Carol Pittard, of Auburn, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014, at home after a lengthy illness.
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She was born Carol Smith on October 8, 1946, in Macon, Georgia, to the late Carolyn and Herb Smith. Her mother later married Boyd McWhorter who raised Carol as his own. Boyd, and later her stepmother Marguerite, became the major influences in her life. She attended Athens High School in Athens, Georgia where she met her future husband, Joel. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1968 and was a stewardess with Delta Airlines after graduation. Carol and Joel married in June, 1969. Carol taught school while Joel attended medical school.
After Joel graduated from medical school on a U.S. Navy scholarship, Carol and Joel began a life in the Navy, living first in Oakland, California where their son, Jeb, was born in 1974. They also did tours in Okinawa, Japan and Pensacola, Florida. Upon completing his service in the Navy, they moved to Auburn, Alabama in 1980 where Joel would practice Obstetrics and Gynecology in Opelika, Al. Auburn quickly became home for the Pittard family.
Carol soon became a vibrant active member of the community in a serious and thoughtful manner. She served in many capacities such as President of the Auburn PTA and was on the committee to create and raise money for the funding of the Foundation for Auburn's Continuing Enrichment in Schools (FACES) which she helped name. Carol was selected to be on the Auburn City School Board of Education in 1990 where she served for ten years, serving as Vice-President and President of the Board during that time. Through the years, she has been an active member of the Historic Preservation Committee, Auburn Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and the Friends of the Library Board. She was a member of Auburn United Methodist Church and served on the AUMC Financial Committee. Carol was a member of the Regions Bank Board and also worked with the Auburn Chamber of Commerce on various projects.
Carol loved crossword puzzles, flowers, tennis, dancing, charades, reading, party favors, long conversations, and anything on sale. Most of all she loved her family and friends. She demonstrated that love of her Auburn and Opelika friends by continually opening her home to celebrate friends or their children's special life moments with birthday, graduation, engagements or holiday parties. She had a wonderful touch making these occasions special and beautiful.
Carol was a force of nature. She energetically worked with various charitable organizations to raise money for needy causes. She had an amazing vocabulary, a quick wit, and a wonderful sense of humor. Her ability to make and be a friend, however, was perhaps her finest attribute. Carol and Joel made life-long friends where ever they lived. Carol loved to make people laugh and she was loved for it. Her Book Club, Bridge Club and Sew Not Sewing Club friends, along with so many others, lovingly stood by her side as she bravely faced an unrelenting disease, Multiple System Atrophy, with dignity and grace. In spite of her illness, she received two of her most precious blessings with the birth of her granddaughters, Banks and Mallie. They gave her immeasurable joy during what was a difficult time.
The Pittard family would like to thank the amazing Donna McClard, a true angel, who served as Carol's caregiver, translator, driver, and dear friend for years.
Carol was preceded in death by her father, H. Boyd McWhorter. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Joel Pittard; son Jeb (Leanna) Pittard; mother Marguerite (Charlie) Burch; sister Julie (John) McClusky; brothers David Volk and Hamp (Merrill) McWhorter; grandchildren Banks and Mallie Pittard; and sisters-in-law Beverly (Jim) Stone and Lynn (Rusty) Banks. Nieces and nephews include Caitlin and Lauren McClusky, Mills and Boyd McWhorter, Chip and Brad Stone, and Justin and Jesse Roach.
The family will receive family and friends from 2:30-4 p.m., followed by a memorial service at Auburn United Methodist Church at 4 p. m. , Monday, April 28. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Humane Society of Lee County, the Community Market of East Alabama or Auburn City Schools, F.A.C.E.S program.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Apr. 29, 2014