WILLIAMSON – Williamson High School recently held their All Class Reunion. At that time, six people were inducted into the Alumni Association Hall of Fame.
The following are new inductees into the Hall of Fame:
Dr. Christopher Donovan “Dino” Beckett, Class of 1988 – Dino attended West Virginia University where he was Student Government President and recipient of the Leadership Scholarship. Dino also attended WVU School of Osteopathic Medicine where he was Student Government President and received the Leadership Award. Dino came home to Williamson in 2003 where he established his family practice.
As Chairman of the Williamson Redevelopment Authority, he led efforts to create Sustainable Williamson which placed health as a central driver for multi-sector change and launched Williamson Health and Wellness Center, Inc., a non-profit that operates a Federally Qualified Health Center and is an anchor for the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition, Williamson Farmers Market and Health and Innovation Hub.
Healthy in the Hills initiative received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize in 2014 as a result of his efforts.
Dino serves on the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority Board where he actively influences efforts for change on a county and regional level.
Dino is on the faculty of both the WVU School of Medicine and WV School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Daniel C. Snavely class of 1985– Daniel attended Marshall University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry then attended WVU where he received his MD in 1994. He completed a Residency at the Department of Internal Medicine at Robert C. Byrd Health Science Center of WVU, Charleston Division and CAMC in 1997; he completed a Fellowship in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Cincinnati in 2000, where he was Chief Medical Resident, Teaching Resident of the year and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society. He was distinguished as Chief Cardiology Fellow during his Fellowship in Cincinnati.
Daniel had many honors and accomplishments while attending Marshall, WVU and the University of Cincinnati.
After completing needed requirements to practice Cardiology, Daniel held the position of Assistant Professor of Medicine, Co-Director of Cardiac Cath Lab and Director of Endovascular Intervention for the Division of Cardiology at the University of Cincinnati.
Daniel’s love for W.Va. and his hometown in the Tug Valley has led him to a practice with the Huntington Internal Medical Group in Huntington, W.Va., where he is President of the Board of Directors and is Chief of Staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Gregg Y. Neal class of 1966 – Gregg graduated from the University Of Louisville Brandeis School Of Law in 1973 and established his own law practice in Shelbyville, Ky. Gregg became one of the most recognized trial lawyers in Ky. Gregg was President of the Kentucky Justice Association and served as a mentor for young lawyers, teaching and writing on various topics of the law.
Gregg served in the United States Army from 1970 to 1976.
Gregg has served as President of Kiwanis, President of the Chamber of Commerce, an elder in the Presbyterian Church and a teacher of Sunday School for senior high students and adults for 40 years. He also served on the committee on ministries for Mid-Kentucky Presbytery. Gregg has been named to Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Top 100 trial lawyers in Ky., and Martindale’s AV Preeminent Lawyers.
Gregg has given back by teaching and writing on various topics of the law and serving as a mentor for young lawyers. Gregg is also a published poet, published in Am Jur Trials, the Ky. Bar Journal, and ATLA’s Litigating Tort Issues, The Advocate, lecturing numerous seminars. Gregg and his family live in Shelbyville, Ky.
Iris Stallard Gooslin Class of 1958 – Iris was a beloved member of the WHS Alumni Association as well as a valued and beloved member of the First Baptist Church of Williamson. Iris served as Sunday School Teacher, sang in the choir, Love Gift Director, Circle Leader and actively supported the Bible Basketball Camp instituted at the First Baptist church.
Iris was a past president of the Williamson Lions Club and received the “Lion of the Year” Award. She assisted the eyeglass van/optometrist with fitting glasses for local residents.
Iris appeared on the History Channel program, “How the States got their Shapes, Hatfields and McCoys.” Iris was a board member of the Family Resource Network; was awarded the Humanitarian Awar4d at the King Coal Festival; participated in the Read Aloud Program at local schools; judged Social Studies Fairs at local schools; volunteered at the local domestic violence program, the Salvation Army, local nursing home, American Red Cross and the annual Hatfield McCoy Marathon. Iris was an active and valued member of the Williamson Woman’s Club.
Sandra Lee Burton Mizner Class of 1957 – Graduated from National Business College in Roanoke, Va. and from the Navy’s Middle Management Institute. She retired from Civil Service in 1995 having served as Deputy Equal Employment Opportunity Officer with over 33 years of service. She was awarded the Department of Navy “Meritorious Civil Service” medal.
Sandra was very active with her church, Smyrna United Methodist, as church council person and sang in the choir.
Sandra has served as Auxiliary President of Roper Hospital accumulating over 5000 hours of volunteer service; Assistant Regional Director for Mid- Atlantic Region of Mended Hearts; Sandra was a past matron of Charleston Chapter #56, Eastern Star; past President of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority – “Woman of the Year” numerous times; Past President of Federally Employed Women, Charleston Chapter #93 and was awarded the Woman Fest Crystal Cup Award; instituted an Adopt a Grandparent program in local nursing homes; on the United Way Board; Pimlico Civic Club, March of Dimes and American Cancer Society. She lived in Moncks S.C. with her family.
John Patrick Younger Class of 1935 – John is a Retired United States Air Force Colonel. After graduation, John worked as a clerk at the Company Store at New Camp, Ky. He decided he wanted to become an Air Force pilot, passed the prerequisites for the program and studied on his own for the qualifying tests and passed the test with “flying colors.” He often “buzzed” the area in the 1940s as a treat for family and local residents.
John was a pilot in World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. He served in the Pentagon, in the preparation for the Cuban Missile Crisis and as a Commander at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.
After retiring, he served on the NASA recovery crew. John had many classified duties which he does not discuss and responds to compliments with, “no, I was just doing what I was supposed to do.” John is a very positive person and a true “gentle” man who looks for the best in others.
John and his wife, Helen Doka Younger, also a Williamson High School graduate, class of 1943, live in Florida where he enjoys golfing and the outdoors.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)