Col. Ray Harrison Pettit - age 75 of Gallatin, MO and lifelong Daviess County, MO resident, passed away Tuesday afternoon, March 9th, 2021 at North Kansas City Hospital in North Kansas City, MO. Ray was born on June 16th, 1945 the son of Franklin Harrison and Peggy Jo (Stephens) Pettit in Jameson, MO. He grew up in Jameson and Gallatin and graduated from Gallatin High School in 1963. On December 3rd, 1964 he was united in marriage to Carolyn Sue Cox and to this union four children were born. They later divorced. Ray was a member of Olive Baptist Church. He owned and operated Pettit Auction Service. Ray also worked for MODOT and Glen LaRue as an auctioneer. He sold real estate and hauled scrap. Ray was a jack of all trades. He was most known for his auctioneering and conducted many Amish auctions in the area. Ray loved his children and grandchildren and he will be dearly missed.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Jo King and infant sister; great-grandson, Jacob Rainey; brother-in-law, Curtis Roberts. Survivors include: children, Bill (Stacy) Pettit of Gallatin, Mark (Heidi) Pettit of Jamesport, Sherri (Chance) Smith of Gallatin, John (Renay) Pettit of Gallatin; siblings, Kenneth Pettit of Gallatin, Alice (Larry) Webb of Gallatin, Cynthia Kay Roberts, Gallatin; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family also survive.
Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Monday, March 15th, 2021, at the AV Spillman Event Center in Jamesport, MO. The family will receive friends, 6 to 8 PM, the evening prior (Sunday, 3/14) also at the event center. Friends may call 10 AM to 2 PM, Sunday at Stith Funeral Home in Gallatin. Burial will follow the services at Hillcrest Cemetery in Gallatin, MO. Arrangements entrusted the care and direction of Stith Funeral Home in Gallatin, MO. (660) 663-2117. Online guestbook at www.stithfamilyfunerals.com
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