Charles Lee Pittman Jr., was born near Shidler on May 28, 1925, the son of Charles Lee Pittman and Virginia Frances Culpepper Pittman. He attended first through fourth grades at Bryan (Hill Top) School near Club Camp in northeast Kay County, before his parents moved to the Kaw City area and he began attending Kaw City schools, graduating in 1943.
After graduation, Charles married his childhood sweetheart Verdina Hill. He bought a large dump truck and began commuting to work each day on the Hulah Dam north of Tulsa until he purchased and operated the White Front Filling Station and Garage in Kaw City. Later he bought the Eagle Garage and Filling Station in Kaw City, sold Dodge cars for the Fink-Pendleton Motor Company and was involved in the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Ponca City. In 1952, the Dodge Company recognized him for superior salesmanship and gave him an all-expense paid trip to Detroit where he was awarded a charter membership in the Dodge “400” Club.
He, Verdina and their young son Dennis moved to Ponca City where he sold Cadillacs. He often said he loved getting up in the morning, going to work and selling automobiles. It didn’t seem like work. It was a joy for him. In a few years his dream of owning a car dealership came true when he purchased the Oldsmobile Dealership in Ponca City. His employees loved him and his customers became loyal after buying a car once from him.
He retired in 1988 to help care for Verdina who was battling cancer. They moved to Tulsa and lived there until her death in 1990.
In 1991, he married Annette Conklin Cline. They both grew up in Kaw City, where he was a classmate and friend of her deceased husband, Bob Cline. He and Annette made their home in Ponca City where they were members of First United Methodist Church and the Noon Lion’s Club. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and received his 50-year pin in 1993. He loved to read about history, enjoyed working in the yard and traveling and spent countless hours volunteering in the community. He especially liked to help with the Lake Ponca Festival of Angels during the holidays.
In 2014, the couple moved to the north Dallas area to live with Annette’s two daughters who helped care for him during his battle with Alzheimer’s disease. His devoted wife, along with the support of family, nurses, caregivers and a Hospice staff, filled his last days with love and comfort.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Verdina; three brothers, Van, Orval and Kenneth and two sisters, Mary Jo Pittman and Jeraldine Miller.
He is survived by his wife, Annette, of the home; his son, Dennis; two step-daughters, Susan Cline Rutledge and Grant and Karen Cline Leonard; nine grandchildren, Kerry Chapman and Kent, Travis Pittman and Jackie, Gwendolyn Ray and Marcus, Shawn Jackson and John, Shannon Goff and Michael, Stacy Leonard, Becky Yanez and Aaron, Bodie Leonard and Stephanie and Drew Rutledge and Grace; 20 great-grandchildren, Claire Jarman and Jake, Meredith Chapman, Caleb Ray, Isaac Ainsworth, Madelyn Ray, Elizabeth Ainsworth, Saber Ray, Nico Ray, Micah Ray, Jayden Leonard, Liam Rutledge, Ariel Leonard, Luke Goff, Levi Goff, Eli Rutledge, Ames Leonard, Asher Leonard, Graycen Pittman, Legend Goff and Layne Pittman. He is also survived by two sisters, Jewell Dewsnup and Mildred Stafford and Jay, along with many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 19 at Grace Memorial Chapel from 12-8 p.m. The family will receive guests from 7-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Smith officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven-Sunset Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 South Sixth, Ponca City, OK 74601 or to Kaw City Museum, PO Box 56, Kaw City, OK 74641.