Richard David Pitts

November 8, 1948March 11, 2012

Richard David Pitts (Rickey)

November 8, 1948- March 11, 2012

Richard Pitts sadly passed away at the tender age of 63 at 11:23 p.m., Sunday, March 11, 2012 surrounded by family after a long, hard, and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Rickey entered this world in Jackson, Mississippi on November 8, 1948 to loving parents Elsie D. and Bobbie N. Pitts. He is predeceased by his parents and very loving sister Sandra McCoy. Rickey was one of three children. He leaves to morn his passing, the love of his life, his wife, Barbara Ann Pitts of 33 years, Navarre, FL. His two children Angela Pitts and Richard Pitts along with wife Maria and only granddaughter Zoe Pitts, sister/brother-in-law, Bonnie (Davie) Talley, brother/sister-in-law, C. Van (Donna) Walker, sister/brother-in-law Annette (Glenn) King and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Rickey loved his family, friends, fishing, golfing, playing guitar, listening to music, and watching the Saints and the Packers play football, gathering with lifelong school mates to reminisce about how much fun they had growing up in all their mischievous deeds. Rickey celebrated every day of his life with optimism and gratitude for all of his many blessings. One of his favorite quotes was; Always love yourself and live life to the fullest and learn to slow down and just chill.

After graduating from Tate High School (1966), he served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam era. After military service, he was employed as Sears Warehouse, Receiving Manager prior to moving to DeFuniak Springs. He worked with successful real estate developers prior to becoming owner of Action Rentals. His last adventure took him to Navarre, FL as he continued in real estate and entrepreneur whose painting company was always successful and fun.

The family wants to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Eldawy, caring nurses and personable staff at Sacred Heart Medical Oncology. We also thank Covenant Hospice for helping so much during the last days.

Services are provided by Eastern Gate Memorial Gardens, 1985 W. Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL 850-479-9223. Visitation for family is Thursday, March 15, 2012. 5 pm to 6 pm. Visitation for friends, loved ones, and public from 6 pm to 8 pm. Services Friday, March 16, 2012 at 11:00 am with gravesite following.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 15, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 16, 2012

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March 17, 2012

Ricky , Looking back all I can remember are fun times with you ,even the spankings that we got from Elsie D turned out to be Funny when you thought about them later .You fought that Hard fight with that great smile and view that only you had about LIFE , Go catch that big fish now cause It's YOUR WORLD NOW Barbara Love YA Steve Wise Columbia Ms

smitty smith

March 15, 2012

our prayers are with you

Linda Green

March 14, 2012

Barbara, Angie, Lil Ricky, my prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

Imogene Baker

March 14, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to Barbara and family during this loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

March 14, 2012

My deepest sympathy to you and your family.May God comfort you during this time.
Lou Ellen Deveau
( I am a life long friend of Katy,Michelle and Danielle and Van was /is an old friend)

March 14, 2012

Barbara and family, Please do not hesitate if there is anything at all I can do you for. Rickey will be greatly missed; he was a wonderful co-worker.
Mary & Walter Beasley

Rick Fountain

March 14, 2012

"Ricky" as I knew him in the eighth grade was one of my best friends back then. Sadly, we went to different high schools and drifted apart. Thinking back and reading about the kind of man he became reminded me what a "wonderful" friend he was. If first impressions do come true, I can say without reservation, Ricky didn't change as he grew to manhood, but remained what he was, a truely good person. I am saddened at your loss and disappointed that I didn't know my old friend as a man. May God grant you peace at this time and comfort you with memories of Richard.