KINSTON | Leroy Pittman, 87, died, Saturday, May 21 2016, at N.C. State Veterans Home in Kinston. Born October 10, 1928, in Johnston County, he was the son of the late Walter and Mamie Pittman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Milliard, D.A. and Blanco Pittman, and his sisters, Marie Pittman, Thelma Wilkins, and Lois McGinn. After graduating from Pine Level School, he served and played baseball in the U.S. Navy, being a member of the original crew which commissioned the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Philippine Sea (CV-47). He attended Wake Forest University on a basketball scholarship; Atlantic Christian College, where he played basketball and baseball and received his B.A. degree; and East Carolina University where he received his Masters and Sixth Year Degrees. Working in public school education for 42 years, Leroy served as a history/physical education teacher and a football/basketball/baseball coach in high schools in Lucama, Mars Hill, Grantham and Chicod, all located in North Carolina. He also refereed football, basketball and baseball games at the community and high school levels. Leroy taught at Harvey Junior High and served as principal at Lewis Elementary, both in the Kinston City Schools. He retired in 1994, after serving as principal of Northwest Elementary in the Kinston City/Lenoir County School Systems for 28 years. In 1987, he was selected ""Boss of the Year"" by the Kinston City Schools Educational Office Personnel and in 1994 was named ""Principal of the Year"" by the Lenoir County Board of Education. He served on the N.C. Education Association Board of Directors and the N.C. Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System Board of Directors. Leroy was a member of the Kinston Rotary Club for many years and was also a sustaining member for the ""Friends of the Salvation Army."" He served on the Boards of Directors for the Kinston Country Club and the Lenoir Community College Foundation, Inc. Leroy was a member of First Baptist Church, where he enjoyed participating in the Spillman Sunday School Class. He was an avid golfer, making two hole-in-ones. He loved caring for animals and enjoyed working in his yard and taking trips to the beach and mountains. He will be remembered by many for his sense of humor and love of life. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Raper Pittman of the home; daughter, Angela Karen Pittman of Winston-Salem; brother, Carlee Pittman and wife Joyce, of Pine Level; sister-in-law, Hilda Pittman of Four Oaks; brother-in-law, Melvin McGinn, of Baltimore, MD; and several special nephews and nieces. The family would like to thank the staff at the NC State Veterans Home, PruittHealth Hospice of Farmville and Spring Arbor of Kinston for the excellent and loving care given to Leroy during the last two years of his life. They would also like to thank his many devoted friends who showed him endless acts of kindness throughout his life. On Wednesday, May 25, a funeral service to celebrate Leroy's life will be held at 1 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Kinston, with Rev. Jon Hoover officiating. Immediately following the service, the family will receive friends at the church. A private family burial service will be held at the Hephzibah Baptist Church Cemetery at 11 a.m., Thursday in Princeton, N.C. (4633 US Hwy. 70 E.). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lenoir Community College Foundation-Leroy and Kathryn Pittman Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 188, Kinston, N.C. 28502 or to First Baptist Church, 2600 Rouse Road, Kinston, N.C. 28504. Online condolences may be made at howardandcarter.com.
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