George Weaver’s 80th birthday marked another year of living his brand and making a difference in the lives of others.
George’s special day of Oct. 3 was celebrated three days later at the Palm Coast Community Center. KC Cooking provided culinary thrills for the FAA instructional force (Federal Aviation and Administration), Alpha Phi Alpha frat brothers, golf buddies, church family, other family and friends.
It showed off the good things that have come out of his life, in addition to a roast for amusing George.
It was a generous offering presented by his wife, the Rev. Annette Weaver.
The couple has been childhood sweethearts since Rev. Weaver was 14 years old and living in DeLand.
It was her dad who was the first to recognize George’s potential, and Rev. Weaver thanks God for choosing the right fellow, who was quiet – yet smooth – and turned out to be a great husband and dad.
The Weavers have been married for 58 years.
Their daughter, host Monique Weaver Page, was born in Heidelberg, Germany, and has lived in Honolulu, and is now living in Milton, Georgia.
George, who was born in Orlando, is retired after 27 years of active Army service, serving as a lieutenant colonel.
His post-military retirement was spent in organizational development, training and development as an independent consultant and a management trainer on staff at a FAA center.
Amid the birthday cake and other scrumptious desserts, George’s nieces, Brother Drew Weaver’s daughters – the music teachers and directors – harmonized changing the words and singing a capella, “The Lord is Blessing You” and “Happy Birthday to You.”
Retired U.S. Navy officer John Miller said, “I remember when he (George) went down and attempted to change the world one male kid at a time. He’s mentored folks every year since I’ve known him.”
George has been a mentor, providing support to the African-American Mentoring Program – established by the Flagler County School Board – for at-risk students in developing and reaching positive, personal, academic, character, and career goals.
“He pushed me, inspired me. He encouraged me,” said Leonard Powell.
“He told me I had something that I shouldn’t give away, that I shouldn’t work for anybody, and needed to do it for myself,” Leonard added.
That was 33 years ago this month that George’s words became resolute.
Leonard is “a seasoned organization development consultant with experience as an internal consultant within the U.S. Army and an external consultant to myriad corporations, federal, and state agencies, and associations.”
Among George’s dynamics was the help he provided to his younger brother, Bill, for which Bill is grateful.
In fun, Bill recalled when George was trying to make heads or tails out of his iPhone – trying to figure out how it worked – that he related George mentioning, “I don’t know what I am doing.
“And then, the voice on the phone (chimed), ‘No, you don’t know what you are doing.”’
While thanking the guests for attending his party, George jokingly said that Nancy Lundgren of the FAA instructional force taught him that $1 is not the universal tip!
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.
Birthday wishes to Nicole McGlown, Luther White, Oct. 12; Wanda Brinson White, Oct. 13; the Rev. Ron Rawls and Chauncey Dunham, Oct. 15.
Happy anniversary to Luther and Wanda Brinson White, Oct. 12.