Historic Town Of Bramwell Pioneer

John Davis Hewitt, Jr. & Son,  J. D. "Jack" Hewitt III


John Davis Hewitt, Jr.
( 1883 - 1964
)

John Davis Hewitt, Jr., 80, member of a pioneer coal family in the Pocahontas fields and himself a prominent mining engineer in Mercer County, died Friday, March 20, 1964 at 2 p.m. in Bluefield Sanitarium. Born May 9, 1883 at Foxburg, Pa., he was a son of the late John Davis and Katharine Reedy Hewitt. John Davis Hewitt, Jr. came to Bramwell when he was three years old.

He attended Virginia Military Institute and West Virginia University and was affiliated with Buckeye Coal and Coke Co. at Freeman until his retirement. He was prominent in athletic circles, active as a player and as a umpire in Bramwell during the 1920's. He also served as Postmaster in Bramwell for many years. He was a senior warden of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Bramwell until it closed. He became a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Bluefield.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Wheeler Hewitt, whom he married in 1912; a son J. D. Hewitt III, of Long Beach, Ca.; a daughter, Katharine H. Barringer of Bramwell; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Birth: May 9, 1883 in Pennsylvania.

Death: Mar. 20, 1964 in Bramwell, Mercer County, West Virginia.

He was the son of Bramwell's first mayor, Col. John D. Hewitt, Sr. who owned of the Buckeye Coal & Coke Company.

 

J. D. "Jack" Hewitt III :

Jack was a son of the late John D. Hewitt, Jr. and Susan McKinney Wheeler Hewitt. In addition to his parents, his wife, Peggy Peery Hewitt preceded him in death.

Mr. Hewitt was a great athlete. He love camping, scouting, hunting, and fishing. He was educated at Bramwell Schools, Haverford School at Haverford, Pa., and the Severn School at Severna Park, Md.

He then attended and graduated the U.S. Naval Academy in 1936. In the late 1930s, he had tours of duty with the U.S. Naval Battleships USS West Virginia and the USS Arizona. He served the U.S. Navy in Philadelphia, Hawaii, and Cavite Naval Base in the Philippines. It was there he became ill with poliomyelitis (polio) and was tragically paralyzed permanently. He consequently spent several years at Warm Springs, Ga. Until his death, he lived in California and worked as a CPA and Controller of a Junior College.

Obituary From: Bluefield (Virginia) Daily Telegraph

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