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Bobby Pittman, Sr.

January 11, 1936 — September 25, 2021

Bobby Joe Pittman, Sr., age 85, of Halls, TN, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 25, 2021. After several years of battling with Alzheimer’s disease, he is finally at peace. Mr. Bobby was a self-made man, and anyone that knew him was sure to see that. Growing up an orphan with his many brothers and sisters, he worked as a farm hand and handyman. As a teenager, Mr. Bobby found Jesus, as well as the fortune of finding the love of his life, Ruth Catherine Barlow. When He was called into the service, he spent two years in the United States Army, serving overseas in Korea, and six years stateside in the Army Reserves. Upon his discharge from the service, Bobby and Ruth ran off to Mississippi to get hitched! After their wedding, they made a home and a life in Ripley, Tennessee. While he worked production at Todd Uniform Co., Ms. Ruth was kept busy tending to their loving home and bringing up not only their four children, but a heap of neighborhood children, as well. Together, he and Ms. Ruth had a beautiful 65 years together, through her battle with cancer twice, and all of the curveballs life could throw their way. After Mr. Bobby retired from the garment industry, he worked as a painter for his son’s business well into his 70’s. In his spare time, Mr. Bobby could be found hunting in the woods, out in the backyard working on his fishing boat and restringing his fishing rods, or out on the lake doing what he loved most. He led by example. To those that call him Daddy, he was a hard-worker that knew the value of a man’s word, the sweat of his brow, and the love of his family. Those that call him Granddaddy knew a softer side of him, sharing with them his love of fishing and hunting, his unshakable faith, and memories of his youth and the lessons they may or may not have taught. He had a contagious laugh, and never missed an opportunity to stir and rile up his family and friends. Sometimes he’d get so tickled at himself and his jokes, he’d get to laughing so hard he couldn’t breathe. Mr. Bobby was a member of Ripley First Assembly of God, and attended regularly until his health declined. He helped build the church, and served as a deacon there for 20+ years. Mr. Bobby was a good man, through and through, and will be dearly missed. Bobby Pittman, Sr., leaves behind quite a legacy. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth Barlow Pittman; three sons, Bobby Joe (Angie) Pittman, Jr., Bryan (Dennona) Pittman, John Paul (Mary) Pittman; his only daughter, Phyllis (Ricky) Crihfield; eleven grandchildren, Candie Garrett, William Brandon (Malissa) Pittman, Cheshier Crihfield, Michael (Mallory) Pittman, Erin Crihfield, Sarah Northcott, Toni Jo (Brandon) Sprague, Corey (Madison) Crihfield, Jake Pittman, Brianna (Chris Davis) Pittman, James Paul Pittman; 23 great-grandchildren, Darius Hughes, Lexie Hughes, Skylar Caviness, Tobie (Greyson Jones) Caviness, Tristan Jackson, Bladen Pittman, Mikenna Garrett, Allie Pittman, Bay Garrett, Silas Sprague, Camerin Davis, Turner Crihfield, Lucus Sprague, Hunter Davis, Lawson Crihfield, McKenna Pittman, Cali Roberson, Rhydian Crihfield, Emily Northcott, Bentley Pittman, Leni Dozier, Colbie Northcott, and Oliver Crihfield; two brothers, Alvin “Curly” Pittman and William Murray Pittman; two sisters, Joyce Owens and Shirley Mcmurray, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members. He was preceded in death by his four brothers, Jim Pittman, Loyd Pittman, Billy Pittman, and Larry Pittman, and his parents, Jim and Zula Davidson Pittman. Funeral services for Mr. Bobby Pittman, Sr., will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 28, at the First Assembly of God in Ripley, TN. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Interment will take place in Halls City Cemetery, in Halls, Tennessee.
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