OBITUARY

Sidney Freeman Pitts

October 9, 1936August 3, 2018

Sidney Freeman Pitts, 81, of McGregor, passed away on Friday, August 3, 2018, at his home. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Wednesday, August 8, 2018, Cole Funeral Home, McGregor. Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Thursday, August 9, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Waco. Interment will follow in McGregor Cemetey at 11:30 am. The Very Reverend Raymond Jay Waldon, Rector, and The Reverend James Pevehouse, Senior Associate, will officiate.

Sidney "Sid" Pitts was born on October 9, 1936, in McGregor, to Hollis and Lucille Sharp Pitts. He attended McGregor schools and continued his education at Texas A&M University, graduating with a BS degree in 1960. He married Carolyn Hill, of McGregor, on June 19, 1959, in McGregor.

His professional career began with Aetna Life and Casualty in Los Angeles, CA in the field of safety engineering. In 1967, Sid, Carolyn, and their two children moved to Beaumont, TX, with Houston Chemical Corporation, before moving to Lake Charles, Louisiana, where they made their home for over 20 years. Sidney worked in the safety industry for Conoco Chemical, which later became Vista Chemical. He retired in 1988 from Vista Chemical and returned in 1990, to McGregor, with Carolyn.

During his retirement, Sid used his extensive knowledge of safety in the chemical industry to provide volunteer consulting services to international companies worldwide, under the International Executive Service Corps. He also traveled extensively with Earthwatch, volunteering for various studies and projects and including his grandchildren, on these trips, whenever possible. He served on the Board of Directors for the Central Bosque Water Supply Corporation, and was active with the McGinley Memorial Library in McGregor. Sid was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Waco. He was an avid Lady Bears basketball fan and enjoyed watching the women of Baylor succeed on and off the court.

Following Carolyn's death in 2003, Sidney married the former Shirley Davis Hamilton, in McGregor, on January 13, 2007. They resided in McGregor for the remainder of his life.

Mr. Pitts was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn; parents; and sister, Lola Ann Sherrill.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Hamilton Pitts, of McGregor; daughter, Kathleen Pitts Land and husband, Lyle, of Coppell, TX; son, John David Pitts and wife, Denise, of Fairfax, VA; six grandchildren, Courtney Land Wright and husband, Shane, Sydney Land, Hank Pitts, Clara Pitts, Lucy Pitts, Hollis Pitts; and brother, Johnny Ray Pitts. He is also survived by the extended family of his present wife, Shirley, her son Davis Hamilton and wife, Melissa, of Harker Heights, TX, and their daughter, Nicole.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorials be mailed to Cal Farley's, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174.

  • FAMILY

  • Mr. Pitts was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn; parents; and sister, Lola Ann Sherrill.

    Survivors include his wife, Shirley Hamilton Pitts, of McGregor; daughter, Kathleen Pitts Land and husband, Lyle, of Coppell, TX; son, John David Pitts and wife, Denise, of Fairfax, VA; six grandchildren, Courtney Land Wright and husband, Shane, Sydney Land, Hank Pitts, Clara Pitts, Lucy Pitts, Hollis Pitts; and brother, Johnny Ray Pitts. He is also survived by the extended family of his present wife, Shirley, her son Davis Hamilton and wife, Melissa, of Harker Heights, TX, and their daughter, Nicole.
  • DONATIONS

  • Cal Farley's

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Memorial Service Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Interment Thursday, August 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

Sidney Freeman Pitts

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Todd Pertodin

August 7, 2018

I remember Mr Pitts when I was growing up in the Oak Park neighborhood of Lake Charles, La. His son John and I were friends and Mr Pitts always helped us with little projects we worked on. The one I remember most was a small ( roughly 18") sail boat that we built together, it was painted red and we took it to the lake to watch it sail. Great memory! John and Kathy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

FROM THE FAMILY