Fallen Comrades
First Sgt. Charles Carl Seabright Sr., U.S. Marine Corps (retired), 71, of Athens, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at his residence.

He was a native of Wheeling, W.Va., a former resident of North Carolina and a current resident of Athens for the past seven-and-a-half years. He was a son of the late Harry William and Sarah Virginia Groves Seabright, and was also preceded in death a brother, Christopher Douglas Felix; a sister, Dorris Mahar; and a daughter, Marsha Ann Seabright.

He was of the Methodist faith. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, having retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 20 years of service, and received two Purple Hearts. He was former commander of VFW 5146. He was an avid golfer and loved to travel.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sandra Tucker Seabright; two sons, Charles Seabright Jr. of Odenville, Ala., and Robert Seabright of Asheville, Ala.; two daughters and one son-in-law, Leslie and Roger Carter of Athens, and Pamela Welch of Athens; one brother, Bud Seabright of Ashtabula, Ohio; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Hubert Burkhart of Jefferson, Ohio, Grace Kopp of Cleveland, Ohio, and Eileen and Alfred Felix of Washington, Pa.; 12 grandchildren, Amanda Kelley, Ronald Batchelor, Sandra Batchelor, Cherilyn Carter, Marsha Whitcomb, Elizabeth Welch, Joanna Welch, Merry Brock, Charlie Seabright, III, Joseph Seabright, Jessica Seabright, and Nicholas Seabright; 12 great-grandchildren; nephew, George Tucker of North Carolina; and several other nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Faye Forgety, 120 County Road 447, Athens, TN 37303.

I AM SORRY TO SAY THAT MY DRILL INSTRUCTOR FROM 60 YEARS AGO HAS PASSED AWAY. GUNNY WEST WAS MY HERO.

DURING MY CARRIER I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE WITH THE GUNNY. I MET HIM WHEN I WAS ON I-I DUTY AND AGAIN DURING MY FIRST TOUR IN VIETNAM.

THE GUNNY, IN ADDITION TO BEING A DRILL INSTRUCTOR AT SAN DIEGO,
SERVED 2 ADDITIONAL TOURS AT PARIS ISLAND. DURING HIS 2nd TOUR AT THE
ISLAND, HE WAS SGT.MAJ DAVE SOMMERS SERIES GUNNERY SGT.

GUNNY WEST WAS A LIFE MEMBER OF THE MARINE CORP DRILL INSTRUCTOR ASSN. HIS MEMBERSHIP # WAS L0289.

I WILL MISS HIM. PLEASE KEEP HIM IN YOUR THOUGHTS.
SEMPER FI
BOBBY BIERS
MGYSGT USMC RETIRED
 
GySgt Harold B. West, one f the original Life Members. He passed in January 2015.
Sgt. Major U.S.M.C. (Ret.) WINDER, Ga. - Edward Platt Grealish Jr., 76, of Winder GA died Monday, February 16, 2015. He was born in Augusta, GA, August, 19, 1938. Ed was educated in Sacred Heart Elementary School and the Boys Catholic High School, in Augusta, GA. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on August 19, 1955 and retired on February 29, 1980. While on active duty, his primary military occupation specialties were infantry, reconnaissance, and drill instructor. This included three tours as a drill instructor, three tours in Vietnam, and other outstanding duty stations. Ed's decorations include The Bronze Star with Combat V for valor, three awards of the Purple Heart Medal, two awards of the Navy Achievement Medal, three awards of the Presidential Unit Citation, and eight awards of the Marine Corps Good Conduct, along with many other unit awards. Ed was a Gold Legacy Life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars where he served as an All-State Post Commander, Outstanding District Commander, and All American State Commander. He was also a Life Member of the Purple Heart Association, Life Member of Marine Corps League (Augusta, GA), life member of American Veterans (Statham, GA), member Legion Post 163 (Statham, GA), and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 262 (Winder, GA). Ed was assigned to many national committees with the National Headquarters, VFW. He fell in love with the National Military Assistance Team, which was just starting up. After this assignment, he was offered the job as the Military Assistance Chairman for a period of 3 years with the state of Georgia, where, through the generosity of the Post, Auxiliaries and Department Headquarters, much monetary help was provided to the deserving military families. It was during this time that Ed realized that the children of many active and deployed service members would be without Christmas. Ed established Operation Santa for all the military families of Georgia. He devoted much of his time to collecting toys from VFW members and other organizations and then distributing them all over Georgia. He believed that every child should have something for Christmas. He is preceded in death by both his parents: Edward P. Grealish Sr., and Mary Geraldine (Morton) Grealish as well as his sister Mary Catherine Sullivan (husband Harold). He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol Ann Grealish. Two sisters; Barbara (the late Bernard) Mulherin and Patricia (Tommy) McElveen. Two sons, Edward (Carol) P. Grealish III and Brian (April) P. Grealish, U.S.M.C. (ret.); Three daughters, Sharon (Geoff) Reynolds, Judi (Robert) Girardeau, and Lynda (Stacy) Weaver. Step-son, Troy Soukup , and step-daughter Debora (David) Frost. 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral Mass, officiated by Father Ted Johnson, will be Friday, February 20, 2015 at St. Mathews Catholic Church, 25 Wilkins Road SW, Winder GA 30680 at 11AM. Family will receive visitors immediately following Mass at Moose Lodge 262, 434 Hwy 211 NW, Winder GA. Internment will be at Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Milledgeville GA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ed's name to the VFW We Care fund for Military Families. VFW Headquarters, PO Box 3025, Macon GA 31205-3025. Sgt. Major U.S.M.C. (Ret.)
Walt Harris passed away at 0130 7 October 2014. He will be buried in Pittsburgh PA.
First Sergeant Boyce M. Williamson Life Member #0839 passed away on 13 August 2014 at the age of 93. Boyce enlisted in the Marine Corps 12 October 1939, he attende boot camp at MCRD Parris Island, SC. He served in WWII and the Korean War. Boyce also served in China. he was a Drill Instructor at MCRD San Diego in the 50's. He retired from the Marine Corps 31 July 1960. In the mid 2000's he attended several reunions at Parris Island which he enjoyed very much.

 
Captain Romaine J. Deffes passed away on 30 April 2014.
GySgt Charles A. Love 82 passed away on Friday 31 January 2014. Charles was the Marine who played the recruit that killed the sand flea in the movie The DI with Jack Webb.
MSgt. Ed Conradt a board member from the West Coast Association passed away on the 25th of February 2014.
Kenneth "Ken" Wayne Barnes, 76, died August 17 at his home in Annapolis, after a lengthy illness.
Ken was born October 18, 1936 in Kilgore, TX to the late F.E. and Mattie Barnes. After graduating from high school in 1956, he entered the Unites States Marines. After retiring from the United States Marines as a Gunnery Sergeant , he enrolled at Anne Arundel Community College, where he received his Associates degree. He then enrolled in the University of Baltimore; receiving a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice in 1985.
He was employed at Anne Arundel Community College as the Chief of Security from 1981 to 1990. Then became a police officer with the Maryland Transportation Authority at B.W.I. Airport from 1993 to 2001.
He enjoyed playing golf and working in the yard. He was an assistant football coach for Davidsonville Youth Football and a member of the Annapolis Lutheran Church, and the East Coast Drill Instructors Association.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, F.E. Barnes and Robert Barnes.
Ken is survived by his wife, of 52 years, Gloria Barnes; sons Kenny Barnes of Annapolis, and John Barnes of Steamboat Springs, CO; one daughter, Beth Lucas of Ocean City; three grandsons, Garrett and Nathan Lucas, Kenny Barnes; one granddaughter, Arica Woodruff; and four great grandchildren.
Friends and family are invited to Ken's Life Celebration on Saturday, August 24 from 11am-12pm at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, where a funeral service will be held at 12pm. Interment Lakemont Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Annapolis Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1203 West St Suite F, Annapolis, MD 21403, or The Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Hwy., Pasadena, MD 21122.
Edgar Wade Johnson
The Meridian Star
MERIDIAN Services for Edgar Wade Johnson will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Reid Whittington officiating. Burial will be at Prospect Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Mr. Johnson, 76, of Meridian died Thursday at Bedford Care Center.

Johnson became a Marine in 1956 and went on active duty in 1959. He served in the Vietnam War and later became a drill instructor for three tours at the famous Parris Island Marine training facility in South Carolina.

He served a total of thirty years before retiring from active duty, at which time he went to the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas where he served for four years as a drill instructor.

In 1992, he returned home to Meridian and served four years as ROTC Instructor at Northeast High School. He was a member of Prospect Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his son, Rick Johnson and wife, Fran of Woodstock, Ga.; daughter, Terri Fisher and husband, Shane of Winston Salem, N.C.; and granddaughters, Heather and Holly Fisher.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Fredna Johnson.

The family requests memorials be made to the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172 or www.toysfortots.org.

Family and friends may sign the online guest book at robertbarhamffh.com.

Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home and on Monday, 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.
 
Sergeant Major Jeff D. Federmeyer, 82, passed away at home October 5, 2013, after a short illness. He was born April 9, 1931, in Mingo Junction, Ohio.
Jeff had a long career with the United States Marine Corps, serving over 30 years. He saw combat action in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. His career highlights were a tour as a Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, where he helped shape new Marines, and a tour at the Officer's Candidate School in Quantico, VA. Before retiring, SgtMaj Federmeyer served as Station Sergeant Major at Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona, and 3rd Marine Corps Air Wing Sergeant Major at El Toro, CA.
After retirement, Jeff enjoyed golf, travel, and staying in touch with his many friends.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Marian, sons Jeff Federmeyer and P. Jeff Federmeyer(Minda), his daughters Jody Clemenska (Dan) and Catherine Cashman (David), and his grandchildren Lindsay Brown (James), Kayla Guyer (Richard), and Nathan and Nicholas Cashman. He will be greatly missed by all who loved and respected him.
In accordance with Jeff's wishes, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association in Jeff's name.
Semper Fi, Marine, Semper Fi.
 
Douglas "Barney" Barnett Mr. Barnett was a native of Amarillo, TX, a former resident of Denver, CO having currently resided in Carencro since 1969. He was a 1958 graduate of East High School in Denver, CO. Mr. Barnett joined the U.S. Marine Corps straight from high school where he served in Vietnam, Japan, Mediterranean and in the U.S.A. from 1958 to 1967. After leaving the service, he attended and graduated from Colorado Aero Tech in 1969, as an aircraft mechanic. Mr. Barnett was employed and retired from Petroleum Helicopter, Inc. of Lafayette where he worked from 1969 to 1990. After retirement, he worked part time for Omni, Inc. and Evergreen for over 10 years. Mr. Barnett was a member of the V.F.W and the American Legion Posts of Lafayette.
Survivors include his wife of forty two years, Beverly Jean Haskell Barnett of Carencro; one son, Lee Kenneth Boothby, Jr. and his wife, Janice, of The Woodlands, TX; five grandchildren, Katie Smith of The Woodlands, TX, Amber Drewett and her husband, Trey, of Ruston, Kenneth Ross Boothby and Zachary Lee Boothby, of The Woodlands, TX and Logan Baudoin of Carencro; one great grandchild, Peyton Rickoff of The Woodlands, TX; one brother, Don Barnett and his wife, Kim, of Port Orchard, WA; and one nephew, Morgan Barnett and his wife, Jamie and their son, Keenan Ray Barnett.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben Barnett and the former Eula Mae Banta; and one daughter, Veronica Lynn Baudoin.
 
SgtMajor Robert B Robinson Sr. Passed away on 30 June, 2013 in Surprise, Arizona. He was a life member Since 1999. His son, Msgt Robert B Robinson Jr is also a Life Member, and was at his side at his time of passing. Of note, was that he was born on November 10, 1923.
 
SgtMaj Ted Arnold Jr. from Grand Prairie, TX passed away on Friday 7 June 2013. SgtMaj Arnold was Charter Life Member 0003.
 
Augustus Dan "Gus" Beligotti, 81, USMC Retired Captain, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Monday, April 1, 2013. He will be missed by all he touched with his wit!
 
Paul Wemyss - Chief DI 1964 - 66
 
Donald C. McCune, Sr. of Somerset, passed away peacefully on April 10, 2012 at The Patriot with his family surrounding him. He was born January 8, 1916 in Ottawa, Canada and is the son of the late Rev. James and Grace (Morrow) McCune. He is also preceded in death by his first wife, Jean (Work) McCune and son-in-law, John L. Risdon. He is survived by his wife to whom he was married for 28 years, Margaret (Limbacher) McCune; children, Carolyn J. Risdon of Puyallup, WA, Donald C. McCune, Jr. of San Diego, CA and Robert J. McCune and wife, Mary of Linwood, NJ; grandchildren, Beth Ann Green and husband, Trevor, Susan Jean Risdon, Angela Hale, MacKenzie E. McCune and Cameron J. McCune; great-grandchildren, Anthony John Green and Joshua Paul Green. Don was a graduate of Geneva College, Beaver Falls in 1938 with an AB degree in Economics and Business Administration. He entered the life insurance business in Pittsburgh with Fidelity Mutual Life in June of 1938. On leave from 1941 to 1946, he graduated from the FBI Academy and served as FBI Special Agent in the District of Columbia, Maryland, West Virginia and New York. In 1943 he was commissioned as an officer in the US Marine Corps at Quantico, VA and served as a Combat Intelligence Officer in the Central Pacific with the Fourth Marine Air Wing from 1944-1945.
 
William Frank Lankford passed away on June 16, 2012. He served in L Company 2nd Battalion from 1964 to 1966.
 
SgtMaj Joseph Monteleone passed away on December 16, 2012. Born in 1925 in Cumberland, MD, he moved to Central Florida in 1976. He was in the Marine Corps for 34 years, a veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He was also an instructor for ROTC with Lake Mary HS, Edgewater HS and University HS. Joseph was married to Jeannine for 57 years, he is survived by his son, Monte (Sarah); daughter Kim (Keith) Hastings; 4 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Kenneth Leo Bourgeois: Retired U.S. Marine Corps
SHREVEPORT, LA -
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Major Kenneth Leo Bourgeois died July 8, 2011, at home following a valiant battle with cancer. He was 81 years old.

A native of New Orleans, he was the middle of seven sons of Robert Mitchell Bourgeois Sr. and Elizabeth E. Clark Bourgeois. He joined the Marine Corps in 1947 in New Orleans and served 26 years, retiring in 1973. In that time he served 14 years in the enlisted ranks, serving in combat in Korea and working as a drill instructor and recruiter. He was drawn into the officer corps and served two tours in Vietnam.

Ken was wounded in September 1952 in Korea at Kanmubong Ridge in the final drive of the Battle for the Punchbowl. He was not evacuated but was treated at the front and returned to battle.

Later in the 1950s, he was part of a small but important cadre of Marine observers at atomic tests at Frenchman Flat at the Nevada Test Site, witnessing blasts that included PRISCILLA and DIABLO. His Marine Corps service took him to Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Puerto Rico, Panama, Cuba, Hawaii, Wake Island and Guam.

After retirement, Ken worked in private business, including work as an exterminator. He and Edwana, his wife of almost 59 years, moved to their native New Orleans area from California in the late 1990s, living in Slidell. They remained there until they were forced to evacuate by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They then moved to Shreveport where Ken was active in veterans affairs through such groups as the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Marine Corps League, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the 40 & 8, the American Legion and the Marine Corps Mustang Association. He also was a member of the board of the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Bossier City. Survivors include his widow, Edwana Bourgeois; sons Michael Bourgeois of Jacksonville, N.C. and Kerry Bourgeois of Laguna Woods, Calif.; daughters Yvonne Vandgriffe of St. Louis, Mo. and Susan Cagle of Atlanta, Ga.; brother Otis Bourgeois of New Orleans; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and countless recruits he brought into the Marine Corps and mentored as a recruiter and DI. He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers: James Bourgeois, Clarence Bourgeois, Jerry Bourgeois, Rene Bourgeois and Robert Bourgeois Jr., bombardier of Doolittle Raider airplane No. 13.

Ken was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and was presently serving as Lay Leader. A memorial service celebrating Ken's life was held at St. Luke's, 6012 Youree Drive in Shreveport, at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, with Rev. Terry Love officiating. Interment followed at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery near Keithville, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, Ken asked that memorials in his name be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church - Children's Playground Fund.

Published in Shreveport Times on July 10, 2011
 
SgtMaj Walter Heim USMC (Ret) Jacksonville, NC
 
SSgt Charles A. Long San Angelo, TX
 
SSgt Leslie Little
On February 4th, 2012 SSgt Little passed away.
Monday, February 13, 2012 9:00 AM Viewing
11:00 AM Worship Service Shiloh Apostolic Temple 1516 W. Master Street Philadelphia, PA 19121
As previously announced, the Family and Friends Fellowship on Sunday and the Repast on Monday will be held at the Word Alive Worship Center at 801 West Luzerne Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140.
 
Sgt Major James F. Bowling, 22 Jan 2011