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Jamie Weaver

Thursday, December 20, 2018
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James Vaughn Weaver, 62, of Hamilton, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Waco after a courageous struggle with Alzheimer’s.

Services were held Sunday, Dec. 16, at First Baptist Church of Hamilton under the direction of Riley Funeral Home. Burial followed in Center Valley Cemetery.

Jamie was born July 21, 1956, in Fort Worth to John Henry and Norma Jo Brumley Weaver. He was a 1974 graduate of Hamilton High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanized agriculture from Tarleton State University.

He was married to Maria Elena Rice on Aug. 18, 1979, in Jonesboro.

He loved his family, his church, barbershop singing, tractors and Hamilton Civic Theater. He worked for more than 20 years for Lawson Implement Co. and more recently was co-owner of the Hamilton Herald-News. He was a deacon and a Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church, where he was also on the media and technology committee for many years.

He was a director emeritus for Hamilton Civic Theater and was best known as “Aunt Pearl” in A Tuna Christmas. He loved laughing and making people laugh.

He is preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, James William Rice.

Survivors include his wife, Maria; two children, Timothy Jay Weaver of Hammond, Louisiana, and Tamera Joy Weaver Ryan of Hamilton; a brother, Joel Weaver and wife Joanne of Georgetown; three sisters, Julie Weaver Patterson and husband Mike of Crawford, Jana Weaver Cain and husband Frank of San Clemente, California, and Jennifer Weaver of Jonesboro; his mother-in-law, Martha Oustad Rice of Hamilton; brothers-in-law Zel Rice and wife Barbara of Tickfaw, Louisiana, Lyn Rice and wife Connie of Brownwood and Jason Rice of Hammond, Louisiana; sister-in-law, Patti Rice Glen and husband David of Fayetteville, North Carolina; his bonus children, Heather Morgan Hansard and husband Andy; Hoyt Morgan and wife Alathia and Amanda Anglin Thompson and husband Mark, all of Hamilton; eight grandchildren, Lucy Jayne Ryan and Owen James Parrott, Jaxon Shane Hansard, Ashtyn Diane Hansard, MacKinsy Irene Morgan, Violet Noelle Morgan, Hoyte Scarlett Morgan and John Carter Hansard, all of Hamilton; nieces and nephews Ashley Patterson Byrom and husband Clint and Jackson, Emma, Kate and Jill, Jordan Patterson, Matthew, Meredith and Michael Weaver, Justin Griffin, Jacob, Bridget and Lily Cain, Rhonda Rice Hatfield and husband Nathan and Alexa, McKenzie, AJ and Jackson, Amanda Rice Bundick and husband Heath and Matthew and Ashlyn, Brian Rice and wife Kasi and Alivia and Joshua, Ryan Rice and wife Brittany and Skylar, Bosten and Brody, Crystal Rice Bellows and husband Ethan, Marlee and Jameson Rice, Ashleigh Glen and husband Garrett Harrington and Rosemarie, and Natalie, Ethan and Stephen Glen.

He loved and was loved by many in his community, and he was a kind and gentle giant. He held lots of babies and loved time with his kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hamilton Civic Theater, the Alzheimer’s Association or First Baptist Church media and technology department.