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Date published: 2/16/2013

David S. Pitts

Retired U.S. Air Force Capt. David Smith Pitts, 70, passed from this life at his residence in Comfort, Texas, on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. He was born March 28, 1942, to George Frank and Mary Smith Pitts and was raised in Fredericksburg.

As a young man, David enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, a part of his life that he was very proud of. He was stationed at Cam Ranh Bay Air Force Base from 1971 to 1972 during the Vietnam conflict. After returning to the United States, he continued his education at Omaha University and received his bachelor's degree in general studies. David received his commission as an Officer in 1974 and served a total of 24 years in the Air Force, spanning from Aug. 10, 1961- Aug. 10, 1985.

During his time in Omaha, Neb., he met the love of his life, Sharon "Sherri" Edson, and they were married May 19, 1973. David was a member of the Masonic Fraternity for 43 years. For the last several years, he was a member of the Fredericksburg Lodge 794, A.F. & A. M., as well as the Kerrville Lodge 697, A.F. & A. M. He has also been a member of the Scottish Rite since 1969.

David was preceded in death by his mother, father and his sister, Evelyn Payne.

Those left to honor and cherish his memory are his wife, Sherri Pitts of Comfort; son David L. Pitts and wife Kolla of Colorado Springs, Colo.; stepchildren, Bill Newcomer and wife Yvonne of Salem, Ore., Jim Newcomer of Omaha, Neb., Barry King and partner Julie O'Bear of Lincoln, Neb., and Rhonda Rae of Monticello, Ky.; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother Franklin Pitts and wife Shirley of Springfield; brother-in-law, Ed Payne of Tappahannock; aunt, Lelor Hampton of Strasburg; uncles Willie F. Smith of Woodford and Nelson Smith of Ruther Glen; and a host of many loving friends and neighbors who will miss him dearly.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Comfort Baptist Church, Comfort, Texas. He will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

You may sign the online guestbook at kerrvillefuneral hometx.com.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kerrville Funeral Home.