Big Stone Gap, VA - Michael James Witt, 63, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at The Laurels in Norton, Va. Born November, 17, 1954 in Washington D.C., Mike graduated from Powell Valley High School. He attended Virginia Tech and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from Cumberland College. He was a career state employee and retired from the Division of Mines, Minerals, and Energy where he served as a permitting inspector for over 20 years. He attended both East Stone Gap United Methodist Church and East Stone Gap Baptist Church. Mike was a past president of Powell Valley High School band boosters and a past statistician for the Powell Valley High School baseball program. He was a former coach for the Big Stone Gap Little League program.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Joyce Witt and his brother-in-law, Mark Bledsoe.
Surviving are his son, Jordan Michael Witt, daughter-in-law Erynn Starr Witt and sister Amy Witt Bledsoe.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Mike’s special friends Laura Brickey, Caroline Rutherford, and the staff at The Laurels Retirement and Assisted Living.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 22, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave. W., Big Stone Gap, Va. Funeral services will follow with Pastors Jimmy Mitchell and Jeff Sams officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens at 11:00 am on Monday, July 23, 2018. Family and friends are asked to assemble at Gilliam Funeral Home to leave in procession at 10:30 am. Pallbearers will be Jordan Witt, Corey Bledsoe, Micah Bledsoe, McKenzie Taylor, Derrick Smith, Tracy Simpson, and Corey Lee Witt-Bledsoe.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The Laurels, 5635 BSG Dr, Norton, Va., where a memorial will be provided to honor Mike’s life. Donations may also be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association at 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, Ga. 30047 or online at www.lbda.org/go/honor-and-memorial-gifts.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Mike Witt.
618 Wood Ave. West
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219