his community, he was involved in various organizations including the Richlands Kiwanis Club and the Richlands Moose Lodge. He was passionate about Karate, earning his black belt when he was 57 years old and delighted to teach anyone who asked or anyone who just stood still too long.

He is survived by his daughter, Anne Freya Dalton, and two grandchildren, Charles Spurgeon Booth III and Marianne Dalton Boothe.

The family will receive friends Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff, VA. An M11:00 a.m. Memorial Service will be held with the Rev. Tim Mills officiating. Burial will follow at Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery in Richlands where Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by the Members of the Casey-Shortt VFW Post # 9640, Richlands, VA.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Tazewell County Humane Society, P O Box 112, Richlands, VA 24641 and the Tazewell County Friends of the Library, P O Box 860, Richlands, VA 24641.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.SingletonFuneralService.com. Singleton Funeral Service is serving the Dalton Family.

Richard Z. Macdonald

1941

RICHARD Z. “DICK” MACDONALD
Dick Macdonald grew up in Idlewild Park, learning from his father how to operate the family’s Ligonier Township amusement park.
When he and his brother C.K., known as Jack, took over management of the family-oriented attraction in 1957, Dick took delight in fulfilling his father’s vision for the adjoining Storybook Forest ---- where children could come face-to=-face with characters from their favorite fairytales and nursery rhymes.
“He was very instrumental in that whole idea coming to fruition,” said his daughter, Susan Grill.
Richard Z. “Dick” Macdonald died at home of natural causes Tuesday, January 2, 2018. He was 95.
Mr. Macdonald served as president of that park offshoot.
“he felt that would be fun to do” said his wife, Mary Ann. “he would work with an artist and make plans for the different fairytales.
Featured Characters included Humpty Dumpty, the three little pigs, and a knight who stood guard in a castle, speaking to visitors.
One of his favorite additions to Storybook Forest was a general store that offered patrons penny candy and antique toys.
“He drew up the plans for that” his wife recalled. We went down to Williamsburg and kind of copied from them.
Mr. Macdonald was a familiar sight on the park grounds, making sure all was well and mingling with the visitors.
“He liked seeing the people have fun”, his wife said.
Born in Cuyahoga Fall, Ohio, on Feb. 13, 1922, Mr. Macdonald was a son of the Clinton C. and Grace R. Macdonald.
A graduate of Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV., Mr. Macdonald attended Penn State University until he enlisted in the Air Force in
World War II. Initially stationed in Burtonwood, England, to serve as a test pilot.
His love of planes began when he built models as a child
After the war, he continued to fly his private plane until he was 81, making regular trips to reunions at Greenbrier. Other passions included fly fishing, trap shooting and dancing with his wife.
Hwe enjoyed rounding up cattle on horseback at the couple’s Rich Hollow Farm, where he provided winter shelter for goats featured in the park.
When the family’s next generation opted to pursue other interests, the brothers sold the park to Kennywood in January, 1983.
Mr. Macdonald stayed busy volunteering for the local Meals on Wheels program. He also donated trees to the Ligonier Valley Chamber of commerce, the Ligonier Valley Library and the Ligonier Valley Historical Society.
“He wa always considerate and a very caring person, and he enjoyed life,” his wife said.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Macdonald was preceded in death by his brother and sister, Virginia Hand.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years; three children, Zanne Macdonald of Charlottesville, VA., Susan Grill and her husband, Erik, of Ligonier, and Richard of Sandpoint, Idaho; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held in the spring. Thomas L. Nied Funeral Home of Pittsburg is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be sent to Covenant Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund 200 N. Market Street, Ligonier, Pa 15658

John Russell McLaughlin, Jr

1947

John Russell McLaughlin, Jr ‘47

John Russell McLaughlin Jr, 89, passed away at his beloved farm with his family by his side early Tuesday morning, December 26, 2017.

Born January 20, 1928 in beaver, he was a son of the late John R. McLaughlin and Carolyn Dillon McLaughlin. After his graduation from Beaver High School in 1946, John went on to study at the Greenbrier Military School in 1947, before graduating from Grove City College in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Drafted that same year, he served proudly in the U. S. Army during the Korean War until 1952. Upon his return to his hometown, he married JoEtta “Nicky” Zerby in June 1953. John, a third-generation realtor, joined the family real estate firm Bovard-Anderson Company in 1953, becoming a partner with his father in 1972, and later, with his own son Edwards in January of 1992. A leader in his field, John served as President of the Beaver County Board of Realtors in 1966 and 1967, and was recognized as Realtor of the year in 1977.

One of beaver’s staunchest advocates, John lent his talents and expertise to a wide variety of community organizations, including the 4-H Program, Stockman club, and the Beaver Rotary Club where he served as a former member and past president. He was a lifelong member of the Beaver United Methodist Church, a Paul Harris Fellow Member, and the former Chairman of the Brighton Township Zoning Hearing board. The capstone of John’s life of service would be his work with the Beaver Heritage Foundation where he served as a charter member of the Board of Trustees for the beaver Area Heritage Museum and Log House. In 2013, he was awarded the Beaver Area Heritage Civic Leadership Award for his tireless contributions to this popular local landmark.

A modern renaissance man, John reveled in his love of nature as an avid fisherman and hunter and Penn State Master gardener. His curiosity and creativity led him to dabble in all sorts of art media, including pottery, met sculptures, and wood carvings. In his spare time, he could also be found in search of antiques or researching his next stock pick as an investor with the Jolly Boys Investment Club.

For those who knew and loved John, he will be remembered as a great friend to many, wonderful son and brother, loving husband, cherished father to his five children, and unforgettable Papa to his twelve grandchildren.
John sill be sadly missed by his wife and partner of 64 years, Nicky McLaughlin, Beaver, his children; Lynn (Joseph) Smith, Pittsburg, Emily (Dee Brandon) McLaughlin, NYC, Edwards (Jacqueline Crowley) McLaughlin, Beaver, Ellen (Ed) Ardey, Lorton, VA, and Susan (Brian) Brown, Brighton Twp; grandchildren; and one brother, George (Suzanne) McLaughlin, Millbrook, NY.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his youngest granddaughter, Julia Brown.

Funeral services were held at beaver Methodist Church on Friday, December 29, 2017 with the Noll Funeral Home of Beaver providing services to the family.

Robert Christian Parker

1954

Robert Christian Parker

Robert Christian Parker, age 81, of Minneapolis, passed away October 19, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Dorothy Parker, and one brother, James Parker.

He is survived by his loving children, Krisann (and spouse Nicola) Evoli of Minneapolis and Forrest (and spouse Kimberly) Parker, of Charleston, S.C., two sisters, Susan Harris and Peggy Crofoot and three grandchildren: Madeleine Brown, Justin and Jesse Shafer.

As a young man, Chris attended the Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, W.Va. He served his country in the U.S. Navy, later attending the U.S. Naval Academy. He would go on to earn a master's degree in organic chemistry from West Virginia University.

Accomplished in his field as a chemist, Chris garnered 11 patents during his career. He was a passionate cook, gifted watercolor painter, award winning marksman and golfer.

Funeral service is Tuesday, 11 a.m., at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 5730 Grove St., Edina, MN 55436, (952) 929-0049. Visitation one hour prior. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery to follow at 1:45 p.m. Memorials preferred to Minnesota Veterans Home activities fund.

Thomas Stimson Reed

1964

Died October 4, 2017 in Midlothian, VA. Tom is the father of two children, Kevin and Sara Elizabeth Reed. Thomas retired from VDOT in Highway administration. He attended Richmond schools and graduated from Greenbrier Military School with the Class of 1964. He attended Louisville College.
A graveside ceremony was held at Dale Memorial park in Chesterfield, VA.

Donald J. McClintock

1955

Sybil McClintock notified the Association of Don's passing. No details provided.

WILLIAM CLARK MANNING

1972

William Clark Manning, 63, son of the late William French and Elda Cozort Manning passed away following a short illness, Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Born June 26, 1954 in Mullens, WV he was a loving husband, wonderful father, kind and loyal friend. He was a 1972 graduate of Greenbrier Military School and attended Marshall University and West Virginia University. He was self-employed for many years and was disabled after working for Patriot Coal as a warehouse clerk. He was a member of Oceana United Methodist Church.

He was a civil servant as Town Councilman and Recorder for the Town of Oceana for nineteen years.

He loved the Cincinnati Reds, WVU Mountaineers, '60's and '70's oldies and the town of Oceana.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Martha Altizer.

Clark is survived by his wife of thirty-six years, Kathy LaDoucer Manning, daughters, Lauren LeAyn and Jordan Elizabeth; sisters, Marian O'Connell and husband, Tom of Clinton, MD and Anita Wilson and husband, Bob of Greenville, TN; brother-in-law, Ronald Altizer; sisters-in-law, Debra LaDoucer and Lisa Taylor; nieces, nephews and many friends. His furry companions, Gibbs, Hatteras and Bodie will also miss him.

A celebration of life will be 4pm, Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Evans-Calfee Funeral Chapel, 1081 Cook Parkway with the Rev. Ronald Acord officiating. The family will receive friends from 2pm until time of service at the funeral home. Cremation will follow.

John Preston Gardner

1952

John Pearson Gardner arrived on the 16th of February, 1934 in Marianna, Pennsylvania. John was the only child born to George Pearson Gardner and Frances Gardner.

He was schooled in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. John graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, West Virginia and attended West Virginia University in Clarksburg, W. Virginia prior to going into pilot training in the United States Air Force. As a USAF Pilot, he flew single and multi-engine piston, single and multi-engine jets and four engine turbo-prop aircraft. John retired from the Air Force as a Command Pilot. During his USAF career, Major Gardner was an instructor pilot in the B-25, T-33, T-37 and C-130 Aircraft. Duty stations included several bases in the US, (Reese Air Force Base in Texas, Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida, Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, Hill Air force Base in Utah, and Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico; France, Germany and Vietnam where he flew the F-4 Phantom Air Craft and the F-100. He loved flying the F-100, his thought being that to fly it correctly one had to be a “really good” pilot. But he spoke lovingly of the C-130. “The ole gal would just fly anywhere in any kind of weather and get you there and back safely.” While serving for 21-years in the Air Force, Major Gardner earned many commendations, including the AIR MEDAL award for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight and Command Pilot status.

While visiting a military friend in Littleton, CO, he met Mona June Boley. Fourteen months later, their friendship turned into marriage. Mona and John remained in Littleton while she continued to teach school and he was ‘the cook’. After a 14 month battle with cancer, John took his “last flight” on September 6, 2017.

Survivors include his wife, Mona, his daughter Shawna Rae Thomson (husband, Patrick), his son John Patrick Gardner, and granddaughter Megan Anne Thomson, of El Paso, Texas; a step-daughter, Stacia Leigh Marcheso (husband, Brett) of Broomfield, Colorado; 2 cousins, Donald Gardner (along with his two sons, Bill and Jeff) of Washington, Pennsylvania and Georgetta Abke of Macomb, Michigan.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 11am at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 5303 East County Line Road, Centennial 80122.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association, Lewisburg, W. Virginia; Wings over the Rockies, Denver, CO or Porter Hospice, Littleton, CO.

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