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Billy Beasley, Chairman
Eddie Booth
Mike Dixon
Michele Lugene Faison
Martha Jeter Coullier
Allen King & Nancy Campbell King, Class of 1971 Officers
Julie Mann Beasley
Jeff Underdown, Treasurer
Christine Witherow King

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67 of us have added our profiles to the Alumni Directory, so far.

Combined, we have 121 children, 133 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

7 of us served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

38 of us spent a combined total of 143 years earning 6 Associates, 29 Bachelors, 8 Masters and 2 Doctorate degrees.

Our most-traveled? One of us has visited 47 U.S. States or Territories, and another has visited 35 foreign countries.

4 of us have birthdays this month, and 5 of us have birthdays in January.

Currently, 24 of us are retired.

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In Memory of Michael "Mike" Briere

Class of 1971
Lee-Davis High School

        Briere, Michael Jerome, Lieutenant Commander Diving Officer, USN (Retired), age 61 of Panama City, Florida, formerly of Mechanicsville, Virginia, passed on February 21, 2015 surrounded by family and close friends.

Following graduation from Lee-Davis High School, Mike enlisted in the USN in 1971. Upon graduating from Boot Camp in the Great Lakes, he then served on the USS Dixie, USS Dennis J. Buckley and USS Ajax. Mike was the recipient of the Combat Action Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Vietnam Service Ribbon while serving on the USS Buckley during the Vietnam War. He completed his active duty service at Pearl Harbor serving at the Harbor Clearance Unit One. Following his retirement from active duty in the USN, he then served as a reservist until his retirement in 2003.

Upon discharge from active duty, Mike lived in Honolulu, Hawaii where he graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Mechanical Engineering degree.

While in the USN, he received advanced diver training and worked as a deep sea salvage diver. He continued to use his diving knowledge and expertise as a civilian employee of the Navy Experimental Diving Unit in Panama City, Florida. Mike’s passion was flying and he loved his airplane 444PP and spent many enjoyable hours caring for and flying his beloved taildragger. Mike was a member of the Quiet Birdmen and was well respected among his fellow aviators. Mike volunteered his time and passion for flying by volunteering with Angel Flight and the Civil Air Patrol. Additionally, Mike’s flight training included the certifications and ratings of commercial and private pilot to include single engine, multi-engine, instrument, seaplane and glider.

He is survived by his parents, Leo and Charlotte Briere of Mechanicsville, VA, Clifford Briere of Stafford, VA, Becky Bracey (Mitch) of Mechanicsville, VA, Barry Briere (Debbie) of Mechanicsville, VA, William Briere of Sandston, VA, and Sharon Filegar (David) of Mechanicsville, VA. He is also survived by 19 nieces and nephews and 10 great nieces and nephews and close friends John Schlegel, Frank Hillis and Kin Howard.

The family will receive friends on Friday, February 27th from 2-4 and 6-8pm at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee Davis Road, Mechanicsville, Virginia where funeral services will be held 2pm Saturday, February 28, 2015. Interment to follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

Per Mike’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Children’s Camp Scholarships, payable to and c/o Fairmount Christian Church, P.O. Box 788, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.

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Robert Cunningham
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Michael Dixon
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W. Douglas Harvey
John Haynes
Martha Jeter Coullier
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Michael Lowry
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Nancy Roach Portwood
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Donald Tate
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Roy Toman
Jeffrey Underdown
Jennifer White Pilgreen
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