Darlene Pittman

Darlene Pittman, 82, of College Station passed away August 8, 2017 at Isle of Watercrest. Family and friends are invited to a time of visitation from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, August 10, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center in Bryan. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 11, at the Aggie Field of Honor, immediately followed by a memorial celebration of life at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at A&M United Methodist Church.

Darlene was born April 20, 1935, in Anson, Texas, to Weldon and Francis Smith.

As our family history records, a small young girl would wait on her family’s mailbox for the mail to be delivered by the gentleman rural postal carrier and his young son. That mailman would become Darlene’s father-in-law and the mailman’s young son would become Darlene’s husband much later in her young life. Simple everyday events combine to become a full and rich life.
Rod asked Darlene to marry him at the start of his senior year at Texas A&M College (now Texas A&M University) They were married on September 10, 1955 in the First United Methodist Church in their hometown of Anson, Texas. After they graduated from college in 1956, Rod and Darlene moved to Lufkin. Together they lived happily in Lufkin for over 50 years.

They successfully raised two sons. Darlene volunteered throughout her life in the First United Methodist Church – Lufkin, Rotary / Rotary Ann, Lufkin Service League (now Junior League), Memorial Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary, Aggie Club fundraisers (now 12th Man Foundation), and numerous political fundraisers. Darlene had wonderful and funny Lufkin and Aggie friends throughout her great life.

Darlene and Rod made up a very successful team and loving partnership for nearly 55 years. They shared a life of adventures that took them all over the world together. When Rod died suddenly in 2010, a major part of Darlene died too. She bravely tried to continue her life without her husband beside her. Friends and family tried to help but Darlene was never the same after 2010. And now Darlene and Rod are together again with our Heavenly Father.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rod Pittman; parents, Weldon and Frances Smith; parents-in-law, Earnest and Maude Pittman; and brother-in-law, Joe White.

Darlene is survived by her sons, Lee Pittman and Lane Pittman; daughter-in-law,
Debbie Pittman; grandson, Jeremy Pittman and his son, Logan Pittman; granddaughter, Jennifer and her children, Alex, Madison, Gage; sisters, Jeanette Feagan and Pam Johnson; brother-in-law, Jay Johnson; sister-in-law, Doris Ann White; and numerous wonderful nieces and nephews, cousins, and terrific friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to A&M United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.


  1. Lane and Lee,
    I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. She is a wonderful lady and I always enjoyed spending time at your home. Your parents did a great job of raising two good men.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Keith Due

  2. I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Darlene. I will be praying for her family.
    I was a first cousin of her husband, Rod. Loved both of them.

  3. My deepest condolences to the family. Darlene was a McGregor mom that took care of the McGregor gang until they moved to Bynum Street. One of the sweetest ladies I knew. Prayers for comfort and strength during this time.

  4. Sending prayers and love to all Darlene’s family.
    So sorry for your loss.
    May your memories of Darlene buoy you through these sad times.
    God bless one and all.
    May Darlene rest in peace united with Rod again as they share an everlasting life.

  5. Our hearts and prayers are with you! Darlene and Rod were such an important part of our lives growing up in Lufkin…they were an important part of Lufkin ! I know you will miss them dearly and hope you will find some comfort in the thought of all those that miss them with you….Jeff and Cindy Taylor

  6. I am sorry to hear of your loss. Mrs. Pittman was a great lady and I remember her being a great part of Lufkin and a loving mother. She will be largely missed. Your parents were friends with my parents-Bill and Joan Temple.

  7. Loved this sweet friend for many years. Lane,Debbie and Lee I know you will miss her so much but I know Rod and Darlene are together again .Thinking of you all in this sorrowful time in your life GuesnaDixon

  8. The last time I saw Darlene was in 1966 at the Baucum reunion. When I was a little girl I loved to try on her shoes when we visited Grandma Baucum, but Darlene wasn’t too happy about it.
    My family and I are very sorry for your loss.

  9. Lee, Lane, I am so saddened by your mom’s death. As you said in her obituary, she is happy again with the love of her life. I am so sorry I can’t be there physically, but I will be there in my heart. Roy and I loved your mom and your dad and spent many fun times together. Much love to you and the family.

  10. Lee, Lane, and family, we loved your Mom and Dad so very much! Oh, we had so many wonderful times together. Through our travels together, we made many many memories. I shed tears, but then a gentle smile when I think of these two sweethearts reunite again. Our Darlene has that wonderful twinkle In Her eyes. She his home with her Rod.

  11. Im sadden for the Pittman family at this time of loss. Though I never got to meet her, if Lee is as an extension of her, then I’m sure she was a kind, generous, intelligent and wonderful human being. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Pittman family.

  12. What a sweet and loving lady, Aunt, grandmother, daughter, sister, wife and mother Aunt Darlene was. Please feel our love and prayers. Love and Like you all! The Giesler’s, Davis’s and Doris Ann White

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