PITTS, Oscar Dew Jr., 99, of Richmond, Virginia, went home to be with God on April 27, 2013. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Katherine Long. He is survived by his wife and lifelong "best girl," Bertha R. Pitts, for whom he had an uncommon devotion and love. He is also survived by his daughter, Nancy Pettigrew (Jack); his grandchildren, Shearer Pettigrew (Tommy Pusser), John Pettigrew; and great-grandchildren, Jack and Skyler Pusser. Oscar served in WWII, and was a Mason and member of Joppa Lodge 40. From his earliest years, he was a member of First Baptist Church, Richmond. Returning to the Richmond area after the war, Oscar and Bertha became charter members of Lakeside Baptist Church, where he was first ordained as a deacon. He later returned to First Baptist Church, was a member of the Adams-Fellowship Class and served as a Lifetime Emeritus Deacon. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 at the Parham Chapel of Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Road. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, followed by interment in Hollywood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contribution may be made to First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23220. Online condolences may be made at www.woodyparhamfuneralhome.com
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.