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Obituary for Art Ditt


Lebanon Daily News - Tuesday, November 21, 1961

Arthur Ditt, former Lebanon High School and University of North Carolina football star, died Monday afternoon in the Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N. C. His death came after a month of hospital treatment for a lung ailment that developed into serious proportions about eight months ago, and for which surgery was being planned.

The popular athlete has been making his home in Marion, N. C., for many years as a teacher and coach of the high school football teams there and was so engaged when stricken. He began his coaching career following his graduation from North Carolina University in 1938, but interrupted that activity early to enter the U. S. Army Air Force. He served throughout the war, a period of four and one-half, years as a bombardier with the rank of First Lieutenant, and returned to his coaching position following his discharge.

The Lebanon native starred in local high school sports, particularlv in football, & graduated with the class of 1933. At college he developed into one of the greatest fullbacks in the history of the North Carolina institution, and won top All Southern Conference honors as well as All American recognition. He also signed with and played for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League.

The former Lebanonian was 46 years of age. He was married to the former Tommie Henderson, of Marion, N. C. His wife and two sons,Thomas, 12 and David, 10, survive as do his father, Samuel Ditt, of Lebanon; a brother, Samuel D. Ditt, also of this city ; a sister, Mrs. Irwin Klepper, also of Lebanon; and four nieces and four nephews.

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