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George A. Smith & Sons Funeral Home

1544 South Highland, Jackson, TN

OBITUARY

Robert "Dewitt" Dalton III

October 28, 1942April 10, 2020

Robert Dewitt Dalton III passed away peacefully at his home on Good Friday, April 10, 2020.

Dewitt owned and operated L. Dalton, Inc. for forty years. He was born on October 28, 1942, to R.D. and Lela Dalton in Brownsville, Tennessee. Dewitt was raised in Jackson, Tennessee, and graduated from North Side High School. He attended Union University, and upon graduating, he joined the United States Air Force in 1966. In August of the same year, Dewitt married his sweetheart Sharon Elizabeth Fesmire. Stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Dewitt and Sharon lived in Panama City and later Port St. Joe, Florida. After his honorable discharge, Dewitt worked at the local paper mill and served as the Minister of Music at First Baptist Church in Port St. Joe. Dewitt developed lifelong friendships while there and became an avid fisherman. Dewitt and Sharon returned to Jackson, Tennessee, to start a family in 1970.

To say that Dewitt was multi-faceted would be an understatement. He drag raced corvettes, hunted and collected thousands of arrowheads, was a Golden Gloves Boxer, and read just about every book written. Dewitt fell in love with flying at the age of twenty-one and obtained his pilot’s license before joining the Air Force. His love for flying never ended. He became heavily involved in recreationally flying large remote control planes, and he was a founding member of the Magic Valley Air Force. He loved to share his enthusiasm for flying by teaching anyone who wanted to learn.

Dewitt was a devout and devoted Christian, and he led the singing for years at many churches. God blessed him with a beautiful and energetic voice. He served as the choir director to countless adult, youth, and children’s choirs, but introducing people to Christ made Dewitt happier than anything.

Dewitt is survived by a daughter, Amy Dalton, and two sons, Ashley Dalton (Heather) and Timothy Dalton (Hillary); five grandchildren, Will Buckley, Ty Buckley, Blaine Verdung, Addelyn Dalton and Emmett Dalton, all of Jackson. He is also survived by a sister, Pat Wells (Ronald) and two nephews of Jackson. Dewitt was preceded in death by his parents.

The family held a private service on Sunday, April 12, 2020. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P. O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tennessee 38148 or visit http://www.stjude.org.

Services

  • Family Memorial Service

    Sunday, April 12, 2020

Memories

Robert "Dewitt" Dalton III

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John Lindsey

April 17, 2020

Prayers out to all of Mr. Dewitt’s family. Remember as a teenager for the year or two I went to Calvary how he was a true joy to be around. Always loved hearing him sing. We will be keeping the Dalton family in our thoughts & prayers .

David McLeod

April 16, 2020

So very sad to hear this, our thoughts and prayers go out to Amy, Ashley, Tim and all their families.

Have a number of fond memories, having worked for and with him a great number of years. He was a man of passion, with a big heart.

Rest In Peace

Ron Kirkland

April 15, 2020

Dewitt was a kind and generous man, always smiling. I appreciated his friendship and the joy of knowing his sons.

Carrol Wood

April 14, 2020

My heart is so sad. In high school and college years Dewitt was closer than a brother. I take great joy in looking back at the great times we had together. Dewitt was a great influence on my life. What ever Dewitt was doing I was there with him. I remember many weekends we spent at the air port flying or just trying to bum a rid with someone else going up. Many Saturdays we were out in the fields hunting arrowheads. So many Weekends spent at the drag strip. To say Dewitt was fun to be around would be an understatement. I will always cherish the memories of Dewitt.

Antoinette “Mimi” Reynaldo

April 14, 2020

One of the best neighbors we ever had! Think of all of you often. Babysat Amy and Ashley, too! One of the best parts of living in Jackson was being in that choir. Prayers of peace and comfort for the family. He will be missed.

Angie Dotson Mangrum

April 14, 2020

Wow! Lots of memories from my teen years! I was in the youth choir and babysit Amy and Ashley! Prayers for the family. I know he will be greatly missed.

linda horton

April 14, 2020

My family have known you all for all of my 58+yrs.Marvin{our Dad,husband} being the 1st employed driver for L.Dalton,Inc.And remained there until March 1980.
Prayers and Condolences for all of you.
The Marvin Adcock Family

Gary Nelson

April 14, 2020

To say Dewitt was one of a kind would be a huge understatement! I will always cherish the memories of flying our RC aircraft with Dewitt. You could always count on him to liven things up when he arrived at the flying field. I am proud to have called him my friend.

Michael Dennison

April 14, 2020

Dewitt Dalton: A Prince Among Men!
Thank you Dewitt for your encouraging smile, kind words of encouragement, and your testimony to Our Lord Jesus Christ. We are all the better for knowing you and spending time with your family. On behalf of all the Dennisons, we love and cherish our memories with the Dalton family.
Peace in Christ,
Michael Dennison

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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