Obit of the Day: ‘Til Death Did Them Part
Bob and Barbara Pettis had a lot in common. They both attended Oklahoma A&M College (now Oklahoma State University), they both became teachers, they both loved each other for 62 years, and they both passed away on June 30, 2014
The Pettises died within hours of each other with Barbara dying early that Monday morning while Bob passed that same evening. Their son, Clay Pettis, said, “I don’t believe in coincidences, and I didn’t sit down and tell Dad that Mama was gone. Just knowing them, you wouldn’t be surprised that Dad decided to check out, too.”
The couple, who had spent parts of eight decades together, traveled different paths to finding each other. Mrs. Pettis was known for her being a bright child, having skipped 4th grade and graduating from high school before turning 17. Mr. Pettis ended up at Oklahoma State after serving two years in the U.S. Army near the end of the war - he enlisted immediately after his high school graduation. They met and fell in love.
After college, Mr. Pettis taught agricultral science in the public school system while Mrs. Pettis stayed home raising their three children: Clay, Jim Cole, and Lesley (their “favorite” daughter). After the children were in high school, Mrs. Pettis headed to the classroom, teaching elementary school.
After retirement they remained active in their church, Barbara teaching and playing piano and organ, while Bob served as a deacon and song leader.
Barbara Pettis died on the morning of June 30, 2014 at the age of 82. Bob Pettis died at 8:00 p.m. on June 30, 2014 at the age of 85.
Sources: NewsOK.com and Fisher Funeral Home
(Bob and Barbara Pettis in the spring of 1951, just months before their wedding on September 1. Courtesy of the Pettis family via NewsOK.com)
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Helen and Kenny Felumlee - Married 70 years, died 15 hours apart
Jerome and Diane Pawlak - Died holding hands