Jerry Pettis, 73, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 9:05 A.M. November 7, 2018 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was born September 8, 1945 in Peck, Michigan to James and Flossie Jane (Allen) Pettis. He married Debra Jean (Hiltibidal) Pettis on February 14, 1995 and she survives in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
In addition to his wife, Jerry is survived by his children, Jerry Pettis, Jr. of Pilot Point, Texas, Diana Pettis and significant other, Reyes Godina of DeKalb, Texas, Stefanie Pettis and significant other, David Nelson of DeKalb, Texas, Tesa Morris and husband, Andrew of Benton, Illinois, and David Lowery of Mount Vernon, Illinois; grandchildren, David Garcia, Brad Pettis, Dawson Foster, Talia Pettis, Jesse Guerrero, Cynthia Guerrero, Bridgette Guerrero, Ethan Morris, Emma Morris, Abagail Morris, Brenden Lowery, and Shelby Lowery; and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Pettis was preceded in death by his granddaughters, Bethany Pettis and Olivia Pettis; two brothers, Jimmy Pettis and Raymond Pettis; and an infant sister.
Jerry worked as a HVAC Tech Coordinator, but was truly a Jack-of-all-trades with special interests in carpentry and car mechanics; he could build a house or a car engine with no problems. He was saved the Sunday before Thanksgiving in 1994 and baptized later that evening. Along with his loving wife he was a member of the Mount Vernon Baptist Temple in Mount Vernon and held membership at the Victory Baptist Church in Carterville, Illinois and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, Texas in the past. Jerry loved playing games such as Yahtzee and Uno, enjoyed watching movies, and was a great cook. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family, especially when he had the opportunity to take his grandchildren fishing. He was a caring person, always putting others’ needs before his own, was a friend to everyone, and when he loved, he loved hard. Jerry will be remembered for his fearless attitude, his toughness, his strength of character and principle, his hard work ethic, his realness, his “all or nothing” mentality, his understanding and loving nature toward everyone with whom he made contact, and his hopeless silliness. Over the years he expressed many funny sayings that had a way of sticking with the listener which could be applied to many aspects of life. His children, who hail him the greatest father who ever lived, will never forget the many lessons he taught them through his time here on Earth; be tough, be strong, be independent, love hard. It is a vast understatement to say that Jerry was dearly loved by his family and friends and that he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 P.M. Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Mount Vernon Baptist Temple in Mount Vernon, Illinois with Dr. Ron Reynolds and and Pastor Tim Reynolds officiating. Memorials may be made to the Mount Vernon Baptist Temple or Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Mount Pleasand, Texas