Burke Larry Pittman "Bojack"

Burke Larry Pittman “Bojack” was born on June 10, 1950, in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Essie Mae Gillespie and the late Larry Pittman. After his mother untimely death, he moved up to Michigan City, Indiana where he was raised by his late grandmother Fannie Mae Gillespie.

In 1970, Burke Larry Pittman graduated from Elston High School in Michigan City, Indiana.

After graduation, his adventures begin to move him to California. So many friends, close buddies he met there. One such buddy (who was already in Cali) was the late Joe Oda Jr. When those two got together it was magic, those guys would have you laughing so hard you thought the party would never end. Yes, they started out as childhood friends in MC, but Joe left for the military then moved to Atlanta, but they kept that brotherly love thing going right up till Joe’s death in Atlanta Ga.

Also in California, he met his significant other Willie Mae Gooden, they later moved to her home town in Texarkana Arkansas where they opened up a Barbeque Pit which I heard, “People would come from miles around just to get a taste”. While in Texas he joined the St. James Missionary Church where he sang in the male chorus.

He left Arkansas and return back to Michigan City from the early year of 2000 where he still resided up to his death.
Bojack was called home on Friday, April 3, 2020, in Michigan City, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents Essie M. Gillespie and Larry Pittman, along with his immediate family: Fannie Mae Gillespie, Ethel Mildred Gillespie, and Elroy Gillespie.: Special friends: Lisa Smith, LaVern Dunlap, and Shirley Coats

Bojack leaves to cherish his memories. His son Brandon, two loving aunts Corrine Gillespie of Michigan City IN., Ethel Lou (late Otis) Akins of LaPorte IN., his “little” cousins Cindy Gillespie, Barbara Gillespie, and Jimmy (Nova) Gillespie, the Akins men, and Wanda, the O’Neal family, the Coats family, the Collier family, the Oda family, Carolyn Rowland, Sheila Bond, Edmond Collier, Ricky Olds, Sandra Hutson, Denise Jackson, and Pastor Carnes and his church members at the Freedom in the Word ministry to name just a few. Leaving behind also with fond memories of Bojack are his other friends and family members to great in numbers to mention (you know who you are) never forget he loved each and every one of you.

Private family services were conducted. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN handled arrangements.

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