And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3 On Nov. 16, 1927, in Bedford County, Charles Grayson Witt, was born the youngest of seven boys to John Clayton and Myrtha Martin Witt. He died on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. At the age of thirteen months, due to the illness of his mother, he went to live with his Uncle Frank and Evie Johnson Witt, and he called them his Mama and Daddy. He was raised with his cousins, Ollie Witt, Lois Witt Talton, Nancy Witt Edwards, Lula Witt Manche, Joyce Witt Megginson and he was known as their older brother. He lived his entire life in Bedford County, never forgetting and being part of the life of his father "Daddy" John and his brothers, Carlton, Clayton, Herman, Edward, Billy and Ralph, all who preceded him in death. His work ethic began at a young age working at Carlyle Dairy to owning his fuel oil distribution company in Bedford. His mentors were E. L. Carlyle and Pete Jamerson. Charles Never met a stranger and enjoyed life to the fullest, quick to be engaged in a conversation. He could make or repair any of his "equipment", loved tending his cows, planting a garden and making his special "homemade" pineapple ice cream. He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Marie Zimmerman Witt; two son, Mark Douglas Witt and special friend, Bradley Draper of Bassett, Michael "Mike" Dennis Witt amd wife, Loni of Lynchburg. Howard Grayson Witt, the firstborn preceded him in death in 2010. Also surviving are his two grandsons, Howard Grayson Witt, Jr., of Bedford, Anthony "Tony" Witt and his wife, Dana and great grandson, Mason Witt of Southport, NC. Surviving him are many nieces and nephews from "both" his families. Charles was a proud, humble man, a devoted and loving husband and was a caring father who provided for his children. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to your favorite charity. He was a forty-five year member and elder of Bedford Presbyterian Church. His funeral was held there on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 at 11 am with Rev. John Salley officiating. Interment followed in Virginia Memorial Park. He will be sadly missed. He will live in the house of the Lord forever. MAY THE WORK I HAVE DONE SPEAK FOR ME. Arrangements are being handled by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from February 20 to February 21, 2013