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Francis Emmanuel Hewitt, 83, Callaway

Francis Emmanuel Hewitt, 83, of Callaway died Sept. 23, 2012, at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown.

Born Nov. 7, 1928, in Valley Lee, he was the son of the late Irving Graves Hewitt and the late Edith Cecilia Combs Hewitt.

Mr. Hewitt was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. He was a graduate of Little Flower School and Charlotte Hall Military Academy. He served in the National Guard from 1949 to 1951. On Dec. 21, 1947, he met his future wife while decorating Holy Face Catholic Church in Great Mills for Christmas. On April 20, 1950, he married Mary Lillian Johnson Hewitt at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Leonardtown. They were marrried for 62 years.

He was co-owner of Hewitt Lumber & Supply Co. in Lexington Park and Callaway until retirement in 1993. He and his wife owned Joseph B. Payne & Associates, a personnel form business. He was a lifelong member of Holy Face Church, where he served on many committees through the years. He was also active in the Lions Club of Lexington Park, Knights of Columbus Council 265, Elks Club Council 2092, the Moose Lodge, board of directors for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, advisory board for Maryland National Bank and the St. Mary’s County Planning Commission.

His hobbies included his many tractors, including Kubota, Cub and Bolens; his collection of antique tools brass objects; gardening; politics and current events; and playing cards. He loved being with people, and was kind and compassionate. His greatest love was his family.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his son, Robert Irving Hewitt; grandson, Christopher Hewitt; brother, Preston Ignatius Hewitt; son-in-law, William Sterling Jr.; and brother-in-law, Paul Hampton.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, William Francis Hewitt of Callaway and Judith Victoria H. Sterling and her husband, Dr. Blair Wood of Dameron; sisters, Mary Alma Hampton of Leonardtown and Joan Victoria Burroughs and her husband, Ben of Mechanicsville; grandchildren, William Sterling III, Thomas Sterling, Christina Sterling, Scott Paul, Molly Ridgell, Amy Hewitt, Heather Elaine Hewitt and William Francis Hewitt II; great-grandchild, John Baylen Dean; brothers-in-law, Joseph H. Johnson of Lexington Park and Leonard Eugene Johnson and his wife, Cathy of Arnold.

A life celebration was held with prayers by the Rev. Joseph Calis on Sept. 26 at Holy Face Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 27. Burial took place at the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were his grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Little Flower School, 20410 Point Lookout Road, Great Mills, MD 20634 and/or 2nd District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1, Valley Lee, MD 20692.

Arrangements were handled by Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown.