In memory of Sally Rose Awalt... FHS dedicates school library
Family members and friends attended a ceremony Friday morning at Fairfield high school at which the library was named in honor of the late Sally Rose Awalt, a longtime FHS teacher who died of cancer in December 1993. The Sally Rose Awalt Library is designated by bronze plaques on the facility's doors and a portrait of Mrs. Awalt. In opening remarks, Fairfield Independent School District superintendent said Mrs. Awalt had the "ability to teach all students and kindle their desire to learn." He noted it was the wish of faculty members to name the library in her memory. FHS principal Von Wade gave some memories of Mrs. Awalt, pointing out that her first love was her family, then learning, books, teaching, music, and animals. "The legacy she leaves is a living legacy through her children and the students that she taught," Wade declared. A portrait of Mrs. Awalt in the library was unveiled by her sons, Warren David Awalt, Jr., of Conroe and Jeffery Lee Awalt of Woodlands. "I think we, as a family, just want to say thank you." Jeff Awalt said. He then pointed out that if his mother had any departing words they might have been 'I wish you hadn't put that picture up.' Also on hand were Mrs. Awalt's husband, Warren, and their daughter Bobbye Ann. The ceremony ended with a prayer offered by FHS assistant principal Keith Whitaker. Over a 10-year career at FHS, Mrs. Awalt taught senior English, home economics and math, concentrating on senior English the last two years. Mrs. Awalt was born Dec 29, 1939 to Dr. L. L. Bonner and Catherine Green Bonner, was reared in Teague and graduated FHS in 1957. She attended Navarro College in Corsicana and married Warren D. Awalt. After several years at home, she returned to school to earn a bachelor of science degree at Baylor University in 1982, then started teaching in Fairfield."