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Obit – Mr. Willis “Shorty” Petty

Mr. Willis “Shorty” Petty of the Granville Community died at the age of 88 at 1:15 a.m. Saturday morning October 17, 2020 at the N. H. C. Cookeville on Bunker Hill Road where he had made his home since June 8, 2018.

Bro. David Thackxton officiated at the 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon October 21st funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed beside his first wife, Nettie Petty, in the Garden of the Cross at the Smith County Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Petty was born Willis Cordell Petty in Gainesboro on July 18, 1932 and was one of twelve children of the late Thomas Webster (Webb) Petty who died July 5, 1990 at the age of 85 and Elcie Bea Hamlet Petty who died October 3, 1969 at the age of 58.

Siblings preceding him in death were four sisters, Jeanette Fox, Nancy Petty, Dorothy Elizabeth Petty Reese, Linda Petty and three brothers, Thomas, Jesse and Lyman Petty.

Mr. Petty was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his two sons, Nettie Illeen Silcox Petty who died March 2, 2000 at the age 66 and by a son Ernest Petty.

He was united in marriage to the former Thelma Marie Flatt of the Granville Community on September 29, 2000.

Mr. Petty retired from the Cadillac Motor Car Division of the General Motors Corporation in Detroit in 1987 with over twenty five years of service.

They attended the Red Hill Holiness Church in Tompkinsville, Kentucky.

Surviving in addition to his wife Thelma is his son, Paul Petty an wife Carol of the Sykes Community; seven step-children, Bessie Stephenson and husband Jessie of Algood, Robert Flournoy and wife Valerie of Sparta, Debra Moore and husband Stephen of Granville, Rickey Flournoy and husband Lynn of Gainesboro, Ann Huepenbec and husband Hoop of Northfield, Michigan, Bobby Gene Brown and wife Gina of Granville, Eddie Brown and wife Robin of Lafayette; four sisters, Charlene Petty Merritt of Hendersonville, Betty Petty Brock of Andalusia, Alabama, Tennie Petty Webb of Willette, Susie Petty Lee of Romeoville, Illinois; twenty two grandchildren and many great- grandchildren.