James Emerson Weed was born Aug. 21, 1911 in Gridley, Kan., and brought to Arizona as a baby in March 1912, one month after Arizona became a state. His family settled in Peoria, where they purchased 163 acres, and ran a broom factory and school.
The family cemetery, Old Paths Cemetery, was built on this land, and is still a privately owned and operated cemetery today. The remainder of the land was sold in 1947 to purchase the property at 18th Avenue and Indian School Road, where the family began Phoenix Christian High School.
Mr. Weed married Clara May Howell Oct. 13, 1933. They were blessed with two children: Melva Jo, and Paul Edward. Jim and Clara celebrated 70 years of marriage before Clara died less than two hours before their 70th wedding anniversary.
Mr. Weed served in the Army Infantry nine months, when he was drafted at the age of 34. Two months later, Congress passed a bill stating that no one over the age of 32 could be drafted. At one time, he owned all three Union service stations in Glendale on Grand Avenue. Clara ran Northside Union 76 (the main station) while Jim was away serving in the Army Infantry.
Later, he sold the Union stations and purchased an auto parts business. He named it Jim's Auto Supply. In 1954, he purchased Standard Auto Supply in downtown Glendale. A partial owner of the business was J.C. Flowers, so they put a sign in the window which read "Weed and Flowers," and often had folks stop in and ask where they could buy feed and seed. Mr. Weed owned Standard Auto Supply from 1954 to 1974.
He served on Glendale City Council in 1953 and 1954, and was a member of Glendale Rotary Club 25 years.
Mr. Weed was ordained as a deacon in 1942 and served as an active deacon for more than 40 years, both in Glendale and in Prescott. He was Sunday School Superintendent for 17 years at First Southern Baptist Church in Glendale and First Southern Baptist Church in Prescott. He helped establish the Senior Adult Ministry at FSBC in Glendale and Prescott. He also served on the state council through the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention for three years, helping to get the Senior Adult Ministry program started.
He served on the Board of Phoenix Christian High School for 26 years.
Mr. Weed died Feb. 9. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Melva and Bruce Burgmann; daughter-in-law, Darrell Weed Glover; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held Feb. 19 at First Southern Baptist Church at Sahuaro Ranch in Glendale. Memorials can be sent to Hospice of the Valley or Old Paths Cemetery, and mail to 8420 N. 58th Drive, Glendale, AZ 85302.