Paul Ernest Pitts, 85, formerly of Uniontown, Kan., more recently of Fort Scott, Kan., died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Fort Scott Medicalodges. He was born Jan. 2, 1927, in Jerico Springs, Mo., the son of Clarence F. "Jack" Pitts and Mary Pearl Jenkins Pitts. He graduated from Arcadia High School with the class of 1944. He married Marjorie Earlene Rogers on Jan. 2, 1947, in Fort Scott.
Paul served his country in the United States Army during World War II and later in the occupational forces following World War II. He worked as a safety engineer for Western Insurance Company of Fort Scott for 20 years. He then relocated to Tucson, Ariz., continuing his insurance career. Following retirement, he moved to Uniontown, living there until more recently relocating to Fort Scott. Paul greatly enjoyed the rural lifestyle, living among and helping family, friends and neighbors. He was a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Uniontown.
Survivors include his wife Earlene; two sons, John A. Pitts and wife, Keri Lee Silvius, Tucson, Ariz., and James E. Pitts and wife, Cynthia McFarlin, Fort Scott; three daughters, Marjorie A. Shumaker and husband, Mark, Tucson, Ariz., Paula S. Brewer and husband, Charles, Fort Scott, and Glenda L. Brobst, Byers, Colorado; and three brothers, Joseph R. Pitts, Stockton, Mo., Carl L. Pitts, Liberal, Mo., and Claude J. Pitts, Columbia, Mo. Also surviving are six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Chester F., Cecil O., Roy T. and John A. Pitts; and one sister, Vida A. Miller.
The Rev. Marty DeWitt will conduct graveside services at 2:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30, in the U. S. National Cemetery, Fort Scott. Military honors will be provided by Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 V.F.W. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until leaving for the cemetery at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to the First Missionary Baptist Church of Uniontown and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.