Harry Jerry Petty, a beloved member of the community, has sadly passed away at the age of 85. He was born on May 29, 1938, in Promisland, PA to Harry and Grace Petty. After completing his education, Harry embarked on a journey that would shape his future. In 1958, he joined the Army and proudly served his country for four years until 1962. His time in the military instilled in him a sense of discipline and patriotism that stayed with him throughout his life. He had a mind that could solve the way things worked and it was this curious nature that led him to pursue a career as a welder, which he did for the majority of his life.
Harry's dedication extended beyond his work and military service. He possessed a deep passion for various hobbies and interests which brought joy to his life. He enjoyed building model boats, spending hours meticulously crafting every little detail. Bowling was another pastime that brought him great happiness, and no one could forget his love for square dancing as he just couldn't resist moving his feet to the lively tunes that filled the air.
Above all else, Harry cherished spending time with family. It was during these moments that he truly felt complete. The love he shared with his children and grandchildren formed an unbreakable bond that will forever live on in their hearts. He leaves behind a daughter, Janine Petty of Lubbock; one son, Shawn Petty and wife Patricia of El Paso; five grandchildren, Patrick Petty, Sean Luke Petty, Natasha Reeves, Joshua Ewing, Lexi Vessels and husband David; four great grandchildren.
In addition to the countless lives he touched throughout his lifetime, Harry is preceded in death by three brothers: Arly Petty, Gary Petty, Lowell Petty; and two sisters: Fern Morgan and Marlene Fehnel. Though they may no longer be with us physically, their spirits will forever remain intertwined with Harry's.
In memory of Harry's extraordinary life, a memorial service will be held on January 20, 2024, at Broadway Funeral Directors located at 1901 Broadway St, Lubbock, TX 79401. The service will begin at 10:00 AM and offers an opportunity for friends and family to come together, sharing stories and memories to celebrate the life of a remarkable man.