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James Calhoun Pittman Jr.


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James Calhoun Pittman Jr. Obituary
James Calhoun Pittman, Jr.

Hattiesburg

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 10 a.m., at Main Street Baptist Church for Hattiesburg attorney James Calhoun Pittman, Jr., 82, who died at his home, Sunday, February 3, 2013. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery in Hattiesburg.

Visitation for Mr. Pittman will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg.

Mr. Pittman graduated from Hattiesburg High School in 1948 where he was an outstanding athlete, participating in football, basketball and baseball. He was captain of the Hattiesburg High School football team in both his junior and senior years. Mr. Pittman was president of both his junior and senior high school classes and was also elected vice president of Boy's Nation. In recent years, he organized the Hattiesburg High School Tiger Club, a breakfast club of former Hattiesburg High School athletes.

A leader on the campus of Mississippi College, Mr. Pittman graduated with a degree in political science and also served as student body president, lettered in football and baseball, and was elected to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.

He attended his first year of law school at New York University on a national Root Tilden Scholarship, and graduated from the University Of Mississippi School Of Law where he served as law school president.

Mr. Pittman served in the US Army as 1st Lt. in the Judge Advocate General's Corps for three years before joining the law firm of Odom & Odom in Greenwood, MS. During that time he was named as Greenwood's Outstanding Young Man of the Year.

While in Greenwood, Mr. Pittman was recognized for service to the community including his leadership of the Greenwood-Leflore County March of Dimes.

In 1969, he returned to Hattiesburg where he joined the law firm of Pittman and Pittman. He recently retired from the firm, Montague, Pittman, and Varnado.

Mr. Pittman was a member of the Mississippi State Bar and the South Central Bar Association which he served as president.

He was a member of Hattiesburg's Main Street Baptist Church and earlier served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church in Greenwood and Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.

Mr. Pittman's dedication to public service included support of the Salvation Army and United Way. He played an active role in fund raising efforts for the United Way.

Mr. Pittman was preceded in death by his parents, Calhoun and Reather Henley Pittman of Hattiesburg. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Smith Pittman of Hattiesburg; a son, James Calhoun Pittman III (Barbara) of Flower Mound, TX and two daughters, Suzanne Pittman Perry (David) of Franklin, TN, and Jean Carol Pittman Mosley (Mark) of Coppell, TX. He is also survived by brothers, Bob Pittman (Joanne) of Jackson, MS and Milton Pittman of Arlington, TX; and sisters, Jean Pittman Williams (Kelley) of Jackson, MS and Charlotte Pittman Bledsoe (Randy) of Clinton, MS; seven grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Main Street Baptist Church, 11 N. Main St., Hattiesburg, MS 39402 or Magnolia Speech School, 733 N Flag Chapel Rd., Jackson, MS 39209.

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Published in the Hattiesburg American on Feb. 6, 2013
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