Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bishop Eugene Weakley

Bishop Eugene Weakley, 83 years, of Murfreesboro, TN, died on March 28, 2011 at Alive Hospice Residence, Nashville, TN after a short illness.

He was born in Nashville, TN on July 11, 1927 to Marshall E. and Althea Sensing Weakley. He was married to Juanita Faye Cowan Weakley on November 19, 1955. He has one daughter, Regina Faye Weakley Cassidy of Murfreesboro, son-in-law, Jeff Cassidy and one sister, Eleanor Weakley Wilson of Cleveland, TN. In addition, he is survived by his beloved pekingese, Buttons. He has several nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law. He has a large “extended family” who affectionately calls him, “pawpaw”, “pop” and “dad”. He is preceded in death by brothers, Thomas, Zelbert, and Glen Weakley, and sister, Lucille Weakley.

He attended Trevecca College, Nashville, TN and Cleveland State Community College and Lee University, Cleveland, TN to further his education. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in WWII.

He started his ministry in 1948. He served in various capacities in The Church of God of Prophecy. He was a Pastor’s “pastor” and served in both Alabama and Tennessee for nineteen years. He served as a Full-Time District Overseer of Middle Tennessee and National Director of the Small Group Ministries for nine years, and State Overseer (Bishop) for Tennessee for fourteen years. After retirement, he continued to minister in various capacities until his death and served a total of 63 years in Ministry.

He has traveled extensively in 49 states as well as various countries for the Ministry. He was vital in organizing various churches in the State of Tennessee, initiating the Couple’s Retreat for Marriage Enrichment, enhancing “Ministers-In-Training”, and vital in “raising the bar” for ministers to further their ministerial education. He was the visionary and founder of the Tennessee Center for Biblical Leadership. He has authored two books including: God Keeps Good Books and Part II: Now, The Rest of The Story! He was a beloved husband, father, friend, mentor, and respected minister of the Gospel.

Visitation with the family will be Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 6:00pm-9:00pm at Murfreesboro Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be Friday, April 1, 2011 at 1:00pm at Murfreesboro Funeral Home. Burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens with Military Honors.

The family would like to thank the many friends, relatives, and church members for their kindness during this difficult time. God Keep Good Books!