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Gainesville - Donald (Don) Burl Pettry died March 9, 2013 after a brief illness.

Don was born December 10, 1928, in Akron, Ohio, to John Sidney Pettry and Emeline Haught Pettry. He served in the U.S. Army and earned his degree in Chemistry at Abilene Christian College. Don married Virginia Iris Spence of Poteet, Texas, in 1949, and they resided in Pennsylvania where he was employed as a chemical engineer for Firestone Chemical Company. In 1959, Don was transferred to Atlanta, Georgia, where he was employed by Flexible Products Company in research and development, then in technical sales. Among his many achievements there, he helped to create and revolutionize the use of plastisol inks and the screen printing processes we know and use today. For his ingenuity, creative thinking, product knowledge, and dedication, he received the "Howard Parmele Award" in 1995. He enjoyed the industry so much that he remained active as a consultant and made yearly treks to the conventions to offer his expertise. He also hosted for the company at the Master's Golf Tournament for many years. Don served as senior vice president until his early retirement due to the illness of his wife Iris. After her death, Don married Christine Hale and relocated to Gainesville, Florida.

Don enjoyed serving the Lord, participated in mission work, and was always an active Church of Christ member. While in Marietta, Georgia, he helped to found several congregations and was a member of East Cobb Church of Christ. In Gainesville, he was affiliated with the High Springs Church of Christ and was a member of the University Church of Christ.

He loved travel (visiting 69 countries), was an award- winning competitive swimmer in his youth, could beat anyone at ping-pong, was a wonderful song leader for many years, and was an avid and excellent golfer.

Don recently lost his older brother and best friend Dale K. Pettry as well as his sister Audrey Gardner. His sister, Naomi Tome, of Abilene, Texas, survives him along with numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Don is survived by his loving wife Christine and her children Carol Hale (widow of Johnny Hale) of Gainesville, Florida; Debra Hatch (husband Lee) of Branford, Florida; Tommy Hale (wife Kelly) of Val Rico, Florida; and their families. He is also survived by his children: John of Asheville, North Carolina; David of Anchorage, Alaska; Donna Cole (husband Tom) of Tucker, Georgia; Robbie Sibley (husband Quintus) of Highlands, North Carolina; James (wife Lori) of Scranton, Pennsylvania; Kathy Kucifer (husband Ken) of Marietta, Georgia; grandchildren Annie Pettry, Cody Pettry, Ayla Pettry, Nicholas Masters, Jason Pettry, Samantha Pettry, Max Pettry, Tyler Kucifer, Kayla Kucifer, Samala and Serena Hirst; and five great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM in Gainesville, FL on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at University City Church of Christ and a funeral will be held at East Cobb Church of Christ in Marietta, Georgia. Those details to be announced.

Arrangements are in the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home (352) 378-2528. Online condolences can be

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Published by Gainesville Sun from Mar. 12 to Mar. 13, 2013.
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Dear Christine and the Pettry Family,

Don was a kind,giving, and special person that will be greatly missed. My condolences to you, and you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Curt Rainwater
March 15, 2013
Dear Christine,
I was so sorry to read about Don in the AJC yesterday. I remember when you married; you were both so happy and so much in love! You were lucky to have found such a kind, friendly, and giving person with a generous heart, winning smile, and great sense of humor. I know you are thankful for the wonderful years you had together.
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Fondly, Jean (from Dale and Renee's office)
Jean Machen
March 14, 2013
Please accept my condolences for your loss. I did not know Mr. Pettry and I have never met him but I can assure you he has touched the lives of thousands of people in my industry. I have been working as a screen printer for more than 20 years and I can't over emphasize the profound contribution Donald has made to the industry. His innovation and compassion will be remembered and missed by all.
God Bless-
Jim Miller
March 14, 2013
Condolances from our family, I remember that my dad always held Don in the highest regard. Not many of us are able to leave this life for the next and realize that we left this world a better place.
Jim Henson
March 14, 2013
My sympathies go out to all the extended Pettry family in the loss of your dear father. You are in my loving thoughts and prayers at this time.
Donna Buford
March 14, 2013
With deepest sympathy to the Pettry family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
March 13, 2013
Dear Christine: My heart aches for your loss but rejoices at Don's gain - a home in Eternity. He was devoted in life to family, church membership, friends and his profession. As his sister, will truly miss him and his joyful approach to life With love, Naomi.
March 12, 2013
To the entire Pettry Family~ please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Christine, I can still remember the great love story of how you and Don met!

Please let us know if we can do anything for you!

Much love,
Tammy West-Cooper
March 12, 2013
Christine, we are very sorry to hear of your loss of Don. We always looked forward to seeing you both when you could visit with us at BSFE. Prayers are going for all in the family!
Carla Suggs
March 12, 2013
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