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December 16, 2017

Michael Hamilton Rawls – Elizabeth Township


Michael Hamilton Rawls, 57, of Elizabeth Township, departed this life on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. He was born Feb. 10, 1960 to the late Lewis A. and Dorothy M. Rawls in Charleroi. Michael graduated from Charleroi Area High School. He was an avid wrestler and loved all sports. He would spend hours watching them with his wife. He had a faithful, loyal, companion pit bull named “Chop”. Michael loved family gatherings and was always the life of a party. He had an endearing personality and his love for his family was enduring. Michael was preceded in death by a brother, James Smith, in addition to his parents. Michael leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of 27 years, Patricia Miller Rawls; his devoted children, son, Michael H. Rawls II; and daughter, Pecola A. Abele and husband, Joey; three brothers, Lewis A. Rawls Jr., Duane D. Rawls and Auther O. Rawls; six sisters, Pernell Fowler, Lucille Madison, Luann Pope, Paula McCrae, Yvonne Sherron, Lilian Rawls; two grandchildren, Kane and Shane Abele; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, aunts and uncles. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Allen AME Church, 606 Fifth Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at the church with the Pastor Marilyn Fisher officiating and giving the eulogy. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Services entrusted to the WILLIAM R. TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 645 McMahon Ave., Monessen, PA 15062, 724-684-4877.