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Obituary for Brenda Fannie "Shorty" Pitts (Parker)

Brenda Fannie Sample Parker Pitts resided in Paterson, New Jersey and passed away peacefully at 1:25 PM on October 11, 2022, at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey just 2 months after her 82nd birthday.

She was born on August 12, 1940, and raised in Pungoteague, Virginia by her aunt and uncle, Marie and Grover Parker, because her mom passed away when she was a young girl.

Brenda attended grade school and high school in Pungoteague, Virginia. She married Clarence Herbert Pitts, Jr. and started her family. Their union was blessed with 5 children, 4 were born in Virginia and the last 1 in New Jersey. She relocated to New Jersey, where she resided for 58 years. In 1989, her husband passed away and she became a widow.

Brenda’s favorite past-time was cooking for her family and grandchildren. She loved nothing more than working hard and attending to her home and family. Brenda loved people and made friends everywhere she went. Her strong values were centered around food and family. She loved to tell stories about being back home in Virginia and her life experiences there.

Brenda worked for and retired from Pathmark Food Stores after 38 years.

She is survived by 4 of her 13 siblings, George Parker, Marvin Parker, Frances Smith, and Jackie Parker. Her parents were Lynwood Parker and Novella Sample, both of Pungoteague, Virginia. Lynwood Parker and Novella Sample along with Julia Ann Smith Parker, shared a blended family of 14 children, 7 with Novella and 7 with Julia.

Brenda leaves behind 5 biological children, Herbert A. Pitts, Hester Y. Pitts, Brenda V. J. Pitts, Patricia A. Pitts, and Stacey M. Pitts; 19 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; 12 great, great-grandchildren; 3 godchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was truly blessed with a legacy, which will carry on for years to come.

Brenda was highly loved, respected, and referred to as “Grandma” and “Ma” to many of the young people in her community whom she nurtured.

A funeral service was conducted by Bragg Funeral Home in Paterson, New Jersey at Unity Missionary Church.

Lovingly submitted,
The Family