Willie Ed Pettway

Entered Omega Chapter on 8/23/2005

The Passing of Brother Willie Ed Pettway

It is with a heavy heart we deliver some very sad news.

Willie Ed Pettway, former President of Pi Alpha Chapter (1987-88) and Treasurer of PANAC (2001-2005), suddenly passed away Tuesday morning (8/23/05). Willie was a steadfast supporter of the undergraduate chapter, and a loyal friend, brother, husband, son, and father. He is survived by his wife, Dana (Gastonia, NC), and their two boys, Preston and Kendal. Willie and his family lived in Gastonia, NC, and Anderson, SC before moving to La Grange, GA last year. (2006) Dana and boys now in SC.

Willie E. Pettway, 38, was a Department Manager at Propex Fabrics, Inc of Roanoke, AL. He was a member of New Holly Light Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving are sister Cynthia Ritter of SC and brothers Charles Pettway of SC and David Ritter, Jr. of MD. He was preceded in death by sister Gwendolyn Jackson of SC.

Services were held at 3:00 pm Friday, August 26, 2005, at New Holly Light Missionary Baptist Church with the body at the church at 2:00 pm. Burial was held at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Anderson, SC. About thirty-five brothers conducted an Omega service (Alpha Memorial service) at the gravesite. Sadly, Brother Pettway was The first Pi Alpha Alumnus to pass away. We will all miss him greatly. You may download a copy of the service obituary by clicking here.

In lieu of flowers, separate trust funds have been established for the two surviving boys. Contributions can be made to ‘SunTrust Bank for the benefit of Kendal and/or Preston Pettway’. Marcus Brown Funeral Home of Anderson, SC was in charge of arrangements.

PANAC Family

Willie Pettway in May 2005

Updated September 6, 2005