David Lawson Pitts, Jr., 58, left this world peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, February 5, 2015. He was born February 6, 1956 to David Lawson Pitts and Joyce Larue (Turner) Pitts in Portsmouth Virginia. He is preceded in death by his brother Richard Lee Pitts and Step-brother Edward Paul Horine And Step-Mother Carol Ann Horine Pitts.
David was a devoted public servant and a man of humility and faithfulness. David earned his high school education in the State of Georgia and joined the U.S. Army in 1978 serving as a combat medic with the 82nd Airborne Division. He then served for 13 years at the Army Institute of Surgical Research in Ft Sam Houston, Texas then ended his Army career as the Non Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Medical In-processing Program on Oahu, Hawaii.
David Retired from the US Army in 1996 having attained the rank of Sergeant First Class. In 1999 as a continuation of his commitment to public service David joined the Atlanta Police Department where he served as a patrolman working the Zone 5, Underground Atlanta Patrol. David Retired from the Atlanta Police Department in 2011.
David was an avid runner and fitness aficionado and was a lifelong non-drinker and non-smoker. He loved to watch the Atlanta Braves, shop at Sam s Club, fish and had a knack for sending gourmet food items in the mail to friends when least expected. He was a compassionate devoted follower of Christ with a lifetime commitment to the study and sharing of God s word with those in his life. His faith was demonstrated daily in his humility, compassion and charity.
David is Survived by his mother, Joyce Larue Pitts; father, David Lawson Pitts; brother, Damon Linn Pitts, sister, Debra Ann Connerton; brother, William Griffin Pitts and his wife Susan Pitts; niece Kristin Pitts and nephew William Griffin Pitts, Jr., brother Russell Pitts, several step-brothers and step-sisters: Jerry Lyn Horine, Pam Jean Locke, Jeanette Ellen Howard, Terry Bob Howard, Karen Sue Colclasure and many step-nephews and step-nieces.
In the late 60's our future dad (Dave's dad)met our mother Carol Ann Horine 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.
Dave officially became our Step-brother on February 10, 1969 when Mom and Dad married. While living in Orlando our newest and last brother was born, William Griffin Pitts. Soon thereafter dad was re-stationed at Mayport Naval Station aboard the USS McCaffery DD860
One of my most cherished memories of dave was when all of us brothers would go sit on a bank of a canal coming from the Intercoastal Waterway and using rolled up bread dough we would fish for Mullet. We would fill up 2 washtubs in a few hours.
We had many many good memories with Dave and he will surely be missed by everyone. At Dave's funeral he was given an 18 volley salute of which I have posted the videos. Click on the link below.
|18 volley salute||Folding of the Flag.|