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Joseph Ray Pitts


1923 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Joseph Ray Pitts Obituary
Joseph Ray Pitts, 90, Stockton, MO, passed away at his residence at 8:45 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2014. He was born on April 16, 1923 in Arcadia, KS to Clarence F. "Jack" and Mary Pearl Pitts. He and Velda Deloris (Davidson) have been together for 48 years and she survives of the home.
Joseph attended school in Arcadia and then worked on his family farm. He later worked as a coal miner and in construction in Pittsburg, KS. After a few years he relocated to Arizona where he stayed with family in the Phoenix area and began building custom homes. He was a builder for many years, then later became Superintendent of Maintenance for the school system in Humboldt, AZ where he worked until his retirement. After retirement he and Velda moved to a small farm near Stockton, MO where they have lived for the last 25 years. Joseph loved kids and kids loved him. He never said "no" to anyone, was very trusting and would help anyone in need. He loved to play cards and was very proud of his garden which never had even one single weed.
Aside from Velda, Joseph is survived by seven sons, Gary Ray Pitts, Sedalia, Larry Joe Pitts and Susan, El Dorado Springs, Jerry Wayne Pitts and Candy, Franklin, KS, Terry Lee Pitts, Baxter Springs, KS, Kerry Eugene Pitts and Coletta, Baxter Springs, KS, Perry Allen Pitts and Connie, El Dorado Springs, and Joseph Ray Pitts, Jr. and Dawn, Stockton, five daughters, Vicki Kay Pitts, Girard, KS, Carolyn Jean Ables and Victor, Ward, AR, Deloris Ann Broussard, North Las Vegas, NV; JoEllen Russell and Gayle, Pittsburg, KS and Jana Lee Street and Rob, El Dorado Springs; thirty-four grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Claude Pitts and Jenny, Columbia; and Carl Pitts and Ola, Liberal. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Barry Lynn Pitts, one daughter Anita Marie Greeley, five brothers Chester, Cecil, John, Paul and Roy, and one sister Vida Miller.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2014 at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO, with Rev. David Lucas officiating. Interment will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery, Liberal, MO. Friends may call now until the hour of service at the funeral home.
Those who wish may contribute in Joseph's memory to the Ronald McDonald House in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.
Published in Morning Sun on Feb. 11, 2014
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