Howard O’Neal PittmanBy STAFF,
Howard O’Neal Pittman
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at First Graves Creek Baptist Church for Howard O'Neal Pittman, 90, of Columbia, who died on Wednesday, March 13 in Hattiesburg. Burial followed in First Graves Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Bro. Donovan Reid officiated at the services. Visitation was held from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday, March 15 at Hathorn Funeral Home.
He served with the New Orleans Police Department for 26 years starting with the motorcycle division. He started the first K-9 corp. retiring as the commander of the auto pound. He entered full time ministry as an evangelist after an experience on Aug. 3, 1979, where he was called into service for the Lord. For almost 40 years, God carried him and allowed him to preach and teach God’s message on nearly every continent around the globe. He was a wonderful man that impacted so many lives at home and around the world. He will be greatly missed by all whose life he touched for the last 90 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ephriam and Mary Etta Pittman; two brothers, Edward Pittman and Shelby Pittman; four sisters, Eula Armstrong Pierce, Myrtle Thornhill Stringer Kerley, Billie Merle Ginn and Inez Cook Love, and one grandson, Justin Luginbill.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Joyce Pittman of Columbia; four daughters, Julie Wilson (Kenneth), Lisa Coker (Freddie), Colleen Luginbill and Veronica Wilborn, all of Columbia; two sons, Michael Bogle of Hattiesburg and Cassie O'Neal Pittman (Annette) of Slidell; one brother, Horace Leo Pittman of Gulfport; 10 grandchildren, Scott Oliver of Tennessee, Jenny Lobre and Margaret Goubler (Jason), both of Louisiana, Stephanie Mahne (Keith) and Rachel Pittman, both of Florida, Jeremy Oliver (Rosemary), Amanda Bergeron (Lance), Christopher Gravelle and Steven Wilborn, all of Columbia, and John Garron Bogle of Foxworth; five great-grandchildren, Parker Luke Oliver, Piper Oliver, Jacob Tyler Goubler, Hailey Lobre and Hunter Lobre, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Pallbearers were Kenneth McNease, Chris Gravelle, Steven Wilborn, Scott Oliver, Jeremy Oliver, Lance Bergeron, Jason Goubler and LaRue Cosper.
Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at www.hathornfuneralhome.com.
Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia was in charge of the arrangements.