Janis Carolyn Pitts

July 30, 1947 – November 12, 2021

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Janis L. Pitts of Thaxton crossed over into her reward on Friday, November 12, 2021. She died peacefully at home in her own bed. She had failing health for a number of years and now she is at rest. Janis was born, Janis Carolyn Livingston, on July 30, 1947, to Byron and Elois Livingston of Tupelo. She was married on December 21, 1967, to Reuben S. Pitts III of Pontotoc. Their near 54-year marriage was filled with mutual love. Reuben hauled her off to Virginia soon after their marriage where they lived for 44 years, with a two-year interlude in Italy. Reuben’s career kept him on the move and Janis was the captain of the house. She raised two sons, started a pre-kindergarten for the local Baptist Association, and befriended a number of elderly shut-ins in the Fredericksburg, Virginia community. Janis was a very private person, but loved her various art forms. She was a painter, jewelry maker, and creative seamstress. She was also a gourmet cook and avid reader. Janis was a devout Christian who spent much of her reading time in Christian studies.

Janis is survived by her husband, Reuben; her sons Walton Pitts (Susan) of Evans, Georgia, and Richard Pitts of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and three grandchildren, Halea Pitts, Sarah Pitts, and Adam Pitts. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Gerald Livingston.

The visitation will be Sunday November 14th, from 4:00 to 6:00 at Thaxton Baptist Church. The funeral will be Monday November 15th, at 1:00 PM, preceded by visitation from 12:00 till service time. Brother Michael Wilbanks officiating. The service will be livestreamed on the Thaxton Baptist Church Facebook Page and at Thaxton Baptist Church on YouTube. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Pontotoc County. Pallbearers are Tim McCarver, Tommy Biffle, Rickey Wise, Mike Falkner, Don Scott, and Jeff Cooper. Arrangements by Browning Funeral Home.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Thaxton Baptist Church Building Fund. The address is P. O. Box 38, Thaxton, MS 38871. The online giving link is ThaxtonBC.org.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 14, 2021

  • Visitation

    Monday, November 15, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, November 15, 2021

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