Obituary for Patricia Goodwin (Rainwater) Pitts


Patricia Goodwin Pitts, 81, of Columbus, Georgia, died on July 7, 2022 at St. Francis Hospital with her beloved daughter by her side. A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 11, 2022 in the chapel of the McMullen Funeral Home and Crematory with Pastor Derrick Shields officiating. The family receives friends at the funeral home an hour before the service. A private burial will be held at Parkhill Cemetery.

Patricia was born in 1941 in Roswell, Georgia, where she lived and met the love of her life, Forrest Mabry Pitts of Marietta, Georgia. They lived together for 52 years before his death. They moved to Columbus early in their marriage to raise their family. Patricia was a wonderful stay at home wife and mother. She was the mother of all the neighborhood children who named her “Sweets,” and that name stuck with her for the rest of her life.

After Forrest, a real estate investor, became empty nesters, she bought her a building and helped her start a small business, World Famous Hotdogs. She quickly became known in the community as the hot dog lady. She worked there until she retired. She was known to be a fabulous cook and showed her love by cooking for others.

She had two grandchildren, Thack and Sam Cargill, whom she loved dearly and they loved keeping her adventurous. Sweets gave the boys a lot through love and support for both of them and was often caught slipping them crazy money. She gained a beautiful daughter-in-law when Thack recently married Allie in Acworth, Georgia

After Forrest passed, she remained active with her coffee and lunch groups and looked forward to spending time with them each week. Their loving son and his wife, LeaAnn, moved down the street and continued to play a big part in their lives on a daily basis. Ben had a very special relationship with his mother.

Her husband Forrest Pitts and parents Guy and Etha Rainwater preceded her in death. She is survived by her son James Benjamin Pitts and his wife LeaAnn Pitts, their daughter Kelly Pitts Cargill, her husband Gillespie Thacker Cargill, Jr. and two grandchildren, Gillespie Thacker Cargill III and Samuel Ralston Cargill.

Many thanks to Pastor Derrick Shields of Christ Community Church for leading the service. Sweets was a regular visitor to the Cargills and loved Derrick’s classes. Sweets was a follower of Jesus Christ, her Love and Savior.

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