John Dewey Weaver, Jr, age 91, died peacefully at his home in Raleigh on June 1, 2014 with his family at his bedside. He was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on March 25, 1923 to Mary Faulkner Weaver and John Dewey Weaver.
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He graduated from Rocky Mount High School in 1941, and after pausing his education at Georgia Tech to proudly serve his country in the US Navy during World War II, graduated from Georgia Tech in 1949 with a BS in Civil Engineering. His first and only job was with D.J. Rose & Son which he joined when he returned to Rocky Mount. He became President in 1961 and remained with the company for more than 50 years.
Mr. Weaver was a life member of the Board of Directors of Peoples Bank, which later became Centura Bank. He served on the Board of Trustees at N.C. Wesleyan College and became Trustee Emeritus after many years of service. He was a recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from North Carolina Wesleyan College. He was a Founding Board Member of Rocky Mount Academy. He served on the Board of the Rocky Mount YMCA, was Chairman of the Nash County United Way and was on the Board and served as President of Benvenue Country Club. He was on the Board and served as President of the North Carolina Association of General Contractors as well as serving on the National AGC Board. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from Boy Scouts of America.
He was actively involved in raising money for cancer research and others in need. With his friends and family, he began the annual Lane Weaver Memorial Golf Tournament which raised over $500,000 for cancer research during its 23 year run. He served on the Board and was actively involved in raising funds for The Wright's Center in Rocky Mount, an adult day care center for disabled and cognitively impaired elderly adults.
He was an active member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Rocky Mount where he served on the Vestry and also as Treasurer, Junior and Senior Warden on numerous occasions. He was dedicated to his church, his work and also enjoyed golfing, sailing, fishing and most of all, spending time with his family.
Dewey is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ann Divine Weaver. He is also survived by daughter Susan Weaver Smith and her husband William Franklin Smith of Martinsville, Virginia; son John Dewey Weaver, III and his wife Anne Duncan Weaver of Raleigh, North Carolina; son Morrison Coit Weaver and his wife Lisa Williams Weaver of Apex, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Elizabeth Lane Weaver and Ann MacPherson Weaver. He is also survived by grandchildren William Woodson Smith and Ann Mason Smith of Martinsville, Virginia; John Dewey Weaver, IV, Anne Duncan Weaver and Benjamin Holland Weaver of Raleigh, North Carolina; Morrison Coit Weaver, Jr and Olivia Lane Weaver of Apex, North Carolina; sister Mary Elizabeth Weaver Daniels of Raleigh, North Carolina, her children Kim Daniels Grimes and husband Grant Warren Grimes of Raleigh, North Carolina, and John Mark Daniels of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, and their children as well as numerous cousins from the Faulkner and Weaver families.
A graveside service, officiated by Rev. Dr. John W. Yates, III, Rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh, will be held at 11:30am, on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Pineview Cemetery in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
The family will greet guests at the grave site and will also receive visitors at their home at 2701 Glenwood Gardens Lane upon their return to Raleigh.
The Weaver family is very grateful to his long time caregiver Darryl Laton, to Joe Mabiala, to his wonderful Hospice team, including Adam Smith and especially Musa Manneh.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be sent to either The Ann MacPherson Weaver Scholarship Fund at Rocky Mount Academy, Transitions Life Care (formerly Hospice of Wake County) or the
Funeral arrangements are being made by Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. (www.wheelerwoodlief.com)
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Published in Rocky Mount Telegram from June 3 to June 4, 2014