Wednesday, March 21, 2012

James Ray DeWitt, 52, of Evanston, Wyo., passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Evanston, Wyo. He was born on Nov. 24, 1959, in Monett, son of Kennith and Crilla (Cook) DeWitt. He grew up in Washburn and was a 1978 graduate of Southwest High School. He was employed by the Daisy BB Manufacturing Company in Rogers, Ark., for 17 years, before moving to Poteau, Okla. In 2004, he moved to Kotzebue, Alaska. He has lived in Wyoming since August of 2007 and was the camp caretaker at the Uinta County Youth Camp in Evanston, Wyo. He was a member of the Aspen Grove Southern Baptist Church in Evanston.

He married Ruth Ann Jesse on Sept. 21, 1995, in Bentonville, Ark. and she survives.

Additional survivors include: three sons, David Turner and his wife, Debbie, of Howe, Okla., Jason Eads and his wife, Amy, of Waldron, Ark., and Justin DeWitt, of Bella Vista, Ark.; three daughters, Franchesca Schibi, and her husband, David, of Joplin, Rachal Orr, of Heavener, Okla., and Lindsay Joel and her husband, Brian, of Rogers, Ark.; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and three sisters, Joyce Lahr, of Washburn, Janice Faulkner, and her husband, Laymon, of West Fork, Ark., and Jeanette Hilburn, and her husband, David, of Exeter.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances Louise (Patterson) DeWitt, and his two sons, James Ray DeWitt, Jr. and Marcus Allen Frank DeWitt.

Graveside services were Monday at Roller Cemetery, Washburn.