Albert W. Thweatt

"A devoted husband of empowerment to his loving wife. A supportive father of encouragement to his dear children. A loving grandfather of enlightenment to his adoring grandchildren. A caring brother of enthusiasm to his amazing siblings. A prolific and profound educator to countless number of wonderful students."

Once again God's divine will has been manifested in our lives as we lovingly yet sadly release the precious soul of our dear loved one to His loving care, our dearly departed Dr. Albert Will Thweatt, 70, of 13413 Prince George Drive in Disputanta.

Albert's blessed and unique life's journey was destined by God as a wonderful gift to his parents, the late Albert and Elosie Thweatt on April 25, 1943, in Prince George County. On Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Chippenham Medical Center in Richmond, Albert was escorted by the angels to Heaven's gates where he was reunited with his loving parents and his siblings, the late Alexander O. Thweatt and Florence Thweatt.

Because of his unyielding capacity as a man of wisdom and knowledge, Albert began his early education in the Prince George County public schools. Upon graduation from high school, Albert matriculated to Elizabeth City State University where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in 1965. He then furthered his studies at Virginia State University earning a Master of Arts degree in 1971. Through God's goodness, Albert persevered to attain a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Virginia in 1980. As a gifted scholar Albert was inducted into the Guardsmen, Sigma Pi Phi Boulé, and Phi Delta Kappa.

Albert's multi-faceted career as an educator and entrepreneur allowed him to successfully serve as a band director and assistant principal with Hopewell City public schools, director of evening and weekend college at Virginia State University, assistant superintendent of Gainesville City schools in Gainesville, Ga., and director of continuing education at the University of Virginia. One of his most successful accomplishments was becoming the Founder/CEO of Alrod Enterprises, Inc. from 1978 to 2013.

His commitment as a servant to civic and professional affiliations were proudly served as a member of the board of directors to the following: Prince George Electric Co-Op, The Bank of Southside Virginia, Venture Richmond, The Virginia State Chamber of Commerce, International Management Council, Petersburg Economic Action Corporation, Petersburg Public Education Foundation and The Richmond Economic Development Corporation. Albert was honored to serve on the board of trustees for The University of Florida, Virginia State University, Edward Waters College and his beloved Union Branch Baptist Church.

Albert's faith and commitment to God was clearly exemplified through his devoted membership at Union Branch Baptist Church in Prince George. He gave of his wonderful talents as a pianist and director of the men's choir. In addition to his numerous community and civic duties he was a caring philanthropist, educational advocate, and public speaker. Albert strived to be an inspiration of hope, honesty and love to everyone.

The life, love and legacy of dear Albert will forever be cherished and perpetuated by: his loving wife, Betty Wilkins Thweatt; his loving children, Albert W. Thweatt II Esq. (Lisa) and Rodney T. Thweatt I (Danielle); his adoring grandchildren, Albert W. Thweatt III, Rodney T. Thweatt II, Matthew A. Thweatt, and Sydney R. Thweatt; his siblings, Earl Thweatt, Jimmie Williams (honorary) and Priscilla Williams (honorary); his aunts, Alvenia Ford and Grover Randall; his uncle, Timothy Thweatt; sisters-in-law, Janice Thweatt, Bernice Thweatt, Hilda Boone, Jean Pullen, Michelle Ford, and Dr. Robin Smith; brother-in-law, Robert Wilkins; loving nieces and nephews, Alex Lamar Thweatt, Michael Thweatt, Adrian Thweatt-Cross, and Andrea Thweatt-Uchegbu; and countless cousins; colleagues; former students; neighbors; and friends.

Services for Dr. Albert W. Thweatt will be held at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Union Branch Baptist Church, 3356 Union Branch Road, Prince George, the Rev. Marcus Allen, pastor, officiating and the Rev. Dr. Andrew J. White Sr., eulogist. The interment to follow at Southlawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at the J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment where services will be streamed live at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.

The family will also receive friends at 13413 Prince George Drive, Distputanta.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Dr. Thweatt at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.

Funeral Home

J M Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc.
102 South Avenue  Petersburg, VA 23803
804-732-8911

Published in The Progress-Index from Oct. 26 to Oct. 27, 2013