GALESBURG - Larry Pettis Sr., 67, Galesburg, died at 9:07 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg.
Larry was born Jan. 19, 1953, in Wheatley, Arkansas, the son of Elmer and Doris E. (Morrison) Pettis Sr.
Larry is survived by his mother, Doris Pettis of Galesburg; one son, Larry (April Lopez) Pettis Jr. of Galesburg; three daughters, Tina Hornbneak of Iowa, Rana Nelson of Galesburg and Denishia Davis; and seven grandchildren. Larry is also survived by two sisters, Bobbie (Willie) Martin of Eastpointe, Michigan, and Verna Pettis of Galesburg; and one brother, Elmer (Mary) Pettis Jr. of Georgia.
Along with his father, Larry was preceded in death by his longtime partner, Carol Williams, in 2011.
Larry served in the U.S. Army. Never afraid of hard work, Larry was a self-employed tuck pointer for over 36 years and was still working. He enjoyed fishing and hunting in his younger years. His family was important to him and he enjoyed having everyone over for barbecue. He attended Star of Bethlehem and Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
Private family services will be held. A walk-through visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory. Due to restrictions in place pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks, social distancing and limited occupancy will be enforced. Memorials may be made to the family in c/o of Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watsonthomas.com.