Gentalina (or Genta) (Rhines) Pitts
Funeral services for Gentalina (or Genta) (Rhines) Pitts,
Marseilles (Illinois) Plain Dealer, 7/30/1897
Death of Mrs. Genta Pitts
We regret to add to our mention of the serious illness of Mrs. Genta Pitts, nee Rhines, of last week, that she has since died in her home in Meridian, Miss. She leaves a husband, Mr. J.L. Pitts formerly of our city, and five children to mourn her loss; also relatives here and at Ransom.
The deceased grew up on a farm just west of our city and for some time sand soprano in the Universalist church choir. Her graces of person and disposition won her many friends and her marriage and removal left a vacancy in social circles not readily filled. She was a niece of Mr. W.J. Bennett.
(The obit mentions five children. If so, there was another one that we have yet to find. Joseph had eight children that we know of, but only four were with Gentalina.)
It seems that she was a member of the Methodist church there and, with her husband, J.L. Pitts, earnest workers therein. Her funeral services were conducted from that church and she was buried in Rose Hill cemetery.
The death of Mrs. Pitts is indeed one of the saddest blows that could have descended upon a community, for it removes one of the noblest women from the world that Meridian ever had the satisfaction of claiming as a citizen. She was the beloved wife of Mr. J.L. Pitts, a leading lumberman of Meridian, who came here form Chicago about five years ago. Being of unimpeachable characters and earnest church workers, Mr. and Mrs. Pitts were very quickly looked upon as valuable acquisitions to Meridian's citizenship and have always conducted themselves in such an excellent and christian manner that the recognition of them as citizens of the highest type has become universal.