Jun. 23, 1848 Memphis Shelby County Tennessee, USA
May 1, 1935 Center Point Kerr County Texas, USA
Another of the diminishing band of Kerr county's sturdy pioneers answered the final summons Tuesday night when J Monroe Witt, 87, passed away at his home in Center Point. He had been critically ill for several weeks. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Center Point Baptist church, with Rev H.M. Smith, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Kerrville officiating. Rev M. Williamson, pastor of the Center Point Methodist Church, assisted with the last rites. Burial was in the Center Point Cemetery under direction of Smith Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Sid McElroy, Hugh Edens, Dee Burney, Jim Warrick, all of Center Point; Herman and Peter Ingenhuett of Comfort. All of the pallbearers had known Mr Witt since boyhood and he frequently had lovingly boasted that he "helped to raise" them. Monroe Witt was born in Weakley County, Tennessee, June 22, 1848. His native land was physically torn by the strite of the Civil War and several times he attempted to enlist as a soldier of the Confederacy, each time to be rejected on account of his youth. In 1867, at the age of 19, he came to Texas with a life-long friend "Uncle Steve" McElroy. The youths settled in Center Point, where a large number of Tennesseans had located a short time before. A year after his arrival on the Texas frontier, young Witt was married to Miss California Denton, who died several years ago after a most eventful life. For more than 40 years he had been a Baptist preacher, serving many churches in southwest Texas. Surviving the pioneer are one daughter, Mrs J.H. Surber of Bandera; four sons, W.T. Witt, Clifford, Arizona; Joseph D Witt, Center Point; J.T. Witt, Kingman, Arizona, and Fred Witt, Ranger. Nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive.