Stillwater News Press


March 13, 2014

James L. Webster

James L. Webster, 78, passed away March 11 at the Ravenswood Care Center in Ravenswood, W. Va.   

Webster was born in Stillwater on March 20, 1935, to the late Dr. James E. and Verna Webster.

He completed school in Stillwater and was active in Scouts, attaining his Eagle Scout. He attended Oklahoma State University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree and went to work for Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas.

He was a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps in Fort McClellan, Ala., and reached the rank of captain before resigning his commission in 1967. In 1958, he married Virginia Bachelor of Lake Jackson,Texas. She is now deceased.

Webster returned to graduate school and completed his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in May 1964 and worked for his own firm, Phalanx Corporation, until joining the research organization in the plastics department of DuPont Company in Orange, Texas, in 1966.

In 1969, he and Virginia moved to Wilmington, Del., and then moved to Parkersburg in August 1973. He worked as an area superintendent in the manufacturing division for eight years and then was made a research associate in 1981. He retired from DuPont in December 1997.

On Aug. 9, 1997, Webster married Marsha Akers Rutherford at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church where he had been a member and served in many positions.   

His hobbies were nature activities and collecting antiques, mainly antique and primitive tools.

Surviving are his wife of Vienna, W. Va., daughter, Laura Marshall (Hazen) of Alexandria, Va., twin sons, James Robert (Lauren) of Dothan, Ala., and James Fank (Stacy) of Austin, Texas, step-daughters, Kelly Norman and Tracy Easton, 11 grandchildren and step-grandchildren. He is also survived by  his best friend, Marlin Buckmaster (Barbara), one sister, Phyllis Mayberry of Stillwater, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th. Ave., 7th Floor,  New York, NY, 10001, or HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West Charleston, WV, 25387-2536.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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