James Forrest Wisecup
James Forrest Wisecup, 82, of South Charleston died Friday evening (March 23, 2012) after a short illness.
He was born Dec. 26, 1929, the son of the late Wilbur and Chloe Wisecup of Cedarville. Jim was a graduate of Cedarville College, Miami University of Ohio and Ball State University where he was awarded his doctorate in
education. After two years in the Army during the Korean War, he married the love of his life, Bettye. He spent many years in education, starting as a teacher, a school principal and eventually became a superintendent of schools at Buckeye Valley High School near Delaware, as well as Piqua; Penn Hills, Pa.; and finally Billings, Mont. Before he left Piqua, he was involved in the establishment of the Upper Valley Joint Vocational School in the 1970s. He had a passion for teaching and never stopped. He was also a great athlete, and baseball was the sport he loved best. He played second base, along with his life-long and best friend, Marcus Townsley, who was a great pitcher. In 1950, he hit .544 and won the NABF league batting crown with 31 hits in 57 at-bats. He was a lifelong fan of the Reds and Ohio State Buckeyes. He and Bettye lived in many places before finally settling down in Clark County and South Charleston almost 20 years ago. This area was the place he loved best.
Jim is survived by his son, Vice Admiral Phil Wisecup in the U.S. Navy and daughter-in-law Anne D. Wisecup; and five grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Marie, Madeleine, Sarah, Nathalie and Paul. He dearly loved his cousin Keith Wisecup, who’s in Florida, and his local “South Charleston family” Cindy and Luke, Marc and Sue, Cathy and Roger, Diana and Brad, Tom and Linda and Larry and Julia, and all of their children and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life for 58 years, Bettye (Bach) Wisecup.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 28, at South Charleston United Methodist Church, 15 E. Jamestown St., South Charleston. Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m., with the service at 2 p.m. Burial to follow at North Cemetery, Cedarville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jim to the South Charleston United Methodist Church, PO BOX G, South Charleston, OH 45368. Arrangements are in the care of Ingling Williams Funeral Home.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at jacksonlytle.com.