James F. "Jim" Weaver, 56 - Okinawa, Japan

James F. "Jim" Weaver, 56, of Okinawa, Japan, passed away on Sunday, March 9, 2008.

Jim was a baptized member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. He and his family attended The Baptist Church located on Kadena Air Force Base.

After graduating from Calhoun County High School in 1969, Jim received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Glenville State College in 1974 and a Master's Degree in Administration from West Virginia University in 1983.

He taught for several years at Calhoun County High School before accepting a teaching position with DoDDS (Department of Defense Dependent Schools) in Okinawa, Japan where he taught middle and high school science on Kadena Air Force Base.

In 2001, Jim was named Air Force Teacher of the Year.

A lifelong outdoor enthusiast, Jim's classroom activities often included field trips to the beach, stargazing, and rocketry. Away from the classroom and students he loved, Jim enjoyed jogging, biking, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and caving. He will be missed tremendously by his family and friends in the United States and abroad.

Jim was born on August 24, 1951, son of Betty Fern Holpp Weaver and the late James Lauren Weaver of Mt. Zion, WV. He is survived by his wife Takayo and son Alex of Okinawa, Japan; daughter Jamie Hickman of Grantsville; mother Betty Fern of Grantsville; brother David Weaver and his wife Sandy of Grantsville; sisters Lora Sturm and her husband Larry of Ripley, Linda Shock and her husband Mark of Mt. Zion, and Martha Haymaker and her husband Hays of Mt. Zion.

Funeral arrangements are pending. Memorial Services are being planned for both Okinawa and West Virginia.

Jim's Okinawa funeral service, can be seen by live streamed video from  Maranatha Baptist Church   at 1 a.m. EDT Sunday morning, March 16.


"You Don't Have To Answer To Me" 2004

I hope some others out there read this and respond with some memories of Reverend McKee.

Thanks to Jack Cawthon for that informative tribute to Glendon McKee. I never knew about the relationships that were formed in his (Jack's) younger years.

I had the privilege of knowing Glendon on three different levels. When I was a young boy at Mt. Zion, he was our minister at the Mt. Zion Methodist Church, he was also my 9th grade English teacher at CHS, and I was a colleague of his at CHS from 1974 until his retirement from teaching.

He may not have thought that he had any influence on my life, but he did in many ways and I am certain that he had a great influence on my brother David, who is now a Minister with the Methodist Church in Calhoun County.

When I was a young teacher at CHS, I loved to listen to the stories told by Don McCartney, Paul Stalnaker and Mr. McKee.

There was a certain crusty veteran teacher at that time that had a reputation for using some colorful language in the "boiler room," a.k.a. the teacher's lounge.

I have great respect for the crusty old veteran too, but I found it very humorous one day when he was on one of his tirades as Mr. McKee entered the lounge.

Upon noticing Glendon he says, "Oh sorry Reverend," but Glendon replies, "That's OK, you don't have to answer to me."

McKee may not have understood the subtle influences he had on the lives of people, but I am certain that many of us remember times when he said something that left us with an enduring impression of respect.

Thanks Glendon for helping embed a conscience into the minds of many youth.

You made more of an impact than you ever could have imagined. - Jim Weaver, Okinawa, Japan