Essie Stagnolia Kitts, age 87, of LaFollette passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband: Rose Kitts, Jr., sons: Terry and John Kitts, granddaughter: Tammy Kitts Carroll, parents: Lee and Marie Claxton Stagnolia, sister: Mattie Heatherly, brother: Steven Stagnolia, very close sister-in-law: Lorene Rutherford., daughter-in-law Donna Kitts.


Daughter: Rosalee Szafranski and husband Jerome of MI

Sons: Elbert (Junebug) Kitts and wife Una, J. R. Kitts and wife Katherine

Daughter-in-law: Wanda Kitts

13 grandchildren

Several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren

Brother: Stan Stagnolia and wife Vicky

Several nieces and nephews and host of friends.

The family will receive friends 5-7 PM, Friday, at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with service to follow at 7 PM. Rev. J. R. Kitts, Rev. Josh Shoupes and Rev. Wade Walls officiating. Family and friends will meet at Cross-Smith Funeral Home 10:15 AM on Saturday for 11 AM Interment at Kitts Family Cemetery.

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Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home