Harold Weaver, 90, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away at Oak Grove Nursing Home on Friday, April 12, 2013. He was born on January 31, 1923 to Eligah and Stanie Weaver in Port Arthur, Texas. Harold proudly served in the United States Merchant Marines. Harold was a pilot for 28 years at Sabine Pilot.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Sherry Weaver; three brothers, Charles Weaver, Dennis Weaver, Marion George “Buck” Weaver and a sister, Lorraine Weaver.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Weaver of Port Arthur, Texas; son, Mark Weaver and wife Roxanne of Port Arthur, Texas and god child, Arli Champagne of Port Arthur, Texas daughter, Susan Jensen of Glen Carbon, IL; brother, Wesley Weaver of Temple, TX and three grandchildren, Melissa Wallace and husband Matt, Chris Jensen and Lt. Kacey Jensen,U.S.N. He is also survived by Francis’s children Kevin Price and wife Jeanie and Karen Jerigan husband Billy.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home from 5-8 PM. A rosary will be prayed Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Blanco, Monday, April 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Port Arthur. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
After his childhood love of Charles Lindbergh, Captain Weaver was a man of the sea. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1941, he attended the Merchant Marine Academy as a cadet and graduated from Kings Point Academy. When there he underwent sea duty in the North Atlantic and fondly remembered giving chocolates to children in Italy during WWII. In 1946 he joined Lykes Bros. Steamship Company as a second mate and latter as a chief mate and relief master. He sailed the “Honeymoon route” to Cuba and the Puerto Rico. He came ashore in November, 1955 to be closer to his family and established his business as a Marine Surveyor for National Cargo Bureau with an office in the Adams Building in downtown Port Arthur. He joined the elite Sabine Pilots in January, 1965, and dedicated his life and service to them until his retirement in January, 1993. During that time he served as boat superintendent from 1970 until 1974, and Vice-President from 1982 thru 1984. He oversaw the building of several new pilot boats and brought in the first Russian ship to an American port. After his retirement, He and Sherry traveled the world with Holland America Cruise Line. They visited Europe, the Panama Canal, the Carribean, the Holey Land and many other exotic places. They loved spending time with their children and grandchildren and dancing with friend at the Pompano Club when their feet were on dry land. In his later years, he enjoyed seeing how many tomato plantings he could get in one season and growing Tyler Roses with Frances.
He was grateful for the loving care he received at the Oak Grove Nursing Home and Odyssey Hospice care and especially from his daughter-in-law Roxanne. He belonged to many organizations including The American Legion, The Commodores and Retired Pilots Assn. He loved his country and will be buried with full military honors.