nezer Baptist, recorded what he said to one of his fellow church members, “I have fought the good fight, and I have certainly kept the faith.” The resolution spoke, too, of his kindly, unselfish life and his Christian character. When a man like DeWitty dies, said Dist. Judge Herman Jones of Austin, “it makes the scrubby distinctions of race and creed utterly incredible.” Volma Overton, chief now of the Austin NAACP, told of DeWitty’s long service to the Negroes’ cause. A young white man, Allen Webster, said he and his little girl, who was standing there beside him, used to fish off the top of a certain dam, and almost every afternoon DeWitty would walk across the dam and stop, and they would talk sometimes two or three hours. Judge Tom Reavley, of the Texas Supreme Court, said DeWitty had the judgment to discern the right and the courage to declare it, and God give us more such men. Dr. J. J. Seabrook, president of Huston-Tillotson College, said the life of a soul on earth survives its departure, and DeWitty “lives in my life. He lives in your life.” The pastor of the Munger Avenue Baptist Church of Dallas, the Rev. Robert L. Rowe, gave the eulogy. He told of the many messages, including those from Sen. Ralph Yarborough, \(who was in the 14 The Texas Observer church, as was Don Yarborough, also, Gov. John Connally, Cong. Henry Gonzalez, Cong. Jake Pickle and Mayor Harry What Rev. Rowe said was that there was an extraordinary event, on a cross on a hill named Golgotha, called that because it was shaped like a skull, more than 1,900 years ago. Between two other crosses a man was being put to death for doing good. Some of the people wondered where a lot of the people he had helped, and he was mocked, “He saved us. Himself he could not save.” What they did not know, Rev. Rowe said, “was that this was the basic philosophy of his kingdom, that if he is to serve, he cannot save himself and serve others at that same time, that if you want to save your life, you’ve got to give it away.” People used to say about DeWitty, Rev. Rowe continued, what does he get all wrapped up in causes for, why doesn’t he look out for himself? “Here lies the body of a man who did not seek to save Veterinarian House Call Practice GR 2-5879Austin House Call Fee No More Than Office Call Fee himself. He saved others. Long before the so-called civil rights revolution, long before the marches, here was a man who gave himself to the cause for which we all fight today. The young among, you, don’t think that we got better in Austin, that we got better in Texas, simply because we decided to get better. It was because men like Arthur DeWitty kept the pressure on.” DeWitty had no goldplated Cadillac to show for his life, but, concluded Rev. Rowe, “Now they know that he has become immortal in his community because he gave himself. That was the way he saved himself. He gave himself. He knew that men would spend themselves for causes bigger than they are, if they are to live, in the future. Give us, 0 God, the courage to live out what Arthur DeWitty lived for.” R.D. MEETINGS THE THURSDAY CLUB of Dallas meets each the Downtown YMCA, 605 No. Ervay St., Dallas. Good discussion. You’re welcome. Informal. no dues. CENTRAL TEXAS ACLU luncheon meeting. We’re moving again. Spanish Village. 2nd Friday every month. From noon. All welcome. AUSTIN WOMEN FOR PEACE/WOMEN STRIKE FOR PEACE meet twice monthly. Call 477-1282 for more information. ITEMS for this feature cost, for the first entry, 7c a word, and for each subsequent entry, 5c a word. We must receive them one week before the date of the issue in which they are to be published. Doesn’t this make sense? It is the fear of losing the wage earner’s earning power for a year or longer which presents a threat to every Union family. Just as it is impossible to insure an existing fire, it is impossible to insure an existing illness or injury at the time of occurrence! Insurance must be placed before the catastrophe before the lockout of “living death.” We invite your consideration of the policy contract clauses of the American Income Life Insurance Company, the company with the policy with the arbitration clause for Union Labor! Our credentials? Our employees are organized and represented by Local 277 of The Office and Employees International Union of the AFL-CIO. And we like it! V V AMERICAN INCOME LIFE l irmincince Executive Offices, P. 0. Box 208, Waco, Texas BERNARD RAPOPORT President
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