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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.