He was born in Spencer Mountain and was the son of the late Felder Andrew and Julia Flowers Petty.
Mr. Petty was a graduate of Lowell High School, played professional baseball for the Atlanta Crackers and then served in the U. S. Army during WWII, where he received a Purple Heart. At the end of WWII, he again played professional baseball for the Milwaukee Braves. He retired from Reynolds & Reynolds Company, Gastonia and after retirement worked in the Pro Shop at Gastonia Municipal Golf Course. He was a member of Community Bap-tist Church, Dallas.
Mr. Petty is survived by one daughter, Keila Harris of Gastonia; two grandchildren, Michael Harris and wife Kellie, Shane Harris of Gastonia; four great grandchildren, Jesse, Dylan, Kevin, Christian Harris; one brother, Gerald Petty and wife Betty of Lowell; two sisters, Vivian Fraley of Lowell, Joyce Brown and husband Fred of Spencer Mountain.
Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at Community Baptist Church with the Rev. Brian Correll and Matt Seagle officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. at the church.
Interment will be private and at a later date.
Mr. Petty was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Doris Marie Brown Petty; four brothers, Ted Petty, Frank Petty, Paul Petty, Bill Petty; four sisters, Shirley Biddy, Juanita Payne Flint, Essie McAbee and Dorothy Hollis.
National Cremation Service, Charlotte is serving the Petty family.