Dan L "Buddy" Pitts went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 24, 2007, after losing a courageous, rapid battle with cancer.

Buddy was a native of the Brown County area, residing in Blanket, Texas, for most of his life. He was born at Brownwood Memorial Hospital on Oct. 7, 1942, and was a graduate of Early High School. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He was a past member of the Blanket Volunteer Fire Department and helped construct the Blanket Fire House. Blanket named a street after him — Pitts Lane.

Over the years, he owned and operated an alternator repair shop, a small roadside caf/, Pitts Trading Post at Blanket, Blanket Mini-Storage Units, and Buddy Pitts Handcrafted Swings. He also drove large gravel semi-trucks, drove Blanket’s trash truck route along with co-worker Don Ellis, and drove a bus route for Blanket/Early school. His passion and favorite job was as a transport driver for Bayer Motor Company of Comanche, traveling all over the United States.

Buddy enjoyed woodworking, building swings, dancing, watching the Dallas Cowboys and other pro football games, and all NASCAR races. He spent time on his computer buying and selling items on eBay, and communicating with all his online friends on Senior.Net where he was known as "TXTOGO.”

Buddy leaves his loving girlfriend, Carolyn Otwell, his best friend C.T. Ham, and a host of many friends, including special friends Marlene Lastovica and Charlie McGlaughn. Buddy is survived by his triplet children Gene (wife Michele) of Parkville, Mo., Greg (wife Suzanne) of Minsk, Belarus, and Sherry (husband Jeff) Purvis of Peculiar, Mo.; sister, Lina Kay Pitts-Wagner of Rainbow City, Ala.; brother Fain (wife Wanda) Pitts of Martinez, Ga.; aunt Juanita Pitts Hughes of Early, Texas; and 10 precious grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by infant son John Paul Pitts; brother Jack Pitts; father P.W. Pitts; mother Tommie Pitts; and grandparents O.W. and Lina Pitts, and Julian and Katie Peterson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Heartland Funeral Home in Early, Texas. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. at Sunday, Jan. 28, at Heartland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Blanket Cemetery.

Heartland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Friends and relatives are invited to sign Buddy’s guest book at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net.