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       James Paul Pettis, Sr., was born on August 11, 1920 in Bessemer City, North Carolina and departed to his heavenly home on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at his home in Gastonia, North Carolina.  He was the son of the late Manzey and Lottie B. Durham Pettis.

He was a charter member of New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church, Gastonia, North Carolina.  He faithfully served on the Deacon Board and the Hymn Choir until his declining health.  He served as Worshipful Master for St. John Lodge #21.

He was educated in the Bessemer City School System.  He was employed at Gaston College in Dallas, North Carolina retiring in 1982 and the Gaston County School System after serving forty years of service, retiring in 1996.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of forty-two years, Mattie M. Brown Pettis; three daughters, Naomi Pettis, Margaret Borders and Sara Ann Goode; two sons, James Paul Pettis, Jr. and Albert Pettis; five sisters and six brothers.

Left to cherish precious memories is his loving and devoted wife, Kathy Love Pettis of the home; two daughters, Ida M. Jeter (Alaska) of Gastonia, N.C. and Ollie J. Smith (David) of Shelby, N.C.; stepsons, Jonathan A. Love (Nicole) of Asheville, N.C. and Jerry L. Love of Gastonia, N.C.; brother, Charles Benjamin Pettis of Kings Mountain, N.C.; brothers-in-law, George Brown (Betty) of Dallas, N.C., John A. Love (Cheryl) of Jonesboro, GA, Charles W. Love (Valaida) and Horace L. Love (Cassandra) both of Gastonia, N.C.; nineteen grandchildren, thirty-eight great grandchildren and thirteen great-great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangement 

New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church
3041 Northwest Blvd
Gastonia, N.C.  28052

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 2:00 P.M.

The family will receive friends for one hour prior to funeral.
(1:00 until 2:00 P.M.)

Vantine Cemetery
Bessemer City, N.C.

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  • Friday, March 09, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
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  • Saturday, March 10, 2018
    Papa Pettis, will be greatly missed. He was a great man. I knew him almost 18 years and there was not a bad thing in his body.. hugs to our family and prayers as well..
    ~ Lovina Hall   Burlington, IA
  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018
    Dearest Ida and family, I am very sorry to hear about your loss. You were fortunate to have your father for so long. When you spoke of him as we worked together at Gastonia Co. Health Dept., I could tell what a loving family you have and what a wonderful example he set for all. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.
    ~ Joyce (Gettys) Hawkins   Gastonia, NC