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.
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