Bill DeWitt

A funeral service has been set for former Baylor basketball player Bill DeWitt who died Monday after a brief battle with cancer. He was 90. The service will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas.

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A funeral service has been set for former Baylor basketball player Bill DeWitt who died Monday after a brief battle with cancer. He was 90.

The service will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas.

DeWitt was a Waco High graduate who helped the Bears reach the NCAA championship game in 1948 and advance to the Final Four in 1950. But before he attended Baylor, he served in the Navy in World War II when he was 17.

“He was on the fleet that was preparing to invade Japan in 1945,” said his daughter, Sally Spurgin. “The aircraft carrier Franklin was bombed off the coast of Japan. There was a huge fire and my dad and many others were tossed in the Pacific for several hours, and 724 died that morning on the ship.”

DeWitt graduated from Baylor in 1950 and had a career in the oil business. He was married to his wife, Hester, for 66 years, and had two children and five grandchildren.

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