James Patrick Clevenger, 88, died Saturday, April 30, 2022, in Virginia Beach, Va. Jim was born May 12, 1933 near Webster Springs, the son of the late Roal Patrick and Rose Ann Payne Clevenger. He had been a member of the Morgantown community since 1956.
Jim graduated from Sutton High School and West Virginia University, where he received a degree in civil engineering, with honors in 1960. He was a licensed professional engineer, a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon honorary fraternities, and a member of the National and WV Societies of Professional Engineers.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean War from 1952 to 1955 with the Army Security Agency. Much of that time was spent at a small base in Kyoto, Japan. Jim was also a member of the American Legion.
Jim married Mary Cunningham, of Pisgah, on June 14, 1958, at Spruce Street United Methodist Church. They were dedicated and loving partners for over 61 years until his death on January 1, 2020.
Jim worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for 35 years in a number of different engineering and management positions. Most of those years were spent in West Virginia working on flood control projects. He has also worked with farmers and landowners on conservation and pollution control measures. During his tenure, he was involved in the planning, design and construction of over 150 flood control dams, many of which serve multiple purposes, such as water supply and recreation. He was responsible for water resources planning for West Virginia when he retired in 1992.
Jim was a member of Suncrest United Methodist Church, where he served on numerous committees and served as chairman of the board for several years. He participated in several expansions and renovations of churches. His true love was helping take care of the church lawn and landscaping. He was a member of the Suncrest Kiwanis Club, where he served as secretary and worked on numerous service and fundraising projects. Jim was a member of the WV Tree Farmers Association and implemented a number of forest management practices on the family farm. During his retirement years, he enjoyed working on the farm, playing golf, traveling, volunteering to help others and, most importantly, his grandchildren. He had a long, healthy and wonderful life.
Jim is survived by two sons, Joe (Beth) and Jimmy; son-in-law, JJ; granddaughters, Katie, Maggie and Molly (Jacob); grandsons, Quinn, Wes, Walt and Ian; great-grandsons, Noah and Patrick; and her sisters, Susan, June, Linda (Bill) and Barbara (Mike).
In addition to his parents and his wife, Jim was predeceased by his daughter Kim; brothers Richard and Kenneth Clevenger; and her sisters Peggy Billotti and Nancy Barton.
A memorial service will be held at Suncrest United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, with Pastor Mike Estep officiating. Jim and Mary’s remains will be placed in the church’s columbarium. A church dinner will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Suncrest United Methodist Church, 479 Van Voorhis Road, Morgantown, WV 26505.