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Flavil Ray Pitts, 88
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McMinnville resident and Cannon County native Flavil Ray Pitts, 88, was born June 27, 1927 and died Feb. 5 at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital following an extended illness.
A retired auditor with Chrysler Corporation, a United States Army veteran of World War II, and a member of the Church of Christ, he was the son of the late Shelah and Jennie Justice Elkins Pitts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Karen Edwards and Darlene Owczarski; first wife, Delores Pitts; three brothers, David, Paul and Sterling Pitts; and three sisters, Eva Lee Reed, Donzie Greer and Ona Prater.
He was married Aug. 11, 2001 to Julia Turner Pitts of McMinnville. In addition to his wife, he is survived by son, Kenneth Pitts of Arizona; grandson, Terry Owczarski of Michigan; two stepsons, Tom Winfree and wife Sonjia of McMinnville, and Ronald Winfree of Indiana; stepdaughter, Karen Walters and husband Darrell of Greenbrier; sister, Una Ray of Tullahoma; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and step-grandchildren.
Mr. Pitts served in the Army for several years. He enjoyed fishing and being out on the water. He taught himself different languages, and had a love for music and singing.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Leoni Church of Christ with Ben Bailey officiating. Burial will follow at Leoni Cemetery in Cannon County with full military honors administered by VFW Post 5064 and American Legion Post 173. Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at High’s, and from 12 p.m. until the time of service Monday at the Church.
High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.