Five new members will be inducted into the Oceana High School Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 3, 2014. A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Oceana Middle School Cafeteria, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The induction ceremony will take place in the OMS Auditorium at 7 p.m.
This year’s inductees include: Amy Cook Bennett, Class of 1989; Kenny Dillo, Class of 1960; Donnie Joe “D.J.” Hurt, Class of 1997; Beverly Short Kourey, Class of 1975; and Westley Fraley, Class of 1972 .
AMY COOK BENNETT, Class of 1989, is the daughter of Carolyn Cook-Hatfield of Crab Orchard, and Ronald Cook of Oceana. She is married to Donald Bennett and they are the parents of three children, Jacob, Grace and Cole Bennett; and a step-daughter, Samantha.
After graduating OHS with high honors, Bennett began taking general studies classes at Southern West Virginia Community College where she was awarded the SWVCC Foundation Scholarship each semester. She was accepted into the A. S. Radiologic Technology program at Bluefield State College in the spring of 1991, where every semester she earned the Tierney Foundation Scholarship (awarded to students in an Allied Health Major who maintain at least a 3.2 GPA.) After graduating in 1993 with honors and passing the Radiologic Technology registry with the American Association of Radiologic Technologists, she began working at Summersville Memorial Hospital as a staff technologist.
Bennett successfully passed the registry for Mammography with AART in 1995, and in 1998 started working with the mobile company InSight Health Imaging where she began on-the-job training as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist. Early in 2002, she passed the registry in MRI and later that year was promoted to Operations Manager with InSight. Wanting to expand her horizons, she began work as senior staff MRI technologist at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital in 2005, where she would go on to become the Assistant Supervisor/Clinical Coordinator of the Radiology Department. During that time, she also obtained a Regent’s Bachelor of Arts degree at Bluefield State College where she took on the role of Clinical Instructor for the A. S. Radiologic Technology students in 2006. That role led to her accepting the position of Clinical Coordinator/Instructor of the A. S. Radiologic Technology program at Bluefield State. She began working toward a Masters Degree of Health Informatics at Walden University in 2013, which she hopes to complete by 2015. Bennett serves on the Access, Success, Impact Committee which assists in recruiting a diverse population of students and aiding in their success during college and also finds time to give back to the community by serving as a Daniels Elementary parent volunteer and secretary of the Shady Spring Little League and Shady Spring Youth Football League.
KENNY DILLO, Class of 1960, is the son of Woodrow Dillo of Kopperston, and the late Gladys Dillo.
Following graduation, Dillo attended West Virginia Institute of Technology, Montgomery, WV, on a four- year full basketball scholarship. He graduated in May 1964 with a BS in Printing Management. He joined IBM Corporation, Greencastle, IN, in June of 1964.
During his tenure with IBM, he has served in the following positions: First Line Manager in Manufacturing; First Line Service Division Manager for Software Service and Support; Assistant to IBM Vice President of Service Operations; Branch Manager, Computer Service; Branch Manager, US Government Operations, including The White House and Pentagon; Area Manager of Personnel, Middle Eastern States and East Coast Region; Consolidated Branch Manager Service Operations, government and commercial customers; Branch Manager Military Service Operations, Frankfurt, Germany. Kenny retired from IBM in 1994. After retiring from IBM in 1994, he was Human Resource Manager for Technology Service Solutions through 2000. Since 2000, he has served as Director of Operations and Human Resources, North America Operations, for Sapiens Americas; President, People Consulting, Inc.; Director, Small Business Center, Wake Tech Community College, Raleigh, NC. Dillo is currently the owner of DMD Associates, LLC, International Business Sales, Consulting and Training Company. In addition to his WV Tech degree, he holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from The American University, Washington, DC. He held International Standards Organization Team Leader Certification and enjoyed an Executive Business Program Sabbatical, Colgate University.
Dillo received many awards and special distinctions during his professional career with IBM. Some include IBM Award of Performance Excellence for several years; Certification, Management Trainer, Civil Treatment, Diversity and EEOC Programs; White House Communication Agency Certificate of Appreciation, Presidential Communications Support, President Reagan and President Bush. He received a performance recognition trip to Israel while at Sapiens Americas. Dillo and his wife, Diane, hosted several foreign exchange students and were able to visit Russia, China, Moldova, and most European countries visiting exchange students and families. They have lived in nine different locations in the United States.
Dillo was US Small Business Administration NC District Office Business Resource Partner of the Year, 2008 and 2009 at Wake Technical Community College; NC Community College Small Business Region Director of the year, 2006 and 2008. He received the Ohio State University Entrepreneur Program of Excellence Training Award—Export Ready Training Program in 2001.
Dillo is a former member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Washington, DC; former member Wake Raleigh Human Resource Management Association, Raleigh, NC, and former member Small Business Center Network, NC Community College System. He served as president of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Roanoke, VA and is a life-long member of the American Diabetes Association. Dillo served on the Board of Directors, Able to Serve, which is a non-profit organization involved in the lives of individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities.
The Dillos live in Raleigh, NC, with Diane’s medical alert service dog and two cats. Kenny is a member of Highland Baptist Church and serves as deacon and adult Sunday school teacher. He traveled to Brazil to work with missionaries to build a church in Montes Claros in the summer of 2012. They are the parents of two children, Leigh Ann Bailey and her spouse, Todd, and Todd Dillo and his wife, Debra. They have six grandchildren, Cameron, Krista, Jake, Ethan, Griffin and Owen and three step-grandchildren Katelyn, Rachel and Bryant. MAJOR DONNIE JOE “D.J.” HURT, Class of 1997, is the son of Nancy Susan “Sue” Bratton and the late Donald Hurt. He is the step-son of Thomas Bratton II. He has a six-year-old daughter, Kayla, and a three-year-old German Shepherd named Thor.
Following graduation from OHS, he pursued a BS degree in Chemistry and Life Sciences at the United States Military Academy. He was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the Air Defense Artillery Branch in 2001. He now holds the rank of Major.
After completing the Basic Officers Leadership Course at Fort Benning, Georgia in 2001, he was assigned to the Air Defense Battery, 1/11 Armored Cavalry Regiment, where he was assigned as the SA-18 Platoon Leader, 2S6 Platoon Leader and the Executive Officer. He graduated the Captains Career Course and was then assigned as the ADAM Cell OIC and Brigade Battle Captain 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-06. He commanded Alpha Battery, 4-5 ADA after returning from Iraq, deploying with the battery to Korean Peninsula. Returning from Korea, he became the 4-5 ADA Battalion S-3 (Operations Officer). He was then assigned to the Capabilities Development and Integration Division (CDID) at the Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, as the Integration Cell Deputy for Field Artillery and Air Defense. He volunteered for the AFPAK Hands Program assigned to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. which assigned him to the 3rd Zone Afghan Border Police (ABP) Security Forces Advisor Team (SFAT) 5, the “Angry Rebels”. Major Hurt has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal; Army Achievement Medal w/oak leaf; National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon; and Parachutist Badge.
He is a member of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment 2001-2004 (platoon leader, Executive Officer) at Fort Irwin, CA; 1st Cavalry Division 2005-2008 (Brigade Air Defense Officer/Captain) at Fort Hood, TX; 4th Battalion, 5th Air defense Artillery Regiment, 69th Air Defense Brigade 2008-2010 (Battery Commander, Battalion S-3) at Fort Hood, TX; Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate (CDID), Fires Center of Excellence 2010-2013 (Deputy, Integration Cell for Field Artillery and Air Defense Artillery) at Fort Sill, OK; Department of the Army G3/5/7/2013-present day (AFPAC Hand) in Washington, D.C.
He is a member of the Toneda Baptist Church and Pineville Masonic Lodge 138.
Hurt visits Maben Head Start to read to the children.
He is currently deployed to Afghanistan and speaks Pashto as a second language.
BEVERLY SHORT KOUREY, Class of 1975, is the daughter of Roy Short of Clear Fork, and the late Elga Jean Blankenship Short (Class of 1943).
Following graduation from Oceana High School, Kourey enrolled at Marshall University, where she took undergraduate courses for two years. She continued her education at West Virginia University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene in 1981. She worked for several dentists before becoming employed with Dr. John Vargo, who specializes in periodontology.
Kourey is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association. She has also worked with second year dental hygiene students as a clinical instructor at WVU Institute of Technology in Montgomery. She is a member of the OHS Alumni Association, the Charleston Dental Hygiene Study Club, Charleston Camera Club, the Beckley Gun Club, and NRA. She serves as an NRA Certified Range Officer and NRA Certified Firearm Instructor. She has also served as a committee member for the Southern West Virginia Friends of the NRA.
Kourey is married to Joseph Terry Kourey and they reside in Charleston, West Virginia.
WESTLEY FRALEY, Class of 1972, is the son of Maybeth Fraley of Crany, and the late Jerry Fraley. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Judy Fraley, for 41 years and they have three children, Chris, and his wife Kellie, of Sevierville, Tenn. (Chris is the owner of Rocky Top Electric), Brad, and his wife Andrea, of Bolt (Brad is a nurse anesthetist), and Crystal Massey, and husband Bob, of Kopperston. They have seven grandchildren: Christopher, Isaac, Grace, Kaylee, Gavin, Kacie and Karlie.
Fraley was an outstanding football player at OHS, having played on two State Runners-Up teams in 1970 and 1972. He also participated in track. After graduation, he went to work for Eastern Associated Coal from 1973 until his retirement in 1998. He has worked many other jobs, both coal related and non-coal related since his retirement. He has also owned and operated a pavement sealing business, where has worked in several states. Currently, Wes is employed at Adam Toler Funeral Home.
Fraley and his wife reside in Crany and attend Crany Missionary Baptist Church, where Wes has been a member for most of his life. He has dedicated his life to helping others by a strong commitment to community service, working with the Oceana High School, as well as Westside athletic programs for more than 40 years. Thirty-five of those years was spent supporting athletics at OHS. He has also been involved in the development of youth athletics as a coach and office holder in senior and Little League baseball, Iddy, Biddy, and Buddy league basketball, as well as youth football. He serves as the clock keeper at all home basketball games at Westside High School and runs the concession stand at the football games. He is a deacon at Crany Missionary Baptist Church and volunteers at many different events, including the Oceana Alumni picnic. Fraley has received many awards for his service to the Oceana community. Whether it is an athletic event or directing flood relief with the Red Cross, Fraley has “set a standard for giving and has represented OHS with honor. Wes is a great example of a life well lived giving and supporting others”.
Fraley stated that “It has been an honor to have attended Oceana High School and to have served the school for more than 35 years.