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Thomas L. Petitt, 72

Thomas L. Petitt, 72

Thomas L. Petitt, 72, of Flat Rock, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013.

A native of LaFollette, Tenn., he was a son of the late William Everett and Mary Elizabeth Kirkland Petitt. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Mary Lou Lindsey and his maternal grandparents, Ida and Roscoe Kirkland.

He was a graduate of East Tennessee State University and was an avid fan of Tennessee football. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He loved spending time with his family and his beloved dogs, Missy and Sophie, and especially cherished every moment spent with his grandchildren.

Mr. Petitt is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Jeannie Anderson Petitt; two daughters, Symantha Gragg and her husband Shane and Heather Barnette and her husband Jimmy; two grandchildren, Thomas Barnette and Marina Gragg, all of Hendersonville; his brother, John Lindsey and his wife Lois of Caryville, Tenn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service with military honors will be at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Mud Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Greg Mathis will officiate. The family will receive guests from 3:30 until 5 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Ridge Humane Society, 1214 Greenville Highway Hendersonville, NC 28792.

A guest book and sympathy cards are available at

Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.