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m The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, January 2, 1989 1B a Friend John Arbogast Friend. Mr Wonderful. these three words best de- the late Dick Gunnoe, whose short life -- 56 years -- ~ed the lives of both the young old throughout Greenbrier more than 30 years. unexpected death Sunday, 17, stunned countless of admirers, especially all roung athletes who came in Contact with the retired coach teacher. Robert McClin- 'incipal at White Sulphur Junior Called Mr Gunnoe "An excep- ~1, caring person who loved everywhere." According to Mr Gunnoe had been teacher after which other )erienced teachers styled coach in three sports -- bas- football, and track, he was known as one of the very Rival coaches felt his intensity in competition on the the gun had sounded, Gunnoe, they said, was al- e first to shake hands in friend- showing outright respect for ri- ~7"4~SK:ally, Dick Gunnoe was shy a-ou~qu et yet this tall and hand- Summers' countian pos- ed a keen and sparkling sense never did he know Mr Gunnoe to waste precious time. "Always Dick was figuring ways to keep his ath- letes busy whenever waiting around or not occupied. Lots of times when the boys were idle he'd instruct them to sweep the gym floor." People in education and the coaching field who knew Dick well have dubbed this unique person a "Number One straight-shooter, no pretense." Again, Robert McClintic when questioned, told this reporter how Mr Gunnoe kept a strong desire to help the underdog, and the oppressed. As teacher in the classroom he often gave discouraged students a boost in the learning process. "Even his closest cohorts may never really know about all the acts of kindness he performed on his own for youngsters in need," Mr McClintic stated. During the six years (1981-1987) Mr Gunnoe coached basketball at Greenbrier East his well-groomed teams hit the Triple-A spotlight in the state. Dick's widow, Joan Cobb Gun- noe, was his high school sweetheart when they dated in Hinton in the late 40s. She was a sophomore at Be- thany College at the time of their marriage in 1953. The couple cele- brated thier 36th anniversary this I hope everyone has made it through the bitter cold weather okay. This early taste of winter has been hard on the birds and animals. The cold weather has kept the snow on the ground, making it hard for the birds to get anything to eat. I have been feeding a big flock of doves, blue jays and three meadow larks. At least I think they are meadow larks. They are about the size of a quail with a yellow breast. They come early in the morning and dig out a spot in the snow, then spend the day there. My son Scott was working on an igloo when the below zero weather hit. I started putting bird food in the opening he had dug and the birds go in and out. I have been feeding them a mixture of sunflower and smaller seeds. The blue jays and red birds like the sunflower seeds the best. The mostly black sunflower seeds are better for the birds; the ones with the white stripes don't have as much food value. The deer have been digging in a big pile of rosebush cuttings below my garden. I guess they are eating the green leaves that were left on them when I cut my roses back. I am writing this on Christmas day and the weather forecast is for ~rnor which often amused his year. She told me privately the years I associates. His sharp wit on they spent together were filled with warner weather. I sure hope it gets olf links and tennis courts will happiness, here. I want to do some grouse ',ARS'Ibe a favorite topic of conversa- The Gunnoes raised two fine hunting while the snow is still on the children from this union; a daughter, ground. It will have to warm up DS enough to soften the snow..some- [' Concord College he excelledShara Leonard who lives with her what because you can't get near a 2497(~ basketball team 'prior to 1956 husband Jim in Williamson, New ~he began his coaching career York, and a son, Dick Junior, a law- grouse on that crunchy frozen snow. _._,,~sistant to George Pierce at yer in Hinton. I had several muzzleloader hunters 1~ Sulphur High. There he was In her bereavement, Joan wastell me that the crunchy snow ~ coach from 1966 until consult- naturally reluctant to spell out perti- caused them a lot of problems dur- i in 1968. nent information regarding her late ing the week of that season. I will Gunnoe was afterwards the husband's illustrious coaching rec- give you the total deer kill from the Sulphur Junior High mentor ord with all the trophies he stashed black powder season as soon as I ~981 when he succeeded retir- away on shelves, get the figures. raul Greer at Greenbrier East COach Dick Gunnoe was never The best deer I saw was killed by i. This writer was present at one to "toot" his own horn. He pre- klin's Funeral Home in White ferred to hand any glory just to the .... ur Springs the evening Dick's great numbers of athletes he tu- Gunnoe ~m0rlal s gathered to pay final re-tared. ~s to the bereaved family. In closing this profile, I would like ~e, a tribute to his greatness to borrow a few lines from the fa- A ~ttested by the fact t~at an fi~ti- mous Edgar A. Guest (1931)"The ~, 1000 or more pe so s ed soul lives on beyond the grave. N~ by Dick's bier in sad proces-Death is but rest from pain and ; They seemed to come out of strife, thegate to life." here to remember him. The Editor s Note-- John Arbogast Fvation I felt he never would ! believed such a tribute would a humble man on earth. Actu- ! WOndered then if he realized ~n obvious capability to attract i aI ~.e in all walks of life? I doubt it. [) earlier interview Principal A ~ntic bore out my judgement of ~;n. Mr McClintic, who played th grade basketball for Coach poe and high school football for in 1963-65, expressed high his deceased friend: "Dick quite a wonderful person, one Le finestmen I have ever he said. He also added that ~g and the old alike. In personal lives in White Sulphur Springs. He was a sports writer for the White Sulphur Springs Sentinel and the Covington Virginian. He was sports editor of the El Centro (California) Daily News Press and has been a freelance writer for a number of years. Mr Arbogast retired as owner of Rainbow Lumber in White Sulphur Springs in 1986. He and his wife, musician Dorothy Villa Arbogast, are the parents of two children --- Dan of Richmond and John Kent of Roanoke, Virginia. Mr Arbogast is active in sports in his retirement. you DO IS NEWS(GREENBRIER SATELLITE sYSTEM i TO US l We are here to Service anyone and everyonex ll (ANDABOUT50,O00 I parts and systems. OTHER FOLKS.) m d' pro 3NTACT THE MOUNTAIN MESSENGER WITH | for your descra graming needs, a, II | Feel free to call for information I YOUR NEWS / Office 536-4180 I 647-5724 / Oldest in the business, for 7 years I 122 North Court Street|Dave Fraley - 647-4528 Howard Fraley, Jr. - 536-2490 | 24901 Financin Available Our Service Never Ends! Available now at H&R Block: Answers to your tax questions Help with estimated returns . Reviewing and amending past returns rt t- r /c Year-end tax planning INCOME TAXI-'r.vrLr. , Audit assistance Stop in and see us or call the office listed below. 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I talked to several hunters who did not see a buck during the gun sea- son but saw some nice ones after it was too late. Here are the totals by counties close to home: Pocahontas -- 2,660; Monroe -- 1,882 and Greenbrier- 1,631. The number one county in the state was Ran- dolph with 4,046. If the weather lets up a little, the deer and turkeys will be all right. The snow is not too deep and they can get to the open ground to feed. We are about to start a new year and I am looking forward to a lot of good stories from everyone. If you have the time during these cold weather months, sit down and write me a letter with an adventure that has happened to you. Write to me in care of the Mountain Messenger. Happy New Year. NOW YOU SEE IT - NOW YOU DON' One call to our ~ |octJen ad takers will put yew aid in the ban,a= =1 U=ou=wMl= le~ld=~ to kuld ~J! = msd v~,~rt your 8mfJ dfuf~ll Mountain Messenger Greenbrier East Basketball Charleston Christmas Tourney By Troy Forren and Betty Mor- gan The Greenbrier East High School basketball team traveled to George Washington High School in Char- leston to compete in the Christmas Tournament December 22 and 23. Although the temperatures were freezing outside, East was hot in- side, winning against Dunbar High School, then George Washington High School, thus capturing the title of victor for the tournament. Friday's game against Dunbar found East dominating each quarter. At the half, East was leading 33-23. The second half of the game showed East more than doubling their score. As the buzzer sounded to end the game, the scoreboard showed East 69, Dunbar 46. Sidney Coles led the scoring for East with 17 points. Other double,figure scores were earned by Travis Wag- ner (14), Richie Browh (12), and Adam Criddle (10). Mike Patterson, Joey Nemcik, Scott Weikle, and Gabe Stone all added to the game score. Saturday night East returned to the floor, and once again the mer- cury rose as the team topped George Washington 75 to 63 to win the title. Colas led the scoring with 17 points. Ryan McClung and Brown added double figures, while Wagner, Stone, Nemcik, Weikle, Cr- iddle, and Robert Campbell added to the victory. East will play at Greenbrier West January 2 at 7:30. East 82 ---Allegheny 68 East Continues Winning St[ ak By Leigh Ann Johnson Greenbrier East continued their winning streak and improved their record to 4-0 by defeating the Al- legheny Mountaineers 82-68 De- cember 27. The Mountaineers now have a 1-4 record. The Spa,tans started off the first quarter playing a man-to-man de- fense, and seemed to have some trouble getting the initial offensive rebounds. Scott Weikle, who started, in place of Gabe Stone, committed the first foul of the game, giving the Mountaineers the first two points of the game from the fourth row line. Weikle made up for this error by put- ting the Spa,tans on the board with a short jump shot. Allegheny hit two more buckets before Sidney Coles and Ryan McClung hit one each to tie things up at 6-6. Travis Wagner, a senior, entered the game and gave the Spa,tans the inside boost they needed to compete with the Mountaineers' strong inside offense. The teams left the floor with Al- legheny leading by a scant one point, 14-13. Spartan offensive charge, both from the field and the free-throw time. He was 4-4 on free throws in the first half. The Mountaineers gradually cut into the Spartan lead, and the first half ended with a three point Spar- tan lead, 33-28. The Spartans made their fair share of turnovers in the third, in both fouls and other personal errors. Fortunately for East, it wasn't fatal to their score and they kept a strong" lead and finished up the third period leading 60-51. Richie Brown, a jun- ior was instrumental in the Spartan offense, scoring 15 points in the first 3 quarters. Brown opened up the fourth quarter on a positive note, first with a trey, and then with another three- point play. He continued to play very aggressively, and led the Spartans to a 82-68 win. High Scores Richie Brown - 25 points; Travis Wagner - 15 points; Sidney Coles - 13 points; Scott Weikle - 14 points; Ryan McClung - 8 points; Criddle At first, the second stanza was all added 3 points; Nemecik and Trent Spartan, with East taking their larg- two points each. est lead yet, 26-16. 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