San Diego, California: Cmdr. James Edward Weaver, Jr., age 81, formerly of Coats, North Carolina, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 9:10 a.m. in San Diego, California. A funeral will be held at Miramar National Cemetery on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 12:30pm, and will be officiated by Pastor Ray Benton from Shadow Mountain Community Church. A private reception will take place immediately following the service, with detailed information provided by family.
Mr. Weaver was born on April 14, 1939 in Coats, North Carolina in Harnett County to the late James Edward Weaver and Mildred Jernigan Weaver Council. He was preceded in death by his brother David Weaver, his sister, Linda Matthews, Dunn, NC; his brother William Mack Weaver, Sr., Dunn, NC: his sister Helen Marie Johnson, Dunn, NC; his sister June Bale Weaver, Dunn, NC; and his granddaughter Kaitlyn Weir, San Diego.
Mr. Weaver graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He entered the United States Navy as an officer and graduated from United States Naval Destroyer School in June of 1968 and United States Army Command and General Staff College in July 1974.
During his stellar career in the United States Navy, Cmdr. Weaver worked in Intelligence Investigations, Operational Intelligence and served over 26 years as a United States Naval Commander. He earned a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation with two gold stars, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal three stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and Sea Service. Cmdr. Weaver retired from the United States Navy in 1998. He was a member of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California.
He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Weaver, his step sons Jason, Andrew and his wife Rachel, his daughter Jacqueline and his grandson Alexander James Weir, sisters Becky Norris of Coats, NC, and Elaine Lee and husband Pete of Winnabow, NC, and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Weaver was the light of our world and the foundation of our family. His brilliance and compassion knew no bounds. He passionately loved his family, friends, and the Shadow Mountain Church group. We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from family across the country, friends and neighbors and every life he touched. Our world is not the same without him. He was selfless, humble, intelligent, caring and an all around great person so accepting of everyone. He will be missed by many, but never forgotten.
The family is not requesting donations, but if so desired, donations to Wounded Warriors in his honor would be appreciated.
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