PRINCETON — Jerry Winford Pitts Sr., 72, of Princeton died at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Liberty Village of Princeton.
Born March 5, 1942, Mammoth Spring, Ark., to James and Ira (Ivey) Pitts, he married Shirley Marie Bell Feb. 15, 1960, in Poplar Bluff, Mo. She survives.
He graduated in 1960 from Qulin High School in Qulin, Mo. He was employed by Brachs Confectionary in Chicago for 40 years.
Also surviving are two sons, Jerry (Leigh) Pitts Jr. of Ingleside, Ill., and Kerry (Kim) Pitts of Ames, Iowa; six grandchildren, Jerry Pitts III, Annie Pitts, Jamie Pitts, Brandon Pitts, Jessica Pitts and Lauren Pitts; one great-granddaughter, Traci H. Pitts; three sisters, Alice Young of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Louise Pitts of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Frankie (Elgar) Phillips of West Plaines, Mo.; one brother, William (Patricia) Pitts of Decatur; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, James Pitts, Wesley Rogers, John Pitts and Leanord Pitts.
Services will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton, with the Rev. Doug Kirkpatrick officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded after the services and inurnment will be at a later date in Post Oak Cemetery in McDougal, Ark.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the Susan G. Koman Cancer Society.