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Re: [genpcncfir] Linda Bottoms Bass and Ed Pittman

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  • Carol Singh
    Dear Bob, You express my feelings exactly. Cancer is devastating both to those who suffer from it and to those who watch their loved ones suffering from it.
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 20, 2006
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      Dear Bob,
      You express my feelings exactly. Cancer is
      devastating both to those who suffer from it and to
      those who watch their loved ones suffering from it.
      Life is hard.
      Fortunately, we can, as you do, look forward with
      hopefulness to reunion with family and friends who
      have gone before us. Additionally, these two wonderful
      friends have left a legacy to our group of
      researchers,and that, too, will continue to enrich our
      As usual Bob, like Shakespeare, you write "what has
      been often thought, but never so well expressed."
      My heart goes out to the family and friends of both
      these dear people. I am sure that their lives have
      been, and will continue to be, an inspiration to all
      who knew and loved them.
      Later, Carol

      --- Bob Forbes <bforbes@...> wrote:

      > I am really grieved to hear of Linda's passing. She
      > had a great outlook on life, a keen sense of humor,
      > and a sincere appreciation for the contributions of
      > others as well as having made some fine
      > contributions herself over the years. It is
      > especially sad news to hear on top of losing PCFR
      > member Ed Pittman just a day earlier (his obit below
      > hers for those who have not seen it), and to realize
      > that both of their lives were cut short prematurely
      > due to the ravages of cancer.
      > I can only hope they are sharing some great stories
      > with each other and their beloved ancestors on the
      > other side! But that certainly does not erase the
      > sadness I feel right now for losing them...
      > Deepest sympathies to their families and close
      > friends at this time,
      > Bob Forbes
      > bforbes@...
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: jonefa
      > To: genpcncfir@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2006 3:26 AM
      > Subject: [genpcncfir] Linda Bottoms Bass, list
      > member
      > Linda Bottoms Bass
      > ELM CITY - Linda Bottoms Bass, 66, beloved wife,
      > mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister,
      > passed early a.m. on November 17, 2006, at her home
      > in Elm City, N.C., after a courageous battle with
      > pancreatic cancer.
      > She was born in Wilson County on May 27, 1940,
      > daughter of the late Paul Raymond Bottoms and
      > Beatrice Walston Bottoms. She was a retired
      > volunteer paramedic for Wilson County Rescue Squad
      > and a volunteer and charter member of Elm City
      > Rescue Squad.
      > She is survived by her husband, Bobbie Ray Bass;
      > two sons, Bobbie Ray Bass Jr. and wife, Connie, of
      > Wilson, and Raymond Lee Bass of Moscow, Idaho; two
      > daughters, Merry Hope Bass Asbell and husband, Ken,
      > of Elm City, and Leigh Paulette Bass McOmber and
      > husband, Clay, of Winterville, NC. She also leaves
      > behind six grandchildren, Jeffrey Webb, Mandy Webb
      > Brinkley, Rachel, Hannah, Faith and Trey McOmber;
      > two great grandchildren, Dylan and Ethan Brinkley;
      > one sister, Mollie Bottoms High and husband, Steve;
      > and one brother, Paul Raymond Bottoms Jr. She was
      > preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Ellen Bass.
      > The family will receive friends at Thomas
      > Yelverton Funeral Home from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday,
      > November 18, 2006. The funeral will be held Sunday
      > at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Thomas Yelverton Funeral
      > Home with Rev. Bill Rodebaugh officiating. Burial
      > will be in Peoples Chapel Church Cemetery, Elm City.
      > In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Duke
      > Comprehensive Cancer Center Pancreatic Cancer
      > Research; DUMC-3828, Durham, NC 27710
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been
      > removed]
      > .
      > Mr. Howard Edward "Ed" Pittman Jr., 58, died
      > Thursday, the 16th day,
      > November 2006 after an extended fight with cancer
      > attributed to
      > contact with Agent Orange while serving in the
      > Vietnam Conflict. The
      > funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 2
      > p.m. in the Wilkerson
      > Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Frank Gentry. Burial
      > will follow in the
      > Pinewood Memorial Park cemetery. Mr. Pittman, born
      > in Pitt County on
      > Sept. 25, 1948 was a lifelong resident of Pitt
      > County and grew up in
      > Ayden where he attended Ayden High School. He was
      > a member of the
      > Kings Crossroads Free Will Baptist Church in
      > Fountain. He served as a
      > sergeant in the United States Army, Co. C 2/506th
      > Airborne Infantry,
      > during the Vietnam Conflict where he received the
      > National Defense
      > Service Medal, the Combat Infantrymans Badge, the
      > Bronze Star Medal,
      > the Parachute Badge, the Vietnam Campaign Medal
      > w/Device, the Air
      > Medal and the Purple Heart. After his discharge
      > from the Army he
      > worked at Winterville Machine Works where he was
      > supported by the
      > United States Army Apprenticeship Program and
      > where he received his
      > technical training as a Machinist. For the past 27
      > years he worked at
      > Burroughs-Wellcome/DSM Pharmaceuticals as a
      > Machinist, retiring due
      > to disability. He took a great deal of pleasure in
      > his vocation and
      > he mastered it with meticulous precision. As a War
      > Between the States
      > enthusiast and hobbyist he designed and built
      > several functioning
      > replicas of period weaponry pieces which he fired
      > on special
      > occasions. He was a member of the Major General
      > Bryan Grimes Camp
      > Sons of Confederate Veterans where he served as
      > editor of the Grimes
      > Gazette newsletter and received the Vietnam
      > Service Medal and the
      > Sons of Confederate Veterans Commendation Medal.
      > He was an honorary
      > member of the George B. Singletary Chapter United
      > Daughters of the
      > Confederacy where he received the Vietnam Cross of
      > Military Service
      > Award and the Stonewall Jackson Award. He was a
      > member of the Pitt
      > County Family Researchers where he had served on
      > the executive board.
      > Mr. Pittman was preceded in death by his parents,
      > Howard Edward
      > Pittman, Sr. and Virginia Adams Pittman; sister,
      > Linda P. Walls;
      > brother, Rev. Thomas H. Pittman; and
      > father-in-law, James Quinton
      > Langley. Surviving are his loving wife of 37
      > years, Nancy Laura
      > Langley Pittman; daughter, Jennifer Laura Pittman;
      > a sister, Carolyn
      > P. Bunting and husband, Earl, of Jacksonville;
      > mother-in-law, Margie
      > B. Langley of Pactolus; two brothers-in-law, James
      > Dean Langley and
      > wife, Diane, of Grimesland, George Allen Langley
      > and wife, Janice, of
      > Greenville; sister-in?law, Frances L. Summerville
      > and husband,
      > Ronnie, of Carrollton, Ala.; a very special friend
      > and fellow combat
      > veteran, Robert Symes of Sanford; ten nieces and
      > nephews; and 15
      > great nieces and nephews; Ed loved God and
      > Country. He was passionate
      > about history. His heart held an unfathomable
      > affection for his
      > family and his friends. His friendly and polite
      > personality as well
      > as his especially gentle nature will be cherished
      > forever. The family
      > will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 at
      > Wilkerson Funeral Home
      > and other times at the home, 1654 NC 121,
      > Greenville, NC 27834.
      > Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions
      > may be made to the
      > Disabled American Veterans Pitt County Chapter 37,
      > P.O. Box 1216,
      > Greenville, NC 27834.
      > Published in The Daily Reflector on 11/17/2006.
      > http://www.reflector.com
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been
      > removed]

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