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Grace Sumners Pitts


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Grace Sumners Pitts

Memphis, TN

Grace Sumners Pitts, 93, passed away peacefully July 14, 2017 at her residence in Memphis, TN after a short illness.

She is survived by her daughter, Bridget Pitts Jaffe (Edwin) of Memphis, TN; grandchildren, Julie Pitts Schlageter (Jay) of Greenwood, SC, George Lofton Pitts, IV (Laurie) of Register, GA, Boone Sumners Pitts (Larissa) of Clover, SC, Robert W. Jaffe of Memphis, TN and Catherine M. Jaffe of Memphis, TN, Leah C. Banker (P.G.) of Murfreesboro, TN and Dan Conners of Fairview, TN. She is also survived by daughters-in-law, Phyllis O. Pitts of Austell, GA and Margaret S. Conners of Fairview, TN; great-grandchildren: Cullen Schlageter, Logan Schlageter, George Schlageter, Quinn Pitts, Hattie Lauren-Grace Pitts, Gable Pitts, Garner Pitts, Ginger Pitts, Crockett Pitts, John Bare Banker, Jake Banker and many other beloved family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rob and Irene Sumners, her husband, George Lofton "Buck" Pitts Jr., sons, George Lofton Pitts, III and Robert Palm Pitts and siblings, Willa Sumners Hancock, Sara Sumners Carter, and Robert Franklin Sumners.

Grace was lovingly known to many as Mimi or Aunt Grace. She was born on July 29, 1923 in Pearl City, TN to Rob and Irene Sumners. She treasured her days growing up in this small farming community surrounded by dear family and friends. She graduated from high school in Fayetteville, TN and attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL. While raising her three children along with her husband, "Buck", she worked full time - beginning her career with NASA at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL where she worked during the exciting years of the Apollo missions. She then transferred to the Department of the Army, Army Missile Command where she made many lifelong friends and from which she retired after 32 years of service. Throughout her life, she was intensely devoted to her family and friends, always striving to keep in touch with relatives near and far and showing by her great example how to love selflessly. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Harms and later Fayetteville, TN.

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m., with a Memorial Service following at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, at the First United Methodist Church of Fayetteville, TN. A reception will follow the service. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Grace's life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to First United Methodist Church of Fayetteville, TN at 200 Elk Ave N, Fayetteville, TN 37334 or the .
Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 16, 2017
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