Sgt. First Class Davey N. Weaver
June 6, 2008 by arsicsouth7
Fallen hero buried with full military honors
By Walter Geiger
With an overflow crowd of 250 people, many of them military personnel,
tiny Lilla Baptist Church was packed here Saturday, May 31 for the
funeral of MSG Davy Nathaniel Weaver who was killed in action May 18 in
Weaver’s mother, Patsy Rabuck, and sister, Cynthia Pierce, led the
mourners in singing Remember Me, I’ll Fly Away and Amazing Grace. A
large crowd of additional mourners listened on speakers set up outside
Ironically, Lilla celebrated Home-coming the day Weaver was killed,
according to pastor Rev. Raymond A. Gray. “I think Davy would want me to
tell you heaven is real. Davy is enjoying the splendor of that home God
prepared for him,” Gray said during the funeral.
The eulogy was given by Lt. Col. Karl Slaughenhaupt who noted Weaver had
voluntarily extended his tour in Afghanistan due to manpower shortages.
That extension cost him his life.
“He was operating in an area where the distances between bases is great,
the terrain extremely challenging, his unit was shorthanded and he saw
the need to help both his fellow soldiers and the Afghan National Army.
He was extremely brave. There can be no doubt in anybody’s mind he gave
his life not just for his country. It was something more than that. It
was for his fellow soldiers. It was for the guys on his left and right,”
Weaver was buried in the church cemetery with full military honors.
Sergeant First Class Davy Nathaniel Weaver was born 8 February 1969 in Georgia the son of Patsy Rabuck and Emory Weaver.
SFC Weaver enlisted in the Georgia Army National Guard on 25 March 1987 as a an Infantry Soldier, 11M.
Private Weaver underwent Basic Training (BT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Benning, Georgia.
On 11 May 2005, SFC Weaver was ordered into Active Federal Service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was stationed in Kuwait and Iraq and spent a year supporting that mission. SFC Weaver was returned to state control on 16 May 2006.
In May 2007, SFC Weaver was sent with members of the 48th Brigade Combat Team to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the support and fight against the Global War on Terrorism as a team member of the 2nd Kandak, 2nd Brigade, Regional Corps Advisory Command (RCAC).
SFC Weaver was the epitome of a professional soldier. SFC Weaver had been involved in two Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks less than two weeks apart and still took the missions assigned to him. SFC Weaver loved NASCAR race driving and was jokingly referred to as ‘Boomhower’ by his fellow teammates, which was a cartoon character for his slow southern drawl. SFC Weaver loved his family dearly and loved his job and mission in Afghanistan. As of late, SFC Weaver was being considered for promotion to Master Sergeant.
SFC Weaver was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge in September 2007 for his actions under enemy fire and rocket attack in Afghanistan.
Sergeant First Class Weaver is survived by his wife, Susan Weaver and his children Bradley, Malachi, and Elleanor Weaver, step-daughters Jennifer Morris, Mary Ann Morris.