Robert Wayne Pitts

May 7, 1945November 11, 2020

Robert Wayne Pitts, 75, of Pinellas Park, Florida passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. He was born in Cumberland, KY to the late Reverend James and Helen Pitts. During his life, he was known to have driven GTOs, Corvettes, and Mustangs. He was one of the greatest fullbacks in the state when he played football for Hillsborough High school. Wayne was inducted into the Hillsborough High school hall of fame for his accomplishments in football. He loved playing golf with his father, son, and sister, keeping a watch for gators while searching for lost balls on The Claw at USF. There was a time that Wayne could usually be found at Ruebens Cubans Cafe having café con leche with friends solving the world’s problems. He was also a tournament racquet ball player and enjoyed spending time sailing on his boat, Destiny. However, he was most proud of his missions and church planting work. In addition, family was a treasure to Wayne - watching and supporting his boys and grandchildren as they participate in sports, school activities, church activities, and every day moments brought great joy! During recent years, His positive outlook provided a source of strength and laughter to those he was with day to day. One could truly say of Wayne, he fought the good fight, he finished the race, he kept the faith. Robert leaves behind his sons, Hunter Pitts and Matthew Pitts; grandchildren, James Pitts and Catherine Pitts; brother, Ronald; and two sisters, Linda and Greta. A celebration of life will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 23, 2020 at Riverhills Church of God, 6310 E. Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33617. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Citylife Missions Ministry.



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Mel Ballard

November 24, 2020

I was blessed to have known Wayne and to call him my friend. During our years at Riverhills Church of God I always enjoyed taking with Wayne and his family. He will be truly missed. Love ya Wayne, Mel & Kahla

Jean White

November 23, 2020

So sorry to hear of your Wayne's passing. My late husband John B White Attorney for the Florida State Offices worked with Wayne on Church Transactions. Our Dad followed his Dad at the 29th Street Miami Church of God as Pastor. May the Holy Spirit comfort your Family with your loss..🙏🙏

Cathy Fairbanks

November 23, 2020

I first met Wayne at Matthew and Stacey’s wedding rehearsal dinner, more than 25 years ago. From that point on, whenever a family occasion arose and I would see him, he greeted me warmly and expressed interest in how I was doing. That was Wayne with humanity. He was extremely proud of his sons, Matthew and Hunter. They both emulate Wayne’s love of God, his love of family, and his kind soul. He cherished his grand children, Catherine and James. I will truly miss Wayne at future gatherings, but feel he will be there in spirit.

Cathy (Phillips) Fairbanks

Ron Allen

November 22, 2020

Friend from highschool.

Carma Parrish

November 22, 2020

Wayne was a bigger than life kind of guy with a smile and love for family that matched it! My love for the Pitts family goes back to the '60's when our families connected at 10th& Buffalo Church. My deepest sympathy to the entire Family.

Ezra Baucom

November 20, 2020

Mr. Wayne was always one to welcome me into his home, even if he knew Hunter and I were going to get into some sort of trouble with the guys. Walking into the doorway, seeing him sit in his chair, smile big and loudly say “E-Z” never failed to bring joy to me. Despite his health, he always gave me a big hug and smile, interested to hear about my life and see what I had been up to lately. It’s truly sad knowing I won’t be able to have those experiences with him again, but I’m thankful he can finally rest and be free.

Much love to Uncle Wayne, Hunter, Mama Betty, and the rest of your family that will always be mine as well.

Carolyn Bystrycki

November 19, 2020

Wayne is the reason at 46 I learned to play rummy. Playing with “the boys” was an honor and privilege. I enjoyed every precious moment with him. His love of silly socks. His Love of Mt. Dew! His compassion. Praying with him and for him. I am truly a better person for having known him.

John Pitcher

November 17, 2020

So sorry to hear. HHS class of 1964 classmate and all around super nice guy. And by the way, what a football player. RIP number 45!🙏

Wayne Harris

November 13, 2020

My condolences to the family he was a great friend.


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