James Woodrow


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James Woodrow Witt

Aug 12 1918 - Jun 19 2007

James Woodrow Witt, 88, was born August 12, 1918, in Little Elm, Texas, and died June 19, 2007. World War II interrupted his senior year at North Texas State College (now NTSU), when he joined the war effort as a 1st Lietenant and a test pilot in the Army Air Corps (today's Air Force). He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lillian Mae Witt, and three children: a son, James (Jim) Woodrow Witt, Jr., and his wife, Lois, of Little Elm, Texas, and two daughters, Nancy Canonico and her husband Robert, of Waco, and Sharon Griffin and her husband, Scott, of Frisco. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and a sister, Elaine Goldsmith, of Lewisville. In addition to being a loving husband, father, and grandfather, during his long and productive life Woodrow Witt was a farmer and rancher, a U.S. Postal employee, the music director of the First Baptist Church of Little Elm, and a real estate broker and land developer. Next to his love and dedication to his family, he loved his birthpace and hometown of Little Elm and was dedicated to its improvement, growth, and development. He.developed some of its first subdivisions, built its first shopping center, and started its first newspaper. He started the first Lions Club and Volunteer Fire Department in Little Elm and served as Little Elm's Postmaster and Mayor. He advocated with politicans on the local and national level for projects that would bring growth and improvement to the Little Elm area, including advocacy with then Congressman Dick Armey for a bridge across Lake Lewisville to connect I-35 to the Little Elm Area, a cause later taken up by those who followed and who brought that dream to frution. Family and friends are invited to the funeral home on Thursday, June 21, 2007 to pay their respects and to sign the register book. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Thursday evening beginning at 6 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 22, 2007 at Living Word Baptist Church in Little Elm. Interment will follow at Little Elm Cemetery.
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