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John R. Petty

Company M-2

9 Apr 1939 - 29 Sep 2011

Place of Death: Atlanta, GA

Interment: West Point Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, John Petty, on 29 September in Atlanta, GA, after a long and courageous battle with gastric cancer.

John is survived by his wife, Beryl; his son John and his wife Tracy; his daughter Page and her husband Jim; and grandchildren Thad, Reagan and Claire.

The family will receive friends at 12:00 PM on Saturday, 8 October, at the Patterson Spring Hill Chapel Funeral Home, 1020 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA  30309. 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, 8 October, at the Patterson Spring Hill Chapel Funeral Home.  Burial will be at West Point at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to the following organizations:

  • Veterans Empowerment Organization of Georgia, Inc., 386 Lanier Street NW, Suite A-6, Atlanta, GA  30318

  • Hospice Atlanta, 1244 Park Vista Drive, Atlanta, GA  30319

Condolences may be sent to John's wife, Beryl at 1554 Country Squire Court, Decatur, GA  30033.

Well done, John.  Be thou at peace.


Class Memorial Pages\M-2 John Petty.pdf

John was a fine man and a great friend and I will miss him.  Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss.

Gene Witherspoon '61

West Point Society of Atlanta

Memorial Service
John R. Petty '61 


John R. Petty '61 succumbed to the ravages of gastric cancer at 1930 hours on 29 September 2011 after an extremely long, courageous battle that began in 2004. 

A memorial service to celebrate John's life will be conducted on Saturday, 8 October at 1300 hours, at the H.M. Patterson Funeral Home; corner of 10th and Spring Street, Atlanta, GA.

A greeting reception will begin at Noon preceding the memorial service.

John will be buried at West Point in a family ceremony in the immediate future.  In the spring of 2012, after a memorial stone is erected, a public ceremony will be  conducted on a date to be announced.

John was an active member of the West Point Society of Atlanta for more than 25 years.  He served on the Board of Governors for many years and as President of the Society.  When not on the Board, he was still active on committees and projects.  Among his many accomplishments, he created the original job networking group in the early 1990's and the WPSA monthly Luncheon Program shortly thereafter.  John was one of the driving forces behind establishing the West Point Charitable Enterprises Association.  He was presented the Society's Distinguished Graduate Award in 2006; principally for years of outstanding service to society through his selfless management at the Atlanta Enterprise Center assisting the homeless and jobless to find a new, successful life.

John:  Your work is done; your course on Earth is run.  WELL DONE!  Be thou at peace. 

 West Point Society of Atlanta

John brought a wry sense of southern humor to M-2 in 1957.He worked hard to try and understand us yankees.What a great friend. He would do anything for any of us at his own speed. His career was marked with many successes in government and the private sector. We will miss him. Well done John.

Bill Tobin '61 M-2



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