Johnny William “Bill” Hewitt, Jr.

Bill Hewitt and Buddy

Bill Hewitt and Buddy, along Chatham's Main Street, 2005.

CHATHAM VA — After a valiant battle with cancer, Johnny William “Bill” Hewitt, Jr., passed away peacefully at his home on February 14, 2008. He was surrounded by his best friend, Buddy; his wife, Cara; his children; and grandchildren. 

Bill was born in Lexington, N.C. on Halloween 1944 to Johnny William and Ina Hunt Hewitt. He was graduated from Lexington High School and Campbell College. Bill served his country in the Army Security Agency stationed at KAGNEW station in Ethiopia as well as at Arlington Hall Station in Washington, D.C. During  his long career in research and development in textiles, Bill served Burlington Industries, Levi Strauss, Dan River Mills and Dexter Chemical Company.

Bill met his wife, Cara Lynn Hewitt, while stationed in Washington, D.C. After his Army discharge, Bill returned to college and was graduated from Campbell College with a B. A. in business. He was immediately hired by Burlington Industries where he served a number of years before moving his family to Texas where he worked for Levi Strauss & Co. in Lubbock and El Paso, Texas. While working with Levi, Bill was instrumental in the building and set up of the American Cotton Growers denim plant in Littlefield, Texas, the largest denim manufacturing facility west of the Mississippi River. In 1981, Bill moved once again, this time to Danville to work with Dan River Mills in research and development.

In his retirement, Bill enjoyed fishing with his sons and grandchildren and working part-time at Chatham Books where he was always seen with his faithful companion, Buddy. Bill greeted friends and strangers from the front of Chatham Books, making new friends each day. He knew no strangers and sought to make a friend of all he met.

Service to community and church were important parts of Bill's life. He held membership in the ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens) of Harnett County, N.C.; served the Women's Club of Dunn, N.C.; was an active member of the Rotary Club; was a Youth Minister at St. Matthews UMC, Lubbock, Texas; coached Little League baseball in Lubbock and Littlefield, Texas; served on the board of Woodlawn Academy; and was a member of the VFW Post 647 in Danville.

Bill is survived by his wife of 38 years, Cara Stephens Hewitt; and their children, Stephanie Hewitt Hedge and her husband, Bill; John Hewitt and his wife, Kristina; and Johnny Hewitt. Bill is also survived by his grandchildren, Corinna and Liam Hedge, Emma Hewitt and Vada Hewitt; and his sister, Mildred Hewitt of Danville.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Sheva Church of Christ with the Minister Terry W. Schultz officiating and with military honors performed by the American Legion Post 10976, Danville.

Scott Funeral Home in Chatham is respectfully serving the Hewitt family.

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