James Bennett Witt, Sr., 79 of Bedford passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014 in Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was born May 1, 1934 in Bedford County, a son of the late Alan M. Witt and Clara Howerton Witt. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Harry Beckham Witt. He was a retired employee of Rubatex and Bedford County Public Service Authority and was a member of Bedford Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Edith Smallwood Witt; two sons, James B. Witt, Jr. and wife, Michelle, Wendell Allen Witt and wife, Susan all of Bedford; grandchildren, James Bartels (Sarah), Kimberly Catley (Daniel), Alan Witt (Lindsay), Carter Witt and Sarah Witt; great grandchildren, Jameson Cole Bartels, Levi Austin Bartels; a sister, Rosa Griffin of Buffalo Junction, VA; two brothers, Allen Thomas Witt and wife, Jean, Wayne Howerton Witt and wife, Brenda, all of Bedford as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The family request that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Bedford Christian Ministries, 217 West Washington Street, Bedford, VA 24523. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2 PM at Updike Funeral Chapel, Bedford with Dr. David Henderson officiating. Interment will follow in Quaker Baptist Church Cemetery. Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.