Joe Millard Petty

April 3, 1929 ~ March 15, 2011

Mr. Joe Millard Petty was born April 3, 1929 in Many, La. He passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2011 in Lake Charles after a short illness.

Mr. Petty worked at City Service for 22 years, then he was a real estate broker and developer. Most recently, he had returned to his favorite occupation, doing tractor and dozer work primarily for Ag Electric and Farmers Rice Mill.

Joe was an avid fisherman and hunter and spent many days enjoying the outdoors in and around Southwest LA with his numerous friends.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Rita Petty; one daughter, Donna and her husband Darril Martin of Lake Charles; two step daughters, Patsy Reeves and Mary Jane Casey both of Lake Charles; several grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John Marshal and Addie Alford Petty of Many; his first wife, Wanda Wright Petty; two step sons, Melvin J. Sepulvado and Jimmy L. Sepulvado.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 11:00AM in Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Friday from 4PM-8Pm with a scripture service at 6:30PM. Visitation will continue Saturday at 8AM until time of service.

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  1. Joe Petty was a person I will always remember. He always held me as a child or would swing us around from his arms. I felt his unconditional love and always felt like I was one his 'favorites'. He is the person I think of with pure 'Joy' when I think of my childhood. He had such a jolly laugh.He was a wonderful story teller. I remember sitting for several hours as he told me stories of the 'escapades' (fishing, hunting, drinking) of he, my father, Dalton Lyons, Betbeze, etc.He may be gone, but will forever remain in my memories with a wonderful smile and endearing heart.Peace, Connie JoyDaughter of Kirby and Edith Broussard.

  2. Mrs. Rita Donna,We are so sorry to hear about your loss, Mr. Joe. What a sweet stubborn!!!! man he was, especially when he would come to our office and tell stories. We loved listening to him preach and get on his soap box about anything. We will surely miss seeing his smiling face every week. Your family will be in our prayers. Let us know if there is anything we can do.Peggy, Karen, Kaylan and Judy at Dr. Kent's office

  3. My Heart and love go out to you and darrel. The best time ever was the summer i spent with uncle joe he showed me how to fish and shoot skeet. These things I still love to do. Love you Donna.Love Bruce

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