OBITUARY

Millard Clayton Pettit

October 1, 1939December 29, 2020

Millard Clayton Pettit born October 1, 1939, in Overton, Texas, died December 29, 2020, in Conroe, Texas. He was the son of Asberry Millard Pettit and Thelma Walles Pettit. Survived by Garey D. Pettit, his wife of 56 years, and sisters, Jimmie Box of Kingwood Texas and Freda Nelson of Longview, Texas. He was preceded in death by his daughters Holly Ann and Sally Ann.

Millard loved the Lord and witnessed every chance he had. He loved the Church. He was ordained a deacon by South Avenue Baptist Church, Pasadena Texas in 1972. Since moving to Conroe, Millard and Garey have been active members at Mims Baptist Church.

He loved to sing in the church choir and enjoyed special musical groups coming to give concerts. Millard played center on the New London High School varsity football team. He was also a pitcher for the high school baseball varsity team.

His nieces and nephews will vouch for the fact that Millard was a master story teller and “leg puller” and you could always count on him to “grill” the new girlfriends or boyfriends at family gatherings. Millard worked for NASA for 19 years before becoming a State Farm Agent in Texas City, Texas. After retiring he and Garey moved to Conroe and became very active in Mims Baptist Church, Conroe, Texas.

A memorial service is planned to be held at a future date.

Services

  • Private Family Service

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Becky Spurgeon

January 11, 2021

I met Millard and Garry 17 years ago at Mims Church while attending a concert there. My husband had known Millard since 1980. Millard was the sweetest guy with a great sense of humor. He loved the Lord and I know
his homecoming was a joyous celebration. He will be missed.

Bruce Clawson

January 11, 2021

A great man. Served with him in Rotary and always enjoyed his wit and ability to make you laugh.

Karla Cox

January 10, 2021

My memories of Millard and Garey are ones of great delight! I say Millard "and" Garey, because there wasn't one without the other! It was always both... such a loving couple! I was a youth at South Avenue Baptist church when I came to know them. You couldn't be a member there without knowing them!! Millard and Garey were my Sunday School teachers and we had the coolest room ever, complete with couches and comfy chairs and Shipley's Donuts every Sunday... they made sure we wanted to be there and SO much teaching and learning and laughter filled those few years in our College and Carreer class. They taught us about the Lord and His love for us, and they modeled that love for us. Millard was such a bright light with his antics and sense of humor and very real dedication as a Christ follower. We will visit again one day!
Karla Frazier Cox

Mark Bauer

January 9, 2021

Uncle Millard loved the Lord and loved family. He could tell the corniest jokes and still get laughs. At family gatherings, he would never hesitate to zero in on the new love interests of his nephews and nieces and give them the 3rd degree. It was always fun to watch! Also, he was a crack shot with a 22 rifle. I remember losing several coca-colas to him at our place in Montgomery, shooting at pennies on a stump. He never missed! Millard will be greatly missed, but I know that he is now rejoicing with the angels in Heaven!

Kristan Bauer

January 9, 2021

It was Easter of 2013 and everyone warned me that Uncle Millard gave all the new boyfriend and girlfriends a hard time. Being quite fond of my future husband, I was a little nervous, but excited for the challenge. The house was filled with family that year, and Uncle Millard sat with John, myself, John’s sister, and her current boyfriend. The entire meal we played Uncle Millard’s version of “The Dating Game”. With a twinkle in his eye, he threw some tough and embarrassing questions out, and while the former boyfriend of my sister in law squirmed in his seat, John and I fired back! (We are a tad competitive!) We laughed so hard! Every family gathering after, I made sure I had a seat next to Uncle Millard. He kept a smile on everyone’s face.

Uncle Millard and Aunt Garey welcomed me with open arms from the beginning. Their love for the Lord shines bright. Uncle Millard brightened the room with his joking spirit, yet at the same time, made you feel safe and comforted. I loved spending time with him and hearing stories. After we got married, Uncle Millard would make sure to nudge us each gathering asking where our kids were. After we had one, he made sure to keep asking when the next one was coming! I loved seeing him love on our girls!

Uncle Millard is truly missed and I find comfort knowing he is with our Lord. My prayers go out to Nan and Aunt Garey. I love Uncle Millard and I will forever be missing my table seat mate.

Victoria Bauer

January 9, 2021

Uncle Millard was a wonderful man who loved the Lord. He was always so fun to have around and loved to kid around. Everyone who met him loved him. I remember one Christmas, we got everyone to play bowling and golf on the xbox. It was a great time watching Nan and Uncle Millard compete on that and the antics were hilarious. I'm so glad Rob got to spend some time with him and get to know him. I know he is now with the Lord and is chatting with all of our loved ones in heaven. We loved him and will miss him dearly.

Jimmie Box

January 9, 2021

My brother- Loved the Lord above all else and was a faithful follower. He loved talking to people and telling them about Jesus. He loved his family and we all loved him even though he could aggravate us at times. His nieces and nephews loved him and looked forward to family gatherings . We will greatly miss him. Love you. Your "old" sister Jimmie

SUSAN HAMM

January 8, 2021

MILLARD WAS A JOY TO WORK WITH AT HIS AGENCY IN TEXAS CITY, TX AND HE WAS A GOD FEARING MAN WHO LOVED THE LORD WITH ALL HIS HEART.

YOU WERE LIKE A FATHER TO ME AND I WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR AGGIE JOKES(CLEAN JOKES) THAT YOU THOUGHT WERE SO FUNNY AND I COULD NOT HELP BUT LAUGH BECAUSE HE WAS LAUGHING SO HARD WHEN HE WAS TELLING THEM.

THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS BEING THERE FOR ME AND I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART AND SOUL. YOU ARE WITH THE LORD BUT YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS!

SUSAN AND CHARLES HAMM

Judy Weidner

January 8, 2021

Millard was such a giving person and a good friend to all of us, his neighbors. I have missed talking with him and greeting him as we both walked the neighborhood, since my health has prevented me for the last few years. Millard always had a good quip ready to share, and if he heard you had a problem, he was always first to volunteer to help. I loved reciprocating when I could, from sharing things from the garden to providing jokes for the summer Bible school classes that he and Garey helped out with at Mims. I will miss him so much!

James & Joanne Mangone

January 7, 2021

Millard was a great neighbor and friend. We moved to Conroe, TX from Chicago, IL in 2003. Millard was very helpful and told us what to do when Hurricane Rita came to Conroe in 2005. We will miss him and his willingness to help whenever he could. May he rest in peace.

FROM THE FAMILY