Gilbert “Gil” Pettit, age 86, of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away in the comfort of his home, on Thursday, October 7, 2021.
Born March 10, 1935, to the late Lester and Goldie Pettit, in Otisco, Indiana, “Gil” devoted his life to being a loving son, father, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. A United States Air Force Veteran, serving twenty-two years, “Gil” was a Vietnam Veteran, Volunteer Fireman in Walker, Louisiana for over ten years, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and twenty year member to American Legion #110 of Manchester, Tennessee. In his spare time, he enjoyed being outdoors, woodworking, was an avid western books reader and a self described “old school locksmith”. He will forever be remembered as “The Master of His Own Ship, Without Ever Being in the Navy.” “Gil” will surely be missed by his loving family and friends.
Other than his parents, he is preceded in death by one son, Robert “Bobby” James Pettit; three brothers, Elmer Pettit, Ervin Pettit and Richard Pettit; and one sister, Mary Pettit-Price.
Survivors include his beloved, soulmate of fifty seven years, wife, Carolynne Rouleau- Pettit; two sons, Mark Pettit and Kenneth “Ken” Richard (Tina) Pettit; three daughters, Kathy (Allen) Wingert, Cherlynne (Lloyd) Franklin and Stacy Jefferies; one brother, Kenneth (Paula) Pettit; twelve grandchildren, Dustin (Danielle) Wingert, James (Mackenzie) Montero, Deena Oliphant, Jeramy Montero, Jauna-Lai Martin, Shauna (Shane) Ruthruff, Charles (Clair) Montero, Patrick Elkins, Aaron Pettit, Kayla (Ben) Swatek, Sharon Alyssa Besse and Maverick Swatek; and thirty one great grandchildren with one on the way.
Visitation will be held at Coffee County Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 4-8PM.
A private graveside service will be conducted on October 13, 2021 at Middle Tennessee State Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee, with interment to immediately follow.
Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to assist the family with the arrangements.
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