Castleberry ISD Pays Tribute to Two Former Board Members

Castleberry ISD Pays Tribute to Two Former Board Members During School Board Recognition Month
Posted on 01/13/2023
Castleberry ISD Pays Tribute to Two Former Board Members During School Board Recognition Month

The Castleberry Independent School District remembers two former school board members who had a passion for service and creating opportunities for the children at Castleberry. Please join the district in remembering Anne Cozart and Berry Weaver and their service to the district during school board recognition month.


Clifford Anne Bigby Cozart

Castleberry ISD School Board: 1980-2001

Anne CozartFort Worth, Texas - Anne Cozart passed away peacefully December 2, 2022 at the age of 90. She was born on November 28, 1932 in Fort Worth, Texas to Annie Farmer Bigby and Walter Clifford Bigby. Anne's love of God, family, country, and community defined her rich life.

As a dedicated member of River Oaks Baptist Church, she developed lifelong friendships through Sunday School, bible studies, services, and socials.
Anne married Dewey Eugene Cozart on June 12, 1953. The couple were blessed with three loving daughters: Genie, Deanna, and Angie.

Anne graduated from Northside High School and earned a degree in education at North Texas State University. She later earned a master's degree at Texas Christian University. After graduation from North Texas State, she began her teaching career at Denver Avenue in the Fort Worth Independent School District that spanned over 40 years. Anne taught every elementary grade, pre-K English as second language classes, and served as a teacher mentor impacting thousands of students and teachers. Her love for her students led her to become the first female Castleberry ISD School Board member where she served for 21 years. She also served on the Texas Association of School Boards.

After retiring from education, Anne continued to serve her community as the District Liaison to Texas House of Representative Charlie Geren. She was a member of the Northwest Tarrant County, Saginaw and Tri-County Chambers of Commerce, and many other volunteer activities. Her work with smoke alarm placement in the Northside community earned her the Civilian Fire Fighter of the Year.

Anne's many hobbies included gardening and flying airplanes with her husband, Gene. She was a licensed private pilot with a multi-engine rating. Anne was a proud member of the Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots and served on the Fort Worth Aviation Board.

Anne was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary Lynne Jones; and husband, Gene.

Anne is survived by her sister, Priscilla Drennan; daughter, Genie Bandy and husband, James; their children Heath Bandy and Mitzi Oliver and their families; daughter, Deanna Rutledge and husband, David; their children, Chris, Brandon, and Brade; daughter, Angie Haar and husband, Dennis.

The family wishes to thank the numerous caretakers that blessed our Mom and family.  

Barry Warren Weaver

Castleberry ISD School Board: 1994-2001

Berry Weaver

Benbrook, Texas - Barry Warren Weaver, 77, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Barry was born on October 15, 1944 in Sugar Land, Texas but grew up and lived most of his life in the River Oaks, Texas area. He attended Castleberry ISD schools from first grade through graduation and was a three-sport letterman in high school. His favorite sport he enjoyed the most was basketball which earned him a college scholarship. He attended college at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas that was interrupted by some grade mishaps caused by a little too much fun (as he admitted), and also being drafted into the Army during the height of the Vietnam War where he was stationed in Europe which sparked his affinity for travel. Barry remained friends with many high school and college classmates throughout his whole life. He ultimately graduated in 1970 with a business degree.

In 1972 he married wife, Bonnie, and they continued to live in River Oaks as he worked in banking. During his life Barry was a successful banker and restauranteur. He was a devoted husband, loving father, and the best Grampa his three grandchildren could have asked for. He always emphasized how important family is and passed that on to his sons. He loved family gatherings, especially the annual Weaver Reunion.

Barry is preceded in death by parents, Walter Warren Weaver and Leona Vlasta Talasek Weaver; wife, Bonnie Weaver; and daughter, Blythe LeAlyce Weaver.

He is survived by sister, Peggy Weaver Atherton; son, Brandon Warren Weaver and wife, Katherine; son, Brent Weylin Weaver and wife, Janelle; son, Bevan Wylie Weaver; and three grandchildren, Aidynn, Bryce, and Allen; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Barry was lucky enough during his life to find two women who would put up with him for any length of time: his wife, Bonnie, and close companion, Janette Land. After the death of Bonnie in 2015, Janette became a dear friend, travel buddy, nursemaid, and psychotherapist, among many other roles.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Warm Place, 809 Lipscomb, Fort Worth, Texas 76104 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, c/o Donor Relations, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607.