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Dodd Payne Hess Funeral Home

350 W Maple Ave, Fayetteville, WV

OBITUARY

Charles "Sib" Sibbley Weatherford II

September 3, 1966March 24, 2020

Charles Sibbley (Sib) Weatherford II died peacefully with the love of his family and friends on March 24, 2020. He was 53 years old.

His spirit is carried on by his wife Lauren Weatherford and two daughters Jenna and Jillian Weatherford, parents Charles and Mary Weatherford, sister and brother-in-law Mendy and Doug Haver and their family, brother and sister-in-law John and Monica Weatherford, and special friend Buttercup.

Sib was born September 3rd, 1966 (the same day the Summersville Dam was dedicated, he liked to mention) and raised in the small town of Fayetteville, West Virginia. It was an idyllic childhood, full of friends and family. He was given a strong moral and spiritual foundation with an emphasis on joy provided by his mother who was his guiding force and primary influence throughout his life. He was an active kid, running around town with his friends, mowing lawns to earn his own money, and playing tennis and football. As a teen, a frizzy haired Sib sang in the glee club with perfect pitch and worked as a lifeguard at Fayette County Park. Sib’s parents instilled in him a love of travel and discovery on family vacations and long drives with his father just to see where they could go.

Music, sports and reading were big parts of Sib’s life. He grew up listening to the family songbook of hymn’s, standards and the occasional Willie Nelson tune. As a teen he started a lifelong habit of concert going to see the likes of The Rolling Stones, Springsteen, REM, Garth Brooks, and Elton John to name a few. Closer to home, Sib could be found anywhere there was live music being played in and around Fayetteville. He was also a huge sports fan, rooting for the WVU Mountaineers, virtually any college football game (while always giving his sister a hard time about the SEC), he was a Cowboy’s fan and loved to argue with his grandfather- a Redskins fam, and he had a love for NASCAR stemming from the early days of walking in with his dad to sit on concrete bleachers at Bristol.

From an early age he learned to love the outdoors and adventure, camping with his grandparents at Brookside on the banks of the New River. Later on he and his sister would be dropped off at Thurmond to take river trips with Wildwater Expeditions. As an adult he made his passion his career, as a ski patroller, a raft guide, and a river manager, Sib worked in the outdoor industry for more than 30 years. He was well known in the outdoor community as a great boss, co-worker, and friend. Sib was the second of three generations of river guides in his family, beginning with his father in the early days of the industry, and going on to include him and his brother, wife, sister-in-law and now his oldest daughter.

Sib eventually stepped away from the outdoors and returned to school to complete his bachelor’s degree. He began a second career working for the WV Division of Rehabilitation Services where he was able to improve the lives of those with disabilities, a job he was passionate about. Sib always felt grateful that he could help people in need. He loved his work and his co-workers.

Sib had a biting sense of humor. He let his friends know how much he cared about them by how much of a hard time he gave them; the more Sib made fun of someone, the more he liked them. He had a beaming smile and a genuine nature that was loved by everyone that knew him. Sib made true friends wherever he went.

Disabled by a rare condition later in life, Sib never let his physical limitations hold him back. He was often heard to say, “I’m too dumb to quit!” Despite being confined to a wheelchair, he still rafted the class V rapids of the Upper Gauley and skied using an adaptive sit-ski. “Keep moving forward. There’s always a challenge, and there’s always something exciting and fun that you can do,” he said after he became a local celebrity by ziplining off the New River Gorge Bridge in his wheelchair, a feat that matched Sib’s spirit of never giving up.

Sib inspired people, partly because he was so courageous in the face of his illness and partly because he was such a good friend to all that knew him. Sib deeply loved his wife, and he was a dedicated and supportive father to their girls. He bragged about them all the time. His girls meant the most to him.

Sib Weatherford was a good man who left the world, and everyone in it, far better off than he found it.

Per Sib’s wishes, he will be cremated. Later this year there will be a celebration of Sib’s life open to all that knew him or were inspired by him. In lieu of flowers the family asks that in Sib’s name you find ways to support local businesses and artisans in these challenging days.

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Memories

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Karen Basham

March 30, 2020

I had the pleasure of growing up with Sib, even though he was a couple of years younger than me. I will always remember his smiling, up-beat nature! My prayers are now with his wonderful family for strength and peace in the coming weeks.

Dennis Garrison

March 28, 2020

I can’t even put into words how much Sib means to me. One of the greatest people and real people. He was always excited to go on an adventure. He was always so positive and always wanted to know how others were doing and catch up on their lives.

A true gentleman, a true family man and a real example to all.

My heart goes out to his family. Much love to all.

Audree Tierney

March 28, 2020

To such a wonderful family,
Sib was my cousin. Most of my memories of Sib are of the KID Sib. See I’m from Michigan but our family would vacation in W.Va.
Sib his sister and myself would play together , go to the 4H club to swim,
Go camping and just do KID things. Our families would even go to Myrtle Beach Together.
Even as a kid Sib had such a great and fun personality. And to tell the truth we really never got in trouble together we just had fun.
For as long as I can remember Sib was diabetic which sometimes was hard but when we would visit my Dad, Sibs great Uncle would bring him cases of a pop that’s made only in Michigan called Vernors! It gave my dad great joy to bring this down for Sib and I remember how much Sib enjoyed getting it!
Sib lived such a full and exciting life and we should all use him as a example on how strong we should be and how we should not let the adversity of life stand in our way!
You will be missed but not forgotten!

Mark Bridgeman

March 27, 2020

Sib, my good buddy.
I was a river guide and kayaker when I first met Sib in 1989. In pursuit of my American dream thousands of miles from my hometown in the UK. Sib welcomed me into his world as a friend and introduced me to his family and friends. This included family dinners at his parents house and meeting all his siblings.
We were at the river most of the time for both work and play. A group of us in both rafts and kayaks, I believe, made one of the first descents of the lower Meadow River at 1500 cfs.
10 years ago I had the opportunity to visit West Virginia again during Gauley season. Sib Lauren and the girls welcomed me into their home. Sib and I were able to rekindle a long friendship, which was evident had never gone away despite all the years.
I will miss you my good friend.
You are an inspiration of an all around good person, as a husband, father and friend.
Cheers, Mark.

Diana Mills

March 27, 2020

Wow. Cannot believe this! I’ll never forget the crazy things he did! Sib loved life more than anyone that I have ever met! He showed me the leprechaun video, how to work his wheelchair lift, and I will never forget “spa day” at Raleigh General! He loved his family more than anything. Lauren Weatherford, he told us stories about you both working ski patrol, and things that happened at home (all which would make us all laugh). He was especially proud of his two girls. Not a visit went by without him mentioning something one of them were into in school. He always asked me about how Eric was doing in school. He loved to tell me stories about growing up or of the adventures y’all had rafting. My favorite is about the dude who got wet in the river and took all his clothes off except his banana 🍌 hammock. He also gave me grief about the ring-tailed lemurs and baboons. 😂 I was proud to have known you. Your spirit always stayed so strong. I Love you guys. I hope you know that my life has been forever changed because of you all. Till we meet again, ya brat!

Laura Peterson Hernandez

March 27, 2020

I never knew Sib, I just happened upon his memorial. I think, from reading about Sib, we should all be proud of him. It seems like he took life and made every moment he had to help others. If we all could take a look and apply it to our own lives . To his family, I pray you find comfort in knowing that God has welcomed another angel, and he is sitting at the feet of God, basking in his glory.

Blake Weeks

March 26, 2020

Charles,

Where do I begin man? When I first met u it was later in your life but I saw a man full of life, smiles, and of course jokes. U touched my life and I assume many others. It was an honor to treat u. It was an honor to laugh together and tell jokes. However, the biggest honor was to meet u! The girls in the office always enjoyed u! May we all strive to leave a legacy like u my friend.

Your friend and brother,

Dr. Weeks

Janette Woodrum

March 26, 2020

Sib was a legend..always a radiant smile..and words of kindness..No matter where this young man was..he never complained and gave encouragement to so many..had a parade..there is Sib riding down the road with his wife behind..smiling , waving, and speaks to all...Superman....Grinch, jumping off bridge and participating in the polar plunge..Fly high Sib Weatherford..may be gone but never forgotten. My deepest sympathy to all the family and friends.

Janette Woodrum

March 26, 2020

A legend of smiles..and memories..always lifting people up and encouraging them to do the best..If you were in the room there was always kind words ,spoken to you by Sib Weatherford. This young man may be gone but never forgotten .my deepest condolences to each of you in the loss of your father, brother .son,uncle, co worker but most of all your friend..cherish your memories ...Fly High Sib Weatherford ...

ronald George

March 26, 2020

I have known this family for over 20 years, they have shown the greatest strength and perseverance I have ever seen. Sib was the strongest individual as well. He smiled through the difficulty he experienced here in this life. He never stopped looking for adventure even while in his wheel chair. One of Sib's sources of strength was his wonderful family. They were always by his side supporting, praying, encouraging, helping, loving, and giving of their love as he did all he could to return their love. God was there for Sib and his family, as He is for all of us. God healed Sib forever when He called him home. I am thankful to have known him who has set the example of a mountaineer who had to climb a hill much higher and steeper than most everyone else. He made it to the top and now he looks down on us who are left behind and he encourages us to keep on climbing as he did. Dont give up. Sib made it and so can you. We are praying for Sib's family. We love you all.

FROM THE FAMILY