Roger was born in Cedartown August 24, 1949, son of the late John Henry Weaver and Lois Ray Hardin Weaver. Leaving a family of aunts, uncles, and cousins that he cherished, they moved to Rome when he was 9. Roger said he cried all the way here. He attended grammar school at Elm Street School and made life long friends that he never forgot. To this day, he is still friends with his fifth grade teacher.
He lost both parents January 18, 1965 when he was 16, after arriving home from school that day. Losing them left a hole in his life that he needed to fill, and he did that with sports, especially boxing and football. He boxed at the City Auditorium when he was 13, walking every step of the way from West Rome. He won the Alabama Golden Gloves Championship in 1970. His crowning achievement was football at West Rome High School in the 1960’s. Under the coaching of Paul Kennedy and Nick Hyder, he became a high school standout, packing the stands and winning state championships. He never went on the field saying, “We might lose this game.” But rather, “We will win this game.” He had a positive attitude all his life, and people came from everywhere to watch him play. Any sport came easy for him to achieve. He loved every minute of it and kept that winning spirit. He remained friends with his coaches all through life. They were his mentors and he loved them both. Roger graduated in 1969 and was “Most Athletic” superlative. He was an inductee of the Rome-Floyd County Sports Hall of Fame. Roger was employed with Georgia Power’s Plant Hammond 34 years, retiring in 2009. He was an avid blood donor, giving over 100 pints of blood, earning him the title of “Super Donor” by the American Red Cross. Roger started the retirees breakfast that met at Troy’s every other month. He enjoyed retirement and talking to his friends. Sometimes he would go visiting or just pass by and stop. He had total knee replacement after retiring and immediately began walking 1 to 5 miles every day for the past 8 years, keeping that “can do” spirit. While walking, Roger would often talk to homeless people, sometimes giving them money. He was very compassionate to them. He loved to watch his grandchildren swim and was lifeguard to them. He loved watching his grandsons play football and teaching his techniques to them. With broken hearts, he will be missed by those he loved. He never met a stranger, nor forgot you when he saw you.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Tyler Weaver, to whom he was married December 11, 1969. They would have celebrated 48 years of marriage. He was protective of and cherished three daughters: Carmen (Jeff) Smith, Jamie (Chris) Sheffield, and Lindsay Morris; Three grandsons and three granddaughters and a sister Lynn McGuire also survive. In addition to his parents,he was preceded in death by two brothers John Wayne and Frankie Ray Weaver, and a sister Tretha Weaver Sutton Andrews.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5 until 8 PM at Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Avenue. At other hours, they will be at his residence, 24 Lake Park Drive or at the residence of a niece, Mandi Rush, at 10 Outpost Trail. Graveside funeral and interment services will be conducted at 11 AM Saturday at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Rome Floyd Humane Society, 518 Broad Street, Rome, GA 30161 or to the William S. Davies Homeless Shelter, 228 South Broad Street, Rome GA 30161.
Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.