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Johnnie 'Mitch' Weaver, Jr.

    Johnnie (Mitch) Weaver, Jr. went to be with the Lord, his sweet Lavina Rose and many other family members on November 4. 2020.  He passed peacefully at his home in Lamesa, TX.  
    He was born on August 2, 1927 in Carnegie, OK. to Johnnie Sr. and Dorothy Weaver.  Johnnie graduated from Carnegie High School, where he enjoyed the sport of boxing and football.  He spent a short stint in the Navy during the Korean War and was discharged for medical reasons. 
    Johnnie met and fell in love with Lavina Rose in Carnegie, and when she and her family moved to California he followed and courted her then returned to Carnegie and married her.  A vow that lasted until death do us part, sixty-nine years.  In 1954, he moved his wife and two daughters to Lancaster, California where his third daughter was born.  
    He started a business, Weaver’s Auto Body, and had a long career, known as the best body man in southern California. He was sought out for his perfectionism in his work, his integrity and honesty.  Those qualities were evident in everything he did.  
    His favorite hobby was auto racing, spending many years building and racing cars and winning countless trophies, including the Hot Rod Winner Nationals.  His children loved those exciting times and now memories of the racetracks.  He was an avid fan of sports, boxing, basketball, and football. 
    Johnnie retired in 2009 and moved to Lamesa where he and his wife lived the last years of their lives.  He had a great love and commitment to his family and friends.  He was an amazingly funny man – his sense of humor and his gift for sharing his life stories had a great and lasting effect on all who were fortunate enough to spend time with him. 
    With every person that becomes a part of our lives a little piece of them is left with us and this is how one will define his or her identity. We will always be blessed with the great and happy memories of our time with him.  Johnnie ( Dad, PaPa John) would want  all of us to celebrate his life, as we know he is with Jesus in Heaven a much better place and we will see him when it’s our time to go.
    Johnnie was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lavina; daughter, Teresa Rosie; and his sister, Betty Hill.  
    He is survived by his two daughters, Regina Jones, and Cindy Weaver; seven grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; and fourteen great great grandchildren.
    There will be no funeral service due to the current health conditions in our country.  Please take a moment and celebrate your remembrance of this great man!  Johnnie will be interred at the Carnegie Cemetery, Oklahoma in the near future.  
    Arrangements are under the care of Branon Funeral Home.  To send condolences online, please visit
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