"As the President of this great Branch of the NAACP, I remain committed to fulfilling our mission, and will continue to encourage others to promote and stand for justice and equity for all people of color. These times in which we live affect all of us, and we must make sacrifices that have not been common in our day-to-day lives before. I pray that all nations will live in peace as we continue to address today’s challenge. “May God Bless America” and, please, “Stay Vertical”." -President Dr. Ellsworth Weaver
On Friday, January 6, 2023 at 6:45am, God called His servant from labor to reward.
Born on September 7, 1939, Ellsworth Weaver, Sr. earned and held many titles during his 83 years with us. Building contractor, musician, choir director, deacon, teacher, instructor, professor, mentor, doctor, president, advocate, father, grandfather, son, brother, and husband. But perhaps the one that many called him and will remember him as was FRIEND. He touched lives in every endeavor or encounter.
His deep faith and wonderful counsel will always be remembered.
His full obituary:
Dr. Ellsworth Weaver, Sr., a Christian, a Virginia Class “A” licensed building contractor, an actor, a musician/choir director, and educator, was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, during the 20th century. He was the older of two siblings born to Hazel F. and Ellsworth D. Weaver. He was a Bible Study teacher, an ordained deacon, musician for the Combined Choir at the St. James Baptist Church, and musician for the Tidewater Ministers, Deacons, and Christians Union Chorus.
Dr. Weaver was an alumnus of Taylor High School and Hampton Institute (now Hampton University). He had both a Master’s Degree and an earned Doctorate’s Degree in Theology from Carolina University of Theology. He also held a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from California Coast University. Dr. Weaver held a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from National-Louis University, a Certificate of Graduation in Ministry from Virginia Seminary and College (now Virginia University at Lynchburg), and a Certificate of Graduation in Building Construction Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA.
Dr. Weaver was involved in many civic and religious organizations. At his death, he was serving as President of the Fauquier County Chapter of the NAACP, and President of the Northern Virginia Sunday School and BTU Convention. In the Northern Virginia Baptist Association, he was a member of the Commission on Education, a member of the Executive Board, and President of the Men’s Ministry. He was an Adjunct Professor at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and was the founder and senior lecturer for Education and Training Services. Dr. Weaver was the co-organizer and musical director of the River Bank Choir. They performed at venues in Fauquier, Culpeper, and Rappahannock Counties, as well as James Madison’s home at Montpelier, and the Afro American Historical Museum in The Plains., Virginia. He was an actor and singer performing in many plays written by the late Reverend Lemiel Montgomery. The plays were performed at the AAHA Museum in The Plains as a fundraiser. He was a member of the MLK Community Choir, a past Moderator of the Tidewater Ministers, Deacons, and Christians Union, a technology instructor in the Fauquier County School System, and a Communication Skills Instructor at The Evans-Smith Leadership School of Virginia Union University. He worked on three overseas construction projects - two in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and one in Banjul, Gambia (West Africa) and was a former member of the International Technology Education Association.
In 2007, Dr. Weaver, a person of resilient character and unlimited inspiration, married his love and very best friend, Taryn A. Williams. She was a very powerful element in his daily existence and his walk with God. He resided in Bealeton, Virginia, with her and share their dog, “Lady Bug."
Dr. Weaver is survived by his wife, Taryn A. Weaver of Bealeton, VA; one son, Ellsworth L.B. Weaver, Jr. of New Jersey; a daughter, DeBorah (Ray) Bingham of Centreville, VA; one brother, Edgar L. Weaver of South Riding, VA; and 6 grandchildren.
Visitation will be on January 28th, 2023 from 10:00am to 11:00am followed by a memorial service starting at 11am held at Warrenton Community Center, 430 E. Shirley Ave., Warrenton, VA 20186.
Rev. Dr. Earl Bledsoe will deliver the eulogy.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. James Baptist Church, 7353 Botha Road, Bealeton, VA 22712.