Roger Mor­row Pitts

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - NEWS -

Roger Mor­row Pitts, 77, of Lin­coln, Ark., passed away March 15, 2016, at his home. He was born May 26, 1938, in Fayet­teville, Ark., the son of Ster­ling and Man­sie El­iz­a­beth Mor­row Pitts.

He mar­ried Mary Alice Mileur in 1958. He grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Arkansas in 1961 with a gen­eral agri­cul­ture de­gree and cer­tifi­cate of teach­ing. They moved to Hot Springs where he taught vo­ca­tional agri­cul­ture at Lake­side High School for one year. They moved to Hope where he was then hired as the Farm Bureau Agency Man­ager in Hemp­stead County.

He and Mary Alice re­turned to the fam­ily farm in 1964 where they spent the next 52 years farm­ing. They cel­e­brated Wash­ing­ton County Farm Fam­ily of the Year in 1989 and were honored with the Arkansas Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture Cen­tury Farm award in 2014.

He was a lov­ing, hum­ble and kind, yet com­pet­i­tive, man. He was a mem­ber of the state run­ner-up Lin­coln bas­ket­ball team in 1956, named to the Arkansas State Lit­tle All-Amer­i­can foot­ball team and played one year of foot­ball at Arkansas Tech Univer­sity. He spent his adult life as an avid Arkansas Ra­zor­back and Lin­coln Wolves Fan. He loved trav­el­ing to sur­round­ing cities and states to watch his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren com­pete in ath­let­ics and par­tic­i­pate in their many ac­tiv­i­ties. He en­joyed hunt­ing with his fam­ily and friends.

He served on the Lin­coln Con­sol­i­dated School District Board of Education, was Chair­man of Fi­nance - Cen­tral United Methodist Church, was past pres­i­dent of Wash­ing­ton County Farm Bureau, served on the Wash­ing­ton County Farm Bureau Board of Di­rec­tors, and was a mem­ber of F & AM Ma­sonic Lodge #615.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents and his son Rus­sell Ster­ling Pitts.

He is sur­vived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Alice Pitts; two daugh­ters, Sarah Sim­mons and hus­band Terry of Prairie Grove, Ark., and Ali­cia Ezell and hus­band Tracy of Bryant, Ark.; one daugh­ter-in-law, Guatha Pitts of Lin­coln; nine grand­chil­dren, Seth Ster­ling Pitts, Con­nor Thomas Pitts, Alec Mor­row Pitts, Dustin Ri­ley Sim­mons, Dal­ton Ry­der Sim­mons, Trevor Keith Ezell, Tan­ner Cole Ezell, Kim­berly Sim­mons Brown and Shane Ryan Sim­mons; three great-grand­chil­dren, Brax­ton Gunter Brown, Bray­lon Allen Brown and Len­non Ade­line Pitts.

Fu­neral ser­vice was held at 10 a.m. Fri­day March 18, 2016, at Cen­tral United Methodist Church in Lin­coln. Burial was in Sugar Hill Ceme­tery.

Pall­bear­ers were: Seth Pitts, Con­nor Pitts, Dustin Sim­mons, Dal­ton Sim­mons, Trevor Ezell, Alec Pitts and Tan­ner Ezell.

Hon­orary pall­bear­ers were: Terry Sim­mons, Tracy Ezell, Cur­tis Griscom, Dar­ren Wil­hite, Jay Pitts, Ron­nie Mileur and Shan­non Burks

Memo­ri­als may be made to the Lin­coln Pub­lic Schools for Schol­ar­ships and Foun­da­tion, 1392 E. Pride­more Dr., Lin­coln, AR 72744.

On­line guest book, www.lug­in­buel.com.

Lug in bu el Fu­neral Home of Prairie Grove was in charge of ar­range­ments.

Pitts

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