High School Principal ( 1935 - 1968 )
From Martha Jane Becker's book "Bramwell - The Diary of a Millionaire Coal Town" we learn that Mr. Dwight McCormick was born on 22 February 1904 in Waiteville, Monroe County, West Virginia. His early childhood was spent on the family farm in Waiteville. After graduating from Sweet Springs District High School in Gap Mills, West Virginia, he enrolled in Alderson Baptist Academy at Alderson, WV, where he distinguished himself on a baseball scholarship. He then attended Concord College and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He followed this formal education with post graduate work at Duke University earning a M.A. in School Administration in 1935. Upon graduation from Concord College, he taught three years in McDowell County before coming to Bramwell in 1931. He met his wife to be , Martha Ellwood, also on the Bramwell Faculty, whom he married in 1935 in the Duke University Chapel.
According to Martha Jane Becker's book, if you ask Mr. McCormick what his accomplishments were as principal of Bramwell High School that made him most proud....he would probably name the many changes that took place during his administration. He would no doubt give credit to his many students, his faculty and the great community spirit. Dwight McCormick loved Bramwell High School and the town of Bramwell and believed in the people. He served several terms as mayor of Bramwell. He is credited with the leadership in community improvements that provided maintenance and growth of an outstanding fire department, street improvements, beautification projects, emergency rescue service; while providing the administrative leadership for the outstanding growth of the community's Bramwell High School for over thirty five years. He is remembered and admired by thousands of his former students for his outstanding administrative leadership while principal of Bramwell High School.
Mr. D. W. McCormick of Mercer County, W.Va. was the Republican Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Mercer County in 1958.
Mr. McCormick retired in 1968, following a massive heart attack. After his partial recovery, he spent the next three years directing a reading program at Bluefield State College where he was also seeking financial aid for the college. In August 1976 he and his wife left Bramwell to live in Houston, Texas with their daughter. Dwight W. McCormick died June 1, 1977. Mr. McCormick and his wife, Martha ( 1907 - 1981 ) are buried near their Bramwell home at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Bluewell, WV. ( Birth/Death records confirmed through Social Security Death Index. )
Martha Ellwood McCormick
Dwight W. McCormick Death Notice
Birth: Feb. 22, 1904
Death: Jun. 1, 1977
Funeral services for Dwight William McCormick, 73, of Houston, Tx. and formerly of Bramwell who died Wednesday, June 1, 1977 will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bramwell Presbyterian Church with Dr. C. H. Patterson officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery at Bluewell. A veteran educator, McCormick was born February 22, 1904 in Waiteville, a son of the late W. L. and Josie Williams McCormick. He had been a resident of Houston for the past nine months and was a member and elder of the Bramwell Presbyterian Church. A graduate of Gap Mills High School, he attended Alderson Baptist College and graduated from Concord College, later receiving a Master's Degree from Duke University.
He served as a teacher at Waiteville Elementary School and principal at Paint Bank Virginia Junior High, Jenkinjones Elementary and Bramwell High School, holding the latter position for 33 years until his retirement in 1968. McCormick accepted a position with Bluefield State College as director of a remedial program and later served as director of the Bluefield State College Foundation.
He was preceded by one brother and one sister. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Martha Elwood McCormick of Houston; one daughter, Mrs. H. L. (Jane) Harrell of Houston; and one grandson. Active pallbearers will be Edward Niswander, Vester Johnson, Bill Norton, Bill Moore, Gordon Short, Paul Davis, Tucker Butt and Harless Cook. Elders of Bramwell Presbyterian Church at Gideons will be honorary pallbearers. Friends may call at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell today from 5 until 9 p.m. and at the church one hour prior to the service.
Published: June 4, 1977 in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Bluewell, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA
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