Gladys Ellen Craig Pitman, departed this life on October 12, 2016 at the Hospice Unit of the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
She was born on June 2, 1925 in Byrdstown, Tenn. to the late Lucille(Clark) and Ernest Craig.
She was the oldest of six children—Frances Turkington, Eugene Craig,James Craig, Jessie Timm and Floyd Craig.
She graduated from Pickett County High School in Byrdstown where she was a outstanding basketball player. She was united in marriage to Earl Lee "Buddy" Pitman on December 24, 1944 and to this union four children were born.
She is survived by her four children—Sharon Whittenburg (the late Mike) Fuller of Clinton, Ind., Larry (Jane/JC) Pitman of Lexington, Ky., Stephen (Barbara) Pitman of Mt. Vernon, Ky. and Holly Miniard (Mike) Whitaker of Somerset, Ky.; and two brothers—James and Floyd Craig.
Also surviving are her grandchildren—Scott (Dianna) Whittenburg, Lee(Ashley) Whittenburg, Jason (Beth) Pitman, Scarlet Pitman (Matt)Murphy, Alexandra Miniard, Stephany Pitman, Drew Miniard; step-grandchildren—Brian (Brittany) Whitaker and Mary Beth (Scott) Norton; great-grandchildren—Eric Whittenburg, Mallory Pitman, Lucie Pitman, Wyatt Pitman, Marlow Murphy; step-great grandchildren—Allie, Grace and Allen Michael Norton along with a host of family and friends who mourn her passing.
She accepted Christ at a young age and was a member of the First Christian Church of Monticello. She worked for the City of Monticello/Water and Sewer Commission as Office Manager and Billing Supervisor until her retirement.
She couldn't stay retired long however and worked at the Monticello Independent School as an aide for six years.
She became a volunteer tutor at Wayne County Middle School and later stated that was the most rewarding work she had ever done.
She was a charter member of the Wayne County Rescue Squad, very active with American Cancer Society, a member of the Monticello Chapter of the Eastern Star, Hospice volunteer and one of the earliest Girl Scout leaders in Wayne County.
She loved working out at the Fitness Center where she had many friends and admirers.
Prior to her death, Gladys resided at the Neighborhood Assisted Living Facility in Somerset where she had an extended family and many friends. Her last days were spent in the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Unit at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital where she received outstanding care and compassion.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016 in the Sanctuary of the First Christian Church with burial following in the Elk Spring Cemetery.
Hickey and Son Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Published on October 18, 2016