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James Odell Pitts

James Odell Pitts passed away on September 16, 2021. He was born on June 8, 1937, to Odell and Nannie Pitts in Morganton, North Carolina.

James was raised by his grandmother Lily Pitts in Glen Alpine, North Carolina until the age of 16, when he went to live with his mother and stepfather Nannie and Charles Steffen in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania. This is where he graduated from Juniata Joint High School in Mifflintown in 1956.

After high school, he joined the Army for three years and was trained in Electronic Engineering. He also had the privilege to teach Electronic Engineering at that time.

After leaving the military he secured employment in Engineering. He worked for such companies as Philco, Ford Aerospace, Lorrell and Honeywell. He traveled all over the world building and repairing tracking antennas. He loved his job.

James loved NASCAR and working with wood. He loved making bird houses.

He retired at the age of 69 and moved with his wife to Ogden, Utah. There they got to see his grandchild grow up and great-grandchildren come into the family.

James is survived by his wife Deanna, four children: Gina Colman, Julia Cummings, Robin Barbadillo, and Jimi Pitts, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his father Odell, and his mother Nannie, and sister Nancy.

Per the request of the family services will be held at a later date.

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Deanna, Jimi. and Robin, I am so sorry for your loss! Looking at this picture and the happy smile I know he will be missed. I still remember Jim and Deanna dancing at the brunch we hosted at the Wisteria. You were such a cute couple! Wishing you warm memories. Love, Maggie Beth

Maggie Beth Arruda Nov 3 2021 8:02 AM