Loy Weaver

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Loy Frank Weaver​

Louisiana State Representative
for District 11 (Claiborne
and Union parishes)​
In office
1976​ – 1984​
Preceded by Louise Brazzel Johnson​
Succeeded by Jimmy L. Long ​

Born June 29, 1942​
Homer, Claiborne Parish
Louisiana, USA
Died August 15, 2020 (aged 78)
Homer, Louisiana
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Cathey Raye Weaver​ (divorced)
Children Alyson Weaver Heckel

Charles E. Weaver
Parents:
Johnny Bostine and Merrill Green Weaver

Alma mater Homer High School

Louisiana Tech University

Occupation Banker
Religion Southern Baptist

Loy Frank Weaver (June 29, 1942 – August 15, 2020)[1] was a banker from Homer in Claiborne Parish in north Louisiana, who served as a Democratic state representative for three terms from 1976 to 1984.[2]

In 1978, he waged a losing race for Louisiana's 4th congressional district seat in the United States House of Representatives, the ultimate winner that year having been Weaver’s legislative colleague, wealthy businessman Anthony Claude "Buddy" Leach, Jr., then of Leessville in Vernon Parish and later a long-term resident of Lake Charles​. ​

Background

A Homer native, Weaver was one of four children of Johnny Bostine Weaver (1905-1995) and the former Merrill Green (1914-1993), who are interred at Arlington Cemetery in Homer. Weaver's brother, Charles Lee Weaver (1948-1991), died in an automobile accident at the age of forty-two.[3] His surviving brother is Ray Finley Weaver of Dubberly in south Webster Parish. He also had a sister, Dolly Morgan, of Homer.[1]

Weaver graduated in 1960 from Homer High School. In 1964, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. He attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy at Quantico, Virginia. From 1964 to 1973, he was an FBI agent, stationed in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. He was cited for outstanding performance and personal bravery on five occasions by J. Edgar Hoover, the first FBI director.[1] After his time at the FBI, he joined the Drug Enforcement Administration[4] and in that capacity was in regular consultation with five state governors.[4]

Weaver served for two years as the principal owner and president of the Shreveport-based security company, Southern Research, Inc., which with a multi-million payroll employed some four hundred persons.[4][1]

Political life

​​ Weaver won election to the legislature when the incumbent, Louise Brazzel Johnson (1924-2002) of Bernice in Union Parish, ran unsuccessfully for the Louisiana State Senate. He was the first freshman representative chosen by his colleagues to serve on the House Appropriations Committee. He also served on the Legislative Budget Committee, and the House committees on retirement, transportation and development, and administration of criminal justice. He was vice-chairman of the Governor's Commission on Law Enforcement and a board member of the State Employees' Group Benefits Program. During his two terms in the Louisiana House, Weaver had numerous legislative accomplishments, including getting legislation passed to bring the David Wade Correctional Center to Claiborne Parish.[1]

​In the 1978 congressional race created by the retirement of the Democrat Joe Waggonner, Weaver finished in fourth place, with 17,396 votes (13.4 percent).[5] His background in federal service and law enforcement secured him the endorsement of both the The Shreveport Times, the largest newspaper in north Louisiana.[6] and former Caddo Parish Sheriff James M. Goslin.[7] In his declaration of candidacy, Weaver promised "reasonable, rational, and common sense approach to national defense and the energy problem."[8]

Ultimately, Leach won the seat in the general election by narrowly defeating in a disputed vote the Republican former State Representative Jimmy Wilson of Vivian in north Caddo Parish. Leach served only a single term, for he was unseated by future Governor Buddy Roemer in the 1980 general election.​

In his second term in the House, Weaver was a floor leader for Republican Governor David C. Treen.[9]In that capacity he led the unsuccessful fight for Treen's proposed Coastal Wetlands Environmental Levy, an unpopular tax proposal on petroleum and natural gas. He also failed in an attempt to have prison labor used in the building and renovation of penitentiaries. In June 1983, Weaver announced that he would not seek a third legislative term but would instead return to private life.[10]​ ​ Though his elective experience was as a Democrat, Weaver also donated to some GOP candidates and party organizations. In 1986, he supported the Republican U.S. Senate candidate, then U.S. Representative William Henson Moore, Jr., of Baton Rouge, who was defeated by Democrat John Breaux as the successor to the retiring Russell Long.[11] In 1996, Weaver contributed to state Representative Chuck McMains' unsuccessful Republican primary campaign for the U.S. Senate. In 2000, Weaver donated to the National Republican Congressional Committee. In 2004, however, he supported Democrat Christopher "Chris" John in John's unsuccessful U.S. Senate race against Republican David Vitter.[12] After the election, Weaver donated $1,000 to the Vitter campaign. In 1999, Weaver had donated to former Governor David C. Treen in Treen’s attempt to return to the U.S. House in the 1st congressional district, which Treen narrowly lost to Vitter.[13]

In 2008, Weaver was again a Democratic contributor in two high-profile races on behalf of then U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, a liberal who defeated state Treasurer John Neely Kennedy, and in support of Paul Carmouche, the Caddo Parish district attorney who narrowly lost the 4th congressional district seat in the U.S. House to Republican John Fleming of Minden.[14]​ The 4th district seat is now held by the Republican Mike Johnson of Bossier Parish.

Banking career

From 1981 to 1995, Weaver was the president and chief executive officer of Homer National Bank in his hometown. This experience led to his position as president of the Homer National Bank. He later co-founded and served as president of First Woodlands Bank in Homer, which was later sold to First Guaranty Bank, based in Hammond in Tangipahoa Parish in southeastern Louisiana. He was the North Louisiana president of Guaranty Bank until his retirement in 2009.[1]

As the nature of banking changed over the decades, Weaver served from 1996 to 1998 as president of Bank One in Homer. From 1999 to 2001, he was president of Woodlands Bancorp, Inc., and First Woodlands Bank.[15] Weaver's last banking position from 2001 to 2008 was as the North Louisiana president and overall executive vice president of First Guaranty Bancshares, Inc., based in Hammond in Tangipahoa Parish. Among his First Guaranty board members was the late F. Jay Taylor of Ruston, former president of Weaver's alma mater, Louisiana Tech.[15] On his retirement, Weaver was honored as an "exceptional gentleman" by the Louisiana House for his legislative service, civic activities, and business career.[4]

In retirement, Weaver served as a director of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and was affiliated with the Public Affairs Research Council, the Council for a Better Louisiana, the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport, the Louisiana Crime Control Commission, the Homer Lion's International and the Chamber of Commerce in both Homer and Haynesville.[4]

Death

A Southern Baptist, Weaver died at his Homer home at the age of seventy-eight. He once said that he believed "strongly in the commitment that every person has to serve mankind. It's always been that way with me. ... I believe in the responsibilities a person has." His obituary describes him as "a man of his word," with a love of golf and horses who "had a passion for sharing his Christian faith with others."[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Loy Frank Weaver obituary. The Shreveport Times (August 19, 2020). Retrieved on August 20, 2020.
  2. Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2020 (Claiborne and Union parishes). Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on October 2, 2019.
  3. Johnny Bostine Weaver. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on August 20, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 House Resolution No. 5. google.com (March 10, 2008). Retrieved on September 5, 2009.
  5. Louisiana Secretary of State, Congressional election returns, 1978.
  6. Political advertisement, Minden Press-Herald, September 8, 1978.
  7. Shreveport Journal, November 8, 1978, p. 4A.
  8. "Loy Weaver officially enters 4th district race," Minden Press-Herald, May 17, 1978, p. 8.
  9. Ron Gomez, My Name Is Ron And I'm a Recovering Legislator: Memoirs of a Louisiana State Representative (Lafayette, Louisiana: Zemog Publishing, 2000), p. 74.
  10. "Weaver won't run again," Minden Press-Herald, June 4, 1983, p. 1.
  11. Homer, Louisiana, Political Contributions. city-data.com. Retrieved on September 5, 2009.
  12. Loy F. Weaver from Zip Code 71040. watchdog.net. Retrieved on September 5, 2009.
  13. Loy Weaver from Zip Code 71040. watchdog.net. Retrieved on September 5, 2009.
  14. Loy F. Weaver: Political Campaign Contributions, 2008 Election Cycle. campaignmoney.com. Retrieved on September 5, 2009.
  15. 15.0 15.1 First Guaranty Bank Board of Directors. bnet.com. Retrieved on December 17, 2009.

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