Funeral Services for Mr. Willie Leo Pitman, 93 of Winnsboro, LA will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Temple Baptist Church in Winnsboro, LA with Bro. David Shirley, Bro. Benton Moore, and J. L. Pitman, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Lone Cedar Baptist Church Cemetery, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, October 21, 2019 at Temple Baptist Church.
Willie was born October 7, 1926 in Mangham, LA to the union of Jethro L. Pitman, Sr., and Nela Jones Pitman, and passed from this life on October 19, 2019 in his home, surrounded by his loving family. Willie married Gladys McGraw on June 20, 1952, and to this union they had 4 children.
Willie was preceded in death by his parents, J. L. Pitman, Sr., and Nela Jones Pitman; wife of 66 years Gladys McGraw Pitman; brother Otha Pitman; and sister Earlene Gates Spencer.
Willie was drafted into the U.S. Army at age 18 and served during the occupation of Japan at the end of World War II. At the beginning of the Korean Conflict, he volunteered for service in the U. S. Air Force and was later honorably discharged. He worked for Coca Cola Bottling Company where he retired after 36 years. Willie was also a great Christian Warrior who loved his Lord and Savior, and a deacon at Temple Baptist Church in Winnsboro, LA. Willie was recognized at Deacon emeritus by Temple Baptist Church, where he has been a member for many years as a faithful member, deacon, Sunday School superintendent, and director of training union.
Left to mourn his passing, yet celebrating his life and legacy is his sister Betty Johnston Henry (Bob) of West Monroe; brother J. L. Pitman, Sr., (Betty) of Horn Lake, Mississippi; Daughter Glenda Girod (Gary) of Winnsboro, LA; Son Johnny Pitman, Sr. (Betty) of West Monroe, LA; Daughter Ginger Netherland (Johnny) of Farmerville, LA; Son Ronald Pitman (Ann) of West Monroe, LA. 7 Grandchildren Corey Girod, Johnny Ray Pitman, Jr., Sharon Beckman, Rebecca Kilpatrick, Jennifer Netherland, Karen Pitman, and Dylan Pitman. 10 Great-Grandchildren, and a host of friends.
Pallbearers are: Grandsons Corey Girod, Johnny Pitman, Jr; Great Grandson John Patrick Pitman, Taylor Hertzler, Nicholas Dupree, Wesley Kilpatrick, Colby Girod, and Trevor LaLa.
Honorary Pallbearers are: Deacons of Temple Baptist Church, Artis Free, Howard Way, and Danny Posey.
Memorials may be made to Shriners and M. D. Anderson Hospitals.