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John Henry Witts

John Henry Witts, Sr., 81, of Augusta died peacefully in his home Friday, May 13, 2011, surrounded by family.

Born Oct. 14, 1929, in Morges, he was the son of the late Charles Wesley and Martha (Brankle) Witts.

He worked as a color mixer at General Color for 16 years and earlier as a truck driver at Glen Gary Brickwork

John was the unofficial Mayor of Augusta, an honorary member of Augusta Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the Antique Tractor Club. He loved gardening and flowers, and had great fun with his dune buggy.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Witts; two daughters, Paula Brown and Debra Kay (Thomas) Greathouse, both of Minerva; four sons, John H (Jean) Witts, Jr. of Minerva, Garry (Cassandra) Witts of Mechanicstown, Lawrence Breault of Apex, NC, and John Breault of Venice, FL; two step daughters, Barbara (Gary) Oaks of Carrollton, and Lorie (Louie) Marino of Canton; two step sons, David (Sherry) Small of Carrollton and Jason (Laura) Small of Massillon; a sister, Thelma Engstrom of Magnolia; sister-in-law, Jean Witts of Magnolia; 21 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Frances (McCort) Witts; sister, Pearl Barr, brothers Sam and Alvin Witts, and stepdaughter, Tina Libertore.

Funeral Services will be held at Bartley Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 17 with Rev. Lee Iden officiating. Calling hours will be held Monday 6 - 9 p.m. at the Bartley Funeral Home.

The family request donations to Augusta Fire Department or Community Hospice, 201 West 3rd St., Dover, Ohio 44622.  Friends may register online at www.bartleyfuneralhome.com .

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