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04/04/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Ina Sawyer Pitts

Ina Kaye Sawyer Pitts
(18 Nov 1927 - 30 Mar 2011)

Newport News High School Class of  @ 1946

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
  There is even more sad news this Monday afternoon.    Ina Sawyer Pitts, Class of @ 1946, passed away in Gloucester on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at the age of 83.  Widow of Billy Pitts (NNHS / Augusta Military Academy - '45) (21 Dec 1926 - 20 Aug 2006), she was the sister of Bernice Sawyer Geddings of VA, Georgie Sawyer Ihlefield of VA, and Virginia 'Puggy' Sawyer Morriss of VA, and of the late Preston Sawyer.

From the Daily Press - 04/04/11: 

                 Ina Sawyer Pitts


GLOUCESTER - Ina Kaye Sawyer Pitts, 83, of Gloucester, Va., died as she lived peacefully and quietly. She was born Nov. 18, 1927, in Pitt County, N.C., to Myrtle Ward Woolard Sawyer and George Leon Sawyer. She grew up in Pennsylvania and in Newport News. She passed away on March 30, at Riverside Regional Hospital after a brief illness.

At Newport News High School she met William E. "Billy" Pitts, whom she married Aug. 7, 1946, and with whom she formed a great 60-year dancing duo. Their daughters are Linda Pitts Soucek (Howie) of Franklin, Va., and Donna Pitts Sterling (Wayne) of Mathews County, Va. She will be greatly missed by her granddaughters, Melanie Sterling Hamilton (Jeff) and Stephanie Sterling Robins (Russ) of Gloucester; her grandsons, Allen Soucek of Charlotte, N.C., and Mathias Soucek of Virginia Beach; and her great-granddaughters, Haley Marie Hamilton and Zhanna Victoria Soucek. Predeceased by her brother, Preston Woolard, Kaye is survived by her beloved sisters, Bernice Geddings of Gloucester Point, Georgie Ihlefield and Virginia 'Puggy' Morriss of Waverly; a slew of special nieces and nephews; treasured friend and sister-of-the-heart, Audrey McNamara; and dear friends and children-of-the-heart.


Ina Sawyer Pitts

Kaye was a Sunday school teacher at Grace United Methodist Church in Newport News. In Gloucester she was employed at Morgan's Drugstore. Most recently she volunteered at the Gloucester Visitors Center and at the Gloucester/Mathews Humane Society.

Her family thanks the loving and compassionate nurses, aides, and doctors who attended to Kaye's needs during this difficult time, especially the professionals associated with 5 West at Riverside Regional and special thanks to Drs. John Mattern and Peter Zullo.

Contributions in her memory can be made to the Gloucester/Mathews Humane Society, 6722 Sutton Road, Gloucester, VA 23061.

The family will celebrate her life at 11 a.m. on April 9, in Bellamy United Methodist Church, located off Belroi Road at 4870 Chestnut Fork Road in Gloucester.

Fighting the good fight, she never gave in. She merely changed her mind and joined Billy to continue dancing. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from April 4 to April 5, 2011.
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April 04, 2011
I am so very sad to learn of Kaye's passing. She was a ray of sunshine no matter where she was or what she was doing. Kaye was a volunteer at the Gloucester Visitor Center whose remedy for a slow day was to turn up the radio and dance. I shall miss her smiling face.

~ Jenny Graziano, Cobbs Creek, Virginia

April 04, 2011

Donna and family,
I'm so very sorry to hear about your mother's passing. I loved her dearly. She was one of the sweetest people I ever met. She was so supportive when my dad passed away 2 years ago. I will never forget when I told her I got married August 7th. She said "you are going to have a great marriage because my husband and I got married the same day." She had such a huge smile on her face when she told me that. I will miss her and her smile dearly. I know she is with the Lord, with her husband, and my daddy is probably playing the guitar for them to dance. It is so hard to loose a parent. I know it was for me when my daddy passed away. Donna, I have tremendous peace knowing my daddy is with the Lord. God Bless you and if you need anything please contact me.

~ Amy Bristow, Yorktown, Virginia

April 04, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

~ Julie Hamilton, Hayes, Virginia

April 04, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

~ Tammy Beckley, Gloucester Point, Virginia

April 04, 2011

  Donna & family,
I'm so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. When I lived nearby (back in the day) she was such a friendly, caring person-especially to our dog, Tucker! God Bless you & your family.

~ Jeanell LaFata, Gloucester, Virginia

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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Ina's family and friends.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Come, Ye Disconsolate

Words by Thomas Moore; alt. by Thomas Hastings
Music by Samuel Webbe

Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish.
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
"Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure."

Here see the bread of life; waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heaven can remove.

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