James Ted Averitt Jr. LUBBOCK-Family and friends will gather to honor the life of Ted Averitt, 86, of Lubbock at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. in the Hart Cemetery with a reception to follow in the Golden Group Building, Hart. Our beloved Ted went to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. To send your words of encouragement and view tributes visit www.memorialdesigners.net
. Ted was born on May 18, 1927, in Kaufman, Texas, to the late James Ted Averitt Sr. and Tina Ruth Young Averitt. He graduated from Kaufman High School and joined the Navy. Following discharge from the Navy, Ted received his B.A. in 1949 and then a master's degree in Physical Education and Science. Following graduation from North Texas University, he moved to Alvord, Texas, where he was head football coach. There, he met and married the love of his life, Ethel Rowlett, on March 24, 1950. Over the next few years, Ted coached in several towns and in 1962, while coaching in Hermleigh, he accepted the position as school superintendent. Ted retired as superintendent in Hart, Texas. After retirement, he and Ethel moved to Lubbock and he served as interim superintendent for several surrounding community schools. Ted enjoyed travel and playing bridge. He served as deacon at several churches and was a member of the Lions Club. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, and most precious to Ted was his relationship with Jesus. Ted is survived by his wife, Ethel; two daughters, Jan Whisenhunt and husband Dink of Merkel, and Stacy Gerber and husband Norman of Nazareth; and a son, Jim Averitt of Austin; four grandchildren, Bradley, Hayden, Paige and Trent Gerber; a brother, Bob Averitt and wife Britt of Northampton, Mass.; and a sister, Ruth Ann Griffin and husband Horace of Midland. Memorials are suggested to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 5301 82nd Street, Lubbock, TX, 79424.