“Theo” Thaer Russell Post-Abulawi passed away Monday, June 3, 2019. He was 26. Theo was born in Plantation, Florida on July 15, 1992. He is the son of Viola and James Chontos and brother of Cami Post-Abulawi of East Liverpool, OH. Theo graduated from East Liverpool High School in 2010. While in high school he was actively involved with Potter News Network and stage crew for the theater. Theo was a musician and artist. It was in high school that he became a founding member of Nervous Aggression along with his close friends of whom he remained friends with through good times and bad. Theo loved making movies and videos with his best friends including creating “Crap Productions”. The best times of his life were creating these videos and writing scripts along with creating music. He was a talented guitar player who virtually taught himself how to play with little formal instruction. He like to play rock and punk rock. His renditions of “Needle and the Damage Done” and “Everlong” (one of his mother’s favorites) were moving. Theo also loved watching movies especially Marvel movies. Spiderman was his guy. Recently, Theo aspired to begin a podcast that would be a roundtable discussion involving movies and other entertainment. He also wanted to start a podcast in this city to open a discussion on the drug use in this town and was volunteering his time towards that project. He wanted to help others who have shared his experience.
Theo was a caring, sensitive, and empathetic soul who loved deeply. He was deeply loved by his family and adored by his little sister and saying he will be forever missed and loved is an understatement. His death is a shock but unfortunately, his poor soul couldn’t take any more of the pain he felt within himself. Theo struggled with depression and anxiety. He tried to seek help at times but sometimes felt it overwhelming. Because he couldn’t find the strength he needed to overcome his mental health, he turned to drugs for a while. He recently and proudly overcame his battle with drugs and was on the road to recovery. Sadly, he wasn’t so strong in the fight against depression and anxiety. His family is devastated at his loss as are many of his friends. Theo couldn’t see how loved and needed he was in this world. He didn’t just take his own life; he took ours with him. Theo is survived by his mother, step-father, and sister. He is also survived by his grandmothers Margaret Barrick and Jan Chontos; his aunt Dorie Barrick and uncle Chad Post as well as numerous cousins and friends.
We ask that in honor of Theo, if you know someone or feel the way he did, please seek help. Please don’t get discouraged and continue to reach out until you get the help you need. You are loved more than you know.
Visitation will be held at the Arner Funeral Chapel in Chester, WV., Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 4:00PM-6: 00 PM.
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