John Johnston Petty
John Johnston Petty
  • May 27, 1947 - July 24, 2017
  • North Carolina

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Col. John Johnston Petty, 70, of Midlothian, VA died Monday, July 24, 2017 doing what he loved, sailing at Sunset Beach, NC.
A funeral will be held Saturday, July 29, 2017 at three o'clock in the afternoon at Springfield Friends Meeting in High Point, NC. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Also, we will have a memorial service at three o'clock in the afternoon, Saturday, August 5, 2017, at Truro Anglican Church, 10520 Main St., Fairfax, VA 22030.
John was born May 27, 1947 in Greensboro, NC, the son of James Chalmers Petty and Katherine Johnston Petty.
John was a graduate of the US Air Force Academy in 1970 and went on to get his MBA during his 27 year career in the Air Force. Following his retirement from the Air Force, John was employed by Management Analysis Inc. for 16 years. John enjoyed connecting and mentoring people which was displayed by his involvement in men's ministry and the Kairos Prison Ministry for over a decade. He cherished his longtime involvement at Truro Church in Fairfax, VA, and more recently at the Brandermill Church in Midlothian, VA. He loved all things nautical, especially sailing. His love of boats led him to start his own repair company, Watercraft Solutions, Inc. where he specialized in pontoon boats. Following his retirement, John enjoyed fishing with his brothers, traveling far and wide with his much-beloved wife, and the occasional motorcycle ride. Most of all John will be remembered as a kind, enthusiastic, adventurous, and generous person that loved to create rich experiences for others. He will be greatly missed.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marcia B. Petty; children, Benjamin Petty, Karla Petty and J. Clinton Petty and his wife Katie, all of Washington, D.C.; brothers, James C. Petty of Wilmington, NC, Marshall W. Petty of Greensboro, NC and W. Clinton Petty of Reston, VA.
In lieu of sending flowers, consider making a donation to Kairos Prison Ministry, 100 Debary Plantation Blvd., Debary, FL 32713.
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Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Chapel is assisting the Petty family.