JOHN WILLIAM RAWLS SR.
John William Rawls Sr., age 86, of Gloucester, died Oct. 15, 2012 at Walter Reed Convalescent Center.
John was retired from Newport News Shipbuilding as an Engineer and a member of First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester, where he was a member of the Men’s Sunday School Class and the Wednesday morning prayer breakfast.
John enjoyed many hobbies, gardening, golf, and woodworking, carving a variety of birds. He also made more than 300 hats for newborn babies and donated them to the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.
John loved a challenge and was a great problem-solver. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who was devoted to his family. He was a man of integrity and compassion who touched and inspired many. He will be missed.
He is survived by wife, Jeanne K. Rawls; son, John W. Rawls Jr. and wife Jackie; daughters, Deborah Carpenter and husband Al, and Claudia Dale and husband Ralph; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Marion Rawls and wife Doris; and sister, Dorothy Mallard and husband Edgar.
Funeral services conducted by the Rev. Douglas Nagel will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester. Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will receive friends prior to the service on Friday, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the church.
In John’s memory, contributions may be given to the American Heart Association, c/o Mrs. Joanne Gallagher, P.O. Box 43, Ware Neck, Va. 23178.
Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point.