Fred Mitchell Pettyjohn WINSTON-SALEM - Mr. Fred Pettyjohn, age 81, of Winston-Salem, passed away January 12, 2014 at the Royal Park Rehabilitation Facility and was also being cared for by Hospice and Palliative Care of Greater Charlotte in NC. A Celebration of his Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. February 11, 2014 at Parkway United Church of Christ at 2151 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 and will be officiated by Craig Schaub. Fred was born June 5, 1932 in Winston-Salem to Dovie and John Pettyjohn. Fred, as he insisted everyone call him, graduated from Gray High School, Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts, and Appalachian State University with a Masters Degree in Public Administration. He was a veteran of the US Navy, a former Forsyth County employee (who was replaced by three people needed to do his job) and a proud member of the Carolinas Boxing Hall of Fame (inducted in 2007). He was a member of the Golden Gloves and Michigan State Boxing team and was given the nickname of "mule kick" due to his strong hook. He was fiercely independent, insightful, and open in his love and his opinions. He was a frequent patron of the Healy Drive K&W and Cagney's and spoke fondly of the owners, managers, staff, and fellow customers at each location who he frequently cheered up by wearing his red clown nose which he used to get a laugh and start conversations. During his last two months of life, Fred lived in The Laurels, an assisted living facility in Pineville, N.C. In those too short months, he made wonderful friends of staff and residents, and was loved well by his N.C. grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret (Peggy) Handy Pettyjohn; his brothers J.V. and Glenn Pettyjohn; and both of his parents. Survivors include: his daughters Amy Bertram and her husband David Bertram of Charlotte, NC and Rebecca Garcia and her husband Oswaldo (Oz) Garcia, Jr. of Silver Spring, MD; four grandchildren, Evan Margaret Bertram, Cole Starrett Bertram, Elise Lynne Bertram and Blake Evan Garcia; his sister Marie Fesperman of Advance, NC; and a host of other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204 or the YMCA (please specify Forsyth County) 301 N. Main Street, Suite 1900, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Jan. 26, 2014