William Bieber Pettis
William Bieber Pettis (Bill) died peacefully, on April 3, 2017, after a brief illness, at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. He was 94.
William is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Madelyn Covill Pettis; four children, William Covill Pettis (Beth Palmer), of Silver Spring, Maryland, Robert Earl Pettis (Cheryl), of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, Janet Pettis (Montrie) Brown (Craig), of Deale, Maryland and Raymond John Pettis of Salisbury; nine grandchildren, Andrew Montrie, Kristen Sheets, Christopher Montrie, Robert Montrie, Benjamin Pettis, Alexander Pettis, Christine Pettis, Julie Pettis and Katherine Pettis; five great-grandchildren, Emma Sheets, Sawyer Montrie, Liam Sheets, Ethan Pettis and Nicole Pettis; and three nieces and three nephews.
Bill was born on Sept. 17, 1922 in Washington, D.C. to Mary and William Pettis. He served in the Army during WW II from 1943-1946. He worked as a property manager for HG Smithy Company in Washington, D.C. until his retirement. After retiring to Ocean Pines, he was a top selling Realtor until he really retired at the age of 85.
His children remember him as a kind, patient and loving father. Guided by his faith, he lived his life in an incredibly positive fashion. He was dedicated to his wife and family. He was a leader in the ministry and an active member of the Georgetown Lutheran Church in D.C. and the Community Church of Ocean Pines.
He and his wife loved to sing. He sang lead for many years with the Peninsulaires Barbershop Chorus in Salisbury.
A funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at The Crownsville Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville, Maryland.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home at 29449 Charlotte Hall Rd, Charlotte Hall, Maryland 20622 or Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.