Richard Clemence Witt


Richard Clemence Witt, age 89, left this world on Saturday, February 9, 2013.

Dick Witt was a man from good stock; a man of honor, loyalty and integrity. He had a commanding presence and a knack for getting the best seat in the house wherever he went. It has been said of him, that the party did not begin until he arrived. His sense of humor and imagination carried others along and made them feel an integral part of the fun. He had a sharp mind and wit, heightened by an expansive vocabulary. He is dearly missed by those who knew him.

Dick was born November 13, 1923, in Louisville, Ky., to Jessie Clyde Witt and Mary Edna Board Witt. As a child of the depression he was always appreciative of the good things in his life. His greatest appreciation was for his beloved wife, Jackie, whom he met while both attended the University of Kentucky. Dick was attending university on the G.I. bill after serving with the 101st Airborne during World War II and Jackie was a U.K. cheerleader. She was a "looker," and he made her laugh. After six months of courtship they were husband and wife. He returned to military service during the Korean War.

Dick had a long and extremely successful career in sales and retired from Crown Zellerbach after 23 years of service. Dick and Jackie retired to a lovely home on Lake Palestine in Bullard in 1989. They could have found no better place to spend their golden years. They enjoyed each other's company, with him flirting with his "pretty girl" all of their 63 years of marriage. Their love never lessening, but always growing.

Dick is survived by his beloved wife, Jacqueline Miller Witt; sons, Matthew Witt and wife Debra of China Springs, Tim Witt and wife Sandi of Euless; and daughter, Melissa Witt, of Flower Mound; sister, Elizabeth Harris, of Fort Jones, Calif.; sister-in-law, Rose Marie Witt, of Dayton, Ohio; five grandchildren; and dear friend, Jim O'Neal. He was preceded in death by his father, Jessie Clyde Witt; brother, Clyde Witt; and brother-in-law, Jim Harris.

There will be no service.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Feb. 24, 2013
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