Ray City, GA
Perry L. Pitman was a son of Louranie W. “Rainey” Register and John Edward Pittman. He was born December 3, 1898 in Clinch County, GA and lived for many years in Berrien County, GA. As a young man, Pittman was of medium height and medium build, with blue eyes and black hair. He first married Annie Jewel Fountain, on July 27, 1921 in Berrien County, GA. She was daughter of William E. Fountain and Nancy Elizabeth Bradford. After Annie’s death on July 17, 1934, Perry L. Pittman raised their children on his own of several years.
On November 27, 1935 Pittman married Vida Inez Williams, the widow of Fred Williams. She was born August 9, 1903, a daughter of James Alford Webb and Pearlie Ann Register. For a time, in the late 1930s and 1940s Perry and Inez Pittman made their home in Ray City, GA. Perry was a patrolman for the highway department, working 60 hours a week for an annual salary of $1200 dollars.
During this time Perry Lee Pittman also served as the State Representative from Berrien County, GA. In the state legislature he became noted for his opposition to the Grandfather Clause, the Georgia Constitutional Amendment that violated the voting rights of African-Americans in Georgia. He was also noted for his opposition to religious ceremonies involving the practice of handling live rattlesnakes.
- 1922 Spring Fever Hits Ray City
- Perry L. Pittman Opposed Disenfranchisement of Georgia’s Black Voters
Other public servants:
- James Henry Swindle and the Georgia Official and Statistical Register
- Knight of Berrien ~ Jonathan Perry Knight
- Jonathan David Knight, Signer of the Georgia Constitution of 1877
- Dr. Charles X. Jones ~ Ray City’s First Elected Mayor