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PETTUS RAY A. PETTUS (nee Ray Philson Anderson) Of Ashburn, VA, passed away at home on Sunday, December 2, 2018. Born 3 June 1936 in Morganton, NC, she was the daughter of Samuel Paul Anderson and his wife the late Rosa Eloise Bond of Laurens, SC, and Clinton, SC. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her six siblings: Samuel Paul Anderson of Macon, GA; Charles Anderson of Jacksonville, FL; Mary Anderson Lewis of Centreville, VA; Ann Anderson Kidwai of Columbia, SC, William Thomas Anderson of Clinton, SC, and John Law Anderson of Dalton, GA. Ray held a Bachelor's Degree in Biology/Zoology from Winthrop College, Rock Hill, SC. She was employed as a laboratory technician at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, VA, and Harvard University School of Biology, Cambridge, MA. She was a member of Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Cambridge, MA, and of Fairfax Circle Baptist Church in Fairfax, VA. She was a member of Harvard Dames and Virginia Baptist Historical Society. Ray is survived by her husband, William Walker Pettus IV; her daughter, Susan P. Cottrell of Centreville, VA; her son William Walker Pettus V of Blacksburg, VA; and six grandchildren: William Thomas Bowman of Arlington, VA; Rebecca Anne Bowman of Norfolk, VA; Emily Elizabeth Cottrell of Fredericksburg, VA; Jonathan Mark Cottrell of Charlottesville, VA; William Walker Pettus VI of Blacksburg, VA; and Philip Lucius Pettus of Blacksburg, VA. She is also survived by seven nephews and nieces. A memorial service will be held on 16 December at 2:30 p.m. at Fairfax Circle Baptist Church, 3110 Chichester Lane, Fairfax, VA 22031. A reception at the church will follow. Memorial donations may be made to University of Virginia, Dept. of Neurology, Box 800394, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0394. Donations are tax-deductible. Donors should write "In memory of Ray A. Pettus" on the memo line of your check. Arrangements entrusted to Adams-Green Funeral Home in Herndon, VA.Arrangements entrusted to Adams-Green Funeral Home in Herndon, VA.
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Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 11, 2018
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