George Lofton Pitts, III of Austell, GA, originally of Fayetteville, died Thursday evening (September 17, 2009) in Atlanta. He was the son of Grace Sumner Pitts of Fayetteville and the late George L. (Buck) Pitts, Jr. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother Robert Palm Pitts.
A native of Lincoln County and a 1966 graduate of the old Central High School in Fayetteville, he attended Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro and Alverson Draughton Business College in Huntsville for an education in computers and accounting. Mr. Pitts was the vice-president of accounting, secretary/treasurer and director for Cagles, Inc., a poultry company based in Atlanta. His career with Cagles spanned over 35 years. He was also a member of the Round Table of the Georgia Poultry Federation. A member of the Methodist church, Mr. Pitts was an avid supporter of youth athletics and served as president and treasurer of the South Cobb Youth Athletic Association and was a past president of the Pebblebrook High School Athletic Booster Club.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife Phyllis Obermier Pitts of Austell and also a native of Lincoln County, daughter Julie P. Schlageter and husband Jay of Greenwood, SC, son George Lofton Pitts IV and wife Laurie of Register, GA, sister Bridget P. Jaffe and husband Edwin of Memphis, grandchildren John Cullen Schlageter, Logan Pitts Schlageter, and George Buckley Schlageter all of Greenwood, and George Lofton (Quinn) Pitts V, Hattie Lauren Grace Pitts, Linden Gable Pitts, and Garner Levi Pitts all of Register, nieces and nephews Boone S. Pitts and wife Larissa of Greeneville, SC, Catie and Rob Jaffe of Memphis, Leah Conners of Memphis, Dan Conners of Fairview, TN, great-niece and great-nephew Ginger Grace Pitts and Crockett Sumner Pitts of Greeneville, and sister-in-law Margaret Conners and husband John of Fairview.
Bagpipes will play in the distance at the memorial service Sunday at 2 PM at Higgins Funeral Home with Rev. Tommy Ward officiating. The final disposition will occur at the family farm on Old Railroad Bed Road in Pearl City where Mr. Pitts’ ashes will be spread by airplane.
The family requests that memorial donations be sent to the American Cancer Society, First United Methodist Church of Fayetteville, or the charity of your choice.