Donald Wayne “Donny” Pitts passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas at the age of 61. He was born on August 27, 1954 in Smith County, Texas to Vonnie Alfred and Frances Marie (Bradshaw) Pitts. He grew up in the Tyler, Texas area, graduating from John Tyler High School and Tyler Community College with Associates Degree. On January 4, 2003 he was united in marriage to Rhonda Sue Schenk at The Carriage House in Kansas City, Missouri.
Donny was a hardworking man who loved and took care of his family. A great husband and father, he enjoyed taking trips and participating in all of the sporting events of his sons and grandchildren. He worked as a pumper for Phillips Petroleum, was an avid reader and history buff, and enjoyed music and concerts, whether country or rock and roll, but most especially The Rolling Stones.
Donny is survived by his wife Rhonda Pitts of their home in Plainville; mother Frances Pitts of Mount Pleasant, TX; sons Joshua Holmes and wife Addie of Zurich, and Micah Holmes of Plainville; sister Maria Black and husband Jesse of Mount Pleasant, TX; brother Louis Keith of Colorado; and grandchildren Jenae Holmes, Taesen Holmes, Veidyn Holmes, and Zayvier Hays.
He was preceded in death by his father Vonnie Pitts.
The song says, “When the Lord gets ready, you gotta move.” The love of Donny’s life was his family. He taught us how to work hard for what we wanted, but also how to have fun along the way; how to laugh, love and enjoy the important things in life. We will always love and miss him until it is our turn to hear those words, “You gotta move child, you gotta move.”
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home in Plainville. Friends and family are encouraged to write and share their memories with the family, so Rhonda can keep a Memory Book of Donny’s stories. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 pm on Friday and from 9:00 am until service time on Saturday, at the funeral home.
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