James Weston Sherbon, Ph.D. , Age :83
Aug 03,1936---Jan 02,2020

James Weston Sherbon, Ph.D., passed away Thursday, January 2, 2020 at his home in Lenexa, Kansas.  He was 83 and will be remembered as a highly respected and loving husband, father, grandfather, teacher, mentor, and friend.

The son of Ora J. and Bessie (Coulter) Sherbon, James (Jim) was born August 3, 1936 in Arkansas City, Kansas.  He grew up helping his dad in the garage at the family 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.

On May 27, 1959 Jim and Glenda J. Steward were united in marriage at Holton Methodist Church, in Holton, Kansas.  They moved to Kansas City, Kansas where Jim taught band & orchestra at Argentine Jr. Sr. High School for twelve years while working on his Ph.D. and serving as Principal Trombonist in the Kansas City, Kansas Symphony Orchestra.  They had two daughters, Gina and Juli.  Following a post-doctoral one-year Research Appointment at the University of Kansas in 1974 and a subsequent one-year Assistant Professorship in Graduate Music Education at the University of Texas at Austin, Jim moved the family to North Carolina and taught for twenty-seven years as Professor of Graduate Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).  While in Greensboro, Jim and his family were active members at Christ United Methodist Church.  Jim enjoyed playing his trombone for special music at the church, singing with the choir, and being the musical director and conductor in the Music Man and Oklahoma productions. 


At UNCG, Dr. Sherbon advised doctoral dissertations and held multiple positions including: Director of Graduate Studies in Music for fifteen years, an interim position as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Director of the University Summer Session, Director of Continuing Education, and Chair of the Division of Music Education. He also refereed and consulted on over thirty publications including textbooks and research published in state, regional, and national journals, provided extensive lectures, and served on editorial boards for publications. Dr. Sherbon's publications were included in journals such as the Journal of Research in Music Education, the Music Educators Journal, the Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning, Buros Mental Measurements Yearbooks, Southeastern Journal of Music Education, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and the Second Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning.  His principal research focus was in hearing acuity; hearing conservation; diplacusis; pitch perception and discrimination; psychoacoustics; testing, assessment, and evaluation; and musical achievement and aptitude. 


Dr. Sherbon retired in 2002 at the age of 65, was promoted to Professor Emeritus and moved to Lenexa, Kansas.  His hobbies upon retirement continued to include teaching courses through distance learning and advising doctoral dissertations.  He adjudicated and guest conducted secondary school bands and orchestras and free-lanced on trombone throughout the Kansas City area, primarily in summer theatre pit orchestras and church performances. He was also a substitute teacher with the Kansas City area public schools.   In 2007 Dr. Sherbon was appointed to Visiting Professor Emeritus in the School of Music at The University of Oklahoma in a full time graduate teaching and Ph.D. advising role.  Outside of academics his hobbies included working with automobiles, wood-turning, and a renewed interest in the railroad including gaining a conductor certificate from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway National Academy of Railroad Sciences.  He also enjoyed visiting his grandchildren in North Carolina and following their activities.


Dr. Sherbon was a devoted teacher who loved his students and held them accountable to be their best.   In total he taught for over fifty years and advised and completed over sixty-five doctoral dissertations.  He was an active member of the North Carolina, Kansas, Oklahoma and National Associations for Music Educators. He was also a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Xi Phi and received an Outstanding Tiger Alumni award from Cowley County Community college.


Jim is survived by his beloved wife of sixty years, Glenda, and two daughters, Gina Sherbon, of Lenexa, Kansas and Juli (Michael) Trexler of Raleigh, North Carolina, and two grandsons; Josh Trexler and Grant Trexler.  Jim was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11am Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Lenexa United Methodist Church, 9138 Caenen Lake Rd, Lenexa, Kansas, with Rev. Ezekiel Koech officiating.  The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service.  A graveside service will be held the following day at 11am Friday, January 10, 2020 at Riverview Cemetery in Arkansas City, Kansas with Rev. Sally Bates officiating.   The family will receive friends at Bible Christian Church, 2411 N 8th St, Arkansas City, Kansas 67005 following the service.  A soup lunch will be provided.   Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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


Beth Berg Jan 06 ,2020

friend ,Lawrence ,Kansas

Dear Glenda and family, My heart and thoughts are with you. With deepest sympathy and healing hugs, from Beth Noe Berg

Jean Post Jan 07 ,2020

Family ,Littleton ,Colorado

Dear Glenda and family, I'm so sorry. I wish I could be there with you and give you a big hug. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Jean.

Gail Haislip McCamish Jan 07 ,2020

Former student - Argentine High School Sr Orchestra ,Conyers ,Georgia

Dr Sherbon was my orchestra conductor (violin)from 7th grade thru my junior year until he left Argentine HS. I still remember my junior year that we found out he was leaving about at the same time the orchestra was going to play for the graduation ceremony as we always did. When we were playing Exodus as was traditional, the entire orchestra was in tears as was he. He was a well-loved teacher. Condolences to the family.

Sara Harris Jan 07 ,2020

Glenda, Juli, Gina and family, Jim brought so much to everyone...good times, caring, a special perspective and intelligence were woven into each experience. May memories of your experiences with him bring you warmth, smiles, a touchstone as your days unfold. With you in thought, Sara

Teresa Turner (Wing) Jan 07 ,2020

cousin ,Newkirk ,Oklahoma

Glenda, Gina and Juli, I am so very sorry about Jim. It is impossible to understand why things happen as they do. Hugs & prayers!

MaryAnn Van Dine Jan 07 ,2020

PEO Sister ,Independence ,Missouri

Sending Glenda and her wonderful family our loving prayers for comfort and care in our Lord Jesus Christ! What a wonderful life this man lived for his Lord and family! Blessings rich in love and legacy! Warmest condolences in the Love, Grace and tender mercies of our Heavenly Father!

Carol Calfo Jan 07 ,2020

So sorry to hear about Jim. Our thoughts are with you. I will always remember his smile and putting up with us crazy Newhummers!

Christina Reyes Loya Jan 07 ,2020

Former student ,Kansas City ,Kansas

Mr Sherbon was my orchestra teacher all through high school at Argentine HS even through my graduation 1969. Mrs Sherbon was my grade school teacher at Emerson. They were two of the most beautiful people that I enjoyed having as teachers. My sincere condolences to Mrs Sherbon and family. 🙏🏼

Ann Armstrong Isom Jan 07 ,2020

Student ,PLATTE City ,Missouri

My heart is with you in this difficult time. Please know that Mr. Sherbon had a major positive influence on me and my siblings' development musically and as responsible members of society as students at Argentine High School in Kansas City Kansas. He is among the angels in Heaven With my deepest sympathies, Ann Armstrong Isom class of 1973

Robert G Berry Jan 07 ,2020

My condolences to the family, friends, and other former students of Mr. Sherbon. I always enjoyed the variety of music that he presented to us in the band the 2 years I was there. I wish I had learned under him from the beginning of my music education.

Bernie Olin Jan 08 ,2020

Former student ,Auburn ,AL

My deepest sympathies to Mrs. Sherbon and family. Dr. Sherbon was the Band Director at Argentine for all six years of my experience and I always thought a great deal of him. I also knew Mrs. Sherbon as a teacher at Emerson. Blessings on the family.

Ralph Speer Jan 08 ,2020

Cousin ,Arkansas City ,Kansas

Dear Glenda and Family, So sorry to hear about Jim. He was exactly 10 years older than me and I have fond memories of him and his parents Uncle Orie and Aunt Bessie. We lost his cousin Warren who was Jim's age the same week so lots of prayers going out to all the Sherbon and Wing families at this very sad time. Ralph

Steven Ozias Jan 08 ,2020

Student ,Kansas City ,Kansas

My sincere condolences to Mr. Sherbon's family. I was a student of Jims at Argentine High School. I played trumpet in the band and was happy to have him as a teacher. In the fall of 64 the band received new uniforms. I remember they were really sharp. Mr sherbon and the ABOPS held fund raisers to help buy the uniforms.. I remember him as a teacher that was fair, but challenged us to do our best..

JACK F MASARIE Jan 09 ,2020

colleague-UNCG ,GREENSBORO ,North Carolina

Please accept Gayle's and my condolences at this difficult time in your lives. Jim and I worked closely together with graduate students in the School of Music at UNCG. I am grateful for his assistance in recruiting and advising my students. As one of the brass faculty (horn), JIm and I shared many interests, including a love of antique autos.

Connie McKoy Jan 10 ,2020

Dissertation Advisee and UNCG faculty colleague ,Kernersville ,North Carolina

I was so saddened to hear of Jim's transition. The very first class I took in my master's program at UNCG was his research methods course and that course has served me well through that program and my PhD at UNCG when he was my dissertation advisor. When I received my degree and happened to secure a teaching position at UNCG, he invited me to call him "Jim" instead of "Dr. Sherbon" but it took me a while before I could feel comfortable doing it! This was because I held such respect for him and his knowledge. He was a great mentor, and I owe everything I know about conducting research, research writing, and editing, to what I learned from him. He probably has a multitude of students who are mourning his passing as I am. My condolences go out to Glenda and his daughters and the rest of the family. Connie McKoy

Funeral Service
Lenexa United Methodist Church
9139 Caenen Lake Road
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Jan 09 ,2019
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Graveside Service
Riverview Cemetery
Arkansas City
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Jan 10 ,2020
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