OBITUARY

Dorothy Carolyn Spradley Pitts

August 14, 1931September 28, 2013

Pitts, Dorothy Carolyn Spradley: Rev. Carolyn S. Pitts died peacefully on 9/28/13. She was born in Sylacauga 8/14/31 to Rev. Dr. Harold and Dorothy Spradley, when Harold was pastoring a 3-church circuit. Carolyn was the oldest of 3, followed by Joyce (Frank Alford) and Harold Spradley (Jackie). Her parents faithfully served United Methodist churches across the North AL conference for over 50 years. Carolyn was married to Dr. R. Marshall Pitts, pediatric surgeon at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. She taught French, Spanish, and Drama at Hillsboro High School in Nashville as Marshall finished his 1st year of residency at Vandy. She then raised 4 children and was an active UMC volunteer, especially with the Women’s Society of Christian Service (now UMW), where Carolyn held offices at the church, conference, and jurisdictional level. During her 40’s, she took classes at Princeton University Seminary, then commuted to Nashville over 3 years to earn an M.Div. at Vandy. She proceeded to earn a D.Min. through Drew University (NJ) Seminary. Carolyn followed her Dad’s and father-in-law’s footsteps (Umsted S. Pitts) in serving No. Ala. UMC churches for 20+ years in Birmingham, Florence, Decatur, and Anniston, as well as the conference Board of Ministry. Carolyn was passionate about community and inner-city ministry, taking all 4 children along in the turbulent 60’s as she taught piano and drama at Bethlehem House Community Center in Titusville (West End). In the early 80’s as a UMC deacon at FUMC, B’ham, she spearheaded an effort to open the Old Firehouse Men’s Shelter (along with the Cooperative Downtown Minister’s Assn. and Baptist WMU). Finally, she served a predominantly homeless congregation at Church of the Reconciler UMC as a retired associate minister. Carolyn is survived by her sister and brother, as well as 4 children, Sister Mary Dominic Pitts (St. Cecilia Dominican Convent, Nashville), Caty (Athens, AL), & Bert (Lindsay) and Pete (Kelly Godby, MD), both in B’ham, and 3 granddaughters, Brennan (Nashville), Maggie (Oxford, MS) and Sarah (B’ham). The visitation will be Friday 10/4 5-8pm at Ridout’s Valley Chapel, the funeral Saturday 10/5 11am at First UMC B’ham, with burial following at Elmwood. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to The Old Firehouse Men’s Shelter, 1501 3rd Ave N, B’ham, AL 35203.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, October 4, 2013
  • Church Service Saturday, October 5, 2013

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Family Graveside Service
REMEMBERING

Dorothy Carolyn Spradley Pitts

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Andrea Whitehead

October 5, 2013

What a great person Carolyn was! She helped a group of us start the Vincent -Bernhardt Circle to deal with raising our consciousness levels on all kinds of current issues. How proud we were of her for being the first female minister at FUMC! Thank you,Bert, for sharing her with us. She was indeed an inspiration and a light forward for so many.

Katie Buchanan

October 5, 2013

Dear family, Although I am sure Carolyn touched a multitude with her sweet ways and good works, I want to share with you a special memory I have which has warmed my heart for over 40 years. Once I was in the backseat of her car as she drove a bunch of us youngsters home from a canoe trip to Canada. On a stop at Stuckeys, I took my little Spruce sapling, which I had been given as a souvenir, into the bathroom to water it. I forgot it on a shelf. Far down the road, she heard me exclaim that I had forgotten my little treasure. I remember watching the world fly by and with each mile that passed I grew more convinced that there could be no way that she could backtrack so far. Yet, much later, when an exit finally appeared, she turned that car around. She gave me an hour of her time; an hour that she would sorely feel on that seemingly endless drive to Alabama and an hour that my carelessness didn't deserve. It may seem trivial, but to me, it epitomizes her selflessness and her love. I will always smile when I think of her.

Johnnie Kazy

October 2, 2013

So sorry for yoour loss. Lindsay, you and Bert and the whole family will be in my prayers.

Karen Davis

October 2, 2013

Bert and Family, My sincerest sympathies to you all. Miz Carolyn was just precious and I will always remember her kindness I witnessed on Emmaus Walks. May God bless you and give you peace.

Wendy Bowers Stevens

October 1, 2013

Peter and Bert,
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. We are thinking of you and your families.

Brenda S. Stedham

October 1, 2013

Sister Mary Dominic, I don't expect you to recognize my married name, but you & I attended BSC together. I was Brenda K. Smith at the time. I met your Mother when we went to your home one day; I felt an immediate connection to her. I've watched her accomplish great things since becoming a pastor. She has since made huge contributions to the lives of many people. May God bless you and your family during this difficult time.

Corky Girodo

October 1, 2013

Rest in Peace Carolyn. I was proud to have known you in my life. You were always kind & considerate too me & you will be missed.
Love, Corky

Doug Brewer

October 1, 2013

Bert and family and friends and those that Dorothy Pitts ministered to past, present, and beyond, Please know that I am praying for you as you send this sweet angel home to be with our Heavenly Father. Praise God for the life she lived and for the life that she will continue to live through all of you.

FROM THE FAMILY