Mr. James "Jim" Alec Pittman

  • Born: October 30, 1976
  • Died: December 31, 2009
  • Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Blount & Curry Funeral Home - MacDill Avenue Chapel

605 South MacDill Avenue
Tampa, FL 33609
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Tribute & Message From The Family

James Alec "Jim" Pittman

PITTMAN, James Alec, our beloved son, went to be with the Lord on December 31, 2009. Jim was born in Fort Worth, TX on October 30, 1976. Jim grew up in Texas, living with his family in Fort Worth, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio. While living in San Antonio, Jim graduated from Winston Churchill High School, where he quarterbacked the high school football team. Jim was also very active in Little League baseball while growing up. He was a mentor and umpire in the Little League Challenger program. In high school, Jim made many trips to Colorado with Young Life, helping to build his strong faith. Jim attended Navarro College where he quarterbacked the football team. Jim graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. While attending LSU, Jim was a parttime football coach at Parkview Baptist High School. He later returned to Navarro College for several years as a football coach. Following that, Jim became a graduate assistant football coach at Texas Christian University and Marshall University. The past three years Jim has been in a management position with Waste Management in Myrtle Beach, SC. Jim was engaged to Christine Racobaldo, of Myrtle Beach. Jim and Christine had planned to be married on July 24, 2010, in Wilmington, DE surrounded by family and friends. Athletics were very important to Jim and he was an avid golfer. Jim will be remembered for his passion of life, and for his love of family, friends, and faith. Jim is survived by his loving family: mother and father, Sarah and Alec; brother, Andrew and sister-in-law Kieran; niece, Reese; all of Tampa; grandmother, Nancy Winter of Houston, TX; uncle, Brad Pittman of Ft. Worth; aunts, Ann Baird and Nancy Vacanti of Ft. Wayne, IN; cousins, Abbie Vacanti, Ashley Pittman, Noel Pittman, and Ashley Winter; his loving fiancée, Christine Racobaldo and her family. Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jim and Jane Pittman, and Jim Winter. Visitation on Wednesday, January 6th, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 South MacDill Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33609. The funeral service will take place on Wednesday, January 6th, at 1:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 412 E. Zack St.,downtown, Tampa Florida. Those who so desire may make contributions to Young Life or the charity of their choice.
Blount & Curry Funeral Home
605 S. MacDill Avenue
Tampa, FL. 33609
(813) 876-2421

Condolence & Memory Journal

There are so many great memories of Jim......I will remember Jim as a human being that loved Life and what everyday had to offer!! My heart goes out to Alec, Sarah, and Andrew and family on their loss of a great person that I will always remember.

My Life is better today because of the opportunity I had to spend aliitle bit of time with Jim and his family............I often reflect on the times we shared and will always remember Jim for his Zest for Life.

God Bless,

Walt Muller
Biloxi, MS

Posted by Walt Muller - Biloxi, MS - Friend   February 01, 2010

Sarah, Alec, and Andrew: Our hearts cry with you at the loss of your son and brother. May GOD bless you with the strength and the ability to remember Jim for the friend and inspirational leader that he obviously was. Our prayers are with you all.

Posted by Jean and Jerry Harmon - Canyon Lake, TX   January 29, 2010


Dear Pittman family,
I never knew Jim personally, but I had Mrs. Pittman as my 2nd and 5th grade teacher at Hidden Forest Elementary and will never forget how proud she was of her children. I always loved hearing about Jim because he played football with two of my older brothers during his time at Churchill. I know just from the many updates we were given in class what a treasure Jim was to you and it sounds from these loving condolences that he has positively influenced so, so many. I am praying for you in this difficult period. Mrs. Pittman, you definitely impacted me through your teaching and it sounds as if you passed that invaluable trait on to your beloved son. All of my love and prayers to the Pittman family.

Posted by Annie Chandler - student of Sara's   January 24, 2010

To the Pittman Family, My husband, Paul, coached with Jim at Marshall and we are so very sorry for your loss. He will be missed by all who knew him and your family is in our prayers.

Posted by Lauran Nichols - Toledo, OH   January 19, 2010

Pittman Family,

I was sorry to the hear the passing of Jim. I have nothing but great memories of Jim during our time at Churchill. He had a real passion for life and his teammates. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Derek Gary
Churchill Class of 1997

Posted by Derek Gary - Greenville, SC - Friend   January 18, 2010


I was on a high this morning looking back through the Churchill Year Book. For some reason I wanted to remember all those great times. I stopped on the back page that was dedicated to Jim, Jim Guy, Richard and Daniel. Those guys were basically the male leaders of our class. All I could do was smile and remember all the great years. Then I was sadden a few hours later when I learned that Jim had passed. I am so sorry for your loss, but rejoice in knowing that he is with our Savior now. My prayers pour out to his family and close friends. May the Lord be with you always.

Posted by Stacie Walker - High School Classmate   January 18, 2010

My condolences go out to everyone who has been impacted by the passing of Jim. Christine, I want you to know that my heart is with you in this time. I know that this must be a very dark chapter in your life. Please accept my sympathy as I express it with the utmost respect.

Posted by Brian - DE   January 13, 2010

My deepest sympathy for your loss. Coach Pittman was an inspiration to me during my time at Navarro and TCU. He always pushed me to go after my dreams and be the best. They day I told him I signed with TCU, he was so excited you could swear it was his signing day. He made my time at Navarro so special. Your son was a great man, and I owe a lot of my sucess from college to my time in the NFL to your son. I'm praying for peace and comfort for your family during this time.

Posted by Zarnell Fitch - Dallas, TX - Former Player of Coach Pittman   January 13, 2010


I think about Jim, his family, and one of my best friends Christine every single day. This is such a tragedy. But I know he is in paradise looking over all of us. I pray for Christine all the time and know that Jim will forever be her guardian angel.. Some things just don't make sense but with the power of God we know that he is in good hands.
*Rest in peace Jim.. I promise I will be here for Chris no matter what.. <3 *

Posted by Laura Ashley Hancock - Friend   January 12, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with the Pittman family and his Fiance, Jim was a great leader and motivator and showed these traits at very young age, I played with Jim for 4 years at Winston Churchill High School class 1995. I will never forget his sense of humor.

Posted by Garrett Kost - Schertz, TX - Friend/Team mate   January 12, 2010


He will be truly missed! He was an amazing person. You'll be in my prayers!

Posted by Sara Davenport Lasater - college friend   January 11, 2010

Sarah, Alec, Andrew, and family;

First and foremost, my deepest condolences to your entire family. I cannot fathom the loss of a child. It's my prayer that the Lord will heal your hearts with time.

Though I didn't know Jim very well, I've read so many nice things about him. Many wonderful comments, memories, and stories! What a wonderful son God blessed you with. :o)

Our families have known each other for many years. Alec, you worked with my father Tim at WM for many years. I am shocked and saddened by your loss. Please let us know if we can be of any help. I will continue to lift your family in prayer.

God bless,

Shannon Wallace

Posted by Shannon (Barr) Wallace - friend   January 10, 2010

Dear Mr & Mrs Pittman, Andrew & Christine -
I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Jim. His fun-loving sense of humor, love of life, friends, family and sports was an inspiration to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. I have many fond memories from Churchill that involve Jim and some sort of practical joke or just a great guy with a huge smile on his face. He will be missed. I pray that the Lord will give you strength and peace during this difficult time. We will miss Jim but will hold him high in our hearts forever.

Eric Simpson, San Antonio

Posted by Eric Simpson - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 09, 2010

Because of my grandson, Dayne Albright, I knew Jim through those Churchill football days. My husband, Randy, and I drove from Bullard to S.A. for all of Dayne's games those last two years. Then when he came to TJC, we got to see he and Jim compete against each other.
May the Peace of God comfort you and let all the happy memories fill your hearts. God Bless you in these days ahead.
Sincerely, Shirley Rogers ( Also DeBe Wantzloeben's mom).

Posted by Shirley Rogers - Bullard, TX   January 09, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. Jim was an amazing person and the difference he made in the lives of others will last a lifetime.

Posted by Stephanie Cooper - Dallas, TX - friend   January 08, 2010


May the God who transcends all understanding be with you and your families at this time. May He bless you and keep you and may his face shine down upon you.

Posted by Lucy Dych - Christine's cousin   January 08, 2010

To The Pittman Family, We are deeply sorry to hear about your loss of a wonderful son. Christine, There are no words to express how we felt when we heard about your beloved Jim. We want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love Theresa Tom Samantha & Tommy Suski.

Posted by RACOBALDO/SUSKI FAMILY - HAMMONTON, NJ   January 07, 2010

Mr. and Mrs. Pittman, I am so sorry for your loss. Although I did not see Jim much after high school, I remember how great it was to be with him on the football field our Senior year. Watching him earn the respect and trust of everyone and grow himself into a leader of our team.

Posted by Jason Booher - New York, NY - teamate   January 07, 2010


Alec, Sarah, Andrew & Christine, please accept my heartfelt condolences to you and the rest of your family for the lost of your loved one. Comfort is hard to find through the grief but earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal. Find your solace and strength in the Lord. God bless you all.

Posted by Yolanda Best - Tampa, FL   January 07, 2010

RIP Coach.. real coach that taught real life situations to us.. he cared about us.. much love.,.

Lil bit
Chase Weber

Posted by chase weber - LA, CA - Former ayer   January 07, 2010

Sarah and Alec, There is no way we could find sufficient words of sympathy over your loss of Jim. Our hearts ache for you as we send our thoughts and prayers cross the air waves. May you find strength in your friends, memories and knowledge that Jim uniquely touched so many lives as he grew through the stages of his shortened life. Fondly, Linda and Rich Booher

Posted by Linda and Rich Booher - San Antonio, TX - Family Friends   January 07, 2010

To the Pittman Family - I was a high school friend of Jims. It has been years since I have seen him but I will never forget his joy for life, sense of humor and smile. I went on many Young Life trips with him and he always managed to outplay me in ping pong. :) I pray that the Lord brings you peace as only He can provide and that you are able to feel the love of your friends and family through their prayers. I also pray that the Lord and His guardian angles (in heaven and on earth) provide you comfort. I am so, so sorry! Jim will always be missed!

Posted by Kristin Kasper Pipkin - Austin, TX - high school friend   January 07, 2010

TO The Pittman Family. We are so saddened by the news of the loss of your son Jim. Dearest Christine, although we never met Jim we have heard about all his wonderful qualities that made him someone you could fall in love with. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences for you and your family are forever in our hearts. Love Anne Santo Jeff & Santino Ritucci.


Dear Sarah, Alec and family,
My deepest condolences are with you and I'm deeply sadden for your loss of Jim. My prayers and thoughts are with everyone in your family.
Sincerely, Phil Babchick

Posted by PHIL BABCHICK - Lauderhill, FL   January 06, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are deeply sadden to hear about your loss.

Posted by Mike & Debbie Babchick - Coral Springs, FL   January 06, 2010

Dear Pittman Family,

Jimmy and I attended Churchill and played football together, but we actually met several years before that at a YMCA basketball practice, as his little brother Andrew and my little brother Ben played on the same team.

I remember Jimmy as a fun-loving guy who was not afraid to work hard. I see from the other posts that the Lord used his passion and drive to accomplish many great things in his adult life. As a teacher myself, I really appreciate what the Lord has used him to do as a mentor.

From my natural perspective, I say that I grieve with you and that he will be tremendously missed. From the perspective of truth, I rejoice that he is home with His Savior, and that one day, those of us who profess and possess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior will be reunited with Jim forever, and none of us will ever deal with loss or pain again.

Until then, I will be praying that you lean on Jesus and His promises, and thanking our Savior with you that death has been defeated. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


Posted by Corey Chandler - San Antonio, TX - friend/high school class mate   January 06, 2010

To the Pittman Family, please accept our condolences for your tragic loss. In the time that we have known Jim he was a pleasure to be around. We were so looking forward to Jim becoming part of our family because we knew how happy he made our niece Christine.

Christine we are truly sorry for your loss. There is not much we can say but we love you and are always here for you.

Posted by Sal and Kate Racobaldo - Mullica Hill, NJ - Uncle and Aunt   January 06, 2010

My condolences go out to the Pittman family. Coach Pittman was like a father to me. He kept me out of trouble and pushed me to my full potential as a player and student, he never gave me a easy route, Coach Pittman made me work for everything. Knowing Pittman for the time being, was a blessing. if it wasnt for Pittman i wouldnt be where i'm at today.... Coach Pittman you'll never be forgotten as long as i live......

your Fullback Billy davidson...

Posted by Billy M Davidson Jr - Dallas, TX - Friend, Coach   January 06, 2010

I played golf with Jim several times and enjoyed his sense of humor, easy going personality and watching him hit those long drives. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Posted by Bob Kania - Virginia Beach, VA   January 06, 2010


Sarah, Alec & Andrew,
Jim's eyes are still twinkling, but now all of the world can see them. He is the brightest star that twinkles above us all, he is the warmest ray of sunshine that comforts our souls. He will be missed by so many, but will now be spreading his love all over the world to those who knew him and those who did not. Jim was such a special young man...full of fun, mischief and life...he was a good friend to so many. I can't imagine anyone not loving him. I have not seen him in years, but that did not change how I felt about him... he was a ray of sunshine with a twinkle in his eyes. God must have needed him for a special mission and have loved him so much to have taken him without a whimper...softly pulling him to His side. Nothing will replace him, only your faith will get you though this rocky time. I will pray for all of you, that's really all any of us can do. I hope you are comforted knowing so many were touched by your sweet, sweet son & brother.
God be with you,
Barbara & Keith Zars

Posted by Barbara Zars & Keith Zars - Lillian's mom   January 05, 2010


God bless each of you, you are in my thoughts and prayers!

Posted by Jennifer Sprinkle - friend   January 05, 2010

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Pittman & Andrew,
I had the pleasure of coaching Jim at Navarro. Jim was the kind of person and player that made coaching enjoyable. I have many fond memories of him. I can't imagine what each of you are experiencing. My thoughts and continued prayers are with each of you. May God bless you at this difficult time!
Clint Roddy

Posted by Clint Roddy - dallas, TX   January 05, 2010

My prayers are with your family in the loss of Jim. I am the Athletic trainer at Navarro College and worked with him when he coached here. He was always so funny and energetic and brought smiles to all of our faces. I haven't seen him in several years but He was never far from my thoughts. May God be with you as you grieve.

Posted by Sierra Deary - Corsicana, TX - Friend   January 05, 2010


To the Pittman Family,

We were shocked and heartbroken to hear the devastating news of the loss of your Son, Brother & Family Member. Jim was an awesome guy and I am sure you must have been very proud of him. We will keep all of you and Jim in our prayers.

Kathy, Michael & Dana Cannon

To Christine,

We are so very sorry and honestly, at a loss for words. As I am sure you know, we will always here for you. If there is anything at all you need just call. We Love you very much & will keep you and Jim in our prayers and hearts.

All our Love,
Aunt Kathy, Uncle Mike & Dana

Posted by Kathy (Racobaldo) Cannon - Sewell, NJ   January 05, 2010

Alec, Sarah & Andrew - I am truly sorry for your loss. I am very glad I had the opportunity to meet Jim last year when he was visiting Tampa. He shared all the wonderful qualities your family always exhibits. Your faith, family & friends will give you strength during this hard time.

Posted by Bonnie Babchick - Tampa, Lauderhill, FL   January 05, 2010

Alec, Sarah and Andrew, words cannot explain our simpathy , but a very wise old person that I know once told me that God takes the good ones first. We are all thinking of you all and you will be in our prayers. J.B., Kimberly,Makenzie and Marlee

Posted by J. B. Dockery - SA, TX - Family Friend   January 05, 2010

I played ball with Jim at Navarro. I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. Jim was a great person and teamate. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Posted by Ty Smith - Houston, TX - Teamate Navarro College   January 05, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God's arms wrap around and comfort you.

Rich & Shareen Roupp
WMRA & WM Cocoa

Posted by Rich & Shareen Roupp - Christmas, FL   January 05, 2010

Dear Pittman Family - I was shocked and saddened to hear the news about Jim. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
With Love, Meg Lenderman Cochrane

Posted by Meg Lenderman Cochrane - Charlotte, NC   January 05, 2010

Alec, may time heal your sorrow and may peace replace your heartache. What the heart has once owned it shall never loose.Thanking of you at this difficult time. Sincerely Rick

Posted by Rick Payne - Panama City, FL   January 05, 2010

Sara, Alec & Andrew The Turners are so sorry for your loss; I can't imagine how hard this must be. Jim was such a great kid, sorry we didn't get to know him as a man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dianne, Katie, Andy and Ron

Posted by Ron Turner - San Antonio, TX - friends & neighbors   January 05, 2010

Our prayers are with you during this difficult season. Know that God will never leave you. Terrence, Tasha, & Tye

Posted by Terrence - Atlanta, GA   January 05, 2010

I worked with Jim for 3 years, he was a great guy and will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him. The world was a better place with him in it.

Posted by Shauna Hughes - Conway, SC   January 05, 2010

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Pittman, Andrew and Christine, I am so sad to hear of this tragic news and know how difficult it must be for you all. Jim was a great guy and I look back fondly on our years in San Antonio. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers and my heart goes out to all of you. Jim will be missed and remembered. With my deepest condolences, Fara

Posted by Fara Ferguson - Lisbon, Portugal - friend from high school   January 05, 2010


Ascoltate, o Signore, le mie voci con le quali io supplico la Vostra pietà per l'Anima desiderata e cara di James che Voi avete chiamata da questa terra di esilio. Il Sangue Prezioso di Gesù, che io Vi offro in questo Santo Sacrificio, la purifichi da ogni macchia contratta nel terreno pellegrinaggio; e per la Vostra infinita misericordia degnatevi concederle refrigerio e pace, ammetterla nel consorzio dei Santi, introdurla nella beatitudine eterna, nello splendore della Divina Vostra luce. Eterno riposo

Posted by Serafino Racobaldo    January 05, 2010

Sarah, Alec and Andrew
There are no words that I can write to ease your pain and heartache but know I am praying for each of you to have strength and one day peace. Jacob, Mitch and I have wonderful memories of your family at Parkview.

Posted by Sherry Richardson - Baton Rouge, LA - friend   January 05, 2010


We are so very saddened about your loss and please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim was such a wonderful young man and we will always remember our children growing up together at Churchill High school. Sarah and Alec we love you all and wish we were closer to lend you more support.

Debbie, Jim, Travis, Tussell
Amy Russell Bell

Posted by Debbie and Jim Russell - San Anto nio family friends   January 05, 2010

I am so saddened by this tragedy... the loss of Jim is difficult to understand. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of this amazing man and friend. I will treasure the memories I have of Jim and am grateful for the short time he was here with us. "Fear thou not, for I am with thee." (Isaiah 41:10) May the Lord hold and comfort us in this most difficult of times.

Posted by Jill Mathis Smethurst - San Antonio, TX - High school friend and neighbor   January 05, 2010

Alec, Sarah, and Andrew - With heavy hearts, we sympathize with your great loss. Although we only met Jim a few short years ago, we share life-long memories and know that he is a part of a truly remarkable family. Even though we can't begin to imagine the loss you are dealing with, we know what a strong family you are, and know that God has a plan for all of us. Please know that we will always be here for you. Our love and thoughts are with each of you.

Posted by Eddie & Jamie - Tampa, FL   January 05, 2010

Sarah, Alec and Andrew, We are so sad--words are so inadequate. It seems like only yesterday we watched Andrew and Robert look up to and emulate Jim and his many friends. What a wonderful roll model he was! You are in our thoughts and proyers.

Posted by Robbie and Pat Burns - San Antonio, TX - Churchill High School friends   January 05, 2010

Mr. and Mrs Pittman; Andrew and Kieran,

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Jim. Your entire family has been on my heart since I heard the news. My deepest sympathies go out to all of you.

Kathryn Pankow

Posted by Kathryn Pankow - Tampa   January 05, 2010

Dear Mr&Mrs Pittman&Christine,

Our thoughts & prayer are with you in this difficult time.

Bob & Libbe Roeber (Waste Management)

Posted by bob roeber - myrtle beach, SC   January 05, 2010

Dear Mr & Mrs Pittman & Family & Christine,

My wife and I extend our deepest sympathy & condolences at this so very difficult time to all of you.
May God give to each of you the courage and the strength to get through this very difficult and painful time in your lives.

Jim & Christine were a good next door neighbors. He always seemed so up beat, high energy and a freindly guy. I saw him a few nights ago and he seemed just fine. So hard to beleive. So young and gone far too soon.

May God bless all of you.

James & Regina Witomski

Posted by Jmaes A. WItomski - Myrtle Beach, SC - neighbor   January 04, 2010

Sarah, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. You spoke so lovingly of Jim- I know he was a terrific guy. I hope that the Lord will bring comfort and peace to your hearts.
Love and prayers,
Betsy Slocumb

Posted by Betsy Slocumb - Macon, GA   January 04, 2010

Jim will always be a butterfly flittering in our hearts and an angel loved dearly in the sky. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Alison Cook - Myrtle Beach, SC - Friend of both Jim and Christine   January 04, 2010

Alec, Sarah and Andrew- Words at this most difficult of times do not carry much weight, but please accept our sincere and heartfelt sympathies for the loss of your son Jim. May you take some comfort in both the memories you share and the belief that he is at peace with the Lord. God be with you.

Posted by Geoff and Maryellen Golder - Orlando, FL   January 04, 2010

Dear Pittman Family, My heart is breaking for all of you. Please know I am sharing your pain; I hope your wonderful family memories will somehow bring you some comfort. My deepest sympathy at this very difficult time. Becky Coplan

Posted by Becky Coplan - Winter Park, FL   January 04, 2010

from my family to yours my depest condolences

Posted by phyllis hansen - orlando, FL   January 04, 2010

Mr. and Mrs. Pittman we will miss Jim and his wonderful sense of humor. We as coaches got to see him first hand with his football buddies and his great personality really showed. Before and after practices the players would joke and tease one another. That was one of my favorite times with the players. Jim will be missed I know. He was loved by so many of his friends. He truly is going to be in a better place.

Posted by Joe Moon - San Antonio, TX - Coach   January 04, 2010

We all loved Jim at waste management in conway. He was always some one that you could turn to if you needed help or if you just needed a laugh after a hard day at work we will all miss you son Jim. If theres ever any thing that I can do feel free to call me at 843-997-4972 or e-mail me me and my family extend our love and prayers to your family. love Lawrence Lightsey

Posted by Lawrence Lightsey - conway, SC   January 04, 2010

Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to your family at this difficult time. I never had the opportunity to meet Jim, but if the rest of the family is any indication of the kind of person he was, it is truly a great loss for all the people whose lives he touched.

Patrick, Shannon, Lily, and Quinn Walsh (WM Orlando/Tampa sales)

Posted by Patrick Walsh - Tampa, FL   January 04, 2010


Jim always had a smile. An infectious one at that. I don't ever recall a time when he wasn't smiling and laughing. No matter the situation, he had the ability to put one on anyone's face. Truly a unique person taken too soon. My heart goes out to all his family, friends, and loved ones. He will truly be missed and remembered.

Posted by Matthew Klages - Friend   January 04, 2010

Dear Alec; i jut wanted to expresses my deepest and warmest condolenses to you and your family. I could not imagine the sorrow your family is going thru, but i wanted you to know that i am here if you need anything. My prayers go out to you and your family especially your wife.

Posted by Kenny Rivera - wellington, FL   January 04, 2010

I had the opprtunity to get to know Jim while he was attending Navarro and again when he came back to coach. I can remember all the times Jim was around and how his smile and laughter was contagious. It's been years since I had spoken with him, but my heart is still filled with sadness to hear about his passing. All of Jim's family and friends are in my prayers during this time.

Posted by Jennifer Ragland - Corsicana, TX   January 04, 2010

Please accept our deepest condolences, our thoughts and prayers are with the Pittman family in this time of sorrow.

Dave & Kelli Wallace and the Orlando Hauling Company

Posted by Dave Wallace - Orlando, FL   January 04, 2010

All of us here at the San Antonio District were sadden to hear of the loss of your son,
Jim. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Paul Aschbacher - San Antonio, TX   January 04, 2010

To the family of Jim,

I first met Jim when we were going to Navarro. He was such a fun guy with a big heart. You always knew when Jim was around and his energy was contagious! It has been a long time since I've seen him but it doesn't make this news less sad. He will be missed.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Gillian Stroud-Morrison - Corsicana, TX - Friend   January 04, 2010

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Pittman and Andrew,
My name is Candi (Mullican) Dill. I first meet Jim when he played at Navarro and then became even closer friends with him when he came back to Corsicana as a coach. (Bama is brothers with my dog Cobb.) Jim was over at our house all the time and was always so fun to be around. My daughter Kendal , who I was pregnant with when Jim first moved back, now almost 7, considered him her Uncle. Her and Jim would sit on the livingroom floor and play for hours. Jim was a wonderful person with a contagious smile and laugh. Even though it's been a while since we've seen or spoken to Jim, I've never forgotten the good times we shared. My husband Whoa (NC Baseball Coach) and I wanted to let you all know how sorry we are for your loss.
Your in our thoughts & prayers~ Whoa, Candi and Kendal Dill

Posted by Candi Dill - Corsicana, TX - Friend   January 04, 2010

To the family of Jim. I am the director of Dining Services at Navarro College and had the pleasure of meeting Jim during his coaching time at Navarro. He was a lot of fun to be around and he LOVED football. I know he will be truly missed by all who knew him.
My the good Lord bring you peace during this time of grief. My prayers are with you.


Posted by Gail Hierholzer - Corsicana, TX - Friend and coworker   January 04, 2010

Dear Pittman Family, My name is Phyliss Jones and I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Jim through my son-in-law, Whoa Dill at Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas. Jim immediately became a part of our family. Even though it has been several years since I have actually spoken to Jim, our family shared great times and memories. Jim was an awesome person and I feel truly blessed to have known him. I am so sadden by the news of his passing. Please know that our family's thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. God Bless, Phyliss Jones

Posted by Phyliss Jones - Corsicana, TX - Friend of Jim's   January 04, 2010


"And I Will Rise when he calls my name
No more sorrow, No more pain
I Will Rise, on Eagle's wings
Before my God fall on my knees, and rise
I Will Rise"
-Chris Tomlin
Sarah, Alec, Andrew, Christine and family,
My heart is breaking for you all. I lift you all up in prayer that God will grant you peace through your wonderful memories with Jim and know that the grave is overwhelmed by the love of Christ. May you find comfort in knowing Jim is now with his maker in Heaven. I wish I could be there on Wednesday. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and my heart is heavy with sorrow. He will never be forgotten.
Love and hugs to all of you,

Posted by Jaclyn (Ecklund) Cordes - Family friend   January 04, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and the people closest with Jim. I met Jim a couple of years ago when he joined our summer golf league on Sundays. He was always upbeat and great to be around. If there was a more "likeable" guy out there, I have yet to meet them. He was a caring person with a big heart. Jim tried his best to help me with employment when I lost my job and he became a person I could talk to and trust. He had no obligation to help me but that is a testament to who he really was. I never had the opportunity to meet Jim's family but my prayers are with you.

Posted by Matt Knowles - Conway, SC   January 04, 2010

Dear Pittman family,

We are all extremely saddened by the shocking news of Jim's passing. I remember Jim so well and so fondly from those high school years. What a wonderfuly guy he was, with such a fun spirit.

I can't imagine the heartache you are experiencing at this time. Please know that Jim will always be remembered and will have a special place in our hearts.

We look forward to a glorious reunion with Jim when Christ makes "all things new" and we enter the everlasting life that Jim is experiencing. For now, we grieve and mourn--but with hope in the faithfulness of God.

While this loss does not make sense to us, we must trust in the all knowing and loving God, who certainly knows what it is like to weep at the loss of a loved one (John 11:35). I am certain that all will be made clear when we get to see Jim, and our Saviour, face-to-face. Isaiah 55:8-9 8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. 9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."

We now hasten the day of the Lord like never before. Revelation 22:20 20 He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Peace and Love from the Masons,


Posted by Steven Mason - Longview, TX - high school friend   January 04, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great sorrow. Our deepest sympathies go out to you, your family and all that were touched by your son.

Posted by Pat & Tony Fugnitto - Leesburg, FL   January 04, 2010


I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Jimmy was a wonderful, WONDERFUL man. He was always so kind to me. He was truly a man of God, an angel placed on earth for a short while.

Posted by Jenny Annas - High School Friend   January 04, 2010

Alec, Sarah & Andrew, I can't believe I'm actually having to write this....Jim was such a solid guy and I will always remember his laugh and how much he enjoyed life. I remember all of our good times at the Deerfield house like it was only a few days ago. I pray that in someway the Lord helps you all through this terrible time.

- Travis

Posted by Travis Russell - New York, NY - friend   January 04, 2010

Andrew-very sorry to hear about your brother. Thinking and praying for you and your family at this time.

Mindy Ysasi (Cascade Engineering - GR, MI)

Posted by Mindy Ysasi - Grand Rapids, MI   January 04, 2010

My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. May happy memories you shared with your son replace the sadness in your heart, now and in the days ahead.

Posted by Amy Boyson - Jacksonville, FL   January 04, 2010

So many great memories playing sports, such a great guy. It's been years since i have had the chance to see Jim, but I know the world has lost a great man. All my prayers and thoughts are with his family. You will be missed!

Posted by Tony Evans - San Antonio, TX   January 04, 2010

Alec, Sarah & Andrew,
It is with deep sadness that I write these words Jim was an amazing person and I will miss him more than I can say. He truly made a difference in my life and I will forever be grateful for his loving friendship. I am a better person for having known him, and there will always be a special place for him in my heart. I find comfort knowing he sits next to the Lord in perfect peace and I pray God lay hands of comfort on your family and that He carry you through this difficult time. May His ultimate grace fill your hearts with love and healing.
With loving memories,
Brandy Seekatz Webb

Posted by Brandy Seekatz Webb - New Braunfels, TX - Friend   January 04, 2010

Dearest Sarah, Alec, and Andrew,
I am bereft at this shocking news. My heart is breaking for all of you and you are in Charles and my thoughts and prayers. We pray for courage, comfort and strength to face the days ahead and for the tomorrows that will never come.

Please express our condolences, also, to your wife, Andrew, and to Jim's fiancee. I'm in Portugal with Fara to meet her fiance's parents and we are weeping for you all. Jim was a wonderful young man whom many admired and mirrored. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you peace.
Much love to all,

Posted by Vicki Ferguson - San Antonio, TX - friend   January 04, 2010

I have had the privilege of working with Jim for the past three years. More important than working though,I had found a true friend. To Sarah and raised an awesome son and you instilled in him all of the qualities that many parents just hope and pray their children will have. His love for you both was undeniable and I sincerely hope that you can find some solace in knowing how many people loved and cared about Jim. To will always be his "little brother" that he loved, was so proud of and always wanted to protect. To Christine...the love of his life and his excitement of your upcoming wedding was a joy to watch. Jim was one of a kind and the world was a better place because of him. I know my world was a better place because of him and I will miss him deeply.

Posted by Jo Anne West - Conway, SC   January 04, 2010

Alec, Sarah, and Andrew -

Frieda and I wish to share our deepest sympathies. We have many fond memories of all of you as our children shared many experiences together. Jim was a fine young man and a positive influence on Jake and Ry. We always looked forward to seeing him and enjoyed his company. Our hearts go out to you in the days ahead. Please know that we grieve with you and honor his memory.

Rick Marek

Posted by Rick Marek - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 04, 2010

On behalf of the WM teams in Tallahassee and Dothan, our hearts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

Posted by Keith Harrison - Tallahassee, FL   January 04, 2010


You will always be loved Jim and never forgotten.

Posted by Steve Hookstra - Friend   January 04, 2010


Although I talked to Jim several times, I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person. The loss of a child is extremely difficult for the parents and I feel your pain. We lost out son seven years ago so I will continue to pray for your family. May you focus on all of the wonderful memories you have of Jim. God bless, Caryl

Posted by Caryl Malone - Co-worker   January 04, 2010


On behalf of the entire crew of Tampa and Pinellas Transfer Stations,
we are sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Martha    January 04, 2010

Alec, my heart is very heavy for you and your family at the news of your loss. Please find comfort in knowing that you and your family will be in our thoughts and our prayers.

Posted by Daniel R. McBurney - Temple, TX   January 04, 2010

Alec, Sarah, and Andrew - you are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless your family during this difficult time and always. Pat & Carrie Ramm

Posted by Pat Ramm - Daphne, AL   January 04, 2010

Our condolences go out to the Pittman family. Jim was a great friend and an even better person. he will be missed but forever loved by his friends.

Posted by Jeff Leaumont - Alexandria, LA   January 04, 2010


Light to bright your way to Heaven.

Posted by Lucille Vazquez - Waste Management   January 04, 2010

My prayers and to the Family. Sorry to hear about your lost.

Posted by Lucille Vazquez - Tampa, FL   January 04, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with jim and Christine's family. God bless.

Posted by Carolina Forest Rental Properties - Myrtle Beach, SC - Landlord   January 04, 2010

Alec, Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

The Baez Family

Posted by Blanca Baez - Tampa, FL   January 04, 2010

It just doesn't seem right that a parent should have to bury a child. It should be the other way around. Having lived through the loss of a son myself, I know how difficult this time is for you and your family. I also know that the pain will be there for a long time, but it will get better. You just have to be thankful for all the great times you had together. My prayers are with you. Let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you and your family. Hang in there my friend.

Posted by Roger E. Lawrence - Little Rock, AR   January 04, 2010

My prayers to all the family in this difficult moment. May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you and help you today and always.

Posted by Rene Rafael Rodriguez - Peñuelas   January 04, 2010

Alec, Sarah and Andrew,
I am so saddened to hear of Jim's passing. We lift you all up in prayer. Although it has been a while since seeing Jim, I can see his smile as if it were yesterday. Heaven has gained quite an angel.

Posted by Amy Anderson Lopez - San Antonio, TX   January 04, 2010

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Pittman, Andrew, and Christine,
Our hearts are breaking for you all. We are devasted at the loss of a dear friend, and can't begin to imagine the pain of loosing a son, a big brother, and a fiance. Jim was a dear, loyal, and beloved friend to Jim Guy for the past 20 years, and a holds a special place in our hearts and lives. It is still so hard to believe he is gone. We were just talking with him and sharing in his excitement about booking a band for the wedding. He was so full of life and energy; so full of love for his family and friends. He was truly a delight to know, and a blessing in our lives. We love him and you all dearly. Our comfort lies in the countless wonderful memories we have of him, and in knowing he is with the Lord and we will meet again. We are praying that God comfort you with His unfailing love; that He will flood your mind and hearts with His peace.

Posted by Heather and Jim Guy Egbert - New Braunfels, TX - dear friend   January 04, 2010

Jim always enlightened my day with his positive attitude and smile...though this world has lost a great person, heaven has been made better.

My deepest condolences to his family.

Posted by Evan White - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 04, 2010


I remember Jim being an awesome quarterback in high school and cheering him on as a cheerleader and friend. He was always so funny and had a smile on his face. I pray that his family may find peace knowing that that he is with the Lord now.

Posted by Sara Stulga - friend   January 04, 2010

I have nothing but fond memories of Jim, he was a sweet, funny and caring person. I pray for comfort for all his family and his fiance. It gives me peace to know he is with our Savior in heaven. my deepest condolences.

Posted by Nicole Ellis Thompson - San Antonio, TX - highschool friend   January 04, 2010

Dear Sarah, You have been in my thoughts constantly since Lamira's call. I am so very, very sorry. Please know that you are loved and that we are praying for you and your family during this difficult time. I wish that there was something that I could do or say to make it easier for you. Know that we are here for you when you need us. I am sending much love your way--Betsy

Posted by Betsy Worthington - Lynchburg, VA   January 04, 2010


May the grace of God help to heal your hearts. We know that Jim has gone ahead of us to meet with our Lord, and we will all be together soon. Coach and I extend our condolences to Sarah, Alex, Andrew and Jim's fiancee. Jim was a wonderful person whose smile and laughter could light up the room. He was a pleasure to coach and an excellent team player. Our hearts are heavy as yours are tonight. Bill and Patti Centeno

Posted by Coach and Mrs. Bill Centeno and family - San Antonio, TX - former football coach and friend   January 04, 2010

Alec, Sara and Andrew
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We were deeply saddened to hear of your loss.
Tom & Kathy Crummy

Posted by Tom Crummy - Orlando, FL   January 04, 2010

Mr. & Mrs. Pittman and Andrew - It's been a long time since I have had the opportunity to spend time with any of you guys, but as you know Jim and I shared many wonderful times together in high school and college. I will cherish the time I was able to spend with him, and may God grant you with peace.

Posted by Taylor Starr - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 04, 2010

Mr. & Mrs. Pittman,
I am a financial analyst who worked in the office with Jim. He was a wonderful individual and I feel truly blessed to have known him. I loved our "morning chat sessions". He always spoke very lovingly of you both... and especially loved his little niece (always showing her pictures). Please know that you and all of your family are in my prayers. Jim is now one of heaven's angels forever watching over us all.

Susan Kanach

Posted by Susan Kanach - Myrtle Beach, RI   January 03, 2010

Dear, Alec, Sarah, Andrew, Kieran, Christine and family,
Greg and I are so terribly saddened to hear the news about Jim's death. Our memories of him always bring a smile - he could light up a room, playing field or any conversation! If love was enough, your hearts would be healed with the warm wishes that will come your way. Please know that we are holding you all in our prayers and that as parents are hurting for you. God is mighty and one day you will meet again.

Posted by Greg and Debbie Anderson - San Antonio, TX   January 03, 2010

Sarah and Alec,

We are stunned. We are sad. We grieve with you and pray for you.

Our God and God of all who have gone before us, author of life and death, we turn to You at this time of great grief. We turn to you in trust and pray that Jim be granted perfect rest in Your sheltering presence. Things may have been left unfinished in his life, yet we know also the good that he tried to do. May those acts of goodness continue to give meaning to our lives and comfort to the Pittman family.

Carol and Norm

Posted by Carol Levenson - Lubbock, TX   January 03, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Rick, Karie, Cameron & Cole

Posted by RK - Tampa, FL   January 03, 2010

Dear Mr. & Mrs Pittman and Family,

I am the sales manager in Myrtle Beach with WM and had the pleasure of working with Jim for the last three years. We all loved him very much and will miss him tremendously.

Jim loved his family dearly. I ask for God's blessings on you and your wonderful family. May the outpouring of sympathy, the kind acts of friends and strangers and the comfort in knowing that your loss is felt by many, help you through this difficult time.

God Bless,

Vickie Liebers

Posted by Vickie Liebers - Myrtle Beach, SC   January 03, 2010

I am so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. I have several wonderful memories of him through his friendship with my brother Daniel. He had such an energy and exuberance that endeared him to our family. I pray your family will find strength in this difficult time.

Posted by Laura Neutzling - Nashville, TN - Friend   January 03, 2010

On behalf of the entire staff of Blount & Curry Funeral Home, MacDill Avenue Chapel, please accept our sincere condolences.

Posted by Lee Anderson - Tampa, FL   January 03, 2010