Robert Donald Witham Sr.

August 19, 1938September 11, 2020

Robert D. Witham, Sr., 82, passed away at his home on Saturday, September 11, 2020 after a short battle with cancer. A Chattanooga resident for over 40 years, Bob was retired from the U.S. Navy, the Chattanooga News Free Press and the Chattanooga Times. He was a member of the Shriners, Masons, VFW, American Legion and MMI. He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett D. and Iloene P. Witham. Survivors include his wife, Myra Jett Witham; children, Robert D. and Stephanie Witham, Jr., William Gene and Teresa Witham, Barry Wayne Witham, Cynthia R. Davis, Edward Bruce and Diane Witham, Janice Ariane and Shawn Barnes and Victor Adam and Jamie Gray; 27 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren. Private family graveside services will be held at Chattanooga National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 South Moore Road, East Ridge, TN. Please share your thoughts and memories at


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Rick Goins

September 17, 2020

Bob wanted you to believe he was a crusty old Navy salt - which he was! He was so much more to so many of us - a mentor, a wordsmith, a golfer, and most of all, a friend!
He loved his family, the written word, and exuded calm in the midst of so many media storms that belied his military experience and knowledge of communicating well.
Godspeed, fair winds and following seas, my friend!

Teresa Witham

September 15, 2020

Thank you for being the father figure I never had and I will truly miss you!


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