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Obituary of Mrs. Elizabeth Pittman

November 5, 1914
Pontotoc, Mississippi

Mrs. Elizabeth Pittman, wife of our esteemed townsman, Mr. W. C. Pittman, died at their residence Monday afternoon, Nov. 2, 1914, at 2:30 o'clock, from a stroke of paralysis which she suffered a week previous. Although it was feared from the first that the attack would prove fatal, devoted, faithful attention was given her by family, neighbors. physician and a trained nurse who cherished the shadow of a hope that the life of this noble wife and mother might be spared or at least prolonged, but this was not to be as all realized with aching, anguished hearts two days before the end came when she was released from suffering forevermore.

The funeral occurred Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the Baptist church of which she had long been a member, having been happily converted in her girlhood and living a consistent, earnest Christian since that time. The service was conducted by her pastor, Rev. T. L. Holcomb, who discussed beautifully on her life, comparing it to that of the home-loving, home-making Martha of Bible history. The church was completely filled with relatives and sympathizing friends who after the service followed the remains to the cemetery where they were consigned to the tomb. The mound was hidden by beautiful floral designs sent by loving hearts from far and near and reverently laid there by sorrowing friends of the sleeper.

The deceased, daughter of Caswell and Adelaide Berry Newsom was born in Coahoma county, Miss. Nov. 13, 1854 and therefore lacked only a few days of reaching her sixtieth milestone.

In the seventies she came to Pontotoc to attend the Baptist Female College at once becoming a favorite with teachers and pupils, the popularity continuing throughout the time spent at that institution. There are those still here who well remember "Bettie Newsom" and her sweet, amiable cheerful disposition which abided with her throughout her years.

She was married in 1873 to Mr. F. M. Pittman and to them was born two daughters, Mary and Belle (Mrs. J. L. Hill and Mrs. WE. Baker of this place.) Left a widow in 1877, she was married to Mr. W. C. Pittman in 1879 and two daughters, Gertrude and Alberta, blessed this union, the former, Mrs. W. D. Fortenberry having preceded her to the grave and the latter, Mrs. Ira B. Seale of Holly Springs.

Beside her husband and the three daughters, Mrs. Pittman leaves twelve grandchildren, two of whom she was rearing and whose loss is irreparable.

Submitted by: Bill Pittman

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