PITCHFORD, Joseph Samuel, Jr., 89, passed away on February 24, 2013. He was born to the late Joseph and Lillian Pitchford on November 6, 1923 in Portsmouth, Va. Joseph was a Supervisor, in the Claims department with Aetna Life and Casualty retiring after 35 years. He was a member of River Road Church, Baptist, former member and past president of the Civitan Club, Portsmouth, Va., Georgia Tech Alumni Association and a World War II Navy veteran working with the Seabees. He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Katie S Pitchford; his two children, Karen Pitchford Trimyer and husband, William, and Janice Pitchford Sorrell; four grandchildren, seven great- grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Joseph is also survived by his sister, Eugenia S. Wise. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Woody Funeral Home, Parham Chapel, 1771 N. Parham Rd., Richmond, Va., from 5 to 8 p.m. and a funeral service on Thursday, February 28, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with interment to follow at 3 p.m. at Olive Branch Cemetery in Portsmouth, Va. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc., 760 Spring St. N.W., Suite 400, Atlanta, Ga. 30308, or Condolences may be left at woodyfuneralhomeparham.com.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.