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Luke P. Weaver — February 11, 1943-June 1, 2021

By Tom Word | Jun 02, 2021
Luke P. Weaver

My friend Luke Weaver died today

His best friend Bubba called to say

We shared memories of our friend

A friend to all who came his way


Luke had a gift for friendship

And a gift for fun

If you were with him you’d be laughing

As sure as you were breathing


Just to see him made you smile

That big body with a bigger grin

And in that body a heart larger still

Luke meant laughter to be shared by all


Luke saw the fun in every thing

In the foibles of others and of himself

Would drag up memories from shared events

Of dogs and trials and hunts and bars all over


Of characters human, canine and equine

From shared times past

Like Pete Hicks and Freddie Epp

And their sons Joe and John and Ed and Roy and countless others


While Luke was big in every way

Yet he was an athlete very agile and could he dance

He rode horseback like a jockey

(Ask any who raced him on Thumbsucker)


He bred some good dogs, mostly bitches

Named them better: Pink Cadillac and Red Neck Woman

My Bud Lite and Magic Moment

Luke bred and started and Bubba trained them


Luke gave to trials in many ways

His farm at Jackson as grounds for many

Old Atlanta ran there for years

Luke marshaled and judged and put out birds


He judged all over the Continent

Open and amateur

All-age or Shooting Dog or AKC

From Arkansas to Manitoba


He loved Bubba Moreland as a brother

And Big George as a second father

And John Thompson and Mike Cheely

The Lee County trial was his favorite


He loved the Continental, Derby and All-Age

The Florida, Southeastern and the Masters

Won the last three, helping Bubba at Chickasaw and Nonami

And he loved the Amateur Free-For-All at Union Springs we judged together


Luke was a very religious man

His faith was deep and he lived it

Did not miss Church or Sunday School

Was sure of a Heaven waiting for him


We often talked as we grew older

Of our ends coming swift and sure

Luke’s only fear was dependence on others

To care for him—now that fear’s gone


Farewell Luke

I’ll surely miss you

As will your host of friends

All of whom love you as you loved them

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Luke Weaver is survived by his wife of 55 years Carol L. Weaver, daughters Lisa Weaver Durden and Laura Weaver, two grandchildren and a great grandchild.

Funeral services are scheduled for June 3 at Towilaga Baptist Church in Jackson, Ga.


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