David Lawrence Weaver, 72, ‘lived large’ at Lucky Dog Farm

David Lawrence Weaver

ROCKY POINT — David Lawrence Weaver, 72, formerly of Wilmington and Cary, died peacefully Friday, July 16, 2021, at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare.

David was born to Ann Alice Colella Weaver and Thomas George Weaver Aug. 30, 1948, in New Britain, Connecticut. His family moved to Cary in the mid-1950s, and David graduated from Cary High School. David began working in odd jobs as a child at Cary Oil, a company owned by his neighbor. He joined the company in 1966 and retired in 2000 as vice president. During these years, David was active as a volunteer fireman and ultimately served as fire chief for the Town of Cary volunteer fire department. He also served on the planning commission when Cary’s first planned unit development was approved.

Following retirement from Cary Oil, David joined South Carolina-based Dearybury Oil in 2001 and retired in 2019 to enjoy life on his much-loved Lucky Dog Farm. A very respected figure in the oil and gas business in the Carolinas, David was consistently recognized for his fair prices and outstanding service.

In 1990, David married Jo Simmons and became, in David’s words, “The luckiest dog in the world.” Throughout their 31-year marriage, they enjoyed many happy trips, countless gourmet meals, and the unending joy of each other’s company. David was a constant supporter of all of Jo’s projects and Jo saw to David’s every need. In Jo’s words, “they lived large.”

David was preceded in death by his parents, Ann and Thomas Weaver.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Simmons Weaver; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Clark Garrett of Cary; mother-in-law, Betty Simmons Molavi; sister-in-law, Beth Sturdy; special niece, Brook Sturdy Wynot, and her husband, Andrew, and daughter, Ava, of Holly Springs; three nephews; and beloved terrier, Sally.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 24, at Andrews Mortuary and Crematory, 1617 Market St., Wilmington.

Memorial gifts may be made to Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program (a nonprofit therapeutic horse riding program for children), 8120 Sidbury Road, Wilmington, NC 28411; or Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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