Roy Holland Weaver Jr.

Published 2:31 pm Tuesday, July 18, 2023

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Roy Holland Weaver Jr. passed away Sunday, July 16, 2023.

Mr. Weaver was born on Sept. 8, 1935, in Brewton, Alabama. His father, Roy Holland Weaver Sr., known as “Holly” married Bessie Mae Burch on Oct. 27, 1934. They quickly began their family welcoming Roy a year later. Roy and his siblings June (Weaver) Martin and Lawrence Weaver grew up in Brewton, Alabama, and could be found fishing in the creek, fussing with each other (especially Roy and June), and playing pitch in the backyard.

Mr. Weaver is survived by his beloved wife, Sybil Godwin Weaver, of Andalusia. Though only neighbors for one year of high school, back screen door glances soon turned to full pursuit by Mr. Weaver until they were married on April 3, 1954, at First Baptist Church of Pascagoula, Mississippi. Roy and Sybil had one son, the late Roy Holland Weaver III. Their daughter, Karen (Weaver) Ingram, completed their family of four and was affectionately dubbed “Kitty Kat” by her daddy. Between building their A-frame cabin on Gantt Lake and receiving about any pet they desired, including horses, endless cats, and dogs, Roy and Kay enjoyed a childhood full of adventurous Civitan trips, sweet Christmas mornings, and sunny days on the pleasure boat at the river.

With more than 20 years in the National Guard, Mr. Weaver had a deep respect for others and valued the beauty of self-sacrifice. This was reflected in how he served the Andalusia community in Civitan, City Council, coaching Minor League Baseball, the Jail Ministry, and teaching Sunday school at First Baptist Church in Andalusia. Whether he was placing out flags for Veterans Day or wearing his Civitan hat at the rodeo, he was proud to be a part of organizations that valued community, service, and loyalty. His co-workers of over 40 years at Covington Electric Cooperative fondly remember his sayings such as “Let me meditate on that” and his dependability to not only be there for them in the workplace but also in their personal lives.

Though Roy was a solid man of God, he did struggle with idolatry namely idolizing his grandchildren. They could do no wrong in his eyes, and they, next to his own children, were his favorite things to boast about to anyone who would listen. As great-grandchildren have come into the picture, it could be argued that he took idolatry to the next level. These great-grands not only had his heart but also a front-row seat to holding his weathered, rough hands, playing with the clips on his suspenders, and finding a safe place to sit on his knee while he sang “You Are My Sunshine.”

Mr. Weaver is survived by his wife of 69 years, Sybil (Godwin) Weaver; his daughter, Kay (Weaver) Ingram (Mark) of Andalusia/Fairhope, Alabama; one sister, June (Weaver) Martin (Bob) of Brewton; one brother, Lawrence Weaver (Karen) of Brewton; six grandchildren, Rebecca (Weaver) Rybiki (Kevin) of De Leon, Florida; Laura Ashley (Ingram) Harper (Lee) of Bargersville, Indiana; Rachel (Weaver) Hutcherson (Cale) of Costa Rica; Lindley (Ingram) Anderson (Ronnie) of Andalusia; Rolly Weaver (Dasha) of Helen, Georgia; and Marcus Ingram (Mallory) of Robertsdale, Alabama. Mr. Weaver is survived by 13 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Weaver’s strong and faithful presence will be greatly missed. His skillful ability to make one feel valued and seen is a trait that has left a heavy imprint upon his family and friends. Though our hearts and minds tend to gravitate towards accolades and fame, which he has and we can list, Mr. Weaver invites us to see the vital role that a simple faith and a steady companionship can make for generations to come.

Funeral services for Mr. Weaver will be Wednesday, July 19, 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Andalusia. Visitation will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. before the funeral. Interment, with military honors, will follow the service at Andalusia Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Marcus Ingram, Rolly Weaver, Ronnie Anderson, Kevin Rybiki, Cale Hutcheson, Lee Harper, Rodney Drish, and Ken Floyd.

Flowers will be accepted and/or donations can be made to the organization of your choice.