Paul Gene Pitts Sr., a lifetime resident of Muskogee, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the age of 83. He was born to John Manson Pitts and Anna Mae Hoyle Pitts on August 6, 1930 in Muskogee where he grew up and attended Muskogee Public Schools. At the age of 17, Paul became a member of the United States Army where he proudly served in Okinawa, Japan from August 1948 to December 1949. He also served a second tour in Japan from May 1950 to September 1951. Paul received an honorable discharge from the Army along with the Korean Service Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal of Japan.
Paul returned home where he met and later married the love of his life, Aileen Cook, on July 23, 1953 in Muskogee. They celebrated over 60 years together.
Paul worked as a firefighter for the Muskogee Fire Department for 33 years and retired in 1985 as the Assistant Fire Chief.
His hobbies included duck hunting, fishing bass tournaments at Greenleaf State Park and crappie fishing.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his son, John Mark Pitts; and six siblings.
He is survived by his wife, Aileen (Cookie) Pitts, of the home; son, Paul G. Pitts Jr. and wife, Joanie of Oktaha; daughter, Becky Walker and husband, Eddie of Muskogee; grandchildren, Shane Pitts of Muskogee, Alisha Hall of Broken Arrow, Austin Huff of Oktaha, Jeremy Huff of North Carolina, Jay Walker of Ft. Gibson, Andrea Fulton of Muskogee, Elisha Walker of Ft. Gibson, Aaron Glass, Sara Conrad, Lacey Pitts, Katie Pitts, all of Muskogee; 16 great grandchildren; brother, Jack Pitts of Rogers, AR; other family members and friends.
Funeral services for Paul will be 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Overton officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. The Muskogee Fire Department Honor Guard will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be all Active and Retired Fire Fighters.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online @www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.