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James C. (JC) Petty

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James C. (JC) Petty, 79, passed away May 14, 2020 in Rockwall, TX. He was born on February 8, 1941 in Tyler, TX, to Charles F. Petty and Pernie (Steele) Petty. He was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Rockwall and enjoyed the worship and fellowship with the congregation and staff. An Army veteran, JC, served in Korea and multiple tours during the Vietnam war. After his return from the service, he joined the Dallas Police Department; ascending to the rank of Detective. He later joined the Collin County Sheriff’s Department before finishing his career in law enforcement with the Rockwall County Sherriff’s Department. An avid fisherman, he enjoyed spending time fishing and developed a love for fishing the Green River in Utah. He loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren. He will be missed by us all.

JC is survived by his wife Karen Ann Petty of Rockwall, TX; children: Janifer (Steve) Robinson of Burke, VA, James T. (Michele) Petty of Venice, UT, Greg (Tammy) Petty of Sachse, TX, and Kim (Greg) Byrd of Dallas, TX; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Jerry Petty and Michael Petty.

The family would like to express gratitude to the many friends and neighbors for the prayers, food and comfort during this trying time.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday May 18, 2020 at the First Baptist Church of Rockwall. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations be made to the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in memory of JC Petty at

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