Jack Alexander “Punk” Pittman passed away peacefully on October 28, 2011 at Heritage Hospital in Tarboro surrounded by his family.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at the Halifax Baptist Church in Halifax. Interment will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery in Scotland Neck.
The family will receive friends after the service at the cemetery.
In 1940, he entered the United States Army and served with the 120th Infantry, 130th Division in World War II in the European Theatre. He participated in the D-Day Normandy Invasion and the campaign that liberated Europe from Nazi Germany. He was a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge and was the recipient of three Purple Hearts and the Bronze star. Upon returning home from the war, he went to work with Northeastern Oil Company in Weldon and although the company was sold and renamed several times, he remained with the firm until his retirement some 45 years later. He was very active and well respected in his church and community. As a member of Halifax Baptist Church, he faithfully attended and served in various capacities for over 50 years. Punk served as a Board Member on the Halifax City Council for 48 years and at his retirement was the longest continuous serving member of a city council in North Carolina. He was an active member of the Halifax Lions Club and a Board member of the Halifax Fire Department. His commitment and service to veterans groups was a significant portion of his life. He served as Financial Director of the Edwin Hayes Gregory American Legion Post for over 20 years. A Bronze cast was made of his hands as part of his selection to serve as the Halifax County representative at the North Carolina Veterans memorial in Fayetteville. He was born on June 2, 1919 at the “Grove” in Halifax and was the son of Horace Martin Pittman and Martha Rebecca Hargrove Pittman.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Brinkley Pittman; his parents; five brothers; and three sisters.
He is survived by a son, Alex Pittman of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; a sister, Doris Pittman Sykes of Enfield; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Halifax Baptist Church, P.O. Box 465, Halifax, NC 27839.
Arrangements are being handled by Letchworth Funeral Home in Scotland Neck.