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Eunice Pitts Rydings
May 13, 1927 ~ November 29, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Mrs. Eunice Pitts Rydings was born on May 13, 1927, to the late Eugene Pitts and Alice Pitts and reared in Mountville, South Carolina. She joined the church at an early age, preparing herself for a good Christian life- continuing the legacy of her great-grandfather, Issac Pitts, who was one of the founders of Piedmont Presbyterian Church during the slavery years.
She attended the Church Elementary School- Piedmont and continued her education at Barber Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina.
Eunice followed her older sisters to New York City during the late forties. There, she became a teacher in the Early Childhood Educational System and furthered her horizons at the Bank Street College of Education. She then advanced her education even further at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.
Having been nurtured toward a Christian Life by the home, the school, and the community, Eunice became a member of the Mt. Morris Presbyterian Church in New York, New York under the Reverend Charles Adair Callendar, who also married her to the late Ralph H. Rydings.
Eunice was a faithful and dedicated servant of God, serving in many capacities of the church. She received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Board of Deacons and Honorary Life Membership from the Presbyterian Women of Mt. Morris Presbyterian Church.
In 1963, she became a lifetime member of the NAACP of New York.
She was also employed as a secretary to Mrs. Shirley Anita Chisolm who was the first black woman to be elected to the United States Senate in 1968.
She relocated to her childhood/young adult community in the year 2003, continuing to work in the "Home Church."
On Wednesday, November 29, 2023, Mrs. Eunice Pitts Rydings answered the Lord's call as she departed this life to her Eternal Rest at the age of ninety-six.
Left to cherish the fond and precious memories are Ann White Montgomery of Waycross, GA; nieces: Karen R. Conway of the home in Mountville, SC, Patricia P. (Randy) Baxter of Charlotte, NC, Della Pitts of Atlanta, GA, Dale Pitts Hasselman of Lakeland, FL; nephews: Marion Pitts of Columbia, SC, Julian E. Pitts of New York City, NY, Marcellus T. (Linda) Pitts of Kennesaw, GA, Sammie Pitts of Cleveland, OH, and Eugene Pitts II of Rhine, GA: grandnephews: Sean D. Gross of the home in Mountville, SC, Derrick L. (Lavonia) Pitts of Charlotte, NC, DeMario of W. Palm Beach, FL, Trevor of Nashville, TN, Ernest Moffett Jr. of Charlotte, NC, Gary Hasselman of Denver, CO, Denny and Donnie both of Charlotte, NC; grandnieces: Diane Moffett of Charlotte, NC and Chantay of Philadelphia, PA; great grandnieces: Zoe Pitts, Jordan Pitts of Charlotte, NC, and Jayla of W. Palm Beach, FL; and a host of other relatives and friends.