In Loving Memory

George N. Pettis, Jr., d. Dec. 10, 2013



In Loving Memory

December 10, 1979 – December 10, 2013

Tybee Island

Bay Minette, AL

George Newton Pettis, Jr., 34, born in Fairhope, formerly of Brewton, AL and a resident of Bay Minette,  died unexpectedly, Tuesday, December 10, 2013.  He was a graduate of W.S. Neal High school and was employed as an electrician with ISC Contractors.  George loved everybody he met and they loved him, too.  He spent most of his life working as a mechanic, but more than anything, he loved his music and writing songs.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Kimberly Van Delia Sawyer, his father in law, William Jackson Boutwell, Jr. and his step son, Richard Earl Sims, Jr.

Surviving are, his loving wife of 15 years, Gail B. Pettis of Bay Minette; his father, George N. Pettis, Sr. of Brewton; two sons,  Jim (Harmony) Bodtke, Jr. of Daphne, and Benjamin (Dawn) Bodtke of North Dakota; one daughter, Tabitha (Robert) Sims Pittman of Loxley;  two brothers, Michael Pettis of Daphne, Elec Pettis of Mobile; one sister, Pennie Pettis of Brewton;  two step brothers, Tommy Lee of Tallahassee, Florida and Brian Lee of Missouri; mother in law, Catherine Boutwell and his daughter in law, Ashley Stack Sims;  eight grandchildren, Cameron Bodtke, Cameron Sims, Emma Grace Bodtke, Jamisyn Bodtke, Harleigh Bodtke, Kadence Bodtke, Braden Pittman, and Serenity Pittman.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday night, December 17, 2013 at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Brewton.   Expressions of condolence nay be at


  1. L Jean

    Extending heartfelt condolences for your tragic loss. Cherish loving memories of laughter and times spent together. Proverbs 17:22 says “a joyful heart is good medicine”, therefore, in time may those memories bring you joy and warm your heart. Grieving is not an overnight process, and you may at times find that you do not have the needed empathy, comfort and support from family and friends. One true source of comfort who is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, is our loving Heavenly Father, all we need do is approach him in prayer. Psalm 65:2 calls God the “Hearer of prayer”, and Psalm 145:18 says he “is near to all those calling on him”. God has also promised that soon death, mourning, outcry and pain will be no more (Revelation 21:4), and Acts 24:15 holds out the hope of the resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in death. As you grieve the loss of George, may Jehovah, the Father of tender mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials (2 Corinthians 1:3,4), comfort you in your time of need. ([email protected])

  2. Tabitha Pittman

    George you were more to me than a step dad you was also my friend that I can talk to when I didn’t have anyone to talk to you always told me to keep my head up and don’t you dare settle for less than what you deserve. You was a second father to Cameron and I really appropriate that more than you will ever know. We miss you so much words can’t describe the feelings the hurt and pain we feel now that you are gone. We will always love you. I will not tell you goodbye because it’s not goodbye its I will see you soon. I LOVE and miss you George

  3. Beenwar

    I am so sorry for your terrible loss. This is an especially difficult time to find comfort from anywhere. I hope you find comfort in what Our Creator promises. He promises we will soon see our loved ones again in paradise on earth. Please try to find a little time to consider the warm thoughts for you from the God of all comfort at Acts 24:15 and Revelation 21:3, 4.


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