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 is 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 will be 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.
An online memorial to Andy Pitts has also been set up so those wishing to record their thoughts about Andy can do so online.