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John Weaver

John Ray Weaver

Friday, June 30th, 1944 - Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
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We are our Heavenly Father’s children and we all know He loves us one and all. And He knows, yes God knows… He knows just how much we can bear.
Pastor John Ray Weaver, 74, was born June 30, 1944, in Iredell County, the son of the late George and Willie Dorothy Stevenson Weaver. He passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at Autumn Care of Statesville, following an extended illness. He was married to Blanche Ann Chambers Weaver of forty three years who preceded him in death.
Ray, was known to many as “Big John Weaver”, was a graduate of Morningside High School, class of 1963. He worked for Uniglass Industries for many years, after leaving, starting his own business in home remolding. He attended the Davidsonville Baptist Church in his early years. Ray entered into ministry in his early 50’s and joined the Holiness Church of God under Bishop Woodrow Wilson Turner. He became Pastor of the church after the passing of Bishop Turner. He worked hard on the up keep of the church along with his youngest son, when his health began to fail. He was also preceded in death by a son, John Enoch Weaver; a brother, Aaron “Bo” Henry Weaver; two sisters-in-law, Gloria L. Weaver and Mary Weaver; three nephews, Wardell Stevenson, James Horton and Richard Weaver; and a niece; Sharon Weaver.
He leaves to cherish the memory of his life, three sons, Todd (Rhonda) Weaver of San Jacinto, CA, Kevette (Tabatha) Weaver and Dario Weaver both of Statesville; two brothers, William Avon Weaver of Los Angeles, CA and Gaston E. Stevenson of Troutman; two sisters, M. Wyomia Stevenson and Eutrilla Stevenson both of Statesville; grandchildren; Praise Weaver, Faith Weaver, Anastassia McIlwain (Reon) of Hickory, Tiante’ Weaver of Statesville, Anya Nesbit of Statesville, Mya Nicole Redmond; two great-grandchildren; Terrance Redmond and King Redmond; one sister-in-law, Geraldine Stevenson of Troutman; one uncle; Alex Foster Stevenson of New York; nephews; Anwar Weaver, Gaston E. Stevenson, Jr., Patrick J. Stevenson, William P. Weaver; nieces, T. Helene Stevenson, Konnita R. Stevenson, Kylean D. Weaver, Porsche Weaver, Carrie Peet, and Faith N. Stevenson; a host of cousins, including special cousins, Betty and Gilbert Simonton and Robert “June” Stevenson; other relatives, church family and friends.

Celebration of Life Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 12 - 1:00 p.m. Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home, Statesville, is serving the Weaver Family.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 13th, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Thursday, December 13th, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary
    603 South Center Street
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  • Service

    Thursday, December 13th, 2018 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, December 13th, 2018 1:00pm
    Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary
    603 South Center Street
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  • Interment

    Thursday, December 13th, 2018 |
    Thursday, December 13th, 2018
    Belmont Cemetery
    Greenbriar Road
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Thelma R. Turner

Posted at 08:40pm
To my classmate, Eutrilla Stevenson and the Weaver and Stevenson families, I am sorry for your loss. I considered Ray a gentle giant. He was always so pleasant and kind. May you find comfort in your memories of him.

Todd weaver

Posted at 10:27pm
To my family: the greatest 2 Commandments, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart soul and mind.

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

Let us continue to love one another and reach out and touch somebody’s hand.

Jesus is Love

Love you all

Odell and Vivian Williams

Posted at 01:18pm
Dear Family, Odell and I were so sorry to hear of the passing of Ray. If I could use one word to describe him, it would be dependable. He was a good man who you could depend on. Whenever we needed something repaired or built at our home, we called Ray and he always came. He was a nice, kind, friendly person and he will be missed. You have our deepest sympathy.
Odell and Vivian

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John Ray Weaver, Morningside Class of 1963

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