I am sad to announce the passing of Glenn Ephram Pitts. Glenn had the last day of his 97 years on June 28, 2023. Glenn was born in McRae, Georgia on October 28, 1925 to Mannie & Sarah Pitts. Glenn had seven brothers and sisters and is survived by only his sister, Isabel Brooks. Glenn left school in the eighth grade to go to work to help support his family during the Great Depression. Glenn worked throughout the Southeast until he joined the Army after turning 18. Glenn served with distinction winning numerous awards including two bronze stars and was inducted into The French Legion of Honor, the highest award given by the French Government.
Upon returning from Europe Glenn settled in Jacksonville, Florida where he spent the next 77 years growing, caring for, nurturing and protecting his beloved family. Glenn spent 54 years married, first to Marie Goins for 25 years and then to Ruth A Pitts for 29 more before she passed in 2003. Glenn had three beloved sons with Marie, Glenn (Speedy) M Pitts, Stanley Allen Pitts, and Wayne Pitts. With Ruth, Glenn finally became Father to a daughter, Susan Wallace.
Glenn is survived by 5 Grandchildren, Glenn M. Pitts Jr., Stanley A. Pitts Jr., Melissa Pitts / Thiem, Joe Ryan Pitts & Brock Wallace and 4 Great Grandchildren, Blake Thiem, Brett Thiem, Jase Thiem & Beau Wallace.
Along with Family Glenn’s life was defined by hard work. After returning home from Europe, he landed a job working for New York Laundry where he worked his way up to plant Superintendent. After leaving the laundry Glenn started Pitts Construction while also dabbling in the car business, eventually opening a Car Lot. Throughout his time in the construction and car industry Glenn was also buying up properties in the Jacksonville area. He turned these properties into rentals and around 1980 he began acting as a full-time property manager.
Over the next 40 plus years he amassed many properties at one point owning a good amount of them, as he probably owned some we didn’t even know about. Haha! It was as a Rental Property Owner that Glenn truly found his calling. He not only acted as property manager, renting out the units and collecting rents, but also handling the maintenance on his own. Glenn lived a long, wonderful life filled with Love and surrounded by family. Up until the last three months of his life he was healthy and continued to work and handle his property management business. He had an active driver’s license on his last day and probably would have been driving if not for the fact his family was constantly begging him not to.
Please join us for the viewing of Mr. Glenn Ephram Pitts on July 5, 2023, at Fraser Funeral Home on Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, Florida and for Memorial services July 6, 2023 at 12 Noon in the chapel and then graveside.
The family wants to welcome any and all who would like to attend this remembrance of a life well lived. Join us in celebrating the long, wonderful life of our beloved Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. A man who was also a much beloved husband, son and brother.