OBITUARY

Troy O'Neal Petitt

October 4, 1954April 23, 2021
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Troy O’Neal Petitt was born October 4, 1954 in Wharton, Texas to the late, Ivory Austin Petitt. Troy often described himself as “just a country boy from East Texas,” but his 66 years of life revealed him as that and abundantly more.

As a young boy, his family relocated to Austin, Texas, where he continued to be raised by his dear Mama alongside his sisters (Kathy Austin Williams and Kay Francis Petitt). He spent his childhood hunting minnows in creeks, bicycling the hilly streets of East Austin, and getting into mischief typical of curious little kiddos.

As he grew, he developed a ferocious appetite for reading, a joy of athletics (namely basketball), and a lifelong hunger to dissect, question, and understand the world around him. Over his life he was many things: an L.C. Anderson Yellow Jacket, a McCallum Knight, a soldier in the U.S. Army, a self-taught illustrator, an employee with an indisputable work ethic, a freelance photographer, a die-hard Tina Turner (and Sade) fan, a cycling enthusiast, a pensive philosopher, a meticulous homeowner, a legit Austinite, a (funky) music lover, a film connoisseur, a nephew, an uncle, a cousin, a son, a brother, a husband, a father, and a friend.

Above all his accomplishments, titles, and relationships, he was a proud and splendid Black man. As he’s laid to rest, his family wants to cling most tightly to that—his inherent dignity, his deep love for the family that bore him, and his reverence for the ancestors whose resilient shoulders carry that family, our family.

After standing toe-to-toe with cancer for nine grueling months, Troy Petitt is survived by his children (Brandon Petitt and Olivia Petitt) from the union with his first wife, Cheryl Ann (Barrow) Petitt. He’s also mourned by his ex-spouse (second wife) Jordiene Jewell Petitt, his sisters (Kathy Austin Williams and Kay Francis Petitt), his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends that continue to hold Troy, his memory, and his oh-so unique spirit close to their hearts. He was, is, and will remain a truly outstanding man.

Visitation will be Monday, May 3, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. followed by the funeral service at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown. The service portion will be streamed on Facebook Live for those who cannot attend in person. Mr. Petitt will be laid to rest at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jon LaBruzza
  • Brandon Petitt
  • Zachary Petitt
  • Christopher Porter
  • Vardon Williams

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 3, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, May 3, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, May 3, 2021

Memories

Troy O'Neal Petitt

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Donnie Strybos

May 6, 2021

Troy was a great neighbor and a fine man and will be missed. He always kept a calm demeanor, even when his house got hit by a car.
My condolences to the family and the video tribute that was provided honored him in a way that people will remember him fondly and I believe he would approve.
All the best as you all work through this time of sorrow.

Maurice Washington

May 3, 2021

WOW!!! I can't believe you are gone. You were the gentle giant of Holy Cross Heights and your mind was absolutely brilliant. Most of all you were my Buddy. I truly hate the fact thatI lost touch with you after I grew up and moved away in pursuit of education and ministry, but please believe,I never forgot the good times we had in Holy Cross heights. Rest in peace. I pray we will meet again in Glory and this time there will be no good- bye. Much love. Your friend Maurice Frosty Washington.

Charlie Williams

May 2, 2021

My condolences are given to the relatives of Troy, a brother to me in many ways. He once saved my life by keeping a van from running over me as I lie behind it. I remember the many times we played basketball at U.T., listening to good music , having discussions about life and the universe, and about spiritual ramifications. His memory is more so with me as is his influence.

stuart king

May 2, 2021

Troy was always the voice of reason on Weber Street. Smart, great ideas, and a gentleman.

Tracie A. Miller

April 26, 2021

To my other family my condolences go out to you. Troy was like a brother to me. We were raised up together on Weber Avenue. Troy will truly be missed rest my brother. Much love, Tracie💞🕊

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