DAVID BRIAN WELLER, a master welder and fabricator, died unexpectedly on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at the age of 51.
David was born in Coral Gables, Florida on December 15, 1967 to David A. Weller and Elaine Terna Weller. After moving with his family to Snellville, Georgia in 1975, David graduated from South Gwinnett High School in 1986. He later received a Welding & Joining Certificate from Gwinnett Technical College. For the last nearly 20 years he was employed as a fabricator at Vinson-McDonald in Lilburn, Georgia, a job that never seemed like a j-o-b because he loved it so much.
Known as Davey to his family, and earning the nickname “Dangerous Dave” among his friends, David is survived by his loving older sister, Alyson & her husband Stephen Morrison of Lawrenceville, Georgia; devoted younger brother, Doug & his wife Tracy Weller of Loganville, Georgia; nephews Joshua and Dylan Morrison, Tristen Weller, and niece & goddaughter, Courtney Weller. He was predeceased by his parents, David Anthony Weller of Snellville, Georgia and Elaine Terna Weller of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and by his beloved fur-kids; dogs- Madison and Ace Weller & cat- Merlin Weller. David was also recently separated from, and survived by, his estranged wife, Donna Weaver Weller.
Dangerous Dave loved welding and working with his hands. If he wasn’t designing custom steel work for family and friends, like a branding iron & ranch logo, yard art (dragons), trailer hitch covers (dolphin) or bird houses (from go-kart tires), he was most at home underneath the hood of a car - Dodge or MOPAR, please! LOL. David loved nothing more than spending a weekend hanging out with his lifelong friends in someone’s garage restoring or repairing a vehicle. David amassed a tool collection that was appreciated by many. He was also a collector of guns - several inherited from his father, some of which were rare issues. As a teen and young adult, he learned the historic art of hand reloading ammunition for his firearms from his dad, too.
Davey was a man that would, quite literally, give you the shirt off his back, drop everything to help you in a jam, or come to watch his nephews play soccer. To say David, who had a heart as big as the sky, will be missed is an understatement. Following his wishes, he will be cremated and without formal funeral service. However, at a later date and place to be announced, there will be a Celebration of David’s Life, where he will chuckle from above as everyone eats boiled peanuts, drinks Mountain Dew, sings and dances to the music of KISS and THE DOORS (his favorite bands ever,) and reminisces about the good times and shared memories.
In lieu of flowers, David’s siblings ask that you make a monetary donation in his name to the Walton County Animal Control Shelter, 1411 S Madison Ave., Monroe, Georgia 30655. All of his pets were rescues.
Byrd and Flanigan Crematory & Funeral Service, Lawrenceville. 770-962-2200