Long time Orlando resident and educator, John Calvin Pitts, passed from this earth July 15, 2022.
He was born July 9,1926, to John Ang and Sarah Allie Pitts. John spent his childhood in the small West Florida town of Wausau.
John graduated in South Carolina from Socastee High School in 1943 and promptly joined the Navy during World War II. He served as a member of the Underwater Demolition Team #25 and is a member of the UDT Hall of Fame.
Following the war, he enrolled in the first men’s class at Florida State University. After his graduation, he then embarked on a 37-year career in teaching, coaching, and administration in the Orange County Public schools. John proudly served over 25 years of his career as the Principal of both Boone and Evans High Schools.
John C. Pitts is preceded in death by his wife, Janann Pitts, and his daughter, Linda Dianne Harkins. He is survived by his son, John Gary Pitts, and two daughters, Pamela Dawn McNab and Lea Ann Knuth; six grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. In addition to his family legacy, he is leaving a lifetime of impact on countless students, colleagues and friends.
Starke Lake Baptist Church in Ocoee, Florida, will host a visitation for family and friends Friday, July 29, from 6:30-8:00 PM, as well as a celebration of life memorial service, July 30, at 10:00 am. Following the memorial celebration there will be a service at the Kenansville, Florida Cemetery at 2:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Starke Lake Baptist Church Benevolent Fund.
Our world is a better place today because of John’s influence.