October 23, 2013

The Rev. George Lee Witt

— The Rev. George Lee Witt, 78, of Tunnel Hill, departed this life Tuesday evening, Oct. 22, 2013, at the Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton.

George was born May 9, 1935, in Dalton, a son of the late John T. and Emma Cole Witt. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, John, Harold and Ernest Witt, and a sister, Melanie Blalock. George proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

George was the pastor of Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church for the past 20 years and had formerly pastored at Spring Hill Baptist Church, Friendship Baptist Church, Holy Hills Baptist Church, House of Prayer and Old Bethel Baptist. George was retired from the Dalton Coca-Cola Company.

He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Parks Witt, and they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on July 9, 2014; daughters and sons-in-law, Allison and Bill Thornton of LaFayette, and Marsha and Bobby Dycus of Dalton; sons and daughters-in-law, Tim L. and Martain Witt of Rocky Face, and Greg and Mira Witt of Tunnel Hill; brothers and sisters-in-law, Roy and Avanell Witt of Tunnel Hill, and W.C. “Billy” and Ann Witt of Calhoun; sisters, Jane Keith of Cleveland, Tenn., Thelma Burton of Calhoun and Zola Boring of Tellico Plains, Tenn.; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services to celebrate the life of the Rev. George Lee Witt will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Ponders Melrose Chapel with the Rev. Marvin Brock, the Rev. James Morgan and the Rev. Lillard Stringer officiating.

He will be laid to rest at United Memorial Gardens with Mark Bradley, Jody Thornton, Joey Thornton, Gregory Witt, Tim Thornton, Aaron Fielding, Chris McDade and Jerry Bradley serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends at Ponders Melrose Chapel Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Arrangements are by Ponders Melrose Chapel, 138 Melrose Drive, Dalton; (706) 226-4002.