CATHERINE WILLIAMS PITTS
Catherine W. Pitts, 97, departed this life on November 16, 2019. She was born in in Winston-Salem, NC to Edgar Reynold Williams and wife, Ella May Wyatt Williams. Catherine was twice married; first, at age 18 to Conrad Elbert Shaver, from whom she was divorced, and then to Thomas Jackson Pitts who preceded her in death. Preceding her in death was a brother, Ray Wyatt Williams, her husband, Thomas Jackson Pitts, her sons Thomas Reynold Pitts and Andrew Martin Pitts. She is survived by a grandson, Jonathan Barr Pitts and his wife, Angie, and two great grandchildren, a favorite niece, Tracy Williams Perez, and many cousins. Her body will be cremated with the ashes to be placed, in a private ceremony, in the family plot at Forsyth Memorial Park. Memorials for Catherine and Andy have been placed on- line at son Andy's Memorial Web site- www.rbdc.com. It was Catherine's wish that Memorials be sent to Americans Helping Americans, 2550 Huntington Ave., Suite #200, Alexandria, Va. 22309-1499, or to a charity of your choice.
Mr. Andrew Martin Pitts, 49, of Winston-Salem died Oct. 15, 2001, at Forsyth Medical Center after a brief illness. Mr. Pitts was born in Forsyth County Dec. 23, 1951, to the late Thomas J. Pitts and Catherine W. Pitts, who survives him. Andy graduated from Parkland High School. While attending Davidson County Community College, he worked as a regular part-time broadcast engineer for WXII television. An avid ham-radio operator, Andy designed, built and ran Forsyth County's first 2 Meter repeater service, which bore his call sign, WA4GIC, for many years. He was founder and owner of Red Barn Data Center (RBDC.com), the first Internet service provider in Forsyth County. Andy experienced kidney failure in 1978. His 23-year survival on dialysis was a remarkable testament to his determination. Andy was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas R. Pitts and; his father, Thomas J. Pitts. He was survived by his mother, Catherine W. Pitts; several aunts, uncles and cousins; a nephew, Jonathan B. Pitts of Orlando, Fla.; and a first cousin, Tracy W. Perez of Austin, Texas. A memorial service was held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Memorial Funeral Chapel, 5980 Kinney Road. Memorials may be directed to the National Kidney Foundation of North Carolina, 5950 Fairview Road, Suite 550, Charlotte, NC 28210.