Dr. James Sherbon

Dr. James Weston Sherbon, Ph.D., 83, passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, at his home in Lenexa.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Lenexa United Methodist Church, 9138 Caenen Lake Road, with the Rev. Ezekiel Koech officiating. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service.

A graveside service is at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Riverview Cemetery in Arkansas City, with the Rev. Sally Bates officiating.

The family will receive friends following the service at Bible Christian Church, 2411 N. Eighth St., in Arkansas City. A soup lunch will be provided. Porter Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Dr. Jim Sherbon's name to Lenexa United Methodist Church, 9138 Caenen Lake Road, Lenexa, KS 66215.

The son of Ora J. and Bessie (Coulter) Sherbon, James “Jim” was born Aug. 3, 1936, in Arkansas City. He grew up helping his dad in the garage at the family’s O.J. Sherbon Motor Company DeSoto-Plymouth Dealership. He graduated from Arkansas City High School with the class of 1954 and from Arkansas City Junior College in 1956. Jim received a Bachelor of Music Education in 1959 and a Master of Science in Music Education in 1960 from Emporia State University. He then received a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education with Minors in Statistics and Research from the University of Kansas in 1973.

Jim and Glenda J. Steward married on May 27, 1959 at Holton Methodist Church. They moved to Kansas City, Kan., where Jim taught band and orchestra at Argentine Junior-Senior High School for 12 years while working on his Ph.D. and serving as Principal Trombonist in the Kansas City, Kan., Symphony Orchestra. They had two daughters, Gina and Juli.

Following an appointment at the University of Kansas and the University of Texas at Austin, Jim moved the family to North Carolina and taught for 27 years as Professor of Graduate Music Education at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. While in Greensboro, Jim and his family were active members at Christ United Methodist Church.

Sherbon advised doctoral dissertations at UNCG and held multiple positions, including Director of Graduate Studies in Music for 15 years. He also refereed and consulted on more than 30 publications, including textbooks and research published in state, regional and national journals, provided extensive lectures, and served on editorial boards for publications.

His principal research focus was in hearing acuity and conservation; diplacusis; pitch perception and musical achievement and aptitude.

Sherbon retired in 2002 at the age of 65, was promoted to Professor Emeritus and moved to Lenexa. His hobbies upon retirement continued to include teaching courses through distance learning, advising doctoral dissertations, guest conducting school bands and freelancing on trombone in summer theatre pit orchestras and church performances. He was also a substitute teacher with the Kansas City area public schools. Sherbon was appointed in 2007 to Visiting Professor Emeritus in the School of Music at The University of Oklahoma.

Outside of academics, his hobbies included working with automobiles, wood-turning and a renewed interest in the railroad, including gaining a conductor’s certificate.

Sherbon was a devoted teacher who taught for more than 50 years and advised and completed more than 65 doctoral dissertations. He was an active member of the North Carolina, Kansas, Oklahoma and National Associations for Music Educators.

Jim is survived by his wife, Glenda; and two daughters, Gina Sherbon, of Lenexa, and Juli (Michael) Trexler, of Raleigh, N.C.; and two grandsons, Josh Trexler and Grant Trexler.

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