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Highway 36 East renamed in honor of fallen soldier

In ceremonies held Monday morning, Highway 36 East in Lamar County was renamed in honor of MSG Davy N. Weaver who was killed in action last year in Afghanistan. The roadway is now officially known as MSG Davy Nathaniel Weaver Memorial Highway. Weaver’s mother, Patsy Rabuck, addressed the crowd of about 100 on hand at Weaver’s church, Lilla Baptist. Rabuck told stories of her late son’s youth. Patriot Guard riders were on hand to take part in the ceremony as were a military honor guard and the local law enforcement honor guard consisting of Barnesville police officers and Lamar sheriff’s deputies. One member of the military honor guard succumbed to the heat, was assisted by those in attendance and treated by EMTS. He was well on his way to recovery by the time the ceremonies ended. Other speakers included county commissioners Nancy Thrash and Bennie Horton, county commission chairman Jay Matthews, county administrator Wayne Patterson and Sen. Ronnie Chance, who spearheaded the memorial in the legislature. Ricky Shepherd, music director at Rock Springs Church, sang the National Anthem and Amazing Grace.

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