John O. Pettigrew

Aug 26, 2014

The Captain

CLYDE — John Olin Pettigrew, 78, of Medford Hills in Clyde, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.

A native of Jackson, Georgia, John was the son of the J. Olin Pettigrew and Bell Smith Pettigrew.  He graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1953 from Jackson High School and earned his mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1957. John served as a naval officer in the U.S. Navy.  He was an engineering officer on the Nespleen, which included Operation Deep Freeze 3 and 4 Supply Missions to Antarctica.  He moved to Waynesville in 1959 to work at Dayco in engineering where he served for 34 years, retiring in 1993.  While at Dayco, John was a member of the Dayco Inventors Club because of inventions he created to produce the finest products for the company.  He also worked with Western North Carolina Air Pollution Control Agency until his second retirement. John was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Waynesville, serving as deacon, Sunday school teacher and various committees since 1961.

John is survived by his wife, Judy Ramsey Pettigrew; two daughters, Melissa Susan Pettigrew, of Athens, Georgia, and Melinda Lee Muire; son-in-law, Edward Muire; granddaughters, Madison Leigh Muire, Emily Ann Muire and Piper Elizabeth Muire, of Salisbury; sister, Ann Wade and brother-in-law, Euel, of Lakemont, Georgia; and brother, Jimmy Pettigrew and sister-in-law, Judy, of Forsyth, Georgia; nephews, Jim and Donna Wade, of Cumming, Georgia, Bill and Suzanne Wade, of Clarkesville, Georgia, Justin Pettigrew, of Atlanta; and aunt, Ermine Lane, of Griffin, Georgia.  John was known for his storytelling, famous fishing trips, and his love of family and friends.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Waynesville with the Revs. Dr. Robert Prince and Dr. James M. Ramsey officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. prior to services in the church chapel.  Private graveside services will be held at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Waynesville Sanctuary Renovation Fund, P.O. Box 690, Waynesville, NC  28786.

Wells Funeral Homes & Cremation Services of Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.  An online memorial register is available at