H. Lee Pittman Jr.

H. Lee Pittman Jr.

H. Lee Pittman, Jr., 74, a resident of Long Prairie, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 at his residence.
Visitation will be
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Long Prairie Country Club in Long Prairie.
Lee was born Apr. 14, 1939, in Mt. Olive, Miss. to Hubert Lee Pittman Sr. and Lucille (Mayfield) Pittman. He grew up there, in his youth he toured with the Apollo Boys Choir and later attended Hinds Junior College and Millsaps College. His professional career was in performance arts. He was a pianist, singer, director, choreographer, designer, producer, teacher, and mentor. He inspired so many to pursue theater and life with a passion.
He lived in Miami for many years and was affiliated with the Lakewood Theater and The Lee Pittman Players. He was recruited by citizens of Long Prairie, and was co-founder of The Prairie Players. As Artistic Director for 13 years, Lee directed over 50 productions. He also served on the board of the Prairie Arts Council.
Lees other passion in life was historic architecture and preservation. While in Florida, Lee served on numerous preservation boards, contributing as an organizer for fundraising events. Upon arrival in Long Prairie, Lee joined the Revitalization Group. This group of citizens was instrumental in downtown revitalization, saving the Reichert Hotel, creating the Veterans Memorial Park and the Long Prairie Tourism Board.
He is survived by his sister, Dawn Gamble (Hugh) of Greenville, Miss.; a niece, Katherine Boozer (Corey); a nephew, Hugh Gamble, III (Meredith); two great-nieces, Leanna and Lauren Boozer; and a great-nephew, Hugh Gamble, IV.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert Lee Pittman, Sr. and Lucille Pittman Mayfield.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 143, Mt. Olive, MS 39119 which is currently being restored or a non-profit of your choice that focuses on youth and the arts.

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