|Birth: ||Oct. 22, 1919|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 17, 2006|
North Carolina, USA
She was born in Asheville on October 22, 1919. Her father was an Asheville grocer who owned and operated Charlotte Street Grocery, where during her school days she often helped her father by working in the store. Together with her sister, she picked vegetables from the family farm to sell in the store. From these early childhood experiences, she developed an appreciation for time management, self-sufficiency, and the value of work
Dot was graduated from Weaverville High School, class salutatorian, in 1936. She received an A.A. degree from Brevard College in 1938 and a B.S. degree cum laude in English and History from Appalachian State University in 1940. She was on the debate team at Appalachian and was also involved with the production aspects of the drama program - two activities that she participated in for most of her life. In 1962, she received an M.A. degree in education and English from Western Carolina University.
Dot taught in the Buncombe County School System for 41 years beginning after her graduation from Appalachian in 1938. She taught at French Broad, Weaverville, Lee Edwards, Red Oak, North Buncombe and Erwin High Schools where she taught English and was also the debate and drama coach, especially at Erwin High School. Several of her debate and drama teams participated in both district and state competitions. Dot was also active in numerous education organizations including the Buncombe County Classroom Teachers Association, the NCAE, the ACT and the NEA. She was Teacher of the Year in 1977 for both Buncombe County and the Western North Carolina District and advanced to the finals of the state competition that same year. As the public education system evolved into its current status, she often remarked that is was 41 years in a different age. No teachers' aides, no teacher workdays, but plenty of early mornings with bus duty, taking up tickets at ballgames, nights devoted to grading papers and preparing lesson plans, and an expectation to be involved in one or more student extra-curricular activities. In her case, debate team coach and drama production sponsor.
Following her retirement from public schools in 1985, she taught for five years at Mars Hill College as an adjunct instructor. After 1990, she continued her involvement in public education by serving for six years as a volunteer in tutoring and reading programs at the Weaverville Primary School.
Dot was active in numerous community service activities throughout her life. She was a charter member and 58-year member of the Wednesday Study Club, a monthly book review club in Weaverville. She loved to read and kept at least one book beside her favorite chair always ready to talk about what she had just read and what was next on her list. She was a member of the Weaverville United Methodist Church and held numerous offices in the church and the United Methodist Women. She served as co-editor of the newsletter for the church, taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School and served for 15 years as the financial secretary to the official board. Dot worked with the North Buncombe Samaritan Ministry, a nonprofit organization designed to provide basic needs to the indigent for eight years beginning in 1990. She was also a member of the Weaverville Music Club for 15 years before the club dissolved. Dot currently sat on the board of directors for the Dry Ridge Museum in Weaverville.
Other community service activities included participation in neighborhood fund-raising drives for heart disease, cancer, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. For involvement in these numerous community service activities she was named Woman of the Week by the Asheville Citizen Times in 1964. She was initiated by invitation into Delta Kappa Gamma, a service organization for teachers in 1966. She regularly attended the monthly meetings of this group.
She remained open to new challenges and adventures throughout her life and always sought to stay abreast of the latest trends. When everyone was talking about their computer, she, at age 81, started using a computer and thereafter regularly exchanged correspondence with friends and relatives. At age 82, she started swimming to improve her strength and flexibility and continued to swim regularly 3 times a week until early in 2006.
Dot's hobby and a major social outlet was her bridge club. She played every two weeks with a group in Weaverville over a 60-year period.
Lawrence Albert Weaver (1919 - 2002)*
West Memorial Park
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Paul Murphy
Record added: Apr 10, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18850209