John Mason Pitts, 71, of Crab Orchard, died Sunday, June 24 with his family by his side.
Born May 18, 1941, in Kentucky, John was a son of the late Anna Mae Martin of Mount Sterling and Paul Alvin Pitts of College Grove, Tenn. He served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960 in the 82nd Airborne stationed at Ft. Bragg, N.C., moved to Texas in 1975 and established Pitts Plumbing in Baytown, Texas, and later retired in his home state of Kentucky.
John was a loving father who showed love and support to his children and grandchildren. He believed in keeping his family close. He was very proud of his long loving marriage to his wife and best friend. He had a love of writing poetry and often reminded his kids, “friends and boyfriends may come and go, but family is forever.” He was a master plumber, licensed horse trainer and a loyal Kentucky Wildcats fan and never missed a game if he could help it.
He was also preceded in death a brother, Donnie Edward Pitts; son, John Paul Pitts; and a nephew, Johnny Marion Powers.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Betty Jean Pitts; brother, Chris (Sheila) Pitts of College Grove, Tenn.; five daughters, Terry Ann Hardy and Tiffany Irene (Joseph Allen) Weston both of Crab Orchard, Tammy Lynn (Archie Nelson) Green of Baytown, Texas, Tracey Rae (Coby) Langford of Dayton, Texas and Carolyn Sue Robinson of Wilmore; grandchildren, Casey (Paul) Isleib, Joshua (Kacey) Hardy, Jarret Hardy, Katosha (John Henry) Russell, April Green, Megan and Cadi Pitts, Paige Green, Chelsea and Mason Langford and Justice, Addison and Gemma Weston; great grandchildren, Emmery Lespade and Aubrey and Levi Hardy; nephews, Gregory Vance, Gary and Stephen Pitts and Jimmy Cook; sister-in-law, Martha Pitts of Colmesneil, Texas; and numerous more nieces and close friends.
John was cremated at Lexington Cemetery on June 26.
There will be a private memorial service at his residence with family and close friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to Autism Speaks at http://events.autismspeaks.org/tributes/johnmason.
McKnight Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.