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Charles Mitchell Pittman, CW3-ret., age 78, of Gloucester, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2016, after a brief illness.

Charles was born in Black Mountain, N.C. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 17 and proudly served his country for over 20 years. He had three tours in Vietnam, earning the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Bronze Star Medal. Charles loved working on the tugs both during his military service, in Louisiana and up and down the East Coast.

Charles never met a stranger. He was outgoing, witty and caring. He worked in the kitchen at First Presbyterian Church of Gloucester (of which he was a member), cooking the second Sunday lunches for many years. He also enjoyed doing the food for Vacation Bible School and volunteering at the Gloucester Boys and Girls Club. Charles enjoyed life. He was a meat and potatoes kind of guy and told everyone “I like my meat dead”—no rare steak for him.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 44 years, Sybil McDonald Pittman; his parents, Charles Perry and Dorothy York Pittman, and his brother, Pat Pittman.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda; his three children from his marriage to Sybil, David Pittman, Nancy Pittman and Dan Pittman, and Joseph Lowman, the son of his current wife. He leaves to cherish his memory 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and Callie, his cat.

The family would like to thank Gloucester Volunteer Rescue, Riverside Walter Reed Emergency Room and ICU physicians, nurses and staff for the excellent care he received. Viewing will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 7, followed by the service at 4 o’clock at Andrews Funeral Home & Crematory in Gloucester by the Rev. Douglas Nagel. Interment will be on Saturday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Gloucester Columbarium. 

The family asks that memorial donations be made to either the Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue or the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society.