Family Remembers Knox Student Killed in Accident

By: Jim Freeman Email
By: Jim Freeman Email

Knoxville (WVLT) It's also going to be a tough day back to school tomorrow in the Halls community.

It'll be the first day back without Bert Weaver.

The 13-year old was stuck by a vehicle while crossing Emory Road to get to the Halls football game Friday.

He died Saturday.

Counselors will be on hand to help students tomorrow.

As Volunteer TV's Jim Freeman explains, Bert's spirit will live on.

When it came to playing football, size didn't matter to Bert Weaver, because he led with his heart.

Bert's coach, Casey Lane, says, "Huge heart. A little bitty kid. He was about four-six and 65 pounds. Smallest kid we had but he was never afraid to go in there and stick his head in just mix it up with all the guys."

He even lost some locks so he could suit up in the Halls' red and white.

Bert's mom, Donna Weaver: "He had grown his hair out some. He liked it, because the girls liked it. He said come on just get your clippers. I want to play football. I'll sacrifice the hair."

Lots of hearts have taken hits from losing Bert, aside from his family, perhaps none bigger than Bert's pal Elijah.

One of Bert's best pals was Elijah Soon and he says, "We played football. He didn't really get much playing time, but he hustled the most, and he had a lot of heart."

Bert had so much heart that he wanted to share it, literally.

He decided a couple of weeks ago to become an organ donor.

Donna Weaver says, "If you will, I'd like for you to donate my organs, because I want other people to live on. I don't want it to end there."

The eager seventh grader lived his thirteen short years to their fullest and left quite an impression especially on the family that adopted him from a life on the streets some 11 years ago.

Donna Weaver says, "Just one of the most creative, loving individuals I've ever seen in my life. I feel honorerd to have been his mother."

Friends and family of Bert Weaver will say final goodbyes at a receiving of friends on Thursday from 5:00-8:00 pm at Mynatt Funeral Home, Halls Chapel, on E. Emory Rd.

The funeral will follow at 8:00 pm.

Weaver will be buried at 11:00 am on Friday at Anderson-Gouffon Cemetery.


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  • by Kurgan Location: Ireland on Sep 22, 2007 at 09:37 PM
    to reply to PRIVATE,I saw his post after i sent my message and held my breath til now,he obviously doesn't understand ppl's take on death,it's not totally about mourning the loss of a loved one ,it's about celebrating their LIFE, ppl they've met ,touched,and influenced and i think ,by looking at the reports and responses on here,that u can see that Bert AND his family are special people,he has touched so many lives here,but there wasn't enough room for a heart his size,so God gave him some space, and said "Cead mile failte Bert" smile and light up heaven.
  • by Renee Location: Halls on Sep 6, 2007 at 01:26 PM
    This is in response to post by "Private in Halls." If you do not know the family and have anything to say other than to say I'm sorry, it would probably be best not to say anything. Donna is a wonderful, wonderul lady who loves her kids more than you will ever know and she is hurting enough without having to read this kind of comment from a stranger. I know you are a stranger because of your comment because if you knew her and any member of her family, you would not have written this. You need to have some respect, please, and not say hurtful things like this.
  • by PRIVATE Location: HALLS on Sep 4, 2007 at 09:30 AM
    I'M SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPEN. HE LOOKED LIKE A GREAT KID.BUT I'M NOT TRYING TO BE MEAN BUT HOW COULD THE MOTHER SIT THERE AND LAUGH AND CUT UP LIKE THAT IF IT WAS ME IN HER PLACES I WOULD BE BALLING MY EYES OUY ADOPTED OR NOT SHOW SOME FEELINGS.I FEEL SORRY FOR HIS PAL ELIJAH HIS HAVING IT RUFF. AND SORRY TO HIS TEAMMATES AND CLASSMATES.
  • by Dont Want To Mention Location: Knoxville on Sep 3, 2007 at 08:36 PM
    i'm sorry about what happened...i understand the family's pain in this...it is sad and he was a good kid....i'll miss him
  • by Carolyn Location: Halls on Sep 3, 2007 at 06:42 PM
    Would really like to see the video that went with the story about Bert Weaver that wat aired on 9/2 at 6:00. What a wonderful family. Bert was a special person.

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