Memorial services for Dorothy Faye Weaver will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Chapin Baptist Church in Chapin, S.C. Visitation will immediately follow the service until 4:30 p.m. Burial will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
Mrs. Weaver died peacefully May 18, 2017, in Columbia, S.C. She was born Feb. 25, 1929, in Channing.
She was the daughter of the late Ernest and Mildred Buffington McLaughlin. She was a humble servant of God who loved her Lord and Savior and lived a life of service for helping others.
Dorothy grew up on several farms and ranches in west Texas, New Mexico and east Texas. After high school, she attended East Texas State University where she obtained her bachelor of science in Health and Physical Education. She went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in elementary education.
Before marriage she taught elementary education at Carlisle Independent School District in Carlisle and high school physical education in Carthage.
In 1951, Dorothy married Col. Gene Allen Weaver (now retired). No matter where Dorothy landed in her travels as a supportive military spouse, she always sought to help others in need. Dorothy was an active member of the Officers’ Wives’ Club and other military family and soldier support programs. Dorothy was also an accomplished seamstress and volunteered to sew costumes for the University of Colorado theater group. While in McAllen, she and a group of volunteer “snowbirds” gleaned produce from large vegetable farms for the poor and downtrodden. In Killeen, she volunteered weekly at the Killeen food bank feeding the hungry. She was a long time member of East Side Baptist Church where she served as assistant church treasurer and participated in several church related organizations. She was a member of Gideon’s International where she served as auxiliary president for several years.
A strong and committed woman, Dorothy was diagnosed with breast cancer in the mid 1980s. Despite undergoing rigorous chemotherapy she continued to teach at a Christian school in south Texas. Dorothy will forever be remembered as a fountain of strength, a teacher, and a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.
In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her son, retired Col. Brett Harold Weaver; and her three sisters, Margaret Driggers, Helen Ferguson and Lucy Lee McLaughlin.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, retired Col. Gene Allen Weaver; her son, retired Col. Kurt Allen Weaver and his wife, Debbi; her daughter-in-law Susan Weaver; a brother, Paul McLaughlin and his wife, Millie; and two sisters, Lois Ferguson and her husband, Boyd and Joyce Bayless and her husband, Fred, now deceased; her grandchildren, Aubrey Wood and her husband, Todd, Madelyn Weaver, Chad Weaver and his wife, Anna, Derek Weaver and his wife, Ksenia, Clint Weaver and Ally Rivers and her husband, Parker; and great-grandchildren from oldest to youngest, Ava Kate, Thomas, Charlotte, Caroline, Damian and Elizabeth.
Memorials may be made in Dorothy’s memory to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 97251, Washington DC 20090. Flower arrangements may be sent to Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel, 503 North Lake Drive, Lexington, S.C. 29072. Offer condolences at www.caughmanharmanfuneralhome.net.