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Elizabeth Elkins Pitman
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Elizabeth Elkins Pitman

Elizabeth Elkins Pitman, 98, died March 7, 2014 at The Cottages at Brushy Creek in Greenville, South Carolina. Born September 6, 1915 in Waycross, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late James Samuel Elkins and Mary Bartlett DeFord Elkins.

She graduated from Waycross High School. She was a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC. Previously, she had been an active member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Camden, SC and Plymouth Presbyterian Church in Plymouth, NC. She was a teacher and leader of women’s groups. She also helped organize and build Morningside Presbyterian Church, a mission chapel in Camden. In Plymouth, NC, she was a leader and active volunteer for the Hospital Auxiliary which raised money to build a new wing for the community hospital.

She has been described as having Martha hands and a Mary heart. Her outstanding characteristic was the devotion of her life to her family, home, church and community. Her home was known to her extended family, friends and neighbors as the place to go for love, laughter, good food and happy times.

She was predeceased by the love of her life and her husband of 53 years, Edgar Kuhl Pitman of Blackshear, Georgia, and her son, James Elkins Pitman, who died at age eight from leukemia. She is survived by her children, E. Lee Pitman, II and his wife, Judith Ann Bucher Pitman of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and their sons William Andrew Pitman of New York, New York and Daniel Lee Pitman of Bethel, Ohio; and William Liston Pitman, Sr. and his wife, Kimberly Patrick Pitman of Greenville, South Carolina, and their son, William Liston Pitman, Jr., of Houston, Texas.

A memorial service is planned for Friday, March 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC, conducted by The Rev. Patricia Gwinn. A reception will be held following the service in the Graham Fellowship Hall at the church. There will be a private burial in Quaker Cemetery in Camden, SC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fourth Presbyterian Church, 703 East Washington Street, Greenville, South Carolina 29601; The Greenville Humane Society, 305 Airport Road, Greenville, South Carolina 29607; or The Jimmy Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P. O. Box 849168, Boston, Massachusetts 02284-9168.

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