John William Pitts

John William (Jay) Pitts, age 86, of Braymer, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Cameron Regional Medical Center in Cameron. 

Jay was born the son of John Henry Pitts and Cecile William (Graham) Pitts on April 7, 1933, in Carrollton. He was a graduate of Braymer High School class of 1951. He attended William Jewell College for two years, and he was a graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1957. 

Jay was a veteran of the US Navy during the Korean War, and served in Alameda, CA, and San Diego, CA. He was united in marriage to Helen Louise Clevenger on June 12, 1954, in Santa Clara, CA. He was a licensed mortician and owned Pitts Funeral Homes until 1984 with Helen. He was a member of the Braymer Methodist Church in Braymer. He was also a member of the Polo Masonic Lodge #232 in Polo, and the Braymer American Legion Tweedie-Murray Post #117. Jay and Helen were the Grand Marshals of the Braymer Homecoming Parade in 2008, and loved attending Braymer Homecoming and the Braymer Fair. Jay was an avid aviator, having flown in the Navy and later as a licensed private pilot.

Survivors include two sons, John Scott Pitts (Siendie) of Kalama, WA, and Steve Pitts (Rayne) of Braymer; three grandchildren, Ryanne Pitts (Cory) of Vancouver, WA, Lauren Berntsen of Oslo, Norway, and Ray-Lynn Young of Rayville; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Dora Jane Barron of Braymer; nine nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Helen; one sister, Kathryn Barnes; and two nephews, Pat Barnes and Brandon Clevenger.

A memorial service was held at the Braymer Methodist Church in Braymer, on Sunday, March 15. There was no scheduled visitation. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements were under the direction of Lindley Pitts Funeral Home, Braymer, Missouri.

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