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Kit DeCamps
DeCamps c. 1899
Virginia Tech HokiesNo. N/A
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Date of birth: 1878
Place of birth: Greenville, South Carolina
Career history
Virginia Tech (1899–1901)
Career highlights and awards
*All-Southern substitute (1901)

Christie Jean Baptiste "Kit" DeCamps (1878 – 24 August 1951) was a war veteran, civil engineer and college football player who played for the Virginia Tech Hokies football team of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Early life

DeCamps was born in 1878 in Greenville, South Carolina, the son of Ghislain Modeste Decamps (1834-1896) and Mary E. Hahn (1854-1947).[1] [2] [3]

Football career

DeCamps was a prominent quarterback for the Virginia Tech Hokies football team of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.[4] He was considered very fast.[5] He also spent three years at Furman University and a year at Richmond College.[6]


DeCamps was captain in 1901.[7][8][9] He was selected a substitute on the All-Southern team.[10][11]

Military career

He was once a quartermaster sergeant of Company B, second South Carolina regiment.[12] DeCamps served in the Spanish–American War.[13]


On 27 Nov 1907 DeCamps married Lois Catherine Sykes (1881-1924), daughter of Tiberius Constantine Sykes and Alice E. Luke, in Portsmouth, Virginia.[3] They had three children. [14]

  • Captain William Luke deCamps (July 6, 1911 - May 12, 1991), served in the 111th Field Artillery battalion of the 29th Infantry Division during Operation Overlord.[15]
  • Lois Sykes Decamps (1912–1991), married the diplomat George H. Steuart on May 28, 1938 in Wallacetown Virginia.
  • Charles Decamps (1914-1991), who served in Italy during WW2

Kit DeCamps died on 24 August 1951.[16]


  1. Ghislain Modeste Decamps at Findagrave Retrieved 18 July 2018
  2. Mary E. Hahn at findagrave Retrieved 18 July 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 Family Search Retrieved 6 May 2015
  4. "Virginia Tech Football - All Century Team". 1992.
  5. "Blacksburg Eleven". The Times. October 7, 1900.
  6. Chi Psi (1902). The Sixth Decennial Catalogue. p. 345.
  7. "Coaches, Captains, Records". p. 258.
  8. Walter Camp (1902). Spalding's Football Guide. p. 104.
  9. "Bugle". 1936. p. 373.
  10. ""All Southern" Eleven". The State. February 7, 1902.
  11. Oscar P. Schmidt. "Football in the Southern Colleges". The Official National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Guide: 129.
  12. The Purple and Gold. Chi Psi Fraternity. 1898. p. 152.
  13. "Christie J. B. Decamps".
  14. Lois Catherine Sykes at WikiTree Retrieved 20 July 2018
  15. DDay Retrieved May 2015
  16. DeCamps family bible, unpublished

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