Jerry A. Alawat

School’s out, and the teacher has gone home..Jerry Alawat, beloved husband, father, brother and friend, has passed away.

Jerry was a teacher in the Wood County School District for 32 years, touching the lives of innumerable children at Gihon Elementary School, Pleasant Valley Elementary School and Edison Junior High School. Jerry has been a very active member of South Parkersburg Baptist Church for many years, serving as a Sunday School teacher and faithful Congregational Caregiver, focusing his ministry on the sick and elderly.

Jerry was born in Cinderella, W.Va., on Nov. 21, 1942, to Salvatore (Sam) Alawat and Blanche Alawat (Smith). He proudly served his country in the United States Navy, and upon his release, attended Glenville State College. He moved to Parkersburg in 1966 and began his teaching career. Jerry has been an active member of the Parkersburg community for nearly 50 years, serving as a mentor and role model to his students, and living his life as an example of faith, loyalty and love for all who knew him.

Jerry was surrounded by his loved ones during his passing from this earthly world to the Kingdom of his Heavenly Father. He was surely welcomed with open arms and greeted with, “Welcome, good and faithful servant.”

Jerry was preceded in death by his mother and father; his brother, Gary Bozic; his mother-in-law, Carol McDonald; and his beloved son, Anthony Alawat. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Alawat (McDonald); his daughter, Andrea Alawat Rittgers of Racine, Wis.; his step-son, Jason Hayes of Parkersburg; his step-daughter, Amanda Deem (Hayes) and her husband Jason Deem of Silverthorne, Colo.; his daughter-in-law, Robin Alawat-Strauss (Whited); his grandchildren, Lucy Rittgers, Kate, Colin and Allie Hayes, Milo and Emma Deem, Caleb Alawat and Aubrey Strauss; his sister, Mary Ann Shaw of Bristol, England; his brother, Sam Alawat of Tennessee; his father-in-law, Jack McDonald of Parkersburg; and countless friends and family members.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, at South Parkersburg Baptist Church, 1705 Blizzard Dr., Parkersburg, WV 26101, with Pastors Joe Busch and Scott Stewart officiating, with full military rite by American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg. Interment will follow at Evergreen North Cemetery, Parkersburg. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, south Parkersburg, is serving the Alawat family.

Jerry served as a Gideon, and had requested that donations be made to the Gideons for the purchase of Bibles.

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