James Earl Weaver

April 22, 1930 - May 11, 2021

James Weaver was born on April 22, 1930 in Liberty, Texas.   His father was Kyle Weaver and mother was Fanny Valerie Weaver.   He was 91 years old.   James was one of 4 children with brothers Edgar, Clifton, and Clearance and one sister Elsie Bee.  James grew up and lived in Hankamer, Texas with his adoptive parents Adolph Hankamer and Dana Weaver Hankamer.   

James was married to his loving wife Beverly Margarette Syphrett for 47 years.  He cherished her dearly from the day he met her.   James had two sons Jimmy Weaver (wife Sandra) and Gary Weaver (wife Geri).  A step son Danny Syphrett (wife Kathy) and a step daughter DanElla Syphrett McCarty (husband Mike).    He had eight grandchildren, Jessica, Valarie, Tyler, Kori, Katherin, Kirsti, Daniel, and Garrett.  And 13 lovely great-grandchildren. 

James Earl Weaver had been a life-long Chambers County farmer and rancher since 1947.   He and his wife Belle, live in Winnie, Texas.   James’ family to this area goes back as far as 1831 when Andrew Weaver and his wife, Julia, settled in the area north of Hankamer, Texas.   Here in the central part of Chambers County the family history of farming and ranching began.   James and his two sons, Jimmy and Gary, farmed and ranched with him for a few years in the early 1970s. 

James Weaver loved being a farmer and rancher from the beginning.   He always said,  “You don’t get anything out of life and its bounty if you don’t put forth the effort”.   He also loved his favorite hobby as an airplane pilot.   He would wake up early in the morning and go crank up his plane to fly over and check his rice fields and cattle before the work hands made it to work.   He would even take them for a ride to see the fields if they were willing.   

James was awarded the honor of Young Farmer of the Year in 1964 by the Texas Farm Bureau Association.  James was a strong advocate of conservation of the land and management practices.  He served on the Trinity Bay Soil and Water Conservation District as a board member for 43 years.   

James was awarded the Pioneer Farmer of the Year in 2018 by the Texas Rice Festival.   It was one of the most exciting days of his life.

James was also a concerned person for the youth of Hankamer and surrounding areas where he set aside time for the Boy Scouts of America.  He was scout master for a number of years and told many stories about his experiences with the young boys growing up and experiencing the values of being a boy scout.

James was a member of the Board of Directors for the Security State Bank of Anahuac for 36 years as well as a director for the Farm and Home Association (FHA) in Liberty, Texas.

 James Earl had a long wonderful life filled with good years along with a lot of hard work.   He loved life and enjoyed his family and friends.  He visited all of them as much as he could and truly loved to be with them all.   James also loved to play dominoes but beware if you were his partner or opponent… he was tricky and would always give you that big smile if he had you in a corner… 

A gathering of Mr. Weaver’s family and friends will begin at 12:00 p.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 14, 2021, at St. Louis Catholic Church, 315 Buccaneer Drive, Winnie, under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His interment will follow at Abshire Cemetery, Hankamer. 

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Abshier Cemetery

Abshier Cemetery
  • Hankamer, Texas

Mass of Christian Burial

Mass of Christian Burial
  • 315 w. buccaneer drive winnie tx 77665
  • 05/14/2021
  • 2:00 pm

A Gathering of Mr. Weaver's Family and Friends

A Gathering of Mr. Weaver's Family and Friends
  • 315 w. buccaneer dr. winnie tx 77665
  • 05/14/2021
  • 12:10 pm

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Juanita B Kahla

Sorry for your loss.

Pierre and Brenda Lege'

So sorry for your loss.. Prayers going up for all.

Stephanie Serio Roberts

My sincere sympathies for the loss of your beloved James Earl. To Belle, Danny, DanElla and the entire family - you will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God’s peace be with you. PS: Love his picture - that is so how I remember James Earl!!

Alvin & Alice Simon

So sorry for your loss. He was a great person. Prayers for his family. RIP Mr. James.

jeneese kelley

thoughts and prayers to all the family

Mable Decuir Rudisill

I am so sorry for your loss James was a wonderful man devoted to Belle and family. He was a Hid fearing man who Dedicated his life to serving God by spreading his words and volunteering and whatever the church needed him to . Prayers For the repose of his soul and prayers offered for his family for comfort through their faith.

Mable Decuir Rudisill

I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for the repose of James soul. I pray you will find comfort and strength in each other as your Faith in God will bring you peace.. ❤️✝️

Larry Windham

I am so sorry for the passing of James Earl. My thoughts and prayers for the family. I met James and his family in 1973. He always had a kind word and laughed all the time may he Rest In Peace with the Angels in the Kingdom of God.