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Jewel Pitt


1922 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Nellie "Jewel" Pitt

Nellie Jewel Sykes Pitt, age 91 of the Stewart community in Houston County, died June 4, 2014 at Methodist Hospice Residence in Memphis.

Her Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, June 15th at Stewart United Methodist Church. Family and friends will visit one hour prior to the service.

Mrs. Pitt was born August 16, 1922 in Houston County, TN, the daughter of the late Isham Davis Sykes and Annie Meek Sykes. She was married 66 years to Maxwell M. (Mack) Pitt, who passed away in 2007.

She was a long time member of Stewart United Methodist Church, and was active in the Stewart Community Center for many years. During World War II, she served her country by manufacturing life boats at Firestone-Memphis. Mrs. Pitt was a Kroger retiree with 25 years of service and a member of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1529. She was a loyal fan of the UT Lady Vols and enjoyed reading, sewing, and making quilts. In her youth she attended Fairfield School and Stewart School in Houston County. As a teenager, she was chosen for the All Star basketball team and graduated in the Houston County High School Class of 1940.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Rose Sykes Rumfelt and two sons-in-law, Glyn (Buck) Gore and James Shipley, Jr.

Survivors are one brother, Gerald Sykes, Stewart; two sisters-in-law Billie Pitt, Fayetteville, and Hilda Briscoe, Memphis; a son, David Maxwell Pitt, Gulfport, MS; four daughters, Joy Gore, Bartlett, Cheryl Harber (David), Germantown, Kathy Shipley, Independence, MS and Jacqueline Martin (Charles), Stewart; six grandchildren and their spouses; 10 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; beloved step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren in the Martin and Shipley families; and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, she requested memorials to Stewart United Methodist Church, c/o 5794 Hwy. 147, Stewart, TN 37175; or Houston County Public Library, 24 Spring St., Erin, TN 37061.

Online condolences may be made at www.sykesfuneralhome.com.

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Published in The Leaf Chronicle from June 7 to June 14, 2014
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