Dennis Ray Pittman
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at First United Methodist Church of Columbia for Dennis Ray Pittman, 69, of Columbia, who passed away on Monday, Feb. 10 in Hattiesburg after a brief illness. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery. Rev. Keith Gaughf, Rev. Rob and Rev. Erin Grant officiated at the services. Visitation was held from 1 p.m. until the time of the services on Friday, Feb. 14 at First United Methodist Church.
A 1968 graduate of Columbia High School, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and joined the fourth generation family business, Columbia Block and Brick, in which he worked for over 50 years. At Columbia Block and Brick, he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, J. D. Pickett, and his father, Ray Pittman as president of the company. During his tenure, he exhibited a strong work ethic and Christian leadership.
As a member of First United Methodist Church, he served as a trustee, an usher and on the parsonage committee. He always donated his time and resources to various worthy causes around the community. He was also chosen as a lifetime Phi Kappa Dad. He was a much loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, employer and friend.
He dearly loved Ann, his wife of almost 50 years, as well as his family, and he especially adored his granddaughter, Lucy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Inez Pittman; grandparents, J. D. and Naomi Pickett and John Alvy and Telitha Pittman.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Sims Pittman; two daughters, Rene Lummis of Houston, Texas, and Riley Pittman of Hattiesburg; one sister, Beth Harrison (Phil) of Birmingham, Ala.; one brother, Brad Pittman (Jacquelyne) of Hattiesburg; one granddaughter, Lucy Lummis of Houston, Texas; nieces and nephews, Ruth and Doug Cole, Todd Harrison, Adam and Mallory Pittman, and John and Randa Pittman.
Pallbearers were Quin Breland, Rickie Buckley, Christopher Harkey, Erik Harkey, Adam Pittman, John Pittman, Oscar Smith and Kenny Toney.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association and the Columbia Animal Shelter.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.hathornfuneralhome.com.
Hathorn Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.