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Thomas Edward Weir, 1925 - 1995

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  Thomas Edward Weir was born on April 6, 1925, the son of Benjamin Frank and Katherine Weir, in Washington, North Carolina. Tom attended public schools in Roanoke and Salem, Virginia. In 1945, he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina, and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy where he served until 1952. He resigned his commission to enter seminary at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. While in seminary, he served a three-point circuit in rural Georgia. Later, he attended the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, receiving a Ph.D. in Theology.

  Upon returning to the United States, he was appointed in 1958 as the Wesley Foundation Director, Lexington, Virginia. After serving this appointment for seven years, where he was instrumental in establishing the chaplaincy at Virginia Military Institute, teaching Greek at Washington and Lee University and Bible at Southern Seminary, Buena Vista, he re-entered the Navy as a chaplain in 1964. He was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia; Edzell, Scotland; Naval Air Facility, Washington, D.C.; Okinawa and retired from the Navy at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in 1975. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars.

  After his retirement from the Navy, he served as pastor of Cranford United Methodist Church, Lorton, Virginia, for five years and then retired from the United Methodist Church in 1982. Tom continued a very active Christian ministry to people of many faiths and gave active leadership to numerous civic and fraternal organizations where he received notable awards for his generous contribution of his time, talents and money. These organizations included Boy and Girl Scouts, Rotary International, American Red Cross, and Masonic and veteran’s organizations. At the time of his death, he was serving as director of Hospital Visitation, Masonic Service Association, visiting Veterans’ hospitals nationwide.

  After a brief illness, he died on December 24, 1995, and was buried in the chaplains’ section of Arlington National Cemetery with military honors. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rebekah, two sons, Thomas and Charles, and two granddaughters.

  Tom will be remembered for his keen mind, warm smile, delightful sense of humor and his ever ready pastoral service to God’s children worldwide. In the words of the poet, we can say about Tom, "life was a great adventure with a glorious goal, and beyond the grave, more life and more adventure."

— Joseph F. White



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