Edgar Wayne Weeks, Jr. passed away at home after a brief illness with his family by his side on June 4, 2018. He was 85.
Wayne was born and raised in Thomasville, GA, to parents Edgar Wayne Weeks, Sr. and Ethel (nee Norwood). He won an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He went on to have an impressive career with Western Electric where he quickly climbed the ranks from engineer in the company’s Hawthorne Works in Chicago, to other top engineering assignments in Princeton, NJ, New York City, and Columbus, OH. He held various position at Western and AT&T before being promoted to president of AT&T Network Systems.
In addition to his successful career, Wayne received a Sloan Fellowship in 1969 and attended Stanford University’s graduate course for executives. He also holds a patent, is the author of two publications on manufacturing and packaging, and was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America. Before and after retirement, he volunteered with The United Way, The Boy Scouts of America and Steven’s Institute of Technology and held positions on various boards of directors. When he wasn’t at work, he was a dedicated family man and great friend. “Big Wayne” was an avid hunter, fisherman, and gardener, who never strayed from the values and sensibilities instilled from his very humble beginnings in the rural south.
E. Wayne Weeks, Jr. is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Linda (nee Mantell), son Edgar Wayne Weeks, III & his wife Erin, and three grandchildren; Edgar Wayne Weeks, IV, Alexandra and Lillian Weeks.
A private service will be held at Bailey Funeral Home in Mendham, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation or Hilltop Church in Mendham.