Mr. John Robert Weaver, 89, a resident of Lake City, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, April 25th just 10 days shy of his 90th birthday in Serenity Hospice at the VA Medical Center. The son of the late Walter H. and Ruth Nims Weaver, Robert was educated in and graduated from the Columbia County School System as a member of the Class of 1943. In April of that same year he was drafted into the US Army. He served as a Technical Sergeant in the US Army as a combat medic in the European Theater of Operations. His battle campaigns include D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, and post combat support operations. He was discharged in 1946. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his meritorious service. He worked as an orderly at the VA Hospital in Lake City, Florida from 1946 until 1948 when he left for Dallas Mortuary Institute in Dallas, Texas. After completing Mortuary School, he served his apprenticeship in Tampa, Florida. He then returned to Lake City and worked at the Wilson Funeral Home with a list of honored funeral directors from the surrounding areas. He worked for Wilson Funeral Home until 1958. In 1959 he left Lake City to become the manager for Daniels' Funeral Home in Branford, Fl. He returned to Lake City in 1962 and opened J. Robert Weaver Funeral Home. He retired in 1981 but continued his practice until his death. He went on to work with the Biggs Funeral Home and finally with the Dees-Parrish Family Funeral Home here in Lake City. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and took great honor in helping rebuild and clean the church following the fires of 1998. He married the love of his life, Virginia Townsend Weaver on June 22, 1952; she preceded him in death on December 24, 2011.
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He is survived by his three children: Daughters: Nancy Ruth Weaver Reissener (Stewart) and Robinette Weaver (Bud Bridges); Son: Colonel Walter T. Weaver (Cindy); and Granddaughter: Laura Lynne Weaver, his special family friends, Debra Lynn Parrish and her daughter Joana Evans and Pricscilla McDonald Bell along with sisters-in-law Helen Weaver McDowell and Mina Ruth McDonald and niece Vickie Weaver Turman also survive.
Funeral services for Mr. Weaver were conducted at 11 A.M. on Monday April 28, 2014 in the Chapel of the Dees-Parrish Family Funeral Home with Rev. Glenn Busby officiating assisted by Rev. James Richardson. Interment will follow in Memorial Cemetery with full Military Honors and Masonic Rites performed. The family will receive friends from 3-5:00 P.M. Sunday afternoon. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Serenity Hospice of the V.A., 619 S. Marion Ave, Lake City, FL, 32025.
Arrangements are under the direction of DEES-PARRISH FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 458 S. Marion Ave., Lake City, Fl 32025. Please sign our on-line family guestbook at parrishfamilyfuneralhome.com
Dees-Parrish Family Funeral Home
458 S Marion Ave. Lake City, FL 32025
Published in Lake City Reporter on Apr. 29, 2014