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Charles F. Pitts


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Charles F. Pitts Obituary
January 26, 1925 - July 1, 2014 Charles Franklin Pitts (89), our deeply loved and respected father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2014 following a wonderful and productive journey through life. He will be sorely missed by friends and family alike. The son of Mary and Pearlie Pitts of Belton, Missouri, he was born on January 26, 1925 and spent his childhood in Missouri. As a youth, during the great depression, his family was challenged in many ways but Charles always had a fresh clean white shirt when he headed off to school, compliments of a very hard working and loving mother. He graduated from Belton High school in 1942 and later in life was inducted into its Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. It was something that gave him great pride. With the outbreak of World War II, Charles enlisted in the navy at age 17 and spent most of his enlistment in Hawaii along with short stints in Washington DC and elsewhere. He returned from the war and received a degree in Accounting from Central Missouri State University. On June 8th, 1947 he married the lifelong love of his life, Mary Anna Vest, a very pretty farm girl also from Belton, MO. After graduation from college, the young couple headed west to California planting roots for the next 45 years in Pacific Palisades, CA. After Mary's death, Charles moved to Irvine, CA, spending the last 7 years at Regents Point Senior Living. Charles and Mary were very active in the community including the Methodist church, YMCA, and various other charities. Charles worked for Lear Seigler, Inc, climbing the ranks to Senior Vice President, responsible for divisions throughout Europe and South America. He retired in 1987. Charles and Mary were married 53 years before Charles and family lost Mary in 2000. The passion of their lives was always their children and grandchildren. Charles enjoyed his daily walks around Will Rogers State Park, something he rarely missed. Cruises were a favorite pastime that provided the opportunity to see much of the world. Charles was a man of tradition, always looking forward to the annual trout fishing trip in the Eastern Sierra. He attended 46 years straight, once even rushing home from Europe on the Concorde Supersonic Jet to make the trip. Charles was preceded in death by his wife Mary and survived by a sister Cora Troxel, his three children and their spouses, Charles Jr., Debra Harkness and Kevin and Linda Pitts along with his six grandchildren and their spouses, Stephanie Pitts, Kyle and Jessica Harkness, Devin Pitts, Kristin and Matthew Zahodne, Allison Pitts, and Dana Pitts. Services will be held on July 21, 2014 at the University United Methodist Church in Irvine, CA at 11:00am, reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers the family request that a donation be made to the University United Methodist Church 18422 Culver Drive, Irvine, CA 92612.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 10 to July 12, 2014
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