Weaver honored for giving back

May. 05, 2014 @ 08:10 PM

Linda Weaver continues to carry on her father’s legacy.

The Henderson resident was one of 17 honored with the 2014 N.C. Baptist Heritage Award on April 8.

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and the N.C. Baptist Foundation co-sponsor the annual ceremony. This year, 12 agencies presented awards to nearly 20 individuals for their contributions to the state’s Baptist entities.

Chowan University officials announced Weaver as an honoree in an April press release, basing their pick on her scholarships donations to students and her involvement in the surrounding community.

“I feel very humble about it because what I do is from the heart, not for any type of accolades,” Weaver said.

After her father died in 1993, Weaver and her mother decided to honor his memory with the James Lawson Briley Memorial Scholarship, which helps Vance County students seeking careers in education. James Briley had been a member of the board of trustees for the university.

“Education as always been very important to me because my father was not able to go to college,” Weaver said. “I want to be able to give other young people the option to further their education.”

Chowan University assistant men’s basketball coach Lee Branscome said Weaver was a great candidate for the award. He received the Briley scholarship in 2010 and continues to keep in touch with Weaver today.

“She was always been extremely generous,” he said. “She would give us little gifts to help with school. She didn’t have to do that because she was giving us money, but she was just appreciative because we were appreciative.”

Weaver followed in her father’s footsteps to serve on Chowan University’s board of trustees and the executive committee. She is chairwoman of the Student Affairs Committee and the Friends of Teacher Education Board for the university, as well.

Weaver said her parents taught her to give back however she could.

“I think it was more than the scholarships but also what I do for the community,” she said. “I feel extremely blessed to have had such wonderful Christian parents that raised me in the church and always wanted me to realized that I have been blessed, and you share your blessings with others.”

Aside from Chowan University, Weaver continues to give to organizations in Vance and Granville counties; she’s spent 23 years in the classroom and 15 years as a volunteer at Perry Memorial Library.

She serves on the board of Area Christians Together in Service, with many past terms as chairwoman, and is a member of the Women’s League of Henderson.

She remains active with her church, First Baptist Church of Henderson, and the Red Cross, as well.

Weaver said her mission is to continue serving others.

“I just want to continue to share my blessings with the community and ACTS and the church and other groups that I try to help,” Weaver said.

 

Contact the writer at dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.