Family patriarch Julian Asher Pitman, 98, of Fairmont, died October 8, 2022.Julian, better known as Papa, Papaya or Papaya Julian, was born July 30, 1924, the son of Walter and Ina (Michael) Pitman of the Four States.
Julian attended Monongah High School. He served with B Company, 125th AAA Gun Battery during World War II, serving in Germany, France and Belgium, including the Battle of the Bulge. Back home, Julian married high school sweetheart Angelina (Nenie) Maset. He started working in the coal mines for Consol, then Bethlehem Steel in Idamay, Barrackville and Barbour County Mine as the preparation plant superintendent. After his retirement, he partnered with his brother-in-law Buck Blagg and Edgar Parks to form Superior Modular Homes, working on construction until his final retirement. There was nothing Dad couldn’t build or fix, his particular interest being auto repair and restoration. He was very proud of the 1930 Model A which he restored and maintained.
Julian predeceased his parents, Walter and Ina Pitman; marries Angelina after 63 years of marriage; son Rodney in 2018; brother Virgil Pitman (KIA, WWII, Germany} sisters Dorothy Pitman Kocan; Velma Pitman Hartley and Lexie Pitman Parks. At left in honor of his memory are sister and brother-in-law Joan and AE “Buck” Blagg; daughter Sharon Davis Pitman; sons Julian A. “Dusty” (Darlene) and Van (Kathy) Pawpaw is survived by grandchildren Krista Bryant (Calvin), Becky Hamilton (Scott), Angela Pitman, James Pitman (Ashley) John Pitman (Sandra); Jared Pitman and Tessla McGraw (Andrew). Pawpaw Julian is survived by his great-grandchildren Jake, Emily and Cole Pitman; Graham Bryant; Morgan and Shelby Hamilton and Grayson Asher McGraw; as well as many nieces and nephews.The continued friendship with Dad as he grew older goes to longtime friend Arnold & Jean Efaw and his nephew Monty Burdoff.The family also appreciates the support provided by the staff at WVU Hospital UHC, especially Trish and Tessa.
While Dad served in WWII, his brother Virgil, brother-in-law Louie Maset, and cousin Dallas Hawkins were all killed in action in WWII, we have great appreciation for our military! Therefore, in lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in Julian’s memory to Wreaths Across America, an organization that ensures deceased veterans are honored by laying wreaths at their graves at Christmas. Donations can be sent locally to: Rotary Club of Grafton, c/o Sharon Bolyard, 524 Gawthrop Road, Grafton, WV 26354. On the memo line, please note the donation is for wreaths in memory of Pitman.
There will be no public viewing. A funeral service with military honors will be provided by Pastor Tim Shuttlesworth at the convenience of the family.
Online memories and condolences can be shared at Harmerfuneralhome.com
A service from Harmer’s Funeral Home, Shinnston.
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