Alfred "Throck" Leon Pitts, 75, Walker, Mo., left to go to his home in heaven Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003. Throck was born to Lois Pitts on May 13, 1928, at Bell Hospital in Wyandotte County, Kan. Throck grew up in the Milo area first with his grandparents then with Alfred and Mae Snowden.
Throck served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict as a corporal from January 1951, to December 1952. Upon returning from the Army, Throck drove a truck for Alfred Snowden. In August of 1953, Throck met and married in October 1953 the love of his life, Betty Jean Garrett.
Throck and Betty produced six children. Throck lived most of his life in Vernon County, one year in Topeka, Kan., and eight years in California. Throck graduated from high school in Modesto, Calif., in 1965. Throck was a truck driver for 61 years of his life. Throck hauled everything from mules to ammunition. Throck was a member of the First Baptist Church, Nevada, Mo., the same church where he made his profession of faith to Jesus Christ in 1955.
The much loved family he leaves behind include his wife, Betty of 50 years; Terry, Judy, and Benjamin Pitts, Aurora, Mo.; Tracy, Nancy, Thomas, Tabitha and Travis Pitts, Moundville, Mo.; Nick, Sheryl, Suzanne and Garrett Pitts, Kirksville, Mo.; Alfrenita Pitts, Branson, Mo.; Mike and Marjeanna Smith, Milo, Mo.; two half-sisters, Elsie Jean Britt, Wylie, Texas, and Barbara Morgan, Osawatomie, Kan.; one half-brother, Russell Morgan, Holt, Kan.; one foster brother, Dalton Snowden, Salem, Mo.; one foster sister, "Tootie" Snowden Milam, Commerce, Texas; and numerous extended family and friends.
Throck was preceded in death by an infant son, Dustin Wray; his mother, Lois Pitts Morgan; stepfather, Clarence Throckmorton; half-brother, Lawrence Throckmorton; and his much loved foster parents, Alfred and Mae Snowden, and foster brother, Harry Snowden.
Throck loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and driving a truck. Throck is happy in heaven hauling for our heavenly father.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the First Baptist Church, Nevada, with Dr. William Cox and the Rev. Hubert Fox officiating. Soloist was Wes Morton. Musical selections were "The Old Rugged Cross," "How Great Thou Art" and "San Antonio Rose." Organist was Debbie Fast. Pallbearers were Monte Sheets, John Shorten, Jeff Greer, Jim Borders, George Garton and Jimmy Joe Greer. Honorary pallbearers were Dean Greer, Ron Dahmer, Jim Dean, Herb Snider, Bert Milam, Larry Dahmer, Richard Peckman and Marvin Davidson. Interment was in Milo Cemetery, Milo Mo. Military honors were provided by the Missouri Military Funeral Honors Team.
Memorials may be given to the Nevada High School Scholarship Fund in his memory in care of Ferry Funeral Home.