Walter B Weyant Jr.

February 22, 1933December 14, 2012

Weyant, Walter Bennett, Jr., age 79, of Knoxville, passed away on December 14, 2012. A career educator, he had moved to Knoxville with his wife on his retirement. He worked for a time as a substitute teacher for Knox County Schools, and was active in NAMI, serving on the board and its committees. Born in 1933, Walt grew up in Syracuse, NY, with his mom and dad, Walter Sr., and Georgia Weyant, now deceased, and his three sisters, Phyla, Dorothy, and Marilyn. He later graduated from Cortland University in Cortland, NY, with his teaching certificate and a passion for playing basketball that he would indulge long into his early 70’s. His master’s degree was earned from FAU (Florida Atlantic University). Moving to a fast growing Miami in 1957 he taught Math and Science. He also coached several sports at a North Miami recreation park and a few of those kids even went on to play professionally as adults. He soon discovered a new passion in the then very new program of “Community Schools”. The rest of his career was spent as an administrator for this Dade County Schools program and he never lost his enthusiasm for it. He remained a steadfast advocate for it the rest of his life. Walt is survived by his wife, Shirley, of 57 years, and his daughters, Laurie of Knoxville, and Suzette and her husband, James Gould, both of Home, WA, and their daughters, Nichole, Amanda and her husband, Joe, and Jennifer and her family. Also, his sisters, Phyla (her recently late husband, Paul Wright), Dorothy and her husband, William Dean, and Marilyn and her husband, Robert Akers, and brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Dorothy Roberts. There are several nieces, nephews, and many grandnephews and nieces, as well, and even some great grandnieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2 – 3 pm at the Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel. The memorial service will follow at 3 pm. Cremation by Restore Life USA. Arrangements by Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Dr. Condolences may be offered at



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Walter B Weyant Jr.

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April 2, 2013

I loved my Dad with all my heart. He was a remarkable man who loved his family. Heaven is lucky to have him.

Logan Black

January 28, 2013

We send our condolences and deepest sympathy. Mr. Weyant was an outstanding member of the communiy and a good friend to NAMI. He will be missed.

-Logan Black, President of NAMI Knoxville

Joyce V. Judge

January 26, 2013

Walt was a member of NAMI Knoxville for many years, and assisted me with advocacy and committee work for the PACT program for NAMI Tennessee. He was loyal, gracious and extremely effective in meeting with families as well as with professionals in this capacity. I am deeply saddened and extend my sincere condolences to Walt's family and all loved ones who will miss his generous spirit.

Dottie Peagler

January 26, 2013

My sympathies to Laurie and the whole family. NAMI was extremely grateful for his volunteering such precious time and energy. That is a wonderful picture of him and I had retired when he went to the meetings and Nashville, but he was well known amongst my friends. You will miss him and he was loved.
Dottie Peagler

Dan & Deni Kidd

January 24, 2013

Deni and I knew Walter for many years. He was truly a remarkable man who always carried himself with grace, humility, and uncommon dignity. He was extremely generous with his time and his money and he was tireless in the steadfast pursuit of the many causes he championed. Although he retired as an educator, he never stopped being a teacher to others and he never stopped learning new things for himself. He was highly respected and well-liked by everyone who met him. He will be greatly missed.

January 24, 2013

So sorry to hear of Walts passing. We all enjoyed playing basketball with him back in the nineties. He always was cheerful and softspoken and never had a negative word about anyone. He will be greatly missed by many. Hope to see you on that basketball court in heaven. All Your Basketball Buds,

Chely Rajoy-Tarpin

January 23, 2013

To the family of Walter Weyant. I know that there are no words of comfort at a time like this. . . I would want you to know that Walter was a good man that offered me a friendly smile. As a new administrator in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools many years ago, I did not know other administrators and I felt left out. Walter welcomed me and made me feel that I was a part of them. I will always appreciate his quite, respectful demeanor and his kindness toward me. I pray that God will hold all of you close to him.

jean (Wall) Avery

January 22, 2013

To the family of Walter Weyant .I send my deepest sympathy . I grew up in Solvay, also and knew the Weyant family well. Especially Phyla who I graduated with ( and would love to hear from). Their Mom and Dad were two of the nicest people you would want to know. Again, my condolences. Jean Wall Avery, ( still at 106 Hazard St., Solvay) God Bless.

January 22, 2013

Sorry to hear of Walters passing.I met him at NHC Ft.Sanders were my Mom was a patient. Jean Thurman