Emmett Weaver

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Emmett Weaver, one of three co-founders of Summerfest, long-time entertainment editor of the Birmingham Post-Herald and a World War II and Korean War veteran, has died. A native of Anniston, Emmett was predeceased by his parents, Frank Crosby Weaver, M.D. and Sara Emmett Boozer; his brother, Dr. Frank Weaver Jr., DDM, all of Anniston. Emmett attended Anniston High School. He entered the University of Alabama in pre-med studies and joined the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity. Due to World War II, he joined the Navy as a medic corpsman. At the close of World War II, he re-entered the University of Alabama and changed his major to Journalism and communications, graduating in 1948. His first job was editor of the Pell City News-Aegis. One year later, he met and married his wife of 63 years, Bobbye Jo Williamson. They returned to the University of Alabama, where she was a student, and he worked on his Master's Degree. He joined the Naval Reserve. Three months later, his unit was activated for the Korean crisis. Again, he was a medic, attached to the Fleet Marines, undergoing rigorous training at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Upon his release from active duty, he returned to Birmingham and began work on the Birmingham Post-Herald. He was first religion editor and then became amusement and entertainment editor, as well as editor of the "Week-Ender" (later "Kudzu"), a position held for 30 years, retiring in 1983. His job entailed covering symphonies, other musical events, theatre, television and movies, the latter carrying him across the U.S. and to Europe covering world-premiers. He once led the famous Lawrence Welk orchestra and he attended the state dinner for returning Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969. He was nominated for the Silver Bowl Award many times and received the first Raspberry Award from the Birmingham Press Club. He won the Associated Press Award for his coverage of an event outside his specialty when he reported on the racial tension at the University of Alabama. He belonged to the Birmingham Diner's Club, IPC Men's Club, Birmingham Press Club, Studebaker Club and The Club in the 1960s. He and other Summerfest co-founders were honored by an original stage production presented by the Summerfest Town and Gown Theatre in 1993. He was a member of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church. Emmett worked with the Boy Scouts of America, taking a troop on a 20-mile canoe trip on the Withlocochee River from inland Florida to the Gulf of Mexico. His hobbies included record collecting, swimming, gardening, playing with his beloved Boston terriers and travel. His favorite trips were to Africa, the Galapagos Islands, Japan and in the U.S. to Hawaii and Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Bobbye Jo Weaver; sister-in-law, Phyllis Weaver, of Oxford; cousins, Lauzanne (Walt) Casson, of New Port Richey, Fla., Belinda (Ed) Boza, of Key West, Fla., Alice (Bill) Owsley, of Anniston, Dr. Pat and Sandy Bernardi, of Oxford, Elizabeth (Roy) Geno, of Kingsport, Tenn., Macon (Michael) Blyth, of Evanston, Ill., Perry (Kathy) Williamson, of Chesapeake, Va. and "friends like family", Sue (Jack) Champion, Dr. Gregg (Laura) Champion, Jeff (Patti) Champion and Belinda (David) Murphy, all of Birmingham. The family thanks special caregivers Maria Matsumoto, Victor Lee, Mary Dyar, the "We Care" Group of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church and too many others to mention. Visitation will be held at Ridout's Valley Chapel on Thursday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. with service immediately following, with Dr. Gary Furr officiating. Interment with military honors will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Valley Hill Cemetery in Pell City. Pallbearers will be Chris Alexander, Drew Burke, Dr. Gregg Champion, Jeff Champion, Jim Richards and Brent Warren. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Pat Bernardi, Casey Campbell, Jimmy Jones, Jerry Vann and John Vann. If preferred, memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army or Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in lieu of flowers. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be left at www.ridoutsvalleychapel.com.
Published in The Anniston Star on Apr. 23, 2014
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