Claude W. MILAM
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MIDLOTHIAN - Claude White Milam, 87, died on June 18, 2011, at Brandermill Woods Nursing Home. He was born July 21, 1923, to devoted parents Lon and Gladys Milam in Big Island, Va.
At the age of 17, Claude joined the United States Navy serving his country proudly. Deployed to Hawaii and the surrounding Pacific Regions from 1942-44, Milam was wounded in action. Upon returning home he received a medal recognizing his exemplary service to his country.
He was a student at Lynchburg College for one year, where he and older brother, Winston, played on the college basketball team and were a formidable force against Lynchburg opponents. After a year, he transferred to Hampden-Sydney College, where he was an accomplished athlete in basketball and football. He graduated in 1949, and furthered his education with a Degree of Master of Arts in Education from Madison College (now James Madison University), and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from Old Dominion College.
He began a lifelong career as teacher, coach and principal at Harrisonburg High School, and a lifelong commitment as a husband and father when he met and wed Ann Hoover in 1950.Three years later, Milam accepted an offer for a professional position at his alma mater, Hampden-Sydney, serving as head basketball coach, head baseball coach, and assistant football coach. During this time, he also found great pleasure in coaching the New Market Rebels, a team in the Valley Baseball League. He and his brother formed one of the state's premier baseball umpiring teams. He was inducted into the HS-C Hall of Fame in 1996, a special honor that recognized his service as an athlete and coach.
The next chapter of his life and career took Milam and his family to Yorktown, Va., where he served briefly as principal at Yorktown Intermediate, and soon thereafter at York High School. He will be remembered fondly by YHS colleagues and students as an educator, friend and mentor for more than 27 years.
Claude Milam was a compassionate, brilliant man, both outspoken and introspective. He taught others the importance of perseverance, fairness and self-confidence, which left indelible imprints on all those whose lives he touched. A strong man of faith, Claude served actively in several churches, especially Yorkminster Presbyterian Church.
Claude was predeceased by his parents and older brother, Winston Milam.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Hoover Milam; one daughter, Vicki Milam Regetz and husband, Gerry; one son, Jeffrey Lynn Milam and wife, Seng; nine grandchildren, Kyle, Casey, and Hunter Regetz; Jason, Ben, Lindsay, Grace, Faith and Abi Milam; one brother, William Milam and wife, Shirley; one sister, Garnett Becouvarakis and husband, Stanley. Claude also leaves behind a legacy of devotion to his extended family of nieces, nephews, classmates, dear friend, Wallace Borum, and Barbara Rumph, his faithful caregiver for 11 years.
Special thanks to the Hampden-Sydney "boys", colleagues, students, neighbors and friends who have continued to bless our family with love and support over the years. The family wishes to express sincere appreciation to the staff at Brandermill Woods Nursing Home for the care, love and support extended to Mr. Milam and also to his family. Special gratitude is also extended to the ministers and congregation at Brandermill Church and the caregivers from Bon Secours Hospice.
The family will receive friends at Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23. A celebration of Mr. Milam's life will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at The Brandermill Church, 4500 Millridge Parkway, Midlothian, officiated by the Rev. Sandra Bottoms. Interment will be private.
Remembrances in honor of Claude may be made to The Brandermill Church, Brandermill Woods Retirement Home, or Hampden-Sydney College. Condolences may be made at View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

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Published in Daily Press from Jun. 22 to Jun. 23, 2011.
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July 19, 2011
i love you my sweet superman. i will carry on the many gifts you have shared with me over the years. you are missed so very much, but i know you are at peace, singing with the angels, and watching over each one of us. godspeed; sweet dreams.
vicki regetz
July 10, 2011
My deepest sympathies to the Milam family. Like all of the YHS family, I look back at our high school years with great fondness. Mr. Milam was a big part of making our high school years a wonderful experinence. I salute his service to our nation!
Robert Seaford
July 5, 2011
To All,

I have fond memories of you and your father through my middle school years. He was a great man and left a great mark. My Mother and I will treasure his memory. May God be with you in your loss
Chris (& Becky) Grandle
June 28, 2011
Ann, Vickie, Jeff-my thoughts, good memories, prayers and blessings are with you and will forever stay in my heart. Claude Milam was a Man who stood tall in stature,Professionalism, Friendship and always relied on his Faith in God. He taught so much to so many. My family had so many good times and I owe so much to him. Betty Watson-Wilson and Mary's daughter
June 27, 2011
Mr. Milam was a fine man, a skilled administrator, and a stalwart guide for the students and teachers at York High School. We all looked up to him. My thoughts are with you in this sad time.
Naomi Siegel, YHS '75
June 25, 2011
To the Milam Family,
My memory of Mr. Milam goes back to the time he was my principal at Harrisonburg High School in the 60s. I hope that many happy memories will give you comfort in the days ahead. My condolences in your loss.
Carol Horst Watson
June 25, 2011
Mr. Milam was Principal during my years at York High School, 78-82. I will always remember him fondly and I send his family my deepest condolences. He made a lasting impression on so many of us during those HS years! May he rest in peace.
Terry (Rush) Cremia
June 24, 2011
Deepest condolences to the Milam family. How proud you all must be to have had Mr. Milam in your life. I had the pleasure of knowing him from my high shool years at YHS. What a sweet man. He was always close to his students, and well liked and resepected!
Wendy Rogers Anderson
June 23, 2011
Dear Vicki and Jeff,
As a YHS classmate that was between both of you (Class of '75), I must tell you what an indelible impression your Dad made on my life. Starting at Yorktown Intermediate he was a constant for me, as a coach and administrator. He was often stern, but fair. He would paddle you one day, and give you a shoulder to cry on the next. As a fatherless adolescent, he was one of the first men I really looked up to. How fortunate for me! In the annals of York High School lore, he will forever be known as a man among men. God Bless and keep you.
Steven Williams
June 23, 2011
Vicki, your Dad was one of a kind. How he put up with me and some of our classmates is hard to fathom. My wife and me both wish you and the Milam family all the best. God Bless you all. All of you are in our prayers.
Douglas E.Jones YHS '76
Cherylann Jones (Gibson) YHS '80
June 23, 2011
Our hearts go out to all of you for your loss. We didn't know him well, but he was obviously a well-accomplished and wonderful man who meant alot to many people. You were truly blessed to have him in your lives. Our thoughts and prayers are going out to you at this time and always. Love to you all...The Goodmans (Clem, Robin, Jessica and Wesley)
June 23, 2011
Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend to so many people. Mr. Milam touched the lives of all of us during our wonderful years at York High School. In addition, he was a good friend to our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Grogan Family
Ralph, Freida, Marty, Ralph, Jr., Tim and Amy
June 23, 2011
Vicki - I remember fondly my years at York High School, all of which were with your dad as Principal. My brother, Steve, felt an especially strong bond with him as part of your 1976 class. I know that if Steve were alive today he would want you to know how much he thought of your dad and would send his deepest sympathies on your loss. I pray you find comfort in your memories and the many kind words that are being shared by those who knew your dad.
Wayne Hunley
June 23, 2011
What a precious man. He was my principal from 78-82. Mr. Milam was an awesome example of great morals and ethics.He always had the students' best interest at heart even if it meant going against one of his teachers. He loved us that much. I know he will be greatly missed. I pray the Lord blesses you with His comfort and grace during this difficult time.
YHS Class of '82.
Diana Lewis
June 23, 2011
Dear Ann,

May the fondest memories of your dear Claude, comfort you always.

My love and prayers are with you and your family.


Fay Clark-Kelsch
Fay Clark-Kelsch
June 23, 2011
He was a great Principle, and after so many times of me getting into trouble in High School, he was always there for me no matter what I did. He always talked to me when I did something wrong, and was like the best mentor to me. He helped me through a lot of hardships I had in my teenage years, and was a great friend to my family, and a wonderful neighbor to us in Edgehill. He was such a great man, and always cared about how I felt, and always listened to me. I really admired you Mr. Claude Miliam. I will never forget what you said to me when I walked across the stage getting my Diploma. I will always have that memory. Love, Sheila McAbee Topp
Sheila McAbee
June 22, 2011
My deepest condolences to Mr. Milams family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Thank you Mr. Milam for making my high school years at York some of my most memorable years in my life.

Ed Castillo
June 22, 2011
As a graduate of the Class of 1984 Mr. Milam touched my life. I will never forget him holding a sledge hammer and hitting the old car out front of the school before the Tabb game. He was devoted to his students. I can't imagine the number of lives he touched. My prayers are with you.
Stacy Hicks Smith
June 22, 2011
I had Mr Milam from 1979 to 1982 he always smiled and he always greeted you everyday when he saw you he will sadly be missed and my prayers are with his family god bless
Raymond Volkers
June 22, 2011

After reading about your dad I can see why you loved him so. What a terrific man. My girls, and John (who I spoke with tonight) all want to express their sorrow to at the passing of your boy's grandpa.

Love you all, Lee Ann Griffin and Family
June 22, 2011
My heartfelt condolences go out to your family. Mr Milam was a wonderful man. He was my principal from 78-82. I have many fond memories of him and his smile. He will truly be missed.
Marjorie Butz-Mckay
June 22, 2011

Dear Milam Family,

I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Milam's death. Jeff, your dad was such a great guy. Always a stand up guy, he was a great principal and I know how much you loved and admired him. Please know how very sorry I am for your loss. Mrs. Milam, always enjoyed talking with you around Christmas, always caught up then with news, please accept my condolences.

Joyce Pollard Ballew
Joyce Ballew
June 22, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow.
Patty Dunaway Chaney
June 22, 2011
As a student at YHS (1980-84), I fondly remember Mr. Milam's kind nature. He always had a smile on his face and he happily greeted us regularly on the loud speaker. My prayers and thoughts are with Mr. Milam and his family.
Charlotte Swindle Atkins
June 22, 2011
Vickie sending my deepest condolences to you and your family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Cynthia Borum Taylor
Class of 1976
Cynthia Taylor
June 22, 2011
Dear Family and Friends of Mr. Milam,
I am sure you will hear this often, but Mr. Milam totally changed the direction of my life. I was the permanent substitute at York High School many years ago. Mr. Milam and I had a talk one time about my future, and he suggested I go to school to become a math teacher. I have now been teaching math for 27 years, and often think of him and how he changed my life.
I am sorry for your loss; I am sure there are more instances of how influential he was to so many people.
Terri Zuskin
June 22, 2011
My condolences go to Jeff, Vicki and the Milam family. Mr. Milam was a caring and enthusiastic leader at YHS and had a great sense of humor.
Stern but correct in his role as our Principal, he will be missed. Tim Thompson, Garland, TX
June 22, 2011
I have never felt comfortable in adding my comments on obituaries, but I just can not refrain from expressing my sadness upon learning of the death of this fine man. It was my privilege to work for him for 2 years as a teacher at York High, and I can truthfully say that I have never met a more pleasant, capable, honest, sincere, understanding man. I also had the privilege of teaching his son Jeff, who was also a fine young man. To Jeff and the rest of the Milam family, I want to offer my sincere condolences to you on your loss, our loss, of this beloved man.
Bill Campbell
June 22, 2011
My sincere sympathy to the Milam family. I fondly remember Mr. Milam from Brandermill Woods. He leaves behind a legacy of love and I know how much you will miss him. God's peace to you.
June 21, 2011
yes I remember Mr. Milam. He became Assiant princip;e of york High school of yorktown, Va. in my Jr. year of 1968-69. He followed Mr. Richard Miller, as principle of York, after Mr. Miller was transfered to The new Tabb High School . He was the longest serving principle of York High.

Nathan Smith, Yorktown, Va.
June 21, 2011
As a student who graduated from York High School in 1970, I want to express my sympathies to the Milam family. I know I had more than one "little chat" in Mr. Milam's office :). After reading his story, I can see why he spent so much time trying to get us students to be the best we could be. He spent his life being the best he could be. He will be greatly missed.
Gale Mozingo-Hamilton
June 21, 2011
I knew Mr. Milam as a good neighbor and a great principal at Harrisonburg High School. I am very sorry for your loss. Steve Garnett
Steve Garnett
June 21, 2011
During the years of 1973-1984, I had the privilege of being a business teacher at York High School when Mr. Milam was principal. I always admired his professionalism, integrity, wit and love of family and country. Mr. Milam was a terrific role model and supportive to all his staff and friends. My admiration always. Blessings to Mrs. Milam and family.
Jenna Calovini
June 21, 2011
As a York High faculty member from 1966-81, I remember Mr. Milam as a good boss and a good friend. I can still see Mr. M standing tall in a black tuxedo on the auditorium stage at York High. He was the mystery guest at the DECA Variety Show, and he nailed “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” in his debut on the violin to the surprise and absolute delight of about 900 roaring spectators. I also see the smooth-swinging, left-handed golf partner at Gloucester Country Club, where we would take on some of Mr. Miller’s Tabb High faculty members. He enjoyed the camaraderie and the friendships more than he did the competition and winning.
If positive intent toward serving others from a leadership position is of value, then I can say that his intent toward making work and learning environments positive, was pure, steadfast, and done with caring, love. He was a good, likeable person and a most unforgettable character!
Bill Parker
June 21, 2011
Ann, So sorry to hear of Claude's passing. 2011 has take so many of my friends and my Mom (Sue Crowell) who died May 6. 2011 in Ballwin, MO. She had a stroke on April 26th, and we got out there on the 27th. I had a flight back on Mon the 2nd of May and then Roger & I drove out to MO on the 4th. She was in Hospice Care at Cindy's home in Ballwin and passed peacefully with most of family around her. Know this is a difficult time and if I did not have to be at Church this Sunday I would be attending the service in Richmond. My prayers are with all the Milams and Hoovers. Judy Crowell von Seldeneck
Judy von Seldeneck
June 21, 2011
"With fond memories and deepest sympathy to all the family."
Dan and Louise Burtner
June 21, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...Your Dad was an incredible role model for all the students during his years at YIS and YHS he will be greatly missed... Penny Pickett Hall
June 21, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this time.
Hoyle and Barbara Hedrick
June 21, 2011
Beautiful story about a wonderful man. He was as blessed in his life as you are in yours for having each other. Our love and prayers for all of your family.
Sherry an Garry
Sherry Jarrell
June 21, 2011
My deepest condolances to your family. He was a great great man and will be missed by so many.
Chetan Payne
June 21, 2011
Over the years and most especially recently, I have laughed and cried with Vicki as she shared stories of devotion, admiration and adoration of her father. My thoughts and prayers are with the Milam family as you mourn your loss and, at the same time, celebrate Mr. Milam's life. May your knowledge that he is free of earthly suffering and your memories of this incredible man bring you peace.
Mary Lib Morgan
June 21, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Although we have lost touch through the years, our memories remain.

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