Monday, March 19, 2012
Armin Franz Witte Jr.
Armin Franz Witte, Jr. MT. PLEASANT
Armin Franz Witte, Jr., 93, died Friday, March 16. He was the widower of Lula Thomas Jenkins Witte. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew's Church in Mount Pleasant. Burial will be private. The family will receive visitors Tuesday, March 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at their family home.
He was born March 23, 1918 at 625 Prince Street, Georgetown, S.C. He was the son of Armin Franz Witte Sr., and Hattie Sparkman Witte. He attended public school in Georgetown and graduated from Charleston High School in 1936. He also attended The College of Charleston. On March 29, 1941, he was married to Lula Thomas Jenkins of Charleston. They have three sons; Armin Franz Witte III of Port Townsend, Washington (Sheila), Bissell Jenkins Witte of Mount Pleasant, S.C. (Judy), and William Sparkman Witte of Mount Pleasant, S.C (Teasie). They have eight grandchildren; seven granddaughters and one grandson; Shannon Witte Smouse, Alice Witte Duehring, Anna Witte Cusick, Sully Witte Recine, William Sparkman "Sparky" Witte II, Tommie Jenkins "Jenksie" Witte, Liza Witte Hendrix, Charlotte Bonnetheau Witte; and eleven great-grandchildren. Also one sister, Henriette W. O'Neill of Denver, Colorado and one deceased sister, Harriet W. King, formerly of Atlanta.
Mr. Witte held executive positions in radio station WTMA from 1940-1948; Merchants Advertising Agency from 1948 -1953, and South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. (SCANA) from 1953 - 1982. He is the author of a history of SCE&G and a biography of SCANA President Virgil E. Summer. In 1985, he became associated as an architectural designer for Bissell Jenkins Construction and W.S. Witte Construction. A self taught draftsmen, he designed numerous upscale residences in Mount Pleasant and Charleston. Witte was a member of St. Andrews Anglican Church, Mount Pleasant. He taught Sunday School at St. Michael's Church, Charleston. He studied voice with Vernon Weston and was a soloist for twenty five years in St. Phillip's Choir, Charleston and was a soloist in several other churches including St. Andrews, Mount Pleasant. He is a past president of the Men of St. Michael's, East Cooper Outboard Motor Club, Charleston Exchange Club, Charleston Rotary Club and was a member of the Charleston Junior Chamber of Commerce, Charleston Chamber of Commerce, The Carolina Yacht Club, Country Club of Charleston, German Friendly Society and the St. Andrews Society. He was a volunteer with numerous organizations and served as publicity director for the YMCA, Red Cross, Lung Association, Heart Association and Boy Scouts. He was a hunter, fisherman, golfer and wood worker.
At the time of his death, he had written five novels, a 50 year history of the Old Village Poker Club and his memoirs as a child in Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to East Cooper Meals on Wheels, St. Andrew's Church or a charitable organization of your choice. A memorial message may be written to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com. Visit our guestbook at www.postandcourier.com/deaths.
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