Born March 28, 1931, in Philadelphia, Miss., son of the late Henry Levi Deweese and Lura Jane Lee Deweese, he was a U.S. Army veteran, and a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church in Gideon. He was a retired educator after serving for 34 years as teacher and principal. He obtained a Masters Degree and a Specialist Degree in Education from Mississippi State University .
On May 24, 1958, in Clarkton, Mo., he married Shirley Midkiff.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Larue Stone and Reva Jean Carter, and two sons-in-law, Gene Garris and Noel Schaffer.
Visitation was held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 24, at Bradshaw Funeral Home in Malden.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 25, at Bradshaw Chapel in Malden with Rev. Gene Lancaster officiating.
Burial was in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Kennett.