Betty Jo McCaskill Weathers

November 29, 1927 - April 11, 2024
Betty Jo McCaskill Weathers

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Betty Jo McCaskill Weathers passed away peacefully Thursday April, 11 at Spring Arbor Assisted Living in Wilmington, NC where she had received exceptional care from their staff and Lower Cape Fear Hospice for 2 years.

Betty Jo was born November 29, 1927 in Carthage, NC. She was the second of four daughters born to Walter and Mary McCaskill. Growing up on their Moore County farm, she was a self-described tomboy who strived to please her dad. She must have been very stubborn, because her nickname was “Pill”.
She graduated salutatorian from Farm Life High School in Carthage in 1945 and then continued her education at Flora McDonald College. She earned degrees there in Mathematics and Botany. After college, Jo first worked at Carolina Power and Light as a Junior Accountant in Southern Pines but soon moved to Raleigh. There she began a 32-year career in the Agronomy Department Research Labs at NC State University.

In 1953, she married Robert S Weathers of Franklinton, NC and they raised their family first in Raleigh, then Louisburg, NC. After retiring from NCSU, Jo enjoyed working with toddlers at Youth University Day School in Louisburg. They later resided at Masonic and Eastern Star Home in Greensboro, NC. After Robert’s passing, Jo returned to Raleigh to be near her children and grandchildren who had fondly named her Jojo.
Jo was a member of St John’s Baptist Church in Raleigh for 23 years. She began teaching in the beginner’s department when her son Sam refused to let her leave him there. She taught that group of children for 20 years. She was also a member of Louisburg Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, W Samuel Whitmeyer-Weathers, his wife Nancy and their children Audrey (Spencer) and Thomas (Lenyer), by her daughter, Joanna W Smothers, her husband Rick, their daughters Erin (Jesse) and Sara, and Erin’s daughter Evelyn. The last of her generation, she is survived and missed by 17 nieces and nephews and their families.
Jo was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. She learned how to connect and value other people from her parents and never lost her ability to make others feel special. Relationships were her joy along with appreciation of nature and good food. Her macaroni and cheese is famous.

We will continue to be inspired by her adaptability, positivity and kindness.

A memorial service is planned for the summer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Life Care (Hospice) or

JC Raulston Arboretum-NC State University

On line condolences may be sent to www.wilmingtoncares.com.

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 South 41st Street Wilmington, North Carolina 910-791-9099.


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  • April 18, 2024
    Roma Weeks says:
    The Wes Weeks’ Family sends their sympathies.

  • April 18, 2024
    Steve, Kathy Tuberville says:
    Joanna and Sam so sorry to hear about Aunt Jo. Also known to us as Aunt Neckbone. She will be greatly missed! Great years at the beach, best chocolate cake in the world! Her laugh and colorful clothes will be forever in my mind. There will never be another one like her. Heaven has all the sisters now. You both are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.

  • April 18, 2024
    Steve, Kathy Tuberville says:
    Joanna and Sam so sorry to hear about Aunt Jo. Also known to us as Aunt Neckbone. She will b greatly missed! What a awesome lady she was. There will never be another one like her. Best chocolate cake in the world!! Her laugh and colorful clothes will be forever in my mind. You both are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you

  • April 16, 2024
    Emory York says:
    Will always remember Joe and her beautiful smile. She was always happy and smiling. I knew her when she worked in the Agronomy lab just down the hall from my office. My condolences to her family. Emory York

  • April 15, 2024
    Alice Stout Radford says:
    Aunt Jo was such a sweet aunt. I will always remember her and her sisters laughing and talking when we got together on holidays and later at the beach. She always kept in touch with her extended family with phone calls and cards and seemed genuinely interested in what we were doing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.