in loving memory of
Samuel Horton Weaver
May 1, 1930 – February 17, 2023
With great sadness as well as great joy, the family of Samuel Horton Weaver announces that he went to be with The Lord on Friday, February 17, 2023. He passed away peacefully at home with family in The Woodlands, Texas at age 92.
Sam was born on May 1, 1930 in Champaign, Illinois to Findley and Adela (nee St. Clair) Weaver. He was a life-long student and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Cambridge University in London, England, a Master’s degree in history from Columbia University and a doctorate in American history from American University in Washington, DC, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Ohio University.
Much of Sam’s early career was spent working in various capacities for the U.S. government, including the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. He started working for the U.S. Foreign Service in 1955 and was stationed at the U.S. embassy in Ecuador from 1958-1960 and in Brazil from 1961-1963, then in the Latin American section of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U. S. State Department. Sam taught at Ohio University Eastern campus in St. Clairsville, Ohio from 1969-1994, then did part-time teaching until 2002, when he finally retired. He initially taught American history, but also taught business and accounting courses. He also did occasional work as a Certified Public Accountant.
Sam married Helen Wiens in 1967 in Washington, DC. They moved to St. Clairsville and lived there for 25 years while raising 2 boys. After Sam retired from full-time teaching at Ohio University, he and Helen moved to Harrisonburg, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley. They were married for 45 years until Helen’s death in 2012. Sam met Margaret B. Gibson in 2015 and after a yearlong courtship they were married in October 2016 in The Woodlands, Texas. They enjoyed 6 years together until Margaret’s death in July 2022.
Hiking, canoeing, and gardening were some of the outdoor activities that Sam enjoyed, especially with family. His principal hobby was researching family history, including writing several articles about the Weaver and Wiens families. He accessed genealogical information on trips to the Library of Congress or National Archives, and later by using a computer to access the internet. Sam also enjoyed traveling, spending time with family and friends, and gave generously of his time to the churches and communities to which he belonged throughout his life.
Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Findley and Adela Weaver, and his sisters Margaret Weaver and Marian Cook.
Sam is survived by his sons, Michael Weaver (Ivy Moore) in The Woodlands, TX and Matt Weaver in Plano, TX. Grandchildren are Nicholas and MacKenzie Weaver in The Woodlands, TX. His step-children are Richard Gibson in Port Orange, FL, Mike Gibson (Carol) in Brooksville, FL, and Gina Growden (Dana) in Tomball, TX. His surviving sisters are Nancy Evans in Cambridge, England and Nina Wedell in Longtown, Wales.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at Forest Park – The Woodlands funeral home in The Woodlands, Texas.
Another memorial service will be held at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, VA on August 5, 2023, and his cremains will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at the Weavers Mennonite Cemetery earlier that day. Those who wish may join the family for an informal evening meal at a local restaurant following the memorial (time and place to be announced at the memorial).