It is with a broken heart and much sadness the family announces that George Arthur DeWitt, age 95, passed away Sunday, May 27. He was an incredible example, he gave his love, time, resources and talents to making the world a better place. He was born November 10, 1923, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, to Wilbur Conner DeWitt and Jesse Matilda McMillan.
He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering. He was in the Delta Chi fraternity. After leaving the Navy as a Pharmacist’s Mate 2nd Class at the end of World War II, he moved to Polk County to work as a chemist for the Tennessee Copper Company until he retired.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Shirley Jean Braucht, who died in January 2014; his two sisters, Elizabeth Wittmer of Salem, Oregon and Dorthea King of Buena Vista, Virginia; son, Charles Arthur DeWitt; and grandson, Jeremy DeWitt, both of Ducktown.
He was survived by his daughter, Holly Williams of Athens, Georgia; grandsons, Todd Harper of Athens, Andy Harper of Winder, Georgia, and Shannon DeWitt of Lawrenceville, Georgia; granddaughter, Jessica Hughes of Blue Ridge and several great grandchildren.
George was very involved in the community. He helped build St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, where he was a life long Lay clergy and treasurer. He traveled to Knoxville to pick up a pipe organ in pieces and brought it back and put it together and tuned it for this church. He worked to establish and build Copper Basin Medical Center. He was a board member and treasurer for the Ducktown Basin Museum for over 10 years. He was the Jaycee’s “Young Man of the Year.”
Condolences may be left online at www.companionfunerals.com, Cleveland, Tennessee. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.