Richard Brent Witt

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Richard Brent Witt, 91, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on August 19, 2012. Brent was born in Amherst County, VA on May 20, 1921 to the late John W. Witt and Jennie Wren Witt.

He was a member of James River Baptist Church. He was a veteran of WWII and a retiree from civil service for 29 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Brent was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mildred Watts Witt and a brother, John S. Witt.

Survivors include his daughter, Marie Shipman (Roger); grandchildren, Travis Leeper and Tiffany Short; great-granddaughter, Kyndall Leeper; niece, Wanda Blelloch (John); great-nephew, Chris Blelloch (Heather); sister, Sallie W. Mays of Madison Heights, VA; brother, Cephas W. Witt of South Hill, VA; niece, Cathy Hillard; nephews, Dwight Mays, Michael Witt and Brian Witt; and several great-nieces, great-nephews and great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 21 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg. Funeral services will be held at James River Baptist Church, 4931 Centerville Road, Williamsburg on Wednesday, August 22 at 11:30 AM. Interment will follow at Williamsburg Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Williamsburg Branch Office, 213 McLaws Circle, Suite 2-B, Williamsburg, VA 23185 or the American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A102, Newport News, VA 23606. Online condolences may be offered at