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William Pitts

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

William Ernest Pitts, died Thursday, March 29, 2012 in Ashford Hall, a memory care facility in Irving, Texas, after a long battle with complications associated with Alzheimer's disease. He passed away peacefully in his sleep. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen Pitts (2007).

William E. (Bill) Pitts was born on Nov. 21, 1923 in Lawrence City, Mo. to Nettie Pitts (maiden name Ashby) and William Murder Pitts. Their family of 10 children resided at 1110 Central in Monett where Bill attended school, graduating from Monett High School in May of 1941. He joined the Navy on August 4, 1943 serving in the South Pacific in WWII. Bill was discharged from the Navy on April 3, 1946.

Bill was an accomplished artist and illustrator, which led him to pursue what would become a life-long career in the commercial signage industry.

He also had a love for swimming and diving, spending countless hours at Monett's public swimming pool practicing his dives.

Bill entered the University of Missouri in October of 1946 and later transferred to Oklahoma A&M University (College of Arts and Sciences) in September of 1947 where he graduated with a BA degree on Jan. 27, 1950. He was also a member of the Zeta Phi Beta fraternity.

Bill married Mary Ellen Callaway on February 22, 1950, and moved to Dallas, Texas, where their first child, Laura, was born in 1952. The family moved to Atlanta, Ga. in 1955, where their second child, Gary, was born in 1956. The family then moved to Lubbock, Texas in 1959 where their two children went to school and eventually graduated from Texas Tech University. Bill and Mary Ellen moved back to southwest Missouri in 1977, settling in Neosho where Bill retired, enjoying his many friends there.

His children moved Bill and Mary Ellen to the Dallas area in July of 2006 so that the family could be together while their parents' health was failing.

Bill Pitts is survived by, Laura Nobles, daughter, Gary Pitts, son, his wife, Dabney, and their two sons, Denton and Grayson.

A memorial service will be held at Buchanan Funeral Home, 301 Euclid Ave., Monett, Mo. 65708, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Bill's family will miss him very much and would ask that any memorial donations be made to the Neosho United Methodist Church.


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