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• WEIR, Donald E.,
84, of Athens, died Tuesday morning, October 22, 2013 at NHC of Athens. A native of Bradley County and longtime resident of Athens, he was a son of the late Rev. Roscoe and Lula Reno Weir and was also preceded in death by a brother and his wife Ray and Carlene Morrison Weir, and a sister-in-law, Mary Hollingsworth Sharp. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Athens for 60 years, where he sang in the church choir, taught a young boy’s Sunday School class, and served as a deacon for 45 years. He was a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College, East Tennessee State University, and he obtained his master’s degree in Education Supervision from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He was an honorary member of the Athens Rotary Club. He began his teaching career at McMinn County High School in 1954. He served at Assistant Principal at McMinn County High School and later as Principal. He then went to the Athens Jr. High School as principal in 1966 and served there until his retirement in 1991. He served in the Tennessee National Guard for nine years. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty Sharp Weir, of Athens; one daughter and son-in-law, Dauna Kay and Dr. Richard Sharpe of Athens, one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Eugene and Becky Greene Weir of Farragut, three granddaughters, Allison Kay Sharpe, Stephanie Rebecca Weir and Rebecca Leigh Weir; one grandson and his wife, Andrew Richard and Amanda Boyd Sharpe; one sister and brother-in-law, Betty Katherine and William B. Stephens of Oak Ridge; brother-in-law, Dr. Vance R. Sharp of Yahala, Fl.and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be conducted, 2:00 pm, Saturday, October 26, 2013 in the Smith Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jason Clark officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery with Military Honors at the graveside. The family will receive friends Saturday, from 11:30am-1:30pm at the funeral home prior to the service. Pallbearers will be Jerry Howell, Butch Smith, Ronnie Weir, Randall Kyker, Bill Bessom and Dr. John Offutt. Honorary pallbearers will be Deacons of First Baptist Church of Athens and members of Dr. John Offutt’s Sunday school class. The family suggests memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association NE/SE TN Chapter, 7625 Hamilton Park Drive, Suite 22, Chattanooga, TN 37421 or First Baptist Church of Athens “More Than a Building Fund”, 305 Ingleside Avenue, Athens, TN 37303. If you are unable to attend this service or visitation you may sign the guest register at www.smithfuneral& Smith Funeral & Cremation Services of Athens is serving the family of Donald E. Weir.

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