Eugene H. Petteway Sr.

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Ocala - Mr. Eugene H. Petteway, Sr., 87, of Ocala, went home to be with the Lord on Friday morning, January 22, 2010. Born in Dunnellon, he was a true native of Marion County. During WWII, Gene worked at the naval shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia. Upon his return to Florida, he began a career with Blocker's Furniture as a deliveryman. Fifty-two wonderful years later, he retired from Blocker's as Vice President and General Manager. Gene's three passions in life were God, family, and sports. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Ocala for 57 years. After coming to live with his daughter and her family in 2004, he joined First Baptist Church in Ocala. Gene served as president of the Ocala High School Booster Club in 1961-62, president of the Marion County PTA in 1962, and chairman of the construction project that built Booster Stadium in 1970. Gene loved the Gators and was a member of the Gator Boosters for over 40 years. He is survived by his daughter, Carol P. Roland (Jack), Ocala; his sons, Eugene H. Petteway, Jr. (Linda), High Springs; Lewis C. Petteway (Janis), Ocala; 6 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife (Charlotte) of 65 years, the love of his life! Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 910 SE Silver Springs Blvd., with Dr. Edward D. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 5-7 on Monday at the funeral home.
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25, 2010