John Marshall High School Wall of Fame Nominees Announced

The 10th annual John Marshall High School Wall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Oct. 4 at the Moundsville Country Club.

The inductees are Brenda Coffield, Timothy Hinegardner and U.S. Army Spc. Julian L.G. Berisford, who will be inducted posthumously.

The following excerpts from the nomination forms of three individuals selected for induction are:

Coffield was the person with the smiling face that greeted those entering the main office at JMHS for 25 years. Her voice was heard on the telephone by all who called, and by everyone at the school when she made important announcements.

– Coffield’s daily routine included taking care of enrollments, permanent records, transcripts, work permits, the switchboard and many other public relation tasks. When someone wanted a question answered about the school they went to Brenda. She never lost her patience with a staff member, parent or student. She came early to work and stayed late.

She spent many hours organizing retirement dinners for staff and other county secretaries. She has written poems for each retiring secretary.

Today she spends much of her time on the family farm with her husband, Bill. She has two sons, Todd and Jason.

Hinegardner was a member of the school’s marching, concert, and state championship jazz band. He maintained a rigorous class load of honors and advance placement courses while lettering in cross country, tennis and wrestling. During his senior year, he qualified for the state wrestling tournament, and was selected as a member of the national society.

– Hinegardner earned his undergraduate degree in industrial engineering and was named a Distinguished Military Graduate. He attained the rank of captain and received airborne training at Ft. Benning, Ga., and supply and logistics at Ft. Lee, Va. He also graduated from Lebanon Valley College, Pa., with a masters degree in business administration.

Hinegardner has been employed for 23 years at the Hershey Co., in Hershey, Pa., and last year was named plant manager at the firms largest facility, and leads a work force of more than 1,000.

He resides in Lebanon, Pa., with his wife and three children.

His father, Bill Hinegardner is a member of the JMHS Wall of Fame.

– Berisford graduated from John Marshall with the Class of 2002. He attended West Liberty State College and the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Moundsville.

He always shared stories and his love of his hometown with everyone.

Berisford enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 2007, and became a specialist with the 509th Infantry Division and was stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga., Ft. Bragg, N.C., and Ft. Richardson, Alaska., before his deployment to Afghanistan.

While fulfilling his life-long dream of serving his country, Berisford was killed in action at the age of 25 while serving his first tour of duty in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. Honors that have been bestowed on him include: Afghanistan Campaign Commendation, Global War on Terror Commendation, NATO Campaign Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart and Bronze Star presented to his wife by Maj. Gen. Brian Keller.

Locally he received the Elks Lodge No. 28 Medal of Valor, Order of the Purple Heart by Chapter No. 709 (Glen Dale), a section of Grant Avenue in Moundsville was renamed the Julian Berisford Boulevard, and Mound Post No. 437, Veterans of Foreign Wars, was renamed in his honor.

In addition to his parents, Shelley Guthrie and Jule Berisford, survivors include his wife, Gina, and daughter, Mya Jean who attends Hilltop Elementary School.

A permanent display of the Wall’s membership is located in JMHS’ auditorium.

Reservations and tickets for the banquet may be obtained by calling WOF committee chair Joseph Komorowski at 304-845-3403 The banquet is open to the public and reservations are due by Sept. 19.