The PVAMU family is mourning the passing of Lindsey Weatherspoon, assistant professor in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences. Mr. “Spoon”, as he was affectionately known by his colleagues, students and friends, passed away on August 31, 2012.
Weatherspoon started teaching at the University on September 1, 1953, when Dr. George Smith was Dean of Agriculture and Dr. E.B. Evans was the University president. A native of Cairo, Georgia, Weatherspoon received his undergraduate degree in Agriculture from Savannah State College and his graduate degree in Animal Science at Kansas State University. He also studied veterinary medicine while at Kansas State.
Upon graduating, Weatherspoon took a job as a county agent in Brunswick, Georgia, and eventually traveled to Pittsburgh to work for Swift Packing Company. He moved to Texas when one of his professors at Kansas State highly recommended that he come to Prairie View A&M to teach meat science and general animal science.
Weatherspoon made an indelible mark at the University. Expanding the operations of the former Meat Science Laboratory at PVAMU was just one of his achievements. He was responsible for securing the equipment used to slaughter and process mainly beef cattle and hogs in the Meat Lab. Many of these meat cuts were sold to the dining hall and to community residents with proceeds benefiting the University.
From across Texas and out of state, students came to Prairie View A&M to major in agriculture, based largely on the reputation and recruiting efforts of Weatherspoon.
During his illustrious career that spanned almost 60 years, Weatherspoon received numerous teaching and outstanding service awards. He received the Outstanding Black Agriculture Scientist award from Governor Rick Perry, the Outstanding Teaching Award from Prairie View A&M University, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Award for his work in agriculture and the Outstanding Service Award from his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, to name a few.
Weatherspoon is survived by his wife Josie, three children, Vanessa, Kenneth and Wendell, and a host of relatives, friends and colleagues.
Visitation for Weatherspoon will be Friday, September 7th, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Johnson-Phillip All Faiths Chapel on campus followed by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Omega Service at 7:00 p.m.
A public viewing is scheduled on Saturday, September 8th, 9:30 to 10:55 a.m. at the William “Billy” J. Nicks, Sr. Health and Physical Education Building on campus followed by his funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Interment is at the Prairie View Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Singleton & Sons Funeral Home, 627 New Orleans, Hempstead, Texas 77445, (979) 826-2425.
Assistant professor Lindsey Weatherspoon worked for nearly 60 years in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences. He passed away on August 31, 2012.