Bob Weathers

Friday, March 7, 2003

Bob Weathers, 72, of Berryville, died Monday, March 3, 2003, in Berryville.

He was born Oct. 14, 1930, in Salem, Ark., son of Omery C. and Lucy E. (Rowden) Weathers.

Mr. Weathers was associated for 18 years with North Arkansas EC in Salem, where he worked successively as a billing clerk, bookkeeper, and sales manager before being named assistant to the general manager in 1957. From 1952 until 1956, his work with the cooperative was interrupted by his four years of service to his country with the U.S. Air Force. He served a two-year term on the Salem City Council before being elected mayor in 1963. He served three terms as mayor before stepping down in 1969. He was a member and past president of the Salem Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Salem Industrial Development Corporation. As a Mason, he was past master of the Salem Lodge No. 418, F & AM. He was a past member of the Salem Methodist Church and was past chairman of its official board.

In 1972, Mr. Weathers joined Carroll ECC, from which he retired in 1990, closing a rural electric career that spanned 40 years. He served as director and past chairman of the state-wide Arkansas Electric Co-ops, Inc., in Little Rock; director, past chairman and secretary-treasurer of Arkansas ECC (G&T); director of Electric Research and Electrification Council; past vice president of Arkansas ACRE, and on NRECA's committees.

On June 29, 1949, he married Donna Mae (Bone) Weathers, who survives him, of the home. He is also survived by three daughters, Kristy Weathers of Rogers, Toni Greer and husband John of Mountain Home, and Cindy Weathers of Berryville; three grandsons, Chris Weathers and wife Jo of Scott City, Kan., and Landon and Elliott Ginn, both of Berryville; his great-granddaughter, Emily Jo Weathers of Scott City, Kan.; his brother, Don Weathers and wife Wylmah of Tulsa, Okla.; and two sisters, Louise Humphries and husband Jack, and Betty Whitaker and husband Bill, all of Salem.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronald Gene Weathers; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Weathers Huslig; and two brothers, Eugene Weathers and Carl Weathers.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, March 6, at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel, with Pastor Cornelia DeLee officiating. Committal services followed at the Salem Cemetery in Salem. Arrangements were by Nelson Funeral Service.

Memorial donations may be made to the Berryville United Methodist Church, or to the American Cancer Society.