Carol Ann Horine Pitts
March 9, 1938 - November 24, 2010


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Carol Ann Horine was born March 9, 1938 and went on to be with the Lord on November 24, 2010. She was a fantastic mother, wife, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend to all those that knew and loved her.

She was born in St. Joseph Missouri to Doris Etta Graves and Frank Horine. She had 2 sisters and 5 brothers and due to hardships of the era they were forced to grow up in an orphanage..

In 1957 she fell in love with a sailor and from that relationship Edward Paul Horine was born on March 2, 1958. Things didn't work out and mom (Carol) continued her life as a single parent. In 1958 she met a sailor named Milton Earl Sifford and from that relationship this writer Gerald Lyn Horine was born. Again things did not work out, but mom was a strong woman and continued thru life, now with 2 children.

In early 1960 mom met Richard Dean Howard, another sailor and they married. From that marriage 4 children were born: Pamela Jean Howard, Jeanette Ellen Howard, Karen Sue Howard and Terry Bob Howard.

In the late 60's ( I will confirm exact date) mom met our future dad and lifetime husband David L. Pitts Sr. in San Diego, Ca. Dad was re-stationed in Orlando, Fl and so with his own hands he built a wooden camper to fit on his 1962 Ford Pick-up and with 9 children, mom and dad set out on life changing journey.

At that time mom had 6 children and dad had 3 with him. He had a total of 5 children but Debbie and Russell lived with their respective mothers. It was a long haul from San Diego to Orlando but it was a trip that those of us that were old enough to remember would never forget.

While livng in Orlando our newest and last brother was born, William Griffin Pitts. Soon thereafter dad was restationed at Mayport Naval Station aboard the USS McCaffery DD860.

On June 24, 1975 Mom and the family lost her eldest son in an automobile accident. That morning Eddie was driving me and a friend named Nancy to the beach to pick up another friend for school. We were traveling east on Atlantic Blvd. behind a Volkswagon van.

It was misting that morning and the van was traveling exceptionally slow, so Eddie proceeded to move into the left lane to pass the other vehicle when the back wheels on the pick-up lost traction and we started to spin in the road. We continued sliding in the center medium and then back across the roadway and when we hit the dirt on the other side the truck started flipping.

According to witnesses the truck flipped 3 times and came to rest on the roof. The roof had been peeled back like a sardine can and it had pinned Nancy by her arm and Eddie was pinned on his head and the seat had pinned his shoulder. I was thrown out of the truck into the woods.

The accident happened at 9:00 am and no one knew I was there until I came out of the woods at approx. 9:20. I had been knocked out by the tree I hit. The Firemen, Rescue and Police were already on scene. They had me sit in the Fire truck and Nancy was already in an ambulance as they had freed her already. They were waiting on a wrecker to arrive at the scene so they could attempt to get the truck off of Eddie.

Eddie was conscious and talking to the Rescue people. The wrecker arrived on the scene and they made several different attempts at getting the truck off Eddie but because of where it rested on him it put pressure on him no matter where they lifted. They finally made the decision to just lift it fast and then quickly pull him out.

Well, all was going ok except one thing, when they lifted the truck they grabbed Eddie by his arms and no one bothered to support his head. When they pulled him out his head snapped backwards. That was the last time I ever heard Eddie speak.

They took us to Memorial Hospital on University Blvd. They had me call mom and tell her we were in an accident and to come to the hospital. As soon as I hung up they told me that Eddie had passed away on the trip to the hospital. When mom arrived they put us both in a room and had me tell mom that Eddie had passed away.

I hope I never again have to tell a mother that her child had passed away as that was the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life, especially with it being my mother and brother. As the only person there with mom I can tell you, that day was the worst day in moms life. It took many years for moms heart to heal but there was an empty part that would never mend.

Eddie and Mom had both accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and once again have been reunited inside the gates of heaven. Moms long pain and suffering had ceased to be and an eternity of joy had begun.

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To all who loved Carol remember these words from

Isaiah 57: 1-2
The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.

Psalm 34:18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit

Psalm 46:1-2
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.

Psalm 55:22
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

Psalm 71:20-21
Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.

Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Death is sorrowful with its separation, it's hard for those you leave behind. Those who love much often grieve deeply, feeling its heartache of their empty place.

Yet, those who fall asleep in Jesus we sorrow, but not as those who have no hope. With intense longing, we desire to be with them. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Although now we grieve the loss of cherished relationships, yet we'll have eternity to catch up with those in the Lord. Our parting is but for a moment in the timeless span of Eternity. Our longing makes Heaven all the more to be hoped for!

Before you know it, you will join your loved ones in Heaven, their faces will be anxiously waiting for you. Their familiar voice will call out your name,

So shall we ever be together with the Lord. In heaven you will weep no more, for all causes of grief and sorrow will be gone forever. The same hand that formed the mountains, the oceans and the sea, shall cup your face in His hands and with tenderness He shall wipe away your tears.


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