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In Memory of

Robert David Pettus

February 20, 1945 - May 10, 2017

Obituary


Robert David "Bob" Pettus, Jr., 72, born on February 20, 1945, passed into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 of natural causes. Bob was born in Sweetwater, Texas to the late Robert D. Pettus, Sr. and the late Nell Woodard Pettus. His family moved to Greenville, SC when Bob was six years old and was a member of Southside Baptist Church. He graduated from Greenville Senior High School in 1963, attended Bryan College and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1968. Bob and Marilyn married in 1976.

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Robert David "Bob" Pettus, Jr., 72, born on February 20, 1945, passed into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 of natural causes. Bob was born in Sweetwater, Texas to the late Robert D. Pettus, Sr. and the late Nell Woodard Pettus. His family moved to Greenville, SC when Bob was six years old and was a member of Southside Baptist Church. He graduated from Greenville Senior High School in 1963, attended Bryan College and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1968. Bob and Marilyn married in 1976.

Bob and his family moved to Charlotte, NC when he began his career with Coca-Cola Consolidated in 1984 as the vice president of Human Resources. He retired in 2015 as Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors and continued to work as a consultant over the next three years. During his over 20 years with Coca-Cola Consolidated in Charlotte, NC, Bob was instrumental in the formation of a company-wide chaplain program, many faith based stewardship activities and the growth of the company's charitable giving program - all of which continue to grow and thrive to this day. He also served on many civic and non-profit boards including: The Carolina Youth Commission, and Corporate Chaplains of America. He served as a mentor, trusted confidant, and counselor to many business and spiritual leaders. His impact on the lives of so many will be felt not just in this generation, but for generations to come. Bob and Marilyn have been members of Central Church of God for many years. They are also honorary members of Progressive Baptist Church, where Bob is a honorary pastor. Churches of various racial and denominational traditions often sought out Bob to speak in their services. Speaking of the love of Jesus and the plan of salvation was something that was precious to Bob and he delighted in reaching others for Christ. He certainly had a gift for preaching the Word and many lives were deeply impacted and changed.

Additionally, Bob was recognized as a true renaissance man among his peers. He was a very active outdoorsman as well as a champion shooter. He was a member of the Charlotte Rifle and Pistol Club, The Vintagers and a favorite customer, consultant, and advocate of Carolina Sporting Arms. These activities provided the opportunity for him to travel to many places around the world to shoot competitively, hunt and fish. His friends often stated that these trips were more about mission outreach for the cause of Christ than mere hunting, fishing or shooting. In addition to his strong business aptitude and his outdoors lifestyle, he enjoyed such diverse areas as watches, shotguns, automobiles, and story telling. Colorful, humorous and caring stores about the life of Bob Pettus will live on for many years. In the retelling of those stories, hearts, minds and Souls of many will be changed.

Through a time of deep pain caused by the passing of his oldest daughter, Julie, to Cancer in 2014, Bob and his son, Robert, founded BelovedNC. It is a non-profit organization that addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families affected by cancer.

More than anything, Bob would want us to write of his deep devotion to Jesus Christ. Much of his life was centered around his commitment to the Lord and his family. No one could talk with him very long before he would begin to tell them about either his family or "The Great Commission'. He will be remembered for his investment in the lives of others. He loved and cherished his family. He embraced the value of each day by making the most of opportunities that God would provide. And he loved the Lord his God with all his heart, with all his soul, with all his mind and with all his strength. Bob will be deeply missed by family and friends, but they take great comfort in the words of Christ, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies...'

Bob was the loving and adored husband of Marilyn, the devoted father of Robert D. Pettus, III of Raleigh, NC, Alyson Pettus Laney of Charlotte, NC, and Julie Ann Pettus Smith of Rockingham, NC who preceded him in death. He was the proud grandfather of Jillian Craig of New York, Rachael Mathis and Miriam Mathis of Arden, NC, Hannah Smith of Rockingham, NC, Dashaun Dumas of Crossnore, NC, Cody Williams and India Williams of Charlotte, NC. He also leaves his precious sister and brother-in-law Shirley and Larry Reeves of Anderson, SC and a loving brother, Ken Pettus (Bonnie) of Greenville, SC. Bob was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy DePalma of Greenville, SC. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends around the country.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held on Saturday, May 20, at Central Church of God, 5301 Sardis Road in Charlotte, NC with visitation from 11:00am - 1:00pm followed by the funeral at 1:00pm. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to BelovedNC at www.belovednc.org.

Online condolences may be offered at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com.