December 14, 1937 ~ May 25, 2022

Born in: Pence, Indiana
Resided in: Indianapolis, Indiana

James R. Pittman passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Indianapolis Indiana. James was the son of James Roy Pittman and Anna (Allison) Pittman. He was born December 14, 1937  in Pence, Indiana.

James graduated from Indiana State University with his master’s degree and met and married his first wife, Ella (Bury) Pittman. After graduating they moved to Sullivan, Indiana where he started his coaching and teaching career. He then moved onto teaching, coaching, guidance counselor, and principal at North Posey High School. It was there that he won the first and only sectional championship while leading the team as Head Varsity Basketball Coach. After being at North Posey he moved to Vincennes where he retired as principal at Lincoln High School. He served over 40+ years in the education field. Upon retirement, he was honored as a recipient of the prestigious Sagamore Award. He was also on the board of directors for the IHSAA.

James was also a sports enthusiast. He especially enjoyed watching Purdue games and the Chicago Cubs. He cherished times with his family and friends as well.

James is survived by his daughters, Tracee Royse (Martin) of Lumberton, Texas, Mindy Hobbs (Scott) of Greenwood, Indiana, Debbie Schrage (Bill) of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Kim Emry (Kevin) of Westfield, Indiana. Grandchildren, Lacey Fitch (Justin) of Houston, Texas, Lance Mullens (Kayla) of Livingston, Texas, Martin Royse Jr. of Cleveland, Tennessee, Matt Royse (Angel) of Cleveland, Tennessee, Josh Emry (Monal) of Westfield, Indiana, Bradley Schrage (Katie) of Indianapolis, Indiana, Abby Harnett (Bobby) of Chicago, Illinois, Lindsey Schrage of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Maggie Nelson (Kyle) of Indianapolis, Indiana, Nicole Southerland (Nick) of Westfield, Indiana. He also cherished his 18 great grandchildren.

James was preceded in death by his first wife Ella (Bury) Pittman, second wife Kay (Neal) Pittman; sisters Eunice Slinker, and Barbara Maxon; great granddaughter Ella Grace Fitch.

Visitation for James will be Wednesday, June 1, 2022, from 11:00 am- 1:00 pm at Goodwin -Sievers Funeral Home, 524 Broadway Street, Vincennes, Indiana 47591. Services will start at 1:00 pm at the funeral home with Pastor Trevor Murry officiating. Burial will be immediately following at Maple Hill Cemetery in Princeton, Indiana. Donations may be made to Lincoln High School in remembrance of Mr. Pittman. Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the care of James.


Visitation: June 1, 2022 11:00 am - June 1, 2022 1:00 pm

Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home - Vincennes
524 Broadway Street

Service: June 1, 2022 1:00 pm

Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home - Vincennes
524 Broadway Street

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  1. Tracee we are so sorry for the passing of your Dad you & your Family are in our Prayers. Love you.

  2. Mr. Pittman was the best principal. I remember sitting in his office and interviewing him for the OPS on the plans for the new Lincoln High School. I was one of the first students to get to see the plans. Sending prayers for the family.

  3. So sorry to hear this sad news. He was a good leader at Lincoln and was very supportive in my coaching and teaching.

  4. Tracee and Mndy:
    Please let those who were once Clemens family members how desperately sorry I feel for you all. Larry always spoke very highly of “Dick” and Sissy Pittmans. Please know I will continue the prayers we spoke on their birthdays and other celebrations.
    Though far away, we wish we had both been here for the honors!
    Love you all, Cheryl Manning Clemens

  5. Sorry for your loss. Mr. Pittman was a great Principal. He offered me my first professional job out of college. He was hilarious when he did his cartwheels in front of the student body! He was loved by many.

  6. Certainly Jim left a rich legacy of family and found meaning in enriching the educational system for many future citizens.
    Blessing on each of you as you say goodbye.
    Linda (Leon ) Neal

  7. Much of me personally and much that I was able to bring about involving Lincoln athletics was due to my many years of association w Jim.
    He truly was a great Principal and guider.

    RIP Jim.

  8. Family of Jim:
    I was sorry to hear about your loss. I wanted to visit, but being 84, I cannot get out much. I worked along with Jim at Lincoln. We butted heads a few times, but he was always supportive in making education better for the students and my own personal
    achievements in making business education available to students. He was a good leader and greatly improved Lincoln during his tenure. I know you will all miss him.
    Ronald Fredericks

    • So sorry for your. Mr. Pittman was the COOLEST and nicest principal LHS ever had!!! He was a great supporter of LHS wrestling from day one, something that was rare at LHS! He truly cared about his students, wasn’t afraid to correct us fairly, yet let us know was there for us. He was genuinely interested in how we were doing in life after high school and always greeted you with his big grin. He was a GREAT man that I respected and will always remember! I will truly miss him…

  9. Pittman Family

    What a vivacious human being Jim Pittman was! He was able to roll sternness with compassion and threw in a little humor along the way. Highly respected, he made a difference. I’m so thankful he was part of the Vincennes community and education system at a time when my daughters could be affected by him.

    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss.

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