On January 12, 2018, my precious son, James Ryan Pitsenbarger, 24 years old, went to be with the Lord. Mr. Pitsenbarger was born in Harrisonburg, VA on August 27, 1993. He graduated with Honors from West Florida High School of Advanced Technology in 2011. He was a member of the EMT program, National Honor Society, Student Government and Health Occupation Students of America. He attended Pensacola State College working towards an Associate of Science degree.
Mr. Pitsenbarger is survived by his mother, Robin Elizabeth Pitsenbarger; brother, Daniel Logan Pitsenbarger of Pensacola; sister, Margie Lynn (Craig) Morgan of Chattanooga, TN; multiple aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is predeceased by his father, James (Jay) Luther Pitsenbarger III from Sugar Grove, WV.
Jamie was a kind and gentle soul whose smile could light up the world. He loved cold weather, retro gaming, sushi, classical music and reading. He enjoyed learning more than anything and loved playing classical piano.
Jamie died because of his addiction. His addiction was not who he was but what he had. No one plans to be an addict. Like so many, he believed the lies that heroin told about being accepted, being worthy, being loved. Instead, heroin took everything from Jamie, his home, his friends, his future and ultimately his life. The pain of his death is intolerable and that’s why his story needs to be told.
For a time Jamie was lost, but he has now found healing in his eternal home. He leaves behind many memories to be cherished by his family and friends.
Visitation will be held at Pine Summit Baptist Church on Thursday, January 18th from 5:00 - 8:00 PM. His Celebration of Life will be at Pine Summit on Friday, January 19th at 1:00 PM with Pastor Donnie Petersen officiating. Please join us to honor his memory.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jamie’s memory to First Baptist Church of Ensley, Women and Children's Cold Weather Shelter, 50 West Johnson Ave. Pensacola, FL 32534.
The family thanks the many friends who have demonstrated their love and support through this heartbreaking time.