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John Bitter Jr. (1932 - 2012)

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JOHN BITTER JR.

ATLANTA, GA. - John Leonard Bitter Jr., 80, died December 23, 2012 at Hospice Atlanta. John was born December 14, 1932 in Johnson City, Tenn. and also lived in Elizabethton, Tenn. The family moved to Asheville, NC when John was a teenager. John graduated from Sewanee Military Academy, attended the University of North Carolina, the University of Mexico and graduated from the University of Arizona. He then attended Columbia Business School. John served in the Korean War aboard the USS Essex. John began his Investment Banking career on Wall Street with F. Eberstadt and then became a partner of New York Securities. In 1972 he moved to Charlotte, NC and joined R.S. Dickson Powell Kistler and Crawford. In 1984 John moved to Atlanta with Johnson Lane, Space and Smith which merged with Interstate Securities of Charlotte, NC then merged with Wachovia. When he retired he became associated with Register and Akers and then became a private investor. He was preceded in death by his parents, Millicent Ffolliott and Dr. John L. Bitter; brother, Philip Bitter of Asheville, NC. He is survived by his wife, Carol; son, John L. Bitter III and his wife, Patricia; grandchildren, Caroline; John IV (Jack), and Sam of Charlotte, NC; sister, Millicent and husband, Miles Elmore; brothers, Karl and his wife, Mary Gladys Bitter, Stephen and his wife, Clara Bitter, all of Asheville, NC; and many nieces and nephews and cousins. John was a member of Biltmore Forest Country Club of Asheville and was a decedent of Elder William Brewster of the Mayflower. In lieu of flower, donation may be made to . A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 AM January 5, 2013 at H.M. Patterson & Son Spring Hill Chapel. Online condolences may be made at hmpattersonspringhill.com.

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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Jan. 3, 2013
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