JEFFERSON - William H. Pitts, 88, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, from complications following a recent illness.
It was a battle well fought with bravery and honor, which is indicative of the way he lived his life. Born in Beulah, Ga., he moved with his family shortly after his birth and spent all but the last 15 years in his hometown of Lithia Springs. Bill served in the United States Navy for three years during World War II. Upon discharge, he began his 38-½ year career with the Gulf Oil Corporation. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, whose devotion showed in everything he did.
Bill was a man of strong, quiet faith, and was a member of the Lithia Springs United Methodist Church throughout his lifetime.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 60 years, Ella Mae Johnson Pitts; daughter, Melanie Ann Pitts Hollis and her husband, Steve. Bill was the proud grandfather of three grandsons, Garrett, Jacob and Ethan Hollis. Other surviving family members are nephews, Emory Pitts (Mary), Tommy Pitts (Judy); nieces, Shirley Austin Kidd (Larry), Gayle Love and Louann Brush; great-nephews, Mike Pitts (Penny), Dan Pitts, Brian Austin (Julie), Michael Austin (Melinda), Alex Lewis (Rebecca) and great-nieces, Rhonda Austin Chewning, Madison Brush, Ashley Love and Alyson Love; brother in law, James L. Fowler; and other beloved extended family members.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home Friday, April 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 12, at 2:30 p.m. in the Lithia Springs United Methodist Church with viewing beginning at 2 p.m. in the Church. Interment will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Austell.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Ronald McDonald House, Attn.: Mrs. Kay Comacho, 795 Gatewood Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30329, or to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundations, 1577 NE Expressway, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30349.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com