Jasper Wellons Weathers, Jr. (Jay)
Jun 28, 1930 – Jan 17, 2017
Jasper Wellons Weathers, Jr. (Jay) of Youngsville passed away on January 17, 2017 following a period of declining health. He was the only son of the late Jasper Wellons Weathers, Sr. and Ursula Boyd Weathers, of Youngsville. He was predeceased by his only sister, Ida Mae Weathers Johnson and brother-in-law Henry C. Johnson, of Winston-Salem.
Jay was a graduate of Youngsville High School and North Carolina State University where he was an active member of the ROTC. He was the retired owner of Weathers Grocery and Farm Supply, Weathers Mobile Milling of Youngsville, and Co-Owner of Weathers and Harris Mobile Milling, Inc., of Oxford. In his retirement years, he became interested in real estate and later joined the staff at the Louisburg Post Office.
Jay grew up in the Youngsville Methodist Church and served as Sunday School Superintendent, permanent Chairman of the Board of Deacons, a Trustee and Lay Leader. When his church merged with the Wake Forest Methodists some time ago, Jay later joined the Youngsville Baptist Church from which he received many deeds of kindness during his illness.
Jay loved his hometown and was held in high esteem by its citizens. He was often described as a “Prince of a Fellow” whose kindness and goodness were revealed time and time again. Jay believed in giving back and in so doing he served both Youngsville and Franklin County well.
For over thirty years he served on the Youngsville Town Planning Board. He was a long time active member of the Board of Directors of the Youngsville Area Business Association as long as his health permitted. He was a member of the Youngsville Lions Club serving in many leadership positions, including Club President. He was a Member of the Youngsville National Guard for over fourteen years attaining the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. He was retired from the Youngsville Fire Department having served as a Volunteer Fireman for thirty years. He was the Chairman of the First Fireman’s Day, a continuing event. In 2009, Jay and his wife, Betty, were the Grand Marshals for the Annual Youngsville Christmas Parade.
In Franklin County, Jay was appointed to the County Economic Development Commission and served several terms. He was appointed and served a six-year term on the Franklin County Industrial Facilities and Pollution Control Financing Authority. Jay was also a Licensed Pilot. Following flying lessons and a solo flight, he enjoyed flying over his hometown and down to the coast.
Jay was a loving and devoted husband for 63 years to his wife, Betty Evans Weathers, who survives him. He is also survived by two nieces and one nephew, Nancy Johnson, Kathy March (Eric), and Hank Johnson (Bridgette); two treasured sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law (on his wife’s side) Alice Evans Steed (Benjie), Lelia Evans Tate and James C. Tate; three nephews (on his wife’s side) Rusty Forrest (Joy), Jimmy Forrest (Carol), Steven Tate (Charlotte); and extended “family”, Mitzie Tharrington Barnette (Russ), Ricky Tharrington (Hope), Gary Tharrington (Dorothy).
Funeral services will be held at the Youngsville Baptist Church on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM. Visitation with the family will be held in the Church Fellowship Hall from 12:00 – 1:45 preceding the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Youngsville Baptist Church, PO Box 297, Youngsville, NC 27596 or to Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest, NC 27587. (919) 556-5811.