Theophilus Ira Pitts
February 23, 1919 - February 16, 2010
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), Born February 22, 1919, died February 16, 2010. Preceded in death by mother, Polly Edwards Pitts Sweany, step father, Fred Sweany, father T. I. Pitts, Sr. Survived by wife, Nancy Lee Perkins Pitts; daughters, Susan Pitts Dale, Neill Pitts, Ellen Pitts Mayo (John), Karen (K.K.) Pitts Rainey (Jack) all of Nashville and Polly Pitts Cullen of Port Orange, FL, grandchildren; Brad Mayo, Mimi Mayo, Anna Mayo, Caroline Rainey Edwards (Chris), Perry Dale, IV, Bo Rainey and Katye Cullen; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Betty and Jimmie Perkins; nieces Emily Zerfoss (Tee), and Anne Perkins; and nephew Jay Perkins (Mary). Flip attended West End High School and entered the service in 1940. He spent most of his military career in the 30th Infantry Division. After his discharge in 1945, he again joined the Tennessee National Guard where he served until his retirement in 1968. When he returned to Nashville in 1945, he worked for Red Ace Petroleum Co. He remained there until he started his own business, The Salvage Center, and later Flip Pitts Carpet Warehouse. He was a former member of St. Paul Southern Methodist Church, member of West End United Methodist Church, American Legion, West Nashville Kiwanis Club, West Nashville Moose, and West End High Lunch Group. The family appreciates the care given during his illness by Alive Hospice. Pallbearers: John Mayo, Jack Rainey, Jay Perkins, Tee Zerfoss, Brad Mayo, Perry Dale, IV, Bo Rainey and Chris Edwards. Honorary: Jimmy Allen, Andy Anderson, Bill Beasley, Coleman Boyd, Watson Brown, Moody Castleman, Jim Cato, Bobby Chilton, Allen Doty, Tommy Haile, Billy Huffine, Roger May, Charles McConnell, Red Norvell, C.H. O’Brien, Jaime O’Rourke, John Phipps, Jack Rainey, Sr., Hamk Seaton, George Shreeve, David Smith, O.B. Thomason, and The West End High Lunch Group. Visitation will be at home, 2206 Harding Place, Wednesday, February 17, from 4 pm until 7 pm, and at West End United Methodist Church Thursday, February 18, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Then, a memorial service at 4:00 pm will conducted by Dr. Ronald R. Carrier, and Rev. John Feldhacker. A graveside military service will be held Thursday, February 18, at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alive Hospice, First Southern Methodist Church, 4409 Colorado Ave., Nashville, TN 37209, or the charity of one’s choice.