Richard A. Pitts Sr., a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. instructor and Air Force veteran, died Thursday of complications from Parkinson's disease at his Northeast Baltimore home. He was 70.
The son of David Augustus Pitts, a supervisor in the city Department of Public Works Bridge Division, and Portia Bertina Pitts, a homemaker, Richard Armstead Pitts was born in Baltimore and raised in the Somerset housing complex.
After graduating in 1962 from Dunbar High School, he enlisted in the Air Force, serving as a cook at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware until his discharge in 1967.
He went to work that year for BGE, where he was trained as an overhead lineman. He was promoted to senior lineman and straw boss. He later was selected to be chief overhead mechanic, assuming responsibility for training new overhead construction field employees.
Mr. Pitts retired in 2000 from BGE's Arlington Training Facility in Baltimore, where he was an overhead training instructor.
Mr. Pitts enjoyed cooking and singing. He also was an accomplished sketch artist, family members said.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown.
Mr. Pitts is survived by his wife of five years, the former Sandra Johnson; two sons, Richard A. Pitts of Baltimore and Dr. Richard A. Pitts Jr. of York, Pa,; two daughters, Pamela A. Pitts of Baltimore and Michelle A. Bouie of Charles Town, W.Va.; eight brothers, David A. Pitts, Nathan M. Pitts, Rodney W. Pitts and Aaron T. Pitts, all of Baltimore, John T. Pitts and Gilbert L. Pitts, both of Las Vegas, and James W. Pitts and Gary A. Pitts, both of Richmond, Va.; two sisters, Naon T. Harris and Patricia A. Pitts, both of Baltimore; and many grandchildren. An earlier marriage to the former Veda A. Hall ended in divorce. He was married for 27 years to the former Shirley Tynes, who died in 2004.