Joe David Pitney was born on December 4, 1948 to Paul J. and Dollia G. Pitney in Shelby, Ohio. After graduating from Shelby High School, he attended David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He joined the United States Air Force and served in the Vietnam War. He was married and adopted his first child, Heather. He eventually gave a lifetime of service to the United States through both the Air Force and Civil Service.
When Joe wasn’t working, he loved hunting, fishing, wood working and even learned to crochet. He was a devoted member of the Church of Christ.
Joe met Meme Deaton in 1997, and the two were married and adopted two children from Cambodia, Susan and Charles. His oldest grandson Eli said upon learning of his passing, “I bet he would have never given himself credit for the amount of joy he brought to the lives of so many through his choice to adopt.” That is a profound truth our whole family is deeply blessed by. He loved Meme deeply and loved his family deeply. He was a serious man, but his happiest moments and best smiles would be found on his face when in the presence of his children and grandchildren.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Patricia Atkinson, brother Cecil Pitney, nephew James R. Pitney, and his beloved wife, Meme.
He is survived by his brother Royce (Joy) Pitney of Leesburg, Florida, sister Peggy Pitney of Vincetown, New Jersey, Sister-in-law Lola Pitney of Newton Falls, Ohio, daughter Heather (Jason) Thornton of Owasso, Oklahoma, daughter Susan (Heath) Bratton of Russellville, Arkansas, son Charles Pitney of Anchorage, Alaska, and his four grandchildren, Eli, Julia, Malin and Easton.
Joe will be laid to rest at the Ft. Smith National Cemetery on Thursday, August 19, 2021. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Joe David Pitney to Camp Caudle, 857 SR 164 N, Hector, AR 72843.
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