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Lewis Pitts

Birth Date: July 9, 1953
Death Date: June 15, 2018

Lewis Pitts, 64, of Decatur, passed away Friday morning, June 15, 2018, in his home with his wife of 35 years by his side.

Lewis was born July 9, 1953, in Decatur, IL, to Oscar Lewis and Flora Bernice (English) Pitts. He attended Warrensburg Schools and played football. He married Debra “Candy” D. Bergey on August 16, 1985, in Decatur, IL. He was one of the best musicians in Decatur, loved the blues and wrote over 350 songs. He started the band The Bone Dogz.

He is survived by his wife, Candy; two sons, Gabe (April) Pitts and Ian Pitts; his sister, Suzie (Glen) Hathaway; his brothers, Dick (Sherry) Hathaway and his brother he never knew, Jimmy (Renee) Naughton; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give special thanks to a dear friend and pastor, Kris Watlett, who drove many miles to pray and anoint Louie at the last days of his life. Thank you to a very dear friend Kelli (Steve) Wetherholt. Thank you to Cancer Care and Hospice for your love and compassion.

He will be missed by many but never forgotten. He is now in Heaven playing music with the best of the best.

Visitation services to celebrate the life of Lewis Pitts will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Moran & Goebel Funeral Home. Prayer service will follow the visitation at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family to be designated later.

Arrangements by Moran & Goebel Funeral Home, 2801 N. Monroe Street, Decatur, IL 62526. View the obituary, send condolences, and share memories with the family at

Celebration of Life
June 23, 2018
4:00 pm
Moran & Goebel Funeral Home
2801 North Monroe Street Decatur, Il 62526
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June 23, 2018
2:00 pm
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Moran & Goebel Funeral Home
2801 North Monroe Street Decatur, Il 62526
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  1. I have no memories of Louie. We moved from Cottage Hill about the time he was born. However I do remember the rest of you as children. I can see your house, the basement & the great front porch. I remember a bedroom closet with a laundry chute we used to throw stuff down. We all had such fun playing in the "swamp"! I can hear your mom calling you, using your middle names, too. Hope to see you at the reunion in Sept.

    Diane Behrend Edwards

  2. My Brother Louie Pitts will be remembered for his gentle nature and natural born musical talent. Our family has lost three of the youngest siblings of five children, including our Sister Marcella Hathaway Naughton in August of 1992 and our Brother Stephen Michael Hathaway in June of 2016. Louie is survived by his Brother Richard Wayne Hathaway and Sister Suzanne Hathaway Marquardt. Louie's passing leaves one more scar on our hearts and he will be greatly missed in our extended family. Please join the family in the Celebration of Louie's life on Saturday the 23rd of June from 2 to 4 PM at Moran & Goebel Funeral Home.

  3. I met Louie thru my late husband Barry. Many nights and weekends Louie, Barry, Bob T and others would be writing music, composing songs and recording them at our home. We had such a great time. Candy, you are his # 1 fan and you kept him focused on his talent – music. You are an angel. I know he and Barry will be jammin again! Love to you and the family. See you soon.
    Suzy Billman
    and Killer

  4. I knew Louie thru my brother Barry. I used to hang out and listen to the two them working out tunes together back when I was a kid. I always had a great respect for Louie's musicianship and songwriting talents. Louie always treated me kindly even tho I was the 'little brother' I'm sure bugging the two of them. When Barry passed, Louie was at his celebration and we spoke of those times. It made things a little easier. Thank you Louie for being Louie.

  5. So sorry to hear of Lewis’s passing. We were friends in junior high and shared a love of music that we both carried into our adult lives. Although I didn’t see him that often I have fond memories of our time back then and always had a great laugh or two about our youth when I did see him. Rest In Peace my old friend. Sincerely, Joe Hammel

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