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Earl Petty

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Argyle, Clinch County, Georgia, United States
Death: December 10, 1999 (75)
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, United States
Place of Burial: Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Kyler (Cuyler) "Pulpwood" Petty and Sallie L. Petty
Husband of Katherine Johey Avery
Father of Tom Petty and Private
Brother of Pearl Elizabeth Guynn and Warren Vernia Petty
Half brother of Estelle Thompson; Ruby Lee Green; Alvin Joseph Petty, Sr; Willie Duard Petty, Sr; Wesley Hyrman Petty and 4 others

Occupation: Insurance
Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About Earl Petty

Pvt. Petty signed up on July 6th, 1942 at Camp Blanding, Fla. Warrant Officer.


Gainesville Sun Saturday, 11 December 1999

Earl Petty, the Gainesville insurance man whose son became a world-famous rock star, died Friday morning after a long history of illness. He was 75.

Tom Petty's dad still lived in the house he bought in 1947, where he and wife, Katherine, raised Tom, now 49, and Bruce, 47.

"He died comfortably at home," said Gainesville Police Department Capt. Sadie Darnell, Mr. Petty's niece, who grew up in the house next door.

Although the cause of death has not been determined, Mr. Petty, who retired in 1988, suffered from diabetes, emphysema and other ailments.

A native of Bronson, Mr. Petty was an Air Force groundsman in Egypt during World War II. After the war, he returned to Gainesville and went to work as a truck driver for the Eli Witt tobacco and candy company.

After he married Katherine "Kitty" Avery in 1947, Mr. Petty was hired as an underwriter by the National Standard Insurance Co. He and his wife both taught Sunday school at North Central Baptist Church.

Katherine Petty died in 1980, the same year Tom released his first million-selling album.

"I didn't ever think he'd make anything in music," Mr. Petty told The Sun in 1990. "But I admired him for doing it; it made me feel good having somebody in the family that could play a tune, because none of the rest of us could."

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Earl Petty's Timeline

1924
January 15, 1924
Argyle, Clinch County, Georgia, United States
1950
October 20, 1950
Age 26
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, United States
1999
December 10, 1999
Age 75
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, United States
December 10, 1999
Age 75
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, United States