Kansas born, Chuck (James C.) Weaver Jr. passed away on September 23rd, 2009 at the age of 60. He was a pastor, a musician, brother, son and father. He was a great father and man full of faith. He endured many struggles after a stroke left him paralyzed in 1998. He stayed with us for another 11 1/2 years to watch his kids grow, reconnect with his daughter and become an extremely proud grandfather. We will cherish and remember him forever.
Chuck was a great guitarist, trumpet player and singer. He would write song lyrics and poems on all sorts of paper and receipts. He played in a band with his long time friend and Pastor Terry Matthews before becoming a Christian. After he became a Christian he devoted his talents to God and teaching others.
Dad loved history, especially about the Southwest and Billy the Kid. Countless times we drove all around the southwest desert looking for ghost towns or grave sites of various people. He would collect old bullets, casings, arrow heads and rocks. I remember long car rides to end up in the middle of the desert looking at a wooden cross with etched in names.
As well as a Pastor in churches in Lordsburg, NM; Playas, NM; Associate Pastor in Las Cruces, NM and Phoenix, AZ; Chuck was a Chaplain for the Las Cruces Sheriffs Department. He loved being able to be there for people when they needed God the most. He and his long time friend Alan Granger pursued this and many other outreach ministries together.
Chuck and Alan Granger also decided to take up flying. They took many lessons, lots air time hours and became licensed to fly small planes. Dad loved it so much many of our family outings were to look at planes or go to plane shows.
Growing up Dad did the special things that his kids enjoyed. He was his son's t-ball coach. He let his daughter have pets that he was allergic to. He took us to car shows, plane shows, parades, hay rides and ice skating shows. Music was a must, so Sarah learned the clarinet, Angela chose to follow her dad and play the trumpet, Alan learned to play the bass and the guitar.
Despite physical appearances, even after his stroke, he was always the same Chuck or daddy. He loved his food and Diet Coke. He had to have his Bible with him. He took after his father The Original James Charles Weaver in many ways. He was always a jokester and funny. He always made you smile and enjoyed life. Daddy was always caring, funny and happy. He believed and practiced unconditional love. Chuck was a strong man of faith, he never stopped loving and trusting God.
We are so grateful to have had our extra time with him. We loved him so very much and our lives are so much richer because of his love.
His father The Original James Charles Weaver passed away 2 days after his son. We loved Granddad so much and we will miss him. He was so very special to Dad and we think they just couldn't part.
A Memorial Service Life Celebration will be held on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 2:00 pm near Sarah's house. Please contact Sarah, Angela, Tera or Richard for directions.