Jim Waybright, 63, a strong Christian man, went home to be with the Lord Monday evening, Sept. 24, 2012, after a brave fight with esophageal carcinoma cancer. He quietly received his wings and his spot in the heavenly choir after he left his earthly body at Webster County Memorial Hospital.
He was born Jan. 24, 1949, at Elkins, to George and Clara Rosalee (Hicks) Waybright of Pickens.
Jim was raised in Pickens, and later his family moved to Jerryville in Webster County. He graduated from Webster Springs High School in 1966. He also graduated from Nashville Auto-Diesel School in Tennessee. Jim worked most of his life as a heavy equipment mechanic at West Virginia coal mines.
Jim married Janet (Hamric) Waybright July 17, 1971.
Jim's favorite hobbies were singing, spending time with his family, especially his grandkids, going to auctions, fixing most anything and making his own contraptions. He was an active member, deacon and sang in the choir at Bergoo Baptist Church. He truly enjoyed singing most any song but particularly Gospel songs and spreading God's word. He was also an active Mason at Addison Lodge 116 and Webster Springs Eastern Star Chapter 145.
He is survived by Janet Waybright, his wife of 41 years; children and their families, Becky Lynch-Mace and Bobby Mace and Dana Lynch, Maria and Robert Mace of Webster Springs, Matt and Kassie (Brady) Waybright and Kierstyn of Webster Springs, and Elizabeth and Michael Basore Jr. and Lydia of Hedgesville; his siblings, George 'Sonny' and Mary (Wasmer) Waybright of Indianapolis, Ind., Gerald 'Jerry' Waybright of Parkersburg, Richard 'Dick' and Linda (Kurish) Waybright of Ravenswood, Robert 'Bob' Waybright of Bolair and Nancy (Waybright) and Dave Talbott of Parkersburg; his stepmother, Wilma (Brady) Bell-Waybright.
Jim was preceded in death by his parent; sister, Rose Marie (Waybright) Young; son-in-law, Dana Lynch Jr.; and sister-in-law, Charlotte (Dodson) Waybright.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made in Jim's name to the Webster County Table of Plenty or the Pickens Historical Society. Please mail all donations to the Bergoo Baptist Church, 2429 Bergoo Road, Webster Springs, WV 26288. If the donation is not specific about which charity, the donations will be split equally between both charities.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home in Webster Springs with the Rev. Bennie Cowger and Sister Barbara Cowger officiating. Burial will be in the IOOF and K of P Cemetery at Pickens. Friends may call Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. An Eastern Star service will be conducted at 7p.m.