Pettis D. (Sonny) Walley (1932 - 2014)

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Mr. Pettis D. (Sonny) Walley


Mr. Pettis D. "Sonny" Walley, 81, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Hattiesburg, MS. Pettis was born June 19, 1932, in Richton, MS., to Pettis and Mattye Lou Devreaux Walley. He was a graduate of Richton High School. Thereafter, he graduated from the

University of Southern Mississippi where he received a B.S. in Chemistry. While at USM, he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity.

In 1956 he began his own petroleum distributorship and transportation business which he operated until retiring. While in business, he was active in the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers Association and was a Rotarian. Pettis was also on the Colonel's staff of three Mississippi governors and was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Richton, where he taught Sunday School.

Pettis is survived by his wife Ginger Walley, his children, Pettis D. (Ninette) Walley Jr., Petal, Paul D. (Samantha) Walley, Richton; step-children Regina Crumbley, Ft. Walton Beach, FL, and Jim (Connie) Phllips, Niceville, FL; four grandchildren, Brandon Walley, Jason Walley, David Walley and Susan Walley; six step-grandchildren, Brandon Crumbley, Collin Crumbley, Quinn Crumbley, Tyler Phillips, Brittani Phillips and Hunter Phillips; and two step-great grandchildren, Kadyn Campbell and Avary Crumbley; a niece, Donna Reynolds of Ft. Worth, TX and a nephew, Pettis Milner of Mandeville, LA. He was preceded in death by his sister, Maurice Walley Kelly.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until service time at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday March 19, 2014 at the Jones and Son Funeral Home in Richton, MS. Interment will be in Sunset Cemetery in Richton. Pallbearers will be Claytor Lassiter, Pete Jolly, Terry Dewitt, Billy Broome, Warren Strickland and Ronnie Rahaim. Members of the Baraca Sunday School Class will be honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to give to the Mississippi Baptist Children's Village or the . For more information please go to


Published in the Hattiesburg American on Mar. 18, 2014
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