Thelmore Lamar Pitts

September 6, 2018September 13, 2018

Lamar was born on October 9, 1935 in Columbus, Georgia to the late Thelmore Hudson Pitts and the late Marie Pace Pitts. On Thursday September 6, 2018 Lamar passed away following injuries due to a fall.

Lamar grew up in Columbus, Georgia, but attended school in Phenix City, Alabama, a bus ride across the Chattahoochee River. He was a 1954 graduate of Mother Mary Mission High School, a 1958 graduate of Morehouse College, and completed further studies at the University of Maryland. In 1955, Lamar met the love of his life, Eleanor Rose Minor, and they married in 1959 at Mother Mary Mission Church. To that union, two children were born: Kimberly Michelle and Jeffrey Lamar Pitts.

Lamar spent nine years in the U.S. Army, serving throughout the states as well as in Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium. Following the military, he joined IBM working in New York and California, retiring in 1992 as a Site Communication Manager. After retirement, Lamar and Eleanor returned to Georgia to be near his parents. In 2003, they returned to Northern California to be near their children and grandchildren.

At the time of his passing, Lamar and Eleanor resided in Rocklin, California. A kind, generous, and spiritual man who loved family dearly, Lamar was also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and a former volunteer for the United Way and the Boy Scouts of America. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Minor Pitts, and their children Kimberly (Anthony Davis) Pitts-Davis, MD of San Jose, CA, and Jeffrey (Sonia) Pitts of Los Angeles, CA, sisters Jacqueline Pitts of Macon, GA, and Beverly (Jim) Watts of Hopewell Junction, NY, brother David (Brenda) Pitts of Columbus, Indiana, granddaughters Danielle and Lauren Davis, both of San Jose, CA, and Valerie (Brian) Jones of Washington, DC, niece Nichole Pitts of London, England, nephews Dexter Watts of Hopewell Junction, NY, Christopher Pitts of Kennesaw, GA, and Malcolm (Damara) Watts of Fayetteville, NC, as well as many grand nieces and grand nephews, cousins, and devoted friends, including Juanita Brown of Port Orange, FL.

Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Sept. 23, 2018


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Thelmore Lamar Pitts

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