John Dillard Pettigrew Jr., 67, captured wildlife photos for North Carolina Candid Critters

John Dillard Pettigrew Jr.

SUPPLY — John Dillard Pettigrew Jr., 67, affectionally known as “Dad,” “John Boy,” and “Papaw,” passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family after fighting glioblastoma cancer for several months.

He was born Dec. 2, 1953, in Gastonia, the son of the late John Dillard Pettigrew Sr. and June Thomas Pettigrew. He was also preceded in death by a son, William Thomas “Tommy” Pettigrew Sr.

Mr. Pettigrew was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a supervisor for UPS in Charlotte for many years. He retired from the post office in Shallotte. He never met a stranger and loved being around people. He loved the outdoors, being around nature and drew strength for what God had made.

He was a member of the Woods and Water Hunt Club, Brunswick County Long Beards and the National Wild Turkey Federation. He was a previous member of Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department. He also enjoyed capturing wildlife photos for North Carolina Candid Critters.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Donna R. Pettigrew of the home; daughter, Brandy Leigh Farmer, and her husband, Tim, of Rock Hill, South Carolina; sister, Nancy Ryan, and her husband, Kevin, of Charlotte; three grandsons, Thomas Pettigrew, Joey Farmer and Jake Farmer; and last, but not least, his dog, “Levi.”

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, at Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte Chapel, with the Rev. Jason L. Benton officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Pettigrew to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, Duke Medical Center.

Share online condolences with the family at Brunswick Funeral Service.

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