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City's first pediatrician made difference in lives

Perhaps, three, maybe four years ago Dr. Kermit Pitt and his wife, Zelda, showed up at Cracker Barrel at Cullman after dark on their way home from a University of Alabama football game. The icon of child medical care in Decatur was close to age 90 at the time.

That's the way he lived his life and why so many people loved the man who was the first doctor they remembered. He was their pediatrician. He saw them through infancy, grammar school and high school. He renewed those friendships when his former patients became parents.

For years, Dr. Pitt was part of the lives of countless people. He probably saw a thousand patients a year and counseled at-wit's-end parents when babies cried all night with a fever.

Dr. Pitt died Sunday at his home. He was a quiet man with a dry wit that spanned generations. He was also on the cutting edge of medicine here in the once isolated Tennessee Valley.

Some of his medicine would be crude by today's standards, but many adults probably owe their lives to his refusal to allow germs and disease to defeat his spirit and energy.

He didn't travel far from his Lawrence County farm to Decatur but he made a world of difference in countless lives.

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