Michael Waymon Pettyjohn

March 26, 1946December 29, 2018
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Michael Waymon Pettyjohn, 72, of Arnoldsville, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2018.

A native of Athens, Mr. Pettyjohn was the son of the late Waymon Victor Pettyjohn and Floy Jordan Pettyjohn. He was the owner/operator of Pettyjohn Auto Electric on Boulevard for over 40 years. He also loved drag racing and working on antique radios. He was a member of West End Baptist Church. Mr. Pettyjohn had been a resident of Rainbow Retirement Home in Arnoldsville for the last 5 years.

Survivors include children, Michelle Wood (Tommy), Melanie Sottile (Gene Wren) and Ginger Pettyjohn, all of Winterville; sister, June P. Blackwell of Statham; grandson, Brandon Wood of Athens; and special friend, Maria Funk of Winterville.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 2 from 6-8 p.m. at Bernstein Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, January 3 at 2 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 105 Westpark Drive, Suite C, Athens, GA 30606.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • American Cancer Society


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, January 3, 2019

Michael Waymon Pettyjohn

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Jeremy Kirk

January 1, 2019

Condolences to Michael's children and family at his passing. Pettyjohn was a unique individual who enlightened those around him. He had a great sense of humor, an amazing knowledge of cars and a level of self-awareness and self-acceptance that few of us can match.

I'm certain that I laughed more around Pettyjohn than just about anyone I've ever known, but I also scratched my head plenty as well, trying to understand the twists and turns of his jokes. He had a particular twinkle in his eye when he knew he was confusing and confounding me, and it took me quite a while to understand how to more or less figure out most of what he was talking about. Some of it I never did.

When I first pulled my '62 Impala into his driveway, Michael's first words to me were, "Who shot JR?" I'd seen the Corvette in the driveway, and was amazed that he had a lift back there as well. I went to see him looking for a mechanic. I ended up finding a true friend, an amazing spirit and intellect, and a whole slew of adventures that I never could have imagined. He will be missed. May he rest in peace.

Sheila Miller

January 1, 2019

My name is Sheila Miller. I own Rainbow Retirement Home in Arnoldsville,Georgia. I had the absolute pleasure of having Michael as one of my kids at Rainbow. He always greeted me with "you look beautiful today Ms Sheila" no matter how awful I looked. He especially loved smoke break and was the first in line. He knew the times better than staff. He also loved ketchup on anything he ate except dessert. He was always kind to everyone. He loved to tell you all about his Corvette and stories from Boulevard Street
My staff and the rest of my kids miss Michael and loved him more than he could ever know. He definitely holds a special place at Rainbow and he will never be forgotten. He was my buddy.

Eric Pedersen

December 31, 2018

23 years ago my friend Jeremy and myself lived across blvd from Michael. Anyone that knows Michael knows he could have a certain way of introducing himself that you could not ignore. We all quickly became friends and Michael simply became Pettyjohn to Jeremy and I.

Jeremy and I spent many years obtaining wisdom, folklore and dirty jokes from Pettyjohn and in return I believe that we helped Michael rediscover a youth that he once had.

My life in Athens was my personal wonder years, made even more wonderful by my friendship with Pettyjohn. He provided an education and a personal enrichment that could not be obtained at UGA ...

23 years later, Pettyjohn and I still spoke on a regular basis. He was a true friend and definitely a One-Of-A-Kind! My memories of Pettyjohn will last me a lifetime and I will always be greatfull for his friendship!...

You will be missed my friend