Funeral services for James Weatherington, 87-year-old Buffalo resident who passed away June 4 at the Johnson County Health Care Center in Buffalo, will be held at 1:30 p.m. June 24 at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Sacramento, California. There will be a service held later this summer at a time to be announced, at the Bighorn Baptist Church in Buffalo, with Pastor Don Paulson officiating. Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to VFW Post 2469 in care of Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams Ave. in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com
James C. Weatherington was born Feb. 24, 1932, in Pine Level, Alabama, to Marion and Stella Weatherington. His father died when he was 1 and his mother moved the family to Columbus, Georgia. He went to school in Columbus and joined the U.S. Air Force when he left high school. He flew with the Strategic Air Command 509th Bomb Wing and served in England, Germany, Japan and Korea during the Korean War. He was married Jan. 5, 1956, in Japan to Shirley Jeane Knickerbocker. Jim spent 20 years in the Air Force with his last assignment at the Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma, Tennessee, where he taught ROTC. He retired in March of 1969 and continued living in Tullahoma where he worked for L-H distributing company for 10 years. They retired to Florida for a short time before moving to California where they managed Bob’s RV Roundup in Indio, California, in the winters and traveled in the summer for nine years. In 1993 they moved to Roseville, California, where they completely retired and enjoyed life. Shirley passed away in Oct. 26, 2012, and Jim moved back to Florida for a couple years. In 2015 he moved to Buffalo to live with his daughter and son-in-law. He continued living in Buffalo until his death.
He was a member of the VFW and the Big Horn Baptist Church. He was an avid golfer, he loved to shoot pool and was a rabid Alabama Crimson Tide fan. Jim’s passion was his family and worshiping his Lord and Savior. He was a true patriot and very proud to have served his country.
He is survived by one daughter Dawn Hicks and her husband Jeff of Buffalo; one daughter-in-law Debra Weatherington; five grandchildren, James Jones, Shawn and Kaitlin Farley and Greg and Jason Weatherington; and four great-grandchildren, Thomas, Fletcher, Luke and Rose. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two sons, Ken and James Weatherington Jr.; one brother, Timothy Weatherington; and one sister, Mary Ekmond.