John "BJ" Mark Pittman

Memorial services for John Mark "BJ" Pittman, 65, of Temple, formerly of Lindale, are scheduled for the 25th of May at 2 p.m. at Hopwell Cemetery in Swan, TX. BJ died in his home on May 1, 2019 in Temple. He was born October 26, 1953 in Tyler, TX to Ruby Maxine Love and Charlie Henry Pittman both of which predeceased him.

BJ was a graduate of Lindale High School and volunteer firefighter for Lindale. He also worked at General Electric for several years before joining the Air Force in 1975. BJ was truly at home on those flight lines, he loved working on planes and was impressive to say the least.

Among many of the things John loved to do was hunting, fishing, always anything to do outdoors and spending time with his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by 2 brothers David Alan and Henry Lee Pittman.

He is survived by his loving daughters April Martin and family, her husband Robert and two sons Brandon and Tristan, of Tyler He is also survived by daughter Chelsea Newsom of Troup, and her children Aryalynn, Cole and Phoenix who hasn't made his arrival yet. His sister Renee Nieto of Terral OK. survives BJ along with her husband Ernie Nieto who cherished his relationship with his brother-in-law deeply. Renee's children, BJ's nephews Damien and Shawn as well as his niece Felecia.

Starting at Swan-Wood Springs United Methodist Church off of Hwy 69 in Swan (Accross from Tyler Pipe) on Saturday. Kickstands up with Patriot Guard at 1 p.m. Cars will follow behind bikes down Hwy 69 into Lindale where Lindale Police Officers will be escorting us up Eagle Spirit drive to pay homage to what used to be Lindale High School, where BJ graduated in 1971. From there we will connect with Jim Hogg Road to proceed to Hopewell Cemetery where BJ will be layed to rest at the side of his mother, Ruby Maxine Love, who we know welcomed him home with open arms already. I can almost see the smile on my mother's face, but she knew full well she would have to share because we all know BJ was anxious to sit a spell and share some stories with Henry Lee again. We all know Henry Lee cleared his schedule, he always made time for his brother.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be immediately following internment at 327 Helen St. in Lindale. For information or directions please call Renee at 940-233-3477 or April at 903-520-3153.

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