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Obituary for Mr. Ed Weaver

James Edward “Ed” Weaver, 83 of Highland Avenue, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, May 3rd at his home in Hartwell, GA after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Ed was born on December 2, 1932 in Hart County, GA and was the son of the late Andrew Jackson (Jack) Weaver and Burlee McCollum Weaver. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Ed graduated from Hart County High School in 1951. He attended numerous banking schools and classes in Athens, GA.

In 1952, Ed volunteered and joined the United States Navy to serve his country and served over two years during the Korean War Conflict. He was stationed in Guam. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1954.

Ed returned home and started his banking career with the Citizens Banking Company in Hartwell in 1954. Citizens Banking was later purchased by C & S Bank (now Bank of America). Ed retired in 1985 as Assistant Vice President after 31 years of service in the banking profession.

In January 1987, Ed began a second career in politics. He was elected as Councilman to the City of Hartwell. Ed served the citizens of Hartwell for 19 years in that capacity until December 2005.

In 1989, Ed launched a third career of service with the Hart County Board of Education Transportation Department as a school bus driver. After many years of driving the bus, Ed transitioned to the position of bus monitor on a Special Education bus for students with special needs. Ed continued in this position until his retirement in 2015, after 26 years of service to the students of Hart County.

Ed was a faithful member of the Hartwell First United Methodist Church since 1958. He was a member of the Wallace White Sunday School Class, when it merged into the John Holland Sunday School Class, which recently joined the Joyful Sunday School Class. Ed was a member of the United Methodist Men, served on many church committees, boards, and as worship service Usher.

In 1960, Ed joined the Lions Club International of Hartwell. He held many leadership positions throughout his 56 years of community service including past President, Membership Chairman and multiple terms on the Board of Directors. Ed also received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for his dedicated humanitarian services.

Being a military veteran, Ed was a member of the American Legion Post 109 in Hartwell.

Ed loved working with the soil and was an avid gardener. He enjoyed growing vegetables for family and friends. Many have said that the tomatoes Ed Weaver grew were “the best this side of heaven!”

Ed is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Barbara Jean Eaves Weaver of Hartwell GA; one son, Ronald Edward Weaver of Hartwell; three daughters, Jean W. Stephenson of Laurens, SC; Jan W. Dahling and husband Eric of Kennesaw, GA; Teresa W. Stoots and her husband CWO5 Edward A. Stoots, Jr. (USMC Retired) of Jacksonville, NC; eight grandchildren, LT. Heather S. Hauck, MD, USN (Jesse), SSgt. William Andrew Stephenson, USAF (Tanya), Aaron Stephenson, Carole Anne S. Adams, Jacqui D. Johnson (Andrew), Charlie Dahling, Ryan Edward Stoots, Olivia Nicole Stoots; five great-grandchildren, Alexander Hauck, Sean Stephenson, Kenslee Stephenson, Daniel Johnson and Matthew Johnson. Ed was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Frances Weaver Motes, Sara Margaret Weaver Vickery; one brother, Alton Ray (Tap) Weaver.

Celebration of Life and Home Going Services for Ed Weaver will be Saturday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hartwell First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dean Kring officiating, along with eulogies from Mr. Jack B. Edmunds, Jr, former Mayor Matt Beasley, Mr. Ronald Franko and Mr. Jeff Garner. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Hart County Board of Education – Transportation Department, Lions Club International – Hartwell, American Legion Post 109. Burial will be in the Nancy Hart Memorial Park with Military Honors.

The body is at the Strickland Funeral Home of Hartwell, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 6.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Hartwell First United Methodist Church, 200 East Howell Street, Hartwell GA 30643.