Golda Thompson Pittman

Golda T. Pittman, 88, died peacefully in her sleep Thursday, August 20 at her son’s home in Raleigh following a period of declining health. A lifelong pre-school teacher at First Baptist Church in Smithfield, Golda taught generations of children that “God is Love” though lessons, crafts and songs.

Born in the Brogden Community of Johnston County, Golda was an executive secretary at First Citizens Bank and later at McLaurin Funeral Home. She was married to C. Ralph Pittman of Micro for more than 50 years.

She happily served the youngest children of First Baptist Church with her simple, enduring “God is Love” refrain. In her mid-80s, she enjoyed a celebratory role in Sunday School classrooms. Second and third-generations applauded her service to their children.

Touched by her brothers’ experiences in World War II, Golda volunteered tirelessly for the Stevens-Barbour Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post #5886 of Smithfield. As treasurer, she supported fundraising and community service projects.

The family will receive friends Sunday, August 23 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Ryberg Hall followed by a 3 p.m. service. Entombment will be private.

She is survived by her son, Tim Pittman and daughter in law Sarah Avery of Raleigh and two granddaughters, Avery Pittman of Burlington, VT and Abigail Pittman of Boone, NC.