September 17, 1936 - March 21, 2019
After many months of illness, the son of the late Malawyer and Jennie Bell Pitts
was called home to glory. Milton (Milt) Pitts was born on September 17, 1936 in Newberry, South Carolina.
He graduated from Armstrong High School, where he was an outstanding athlete in football and basketball. During his years at Armstrong, Milt met his first wife Lorraine Johnson. They married shortly after high school and from that union came Milton Jr, and Cynthia. Several years later, Milton met Martha Richardson and they had a son, Gregory Pitts.
From a chance encounter with Haywood Pope, Milt saw a picture of Mary on the mantle and said, “I thought I had met all your daughters, who is this?” It was love at first sight for Milton. The beginning of a lifelong romance. Milton and Mary were married and have been together for the past 56 years. From this union they had two children, Tyrone and Tanya.
Milton joined the US Army right after his graduation from high school and served as a military police officer. After his honorable discharge from the service, he held various jobs in different fields before securing a position with the Federal Government, where he worked until retirement.
Milt accepted the Lord Jesus Chris into his life and became a devoted Christian. Milt has been a member of Matthews Memorial Baptist Church for the past 40 plus years and was a faithful Sunday school member. Milt coached the youth’s basketball team and the women’s softball team. During his coaching career, he won several championships for the church.
Milt had a great passion for every aspect of life. Playing and watching sports was at the top of the list and second was his passion for cooking. Milt believed that anything edible could be fried. His signature fried biscuits and ribs were a family favorite. He made the best home-made banana ice cream and rice wine. Milt loved playing cards with family and friends and was known for cheating! Music was another major highlight of his life. He enjoyed Kenny Rodgers, Shep and the Limelites, Puggy Hudson and the Spaniels, Sam Cooke and the Motown sound. Milton believed that family was the epitome of life.
Milt would joke about not having one wife, but four. His sisters-in-law Queenie, Tootie, and Lumpy were always there for him. During his illness, his granddaughters took especially good care of him, which provided needed support to their grandmother.
His memory will be cherished by his devoted wife, Mary Pitts; six children, Milton Jr, (Sharon), Cynthia Pitts-Reid (Stanley), Gregory (Claudia), Tyrone (Ludria), Tanya Lee-Morgan (Damont), and Iris Chappelle; one sister Doretha Lowe, two brothers Carstell (Cookie) and Harvey; eleven grandchildren, Kaysha, Milton, Malik, Courtney, Aaron, Arthur Jr., Adria, Tamika, Brittany, Tyre, and LaPria; three godsons, Boxy, Keith and Kevin; fourteen great-grand kids; three great-great grand kids; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Matthew Baptist Church
2616 MLK Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20020