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10300 Richmond Road
Warsaw, VA 22572
Phone: 804-333-3770
Fax: 804-333-0079
Pastor Samuel Pittman

Pastor Samuel McDaniel Pittman

Sunday, January 20th, 1929 - Saturday, February 16th, 2019
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Long time Southern Baptist pastor and denominational executive Samuel (Sam) McDaniel Pittman, age 90, went home to be with his Lord, February 16, 2019 in Highland Village, Texas following a lengthy illness.

He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Cheryl A. Tucker, and son-in-law, Dr. Michael G. Tucker, and two grandsons, David W. Tucker, his wife Kimberly, and Michael M. Tucker, all of Texas; a son, Vance Mayhugh Pittman of Florida; two granddaughters, Constance and her husband, Ryan Blackwell, and Crystal and her husband, Nigel Sidial, and two great grandchildren, Christopher Taylor and Nigel Sidial all of Virginia; and a sister, Betty Reid, of South Carolina.

Sam was a native of Greenville, South Carolina and raised in the shadow of Paris Mountain. He was the son of the late Alvin and Rosalee Pittman of South Carolina. Sam was an alumnus of Furman University where he played football on a scholarship. He earned two degrees (B.D. and Th.M.) at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

He served twenty years as a pastor and director of missions in South Carolina, including pastorates at Six Mile Baptist Church and Mountain View Baptist Church in Six Mile; Homeland Park Baptist Church in Anderson; and as the founding pastor of Lee Road Baptist Church in Taylors. He led the Beaverdam Baptist Association in Seneca as Director of Missions, the first to serve in that role.. His passion for missions was demonstrated early in his ministry through his many short-term mission trips to Africa, Asia, and South America.

In 1973 he joined the staff of the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board in Richmond, Virginia, which is now the International Mission Board (IMB). He worked out of the Office of the President serving with Dr. Baker James Cauthen, Dr. Keith Parks, and Dr. Jerry Rankin. His responsibilities included denominational relations, communications, and promotion of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Sam never met a stranger and many called him the unofficial “chaplain of the breakroom” as he was always willing to listen. He retired from the IMB in 1996 and served as an interim pastor in several Virginia churches. His last interim was at Smithland Baptist Church in Heathsville, Virginia. He is buried in the Smithland Baptist Church Cemetery next to the love of his life, Katherine “Ann” Mayhugh Pittman, his wife of 49 years.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Sam’s life on March 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel at First Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Michael G. Tucker will preside.

In lieu of flowers, the family of Sam Pittman welcomes gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering of the International Mission Board online at or via check payable to IMB and mailed to the International Mission Board, Attention: Ministry Advancement, 3806 Monument Avenue Richmond, Virginia 23230. Please name Sam Pittman in the gift so the family is notified of your expression of sympathy and love.
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    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 11:00am
    First Baptist Church
    2709 Monumnet Avenue
    RICHMOND, VA 23220
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Joan Ball

Posted at 07:51am
May the God of all comfort Jehovah give the family peace and comfort now. John 5:28,29 Sincerely, Wayne & Joan Ball

Betty Thompson

Posted at 10:45am
My family was quite fond of Sam. He was our pastor at Mountain View where my brothers and I developed a global-view of sharing the gospel. Mom served as Sam's secretary when he became Director of Missions for Beaverdam Association of churches. After Mom's death in February of 2016, we called Sam in Texas to let him know. Of course he had us all smiling and laughing before the call was over. Sam's smile and warmth are memories that will never leave us. We pray for your comfort during this time of loss. Bert, Bob and Betty Bowers Thompson, Salem, Powdersville, and Fountain Inn, SC.

Cheryl A Tucker Posted at 10:37pm

Hi Betty, I have such fond memories of your family. Thank you for your words of remembrance of Dad and condolences. Blessings on you and your family! In Christ love, Cheryl

hal cochran

Posted at 03:26pm
he was the pastor of mountain view church in six mile south carolina when we started coming to the church!to cheryl and vance,sorry to hear about it.

Cheryl A Tucker Posted at 10:34pm

Thank you for the words of sympathy. Blessings, Sam’s family

Joyce Baugus Stewart

Posted at 08:28pm
My husband, Rev. Dr. H. Leroy Stewart, was always talking about Sam. I remember going with Sam, Jim Pitts and Leroy to visit Dillard Alexander. They all had a lot to talk about, and I think we all enjoyed our visit. Sam came to the Six Mile High School reunion the next day and they all enjoyed visiting with him. Leroy passed away on October 27, 2016 after a few years of failing health. I've heard him talk about Sam when he was Pastor here at Six Mile. I think he said that Sam was the only single pastor they had ever had! He obviously had a good ministry here. Many people here speak well of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Joyce Baugus Stewart

Cheryl A Tucker Posted at 12:34am

Hi Joyce, my Dad and Mom spoke of you and your husband often. Our family appreciates your kind words and prayers. Blessings to you! Cheryl and family

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