Hardin-Simmons University professor emeritus of religion and applied Christianity, Dr. G. Norman Weaver, will be interred in the Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. Born near Enon, Missouri, in 1921, Weaver died Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Hamil Family Funeral Home on Buffalo Gap Road in Abilene.
Weaver was selected as Faculty Member of Year while a professor at Logsdon School of Theology, and in 2005 was selected as Former Faculty Member of the Year by members of the Former Faculty/Staff/Administration Fellowship.
Weaver taught a combination of business and religious education curses during his 32 years at HSU, including a course that combined the two areas of his expertise—church business administration.
His teaching career spanned 53 years. Beginning in 1941, Weaver covered all levels of education, from first grade in a rural elementary school to third year graduate students at the seminary level. Before coming to HSU in 1960, he amassed 10 years of teaching experience.
Norman married Garnet Newton in 1942 prior to three years of service in the Army Air Corps during World War II. In 2012, the Weavers celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on a trip to the eastern Caribbean.
Weaver earned degrees from Southwest Baptist College, Bolivar, Missouri; Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri; University of Missouri, Columbia; and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he earned two degrees, including a doctorate.
In addition to his full-time teaching at HSU, he helped to create the Tri-College Education and Vocational Training program for HSU, Abilene Christian, and McMurry universities. It was the first program of the University Consortium, what is today known as the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing.
While at HSU he served as an interim pastor and as a minister of education in three area churches. He and Garnet served for 17 years as Mission Service Corps volunteers under the Southern Baptist Convention, earning missionary emeriti status. They also served as teachers in six countries on five continents, including 10 months in Ghana, West Africa, and while on sabbatical from HSU.
Following his retirement from HSU in 1992, he served as director of church services for the Abilene Baptist Association and as a Mission Service Corps volunteer. He was also recognized as Layperson of the Year by the Kiwanis Club of Abilene in 1997. In 2007, he was honored with the Life Service Award from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.
He is survived by his wife and three children, all HSU graduates, Ann Kronk, Knoxville, Tennessee; Marcia Sue Wood, Dallas, Texas: and David Weaver, Austin, Texas. They have six grandchildren,Timothy Wood, Catherine Kronk, James Weaver, Sarah Wood, Kyle Weaver, and Melody Weaver; and two great grandchildren, Owen and Penelope Wood.
Burial will be at 9 a.m. Monday, May 6, with a memorial service to follow at 10:30 a.m. in the atrium at Wesley Court, 2617 Antilley Road.