Hosea O. Weaver was born June 19, 1917 in Conecuh County (specifically four miles behind the Castleberry post office). After the untimely death of his father, Hosea quit school in the seventh grade in order to support his mother and four sisters.
In 1938, at the age of 21, Hosea’s first job in the roadbuilding industry was a truck driver with W.L. Cobb Construction.
Hosea worked with several different construction companies in order to further his knowledge of the roadbuilding industry. Through hard work and initiative, he was promoted up through the ranks without the benefit of formal education.
One of the companies Hosea worked with was J.S. Walton & Company, where he developed a close friendship with Jack and Norman Walton, Sr., which lasted for the rest of their lives.
He began Hosea O. Weaver and Company in 1952 with one used bulldozer. He operated the bulldozer all day building fish ponds and small roads and performed maintenance on it at night so that it would be ready for the next morning.
In 1955, Weaver was awarded his first bonded project in Mobile County, Crystal Springs Road. Up until this time, Hosea had done his own operating; own bookkeeping, own payrolls, own everything. In 1957 Weaver was awarded his first state project, grading, drainage and paving Zirlott Road in Mobile County.
In 1957, Hosea took in a partner, his brother-in-law, Joe H. Morris, and renamed the company, Weaver and Morris Construction Co., Inc. The company continued to prosper and built hundreds of city, county, state and private roads.
In 1969, Joe Morris died. Hosea purchased his shares of stocks from his estate and renamed the company H.O. Weaver Construction Co., Inc.
In 1973, after working with their father for several years, Hosea helped his sons, Paul and Calvin Weaver, start their own company naming it Hosea O. Weaver and Sons, Inc. Both continued to run under separate ownership with Hosea helping and advising his sons in their business at every opportunity.
In 1985, Hosea sold H.O. Weaver Construction Co., Inc. to Paul and Calvin Weaver and it was merged with Hosea O. Weaver and Sons, Inc. Hosea continued to stay active in the business consulting and advising up until 2001.
His business philosophy was to pay attention to detail and learn from others, avoiding costly mistakes, and constantly trying to improve his business in the process.
As a tribute to his achievements in the Highway Construction Industry, the bridge located in Semmes, Alabama on U.S. 98 over the ICG Railroad is named the “Hosea O. Weaver Bridge” by the State Legislature.
Hosea was an active member in the Abba Temple Shrine, Abba Temple Mounted Patrol, Mobile County Sheriff’s Posse, Mystic Stripers Society and the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association.
He was also a founding member of the Mobile County Road Builders Association.
Hosea’s biggest hobby was Tennessee Walking Horses. His daughter, Nanci, won the 1989 World Walking Horse Championship at the “Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration” in Shelbyville, Tennessee on “Prides Grand Slam” which Hosea owned.
Hosea was voted into Mobile County Horseman’s Association Hall of Fame in the 1990’s.
Hosea loved people and always wanted to be with his friends and family. He had no enemies because he was honest, sharing, truthful, unselfish, and giving with a huge capacity for forgetting and forgiving. He would give the shirt off his back to help someone in need.
Hosea was married over 60 years to Corine Ellis Weaver and has 7 children, 13 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.
He passed away in 2005.
He is highly respected by his peers and made great contributions to our industry and possessed all the attributes necessary to be selected into the Alabama Road Builders Hall of Fame.
Some of Hosea’s projects include:
- Clear, grade, and drain I-65 from U.S. 90 to I-10 at the zero mile marker
- Widen, base, drainage, and paving on several sections of U.S. 59 from Stapleton, Alabama to Gulf Shores, Alabama over several years
- Widen and pave several sections of U.S. 98 from the Mississippi line to Semmes,AL
- Base and pave I-65 from U.S. 43 to Mobile Tensaw River Bridge in Mobile
- Bridge and approaches over Big Creek on U.S. 98 in Mobile
- Bridge and approaches over the ICG Railroad in Semmes, AL