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James A. Bittner

James A. (Jimmie) Bittner, 95, Floyds Knobs, formerly of Louisville, died Wednesday morning, May 16, 2007, at Autumn Woods Health Campus in New Albany.
Born Nov. 21, 1911, in New Albany, he was the son of the late John and Anna Magness Bittner.
He was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in New Albany, one of the founders of the Kentucky Derby Festival, a promoter and entertainment consultant in his business, Bittner Entertainment, an accomplished singer and songwriter, a 50-year Master Mason in the Kilwinning Lodge 506 in Louisville, a 33rd-degree Mason of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Louisville, a volunteer at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany, a member of Kosair Shrine Temple, American Federation of Musicians, a Kentucky Colonel, and active with the American Red Cross and Salvation Army.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Carl, George and Paul Bittner.
Survivors include a niece, Jackie Downs, and her husband, Tony, of Floyds Knobs, who cared for him.
Funeral: Saturday, May 19, at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church with burial in Fairview Cemetery in New Albany.
Arrangements: Generations Funeral Home in New Albany.
The family suggests memorial gifts to Kosair Charities or Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.