Remembering Anita Pitts

Remembering Anita Pitts
On August 4, 2023, our hearts were shattered as we unexpectedly said goodbye to a beloved soul, Anita Ballard Pitts. She passed away peacefully in her sleep, leaving behind a void that can never be filled. Though her departure from this world was sudden, her impact on the lives she touched will forever be remembered with fondness and gratitude.
Anita was the cherished wife of Paul Pitts, and their love story was one of unwavering devotion and companionship.
As a mother, Anita poured her heart and soul into nurturing her three children: Christopher W. Pitts, Jeffrey M. Pitts, and Robyn Pitts Smith. She was a pillar of strength and a constant source of love and support as they navigated life’s challenges.
Anita’s love extended to her six grandchildren: David Paul Pitts, William Simmons, Elijah Smith, Selah Smith, Grace Lee, and Theodore Pitts. Her pride in their accomplishments knew no bounds, and she relished every moment spent with them, creating treasured memories that will forever be held close.
In the presence of her two great-grandchildren, Willow Pitts and Eve Lee, Anita found joy in the innocence and wonder of youth. She delighted in their laughter and playful spirits, finding happiness in their every embrace.
Born in Clanton, Alabama, Anita’s journey led her to make her home in Duncan, South Carolina. She lived a life dedicated to the Lord and her family. As a compassionate Registered Nurse, she cared for others with a selflessness that left a lasting impact on those she tended to. Her nurturing spirit also found expression as a Minister of Music, using her melodious voice and musical talents to lead others in worship and praise. Her gift for songwriting and musicianship spread the joy of gospel music far and wide, touching the hearts of countless individuals across the globe.
Anita’s involvement in the Global Promotions of gospel music allowed her to touch the lives of people from around the world.
A devoted member of Praise Cathedral Church in Greer, South Carolina, Anita’s faith was the cornerstone of her life. She found solace and strength in her relationship with God, and her commitment to her faith was evident in all aspects of her life.
Anita was blessed with a loving family that provided her with unwavering support and guidance. Her parents, Rev. David A. Ballard and Ida Ballard Burnette along with her parents in love Rev. Buell A. Pitts and Paula W. Pitts and her siblings Sheila Diane Ballard and Joseph Duane Ballard, shared a bond that transcended time and distance.
In this time of grief and loss, let us find comfort in the beautiful memories we hold dear and the knowledge that Anita’s spirit lives on in the hearts of all those she loved. A memorial service to celebrate her life and honor her memory will be held at Praise Cathedral Church of God on August 15, 2023. A receiving of friends and family will begin at 5:00pm and a Celebration of Life will be at 6:00pm. Everyone is welcome to come celebrate Anita’s life with our family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Selah Grey Foundation ( in Anita’s memory. This foundation is founded on her granddaughter, Selah Smith, and continues Anita’s legacy of compassion and service to others.
As we grieve together, let us remember the words: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). May we find strength and solace in knowing that Anita now rests in eternal peace, forever embraced in the loving arms of her Heavenly Father.
With much love,
The family of Anita Pitts