Leroy Pittman
1928 - 2016
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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. Arrangements are by Howard and Carter Funeral Home. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com

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Published in Free Press on May 24, 2016.
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May 31, 2016
We have fond memories of Leroy when we lived in the same neighborhood. What a happy, friendly person he was! May beautiful memories of a life well lived bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Watt and Diane Moore
May 28, 2016
Marjorie K. Moore, Kinston, NC
May 26, 2016
MaryEllen/Robert McDonald
May 26, 2016
So sorry for your loss Mrs. Pittman
Calethia Hill
May 26, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss, Angela and Mrs. Pittman. I am thinking about both of you.
Candis LaPrade
May 26, 2016
Kathryn & Angela,
There will never be another Leroy! His wit and kindness to others cannot be forgotten. We will never forget spending our July 4th holidays in the "butterbean patch" in Pine Level and Leroy trying to make us think there were snakes in the field--or maybe that was his way of picking fewer beans! We saw first hand over the years how good he was to his big brother "Blanco" & wife, Ida Rean...always caring and sharing and never asking for anything in return. Kathryn, we consider you a woman of the highest esteem for taking such great care of Leroy and always supporting him in his endeavors. You were always his one true love! Angela, you have been the best daughter ever--always there to support your Daddy & Mother in whatever way they needed you! Life will go on without Leroy but we all know he's now in a better place and he served his time well here on earth. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers will continue to be with you both. We love you.
Bob & Debbie Midgette
May 25, 2016
"Mr. Pittman was principal at Northwest, and his wife was principal at Teacher's Memorial School. Mr. Leroy Pittman was my first school principal. I attended Northwest Elementary School from 1969 to 1976. I still have my school annuals. I remember on the numerous field day activities, seeing him fully in charge of the events. Leroy will be missed. They don't make many like him anymore"!!!!!
Lennie Peterson
May 25, 2016
I too have fond memories of Mr. Pittman. I can see him now, walking the halls of Northwest Elementary. He was never one of those administrators that hid out in the office...he was everywhere. He was the kind of guy who made you want to do your best and make him proud. From first grade until sixth, he was my principal and the life lessons he taught us will forever be cherished.
Mary Louisa Simpson
May 25, 2016
Mr. Pittman was the most kind and understanding principle I ever had in grade school. He was my favorite principle in grade school overall. I remember he would try and help me in any way he could when I was a student at Northwest Elementary. He would always let his students play with the neighborhood dogs who served as the mascots of Northwest. RIP .
Will Spence
May 25, 2016
Leroy was my mentor when I was a student teacher at Harvey Jr. .High School. He was a great person for whom I had much respect. We stayed in contact throughout the years. Blessings to his family. He will be greatly missed. My wife Judy and I have thought of him often over the years.
Sincerely,
Pete Barnes
Pete Barnes
May 25, 2016
Harriet, Matthew, Justin and I will always remember the many kind words that Mr. Pittman spoke during their days at Northwest.
Joel Glassman
May 25, 2016
Leroy was a great principal. I enjoyed working with him at Northwest. He taught me so many things that I will cherish forever. My children have fond memories of him and his chocolate candy bars. Prayers and blessings to the family.
Rose Madre
May 25, 2016
He was my principle at Northwest and he was stern but fair . RIP Mr. Pittman
James Davis
May 25, 2016
Your family are in our prayers. We remember Leroy with respect and love. Tommy & Carol Ann
Tommy Burns
May 25, 2016
Mr. Pittman was my principal at Northwest when I was a little girl. He always had a big smile to share and plenty of hugs to go around. He forever changed the lives of many children through his work, wisdom, and devotion. Well done Mr. Pittman....well done.
Carol Mallard Walters
May 25, 2016
I remember well when he came to Northwest to replace Mr. Wooten whom I adored. I was scared to death of Mr. Pittman as I think a lot of kids were, but he was what we needed I am sure. He reminded me of my dad who made you walk a chalk line. It wasn't until later years that I really got to know him when he was coming to the wellness center at the hospital. Funny, I wasn't scared of him anymore. I wasn't in school and he couldn't report on me to my dad at the cafeteria. He was quite humorous and a charm to be around. RIP Mr. Pittman Praying for the family.

Winifred Creech Ward
May 25, 2016
Thanks for all the memories and fun times we spent in Pine Level, you lit up the room and made everyone you came in contact with life much brighter, all the Pittmans will hold a special place in my heart.
John Ray
May 24, 2016
It is wonderful to know that Leroy's life contimues here on earth because of his excellent influence over so many students and friends and even now he lives in the presence of his precious Savior. God bless you Kathyrn in your great loss. Jack Paramore
May 24, 2016
It was an honor help caring for a man like Mr. Pittman. He is greatly missed by us at the North Carolina State Veterans Home. "Delta" Your time here on earth was through because God needed you in heaven now.
Rosa Miller
May 24, 2016
"Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His Wings my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever."
Alberta, Harold Jr. & Rhondra Fleming
May 24, 2016
A great teacher to all he taught, great person to follow. RIP my friend.
Douglas Lyon
May 24, 2016
Condolences from a student during the old Harvey School days.
Merle Gaskins
May 24, 2016
Mr/Pittman was my teacher at Harvey School and a friend of our family for many years. He will be missed.
Coby Buck
May 24, 2016
Leroy was such a special and generous person. We were blessed to have had the opportunity to know him. We are so sorry for your loss.
Larry & Lois Barrow
Larry & Lois Barrow
May 24, 2016
We have enjoyed so many good times at Fancy Gap. Without Leroy's kind generosity, we would never have discovered this beautiful sanctuary. Thank you, Leroy, Kathryn and Angela. Loving thoughts to all, Jane and Doug Hill
May 24, 2016
Mr. Pittman was an example for all of us to follow. A great man and role model for us all. He made a difference in so many lives and will be missed. Thank you sir.
May 24, 2016
Angela,
It is clear to see that education and love for children was certainly in your blood. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. john holleman
John Holleman
May 24, 2016
dianne rucienski
May 24, 2016
My friend RIP. So many laughs with you over the years. You will be missed by many. Prayers and love to the family.
Joan Bradshaw
May 24, 2016
Mr. Pittman was my elementary school principal. To this day I can still remember his smiling face walking the halls at Northwest even though it was a very long time ago. He touched so many lives. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Deborah Polk Page
May 24, 2016
Great Man....
Charles Whitley
May 24, 2016
Mr. Carlee and Mrs. Joyce, we are truly sorry for your loss.
Jerry and Jessica Davis
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