The Rev. Howard Glendon Pittman, 78, of High Point, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, at High Point Regional Hospital. He has family in Carteret County.

His service is at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of the Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point with pastor Crawford Crenshaw and pastor Doug McGee officiating. Interment will follow at Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Rev. Pittman was born on Jan. 13, 1938, in Carteret County. He was the son of the late Meredith and Adene Fulcher Pittman. He was a resident of the High Point area since 1966 and pastor of Lakeview Freewill Baptist Church for 43 years. Howard loved baseball, having played in high school, and was a lifelong Yankee fan. He also loved the salty air of the coast, where he visited every year to hunt and fish. In 1961, he married the former Jessie Dixon who survives of the residence. 

Also surviving are three children, Crystal Drake of Columbia, S.C., Howard H.G. Pittman Jr. and wife Janie and Elizabeth Crisp and husband Danny, all of High Point; five grandchildren, Dache Pittman, Tyler Jarrett, Sarah Drake, Christopher Drake and Olivia Jarrett; and a great-granddaughter, Jordyn Jarrett.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Halsey Pittman.

The family will accept visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Stacy Freewill Baptist Church, 1290 U.S. Highway 70, Stacy, N.C. 28581. 

Arrangements are by Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point. Online condolences may be made through

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