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Percy Pettus

Percy Jarman Pettus

Sunday, June 10th, 1923 - Tuesday, February 18th, 2020
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Percy Jarman Pettus, 96, of Gonzales, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Percy was born June 10, 1923 in Gonzales County to William Thomas and Kate Cobb Pettus. He married Arline Gescheidle in June of 1948 at the First Baptist Church in Gonzales, a marriage that would celebrate 71 years of loving devotion. Percy was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Percy graduated from Gonzales high school and went directly into the U.S. Army in response to WWII. After his honorable discharge Percy came back to Gonzales County to work on the family ranch and marry Arline Gescheidle.
Percy raised cross-bred cattle and worked hard, committed to his life’s calling as a rancher. He was a solid man in word and stature. He was a devout Christian, he lived the word of God and worshipped faithfully every Sunday until failing health prevented him from attending regularly.
Though soft spoken, Percy had a quick wit and a dry sense of humor. He enjoyed dining out with his wife and friends. There was a time he enjoyed fishing, but the hours required to meet the needs of his responsibilities on the ranch consumed what little time he had for other interests.
Percy is survived by his adoring wife, Arline Gescheidle Pettus, nephews, Tom Clark, David Pettus, Harry Pettus, Warren Pettus, Jr., Jim Dickinson, Randy Gescheidle, Tim Gescheidle, Chris Gescheidle and Connly Wilmann, nieces, Patricia Pettus Caraway, Virginia Pettus Tidwell, Sharon Pettus Fitts, Vicki Miles, Lisa Holden, Lori Yuja and Leigh Kahn. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, William (Bill) Pettus, Sam Pettus and Warren Pettus, sisters, Georgia Pettus Clark and Virginia Pettus Dickinson Brown. He was also preceded in death by nephews, Donald Clark and William (Buck) Pettus and nieces, June Clark Jansen, Joan Clark Manning, Janice Dickinson Lester and Laura Pettus Neighbors.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2020 in Seydler-Hill Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2020 in Seydler-Hill Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Matt Pennington officiating. Interment will follow in the Gonzales Masonic Cemetery. Pallbearers: Kelly Allen, Tom Lester, Tim Gescheidle, Buddy Lester, Jon Dickinson and Todd Dickinson. Honorary pallbearer: Pal Lester. The family wishes to thank Sandra, Maribell and Rosa Almaguer for their special care, Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund. Friends may leave their condolences by visiting Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 21st, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, February 21st, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Seydler-Hill Funeral Home
    906 St. Paul Street
    GONZALES, TX 78629
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 10:00am
    Seydler-Hill Funeral Home
    906 St. Paul Street
    GONZALES, TX 78629
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Gonzales Masonic Cemetery
    Gonzales, TX 78629


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Mikala Jansen

Posted at 07:55pm
Our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Percy. Our thoughts and prayers of healing and comfort are with you during this difficult time.
Love, Ethan Jansen and family.

Scott Tulloch

Posted at 04:33pm
What a wonderful man! Memories of him coming over on Weekend mornings checking on his cattle in his dirty pickup and listening to his stories are etched in my mind forever.Seeing him and Arline at church on Sundays was always a joy.His knowledge of cattle and what I learned from him hopefully I can pass on. He will be missed by many myself included.Thanks for being such a great friend to my mother and Kelly!!

Here you go Mr.Percy I wish we could have on more piece of pie or a scoop of Ice cream together!!

Scott Tulloch

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