The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 24, 2014

Johnnie C. Petty

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Johnnie Clifford Petty, age 78, of Carthage, Mo., passed away at his home at 4:35 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born Aug. 25, 1935, in Houston, Mo., he was the son of the late Johnnie Arthur Petty and Sylvia Byrd Petty and lived in the Joplin area most of his lifetime. In his early life he was a truck driver, but most of his career was in construction. He served in the U.S. Army before receiving a medical discharge. He attended Grand Avenue Church of God in Carthage.

On Oct. 24, 1960, he married Ruby Eileen Wilson at Miami, Okla. She survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Lois Denise Bishop, of Webb City, Rose Ann Lee, of Joplin; a son, Johnnie Lee Petty, of Carthage; four sisters, Geraldine Rundle and husband, Alonzo, of Carterville, Sarah Coleman, of Webb City, Alice Velasquez and husband, Pedro, of Sunnyside, Wash., Donna Treat, of Houston, Texas; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters; a brother; and a stepson, Dennis Williams.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Parker Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Chuck Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Wild Rose Cemetery at Webb City with grandchildren serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary. Online condolences may be made at

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