LENA PITTMAN WEEKS

MRS. GEORGE EARLE WEEKS, living at Tarboro, was born January 23, 1887, in Epworth, North Carolina, and in her maidenhood was Lena Rivers Pittman, a daughter of Biscoe and Martha Alice (Walston) Pittman.  She pursued her education in the public schools of Edgecombe County, in Whitsett Institute near Greensboro, North Carolina, and in the Atlantic Christian College at Wilson, majoring in music and arts.  She is also a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago and holds a diploma from the International Council of Religious Education.  Mrs. Weeks was the first member of the Christian church to complete the Standard Teacher Training Course.  This course covered three years’ work and was given by the United Christian Missionary Society of St. Louis, Missouri.  Rev. Charles Darsie of Greensboro, North Carolina, directed the course of study.  She became the wife of Dr. George Earle Weeks, who was born at Epworth, March 7, 1883, a son of William G. and Mary Elizabeth (Leggett) Weeks, of Edgecombe County, North Carolina.  Mr. and Mrs. William G. Weeks had five children, namely: W. G. Jr., living in Rocky Mount; Maniza, deceased, who was the wife of Arthur Fountain, of Leggett, North Carolina; George Earle; B. R., a resident of Halifax, North Carolina; and H. H., of Rocky Mount.

George Earle Weeks was a student in Wilkinson Male Academy at Tarboro and was graduated in 1901 from Oak Ridge Institute.  He next attended the University of Maryland as a member of the class of 1906 and on completing a course on dentistry was awarded the D. D. S. degree.  After passing the state board examination at Asheville he began the practice of his chosen profession in Farmville, North Carolina, where he remained for three years.  On the expiration of that period he opened an office in Tarboro, continuing in the active practice of dentistry until his death.  At that time he enjoyed the largest dental practice in the city.  His death, which occurred April 22nd, 1931, resulted from treating a dog that had been injured and to which he was giving first aid.  As a precaution against hydrophobia he took the Pasteur treatment, which resulted in his death.

Dr. and Mrs. Weeks had a family of three children.  Hemmetter Earle, born December 1, 1908, was a pupil in the Tarboro high school and then attended successively the University of Richmond at Richmond, Virginia, the University of Maryland and the Atlanta Southern Dental College of Atlanta, Georgia, from which he was graduated with the D. D. S. degree with the class of 1933.  Cameron St. Claire, born November 19, 1910, was educated in the Tarboro high school and the University of North Carolina as a member of the class of 1936, receiving the LL. B. degree.  Alyce Biscoe, born February 8, 1914, was a student in the Tarboro high school and the University of North Carolina and was graduated from William Woods College of Fulton, Missouri, with the class of 1937 receiving the A. A. degree.

Dr. Weeks always gave his political allegiance to the Democratic party.  As a Mason he held membership in Concord Lodge at Tarboro, where he likewise belonged to the Calvary Episcopal Church.  His wife has long been deeply interested in Christian service and for the past quarter of a century has actively engaged in religious work in the prisons.  She is the author of many religious writings, the most noteworthy perhaps being God Given Messages.  Her membership is in the First Christian Church of Wilson, North Carolina, and she has been teaching the Bible class in the Sunday school for a third of a century.

Transcription from the book, North Carolina, the Old North State and the New, volume IV, written by Archibald Henderson, published in 1941, pages 566-567, found on the website, Hathitrust Digital Library (http://www.hathitrust.org), accessed 9 May 2021.  Photograph found on the website, Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 9 May 2021), memorial number 63527341, photograph submitted by CB Dowdy.

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