Mallery Knee Pittman

April 8, 2017



Mallery Knee Pittman, 66, of Charlotte died on April 8, peacefully and surrounded by her family.

Mallery was born on August 18, 1950, in Salem, New Jersey, to Dan and Marguerite Knee of Charlotte. She grew up in Charlotte, attending McClintock Junior High School and East Mecklenburg High School before heading to St. Mary’s Junior College in Raleigh, where she met lifelong friends. She later graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Housing & Management.

After college, Mallery earned a Master of Science in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and worked with a nutrition program for seniors in Charlotte. On January 10, 1976, Mallery married Charles Reese Pittman of Tifton, Ga., the love of her life, whom she met at UGA. Mallery and Charlie, who worked for 34 years at WBTV and Jefferson Pilot Sports, had a daughter, Claire, and son, Reese, and Mallery said the best job she ever had was her time at home raising them.

For the last 23 years, Mallery has owned an interior design company, bringing her signature grace and style to homes across the Charlotte region. She had a true eye for beauty, and loved sharing it with her clients.

Mallery is survived by her husband, Charlie Pittman; her father, Dan Knee; her daughter, Claire Roberts, son-in-law Taylor Roberts, and grandchildren, Tavener Shepherd and Emory Marguerite; her son, Reese Pittman, and daughter-in-law, Kirsten Valle Pittman; her sister, Susan Knee Smith, and brother-in-law, Van Smith; and many, many beloved relatives and friends. Mallery said often how blessed she was to be loved by so many.

Mallery’s family would like to give a special thanks to their dear friends Betty Lynn and Walter Scholtz for their love and selfless assistance, as well as to the nurses at Oncology Specialists of Charlotte and the Novant radiology team at Presbyterian Hospital.

Mallery was known by all as kind, patient and caring. She was graceful, even in the most difficult times. She loved the beach, and she loved being with her children and grandchildren above all else.

A memorial service is being held on Thursday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at Myers Park United Methodist Church, with a reception to follow. Visitors are asked to wear a touch of pink – Mallery’s favorite color – to honor her life. A graveside service will later be held at the historic Hungars Episcopal Church on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, the second oldest church in the U.S., where Mallery will be buried in a plot with many generations of her family.

Contributions in memory of Mallery may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of Palmer Ruth Horton (Mallery’s grand-niece). Please mail checks to: 4600 Park Rd., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28209.


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  • Diane Daley

    I knew Mallery professionally, as she helped me furnish and decorate our homes when we moved to North Carolina over 20 years ago. My husband and I were always so pleased with her ideas - she had beautiful taste. But more importantly, she was a lovely woman, and I thoroughly enjoyed every hour I got to spend with her. My sincere condolences to your family.

  • Margaret Mills Rice

    So sorry for your lost. Mallery was a friend of mine in High School. We will miss her at our 50th reunion next year. My husband and I will be praying for your family during this very difficult time.

  • Debra Rankin

    Charlie and family, I am so very sorry. May God wrap you in his loving arms and hold you tight through this difficult time. Please know you have the love of many Tifton friends.

  • Mickey and Woody Farmer

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Mallery. Prayers for strength and healing to all her family are being said by our family for them.
    We remember Mallery's kind voice and laughter. Sending our love and hugs to all from the west coast mickey and woody

  • Susie Sale

    My love,thoughts,and prayers to your wonderful family. There are no words that can express the lose that I feel at this moment. She is sharing that beautiful smile in heaven. God be with your entire family.

  • Rian Chandler-Dovis

    Sending so much love. What an honor it was to know Mallery and get to be part of her family. She will be missed.