On March 29, 2009, Sergeant Robert “Bob” Weathers, a distinguished veteran officer with the Fayetteville Police Department, passed away.
Sergeant Bob Weathers dedicated his life to serving his country. After a full career in the United States Army, retiring at the rank of Command Sergeant Major, he made Fayetteville his home. On April 26, 1982 at the age of 49, he began his second career with the Fayetteville Police Department (FPD), embarking on what would be a long distinguished and flourishing career. Sergeant Weathers spent the majority of his career with the FPD training center, where he became the face, voice, and driving force of law enforcement training, within the department.
As the training sergeant, Weathers was integral in recruiting, selecting, and training new officers. Sgt. Weathers coordinated and instructed in the department’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy as well as coordinated the Citizens Police Academy. He maintained numerous law enforcement certifications and instructed in subjects such as, self defense, driver’s training and firearms training, enabling him to touch the lives of most of the officers that are on the department today. Sergeant Weathers was so well known for his expertise in training, that law enforcement officers agencies all across the state would come to the FPD to attend his classes. He became a constant presence in police training and is the person who officers from all agencies most remember from their early days in the profession. Visitors to the Police Training Center were always able to count on Sergeant Weathers for a kind greeting and a pleasant word, no matter how busy he may have been. He never said, “no” when asked to help with any task necessary to support the mission of training. Sergeant Weathers never complained and worked many additional hours after a full day’s work just to get the job done. His commitment to the department and its mission is unsurpassed and rare to find. Sergeant Weathers met every challenge with a “can-do” attitude that was contagious. He made everyone around him believe that anything was possible. All this, and more, is why Sergeant Weathers was honored by being selected as the department’s Police Officer of the Year in May of 2006 and why he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
In February of 2007, at the age of 72 and after 25 years of service, Sergeant Weathers retired from the Fayetteville Police Department. As a retiree, he still continued serving the department, working as a reserve officer assigned to the training center. He served in that capacity for the next two years until his passing. He will be remembered as a kind and humble man, who touched many lives during his career. His loyalty to the FPD, citizens of this community, love for law enforcement and service to this country will never be forgotten.
In honor of his distinguished life and record, and years of service, Sgt. Weathers will lie in state today from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Fayetteville State University at the Capel Arena. Family will receive friends at Herring Funeral Home, 2720 Murchison Road, today, April 3, 2009 from 3:00 to 7:00pm. The funeral will be held at Capel Arena at Fayetteville State University on Saturday April 4, 2009 at 12:00pm., followed by interment at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake, with full military salute.