Queen Esther Lewis Pitts – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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QueenFuneral for Queen Esther Lewis Pitts, 71, of Somerville will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Mt. Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America in Madison with the Reverend James O. Robinson officiating and interment in Calvary Memorial Gardens. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to the funeral service. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6 to 7 at Reynolds Funeral Home.

Queen Esther Lewis Pitts was born January 26, 1942, in Limestone County to the late Timothy Lewis Jr. and the late Mattie Jolly Lewis Brown. She was the first child of ten children. She departed this life on April 4, 2013, at her residence.

Mother Queen Pitts confessed Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized at 14 years of age at New Hope CPCA Church under the leadership of Pastor Moten. She later moved to Trinity and served under the leadership of Pastor Walter Battle of Love Chapel CME Church. Later on in life, Mother Pitts moved to Somerville and served under the leadership of Pastor Gurley Woods of Ward’s Chapel CME Church. She subsequently joined El Shaddai, formerly known as Springhill M.B. Church, under the leadership of Pastor John Gray. With much prayer, Mother Pitts decided to return back home so she joined Mt. Zion CPCA Church under the leadership of Pastor James Robinson. She served as a faithful member of the Senior Choir, Mothers Board, Missionary Society, Bible Class, and Sunday school.

Mother Pitts was loved by everyone who knew her. She worked at Decatur General Hospital for 23 years. On Friday, October 20, 2004, the sweet spirit of our dear mother, Queen Pitts, went to be at rest. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Billy Joe Pitts Jr.; one sister, Mae Emma Lewis; and two brothers, Roosevelt and Willie Lewis.

She leaves to cherish her memory a loving and devoted husband, Billy Joe Pitts; two daughters, Sheila Lewis and Doris Holland, both of Decatur; two sons, Willie and David Pitts, both of Decatur; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild; four sisters, Mattie Lewis of Huntsville, Mary (Eddie) Marshall, Gloria (Harold) Pearson, Benita (Dwight) Owens, all of Decatur; two brothers, Jessie (Linda) Lewis of Rock Hill, S.C., and John (Julia) Lewis of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two aunts, two uncles and a host of nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

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