Rev. Raymond Allen Petrea

August 10, 1930October 20, 2018

The Rev. Raymond A. (Pete) Petrea died October 20, 2018 at his home. He was 88 years old. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bea Coble Petrea, three daughters and their husbands, Sylvia Greeson (David), Arleen Giddens (Dale) and Louisa Bowman (Hank), six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Earning his Bachelor's Degree at Lenoir-Rhyne College and his Master’s of Divinity at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Petrea was ordained as a Lutheran pastor in 1955 and served congregations in North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. Retiring in 1996, he continued to serve as a guest minister and interim pastor until 2017. Early in his career, at a time of civil unrest, Rev. Petrea led his Warner-Robins Georgia congregation in welcoming their first African-American family into membership in an otherwise white church. It was the first such reception in the church jurisdiction of congregations in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.

Petrea served as Director of Public Relations for Roanoke College prior to being named Director for Informational Services at High Point University, where he was awarded by the College News Association of the Carolinas and published in the New York Times and Fortress Press. As a guest lecturer, he traveled and spoke on topics such as writing, design and production of printed material. While serving as the Director of Development for Lutheran Services for the Aging in Salisbury, North Carolina, Petrea established a foundation in support of elder care centers. He served as its first President.

Petrea had numerous articles published in professional, religious and commercial journals and magazines. His handbook on public relations for congregations was published by Parish Life Press.

A lifelong musician, Raymond majored in music at Lenoir-Rhyne, performed in campus bands, including the Kampus Kats, and has been an organist and director for numerous choirs. As an avid woodworker, he hand-built and performed with his own Appalachian dulcimers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Lutheran Services Carolinas, PO Box 947, Salisbury, NC 28145 or Lutheridge, 2049 Upper Laurel Drive, Arden, NC 28704. A private interment will be held at Coble’s Lutheran Church, Julian. A memorial service will be held at First Lutheran Church, Greensboro on Saturday, November 3rd at 2 pm.

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  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 3, 2018

Rev. Raymond Allen Petrea

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bryan pennington

October 29, 2018

I am saddened to hear of Pastor Pete's death. Yesterday, Sunday, the Men's Sunday School Class discussed Pastor Pete and his wonderful timely service at Macedonia that was such a benefit to our congregation. As a son of the congregation he was there for us and exactly what we needed, a true blessing to us and all who knew him. I speak for the Men's Sunday School Class and our Lutheran Men in Mission Chapter as we all wish to express out sympathy to the family of such a wonderful man and Pastor. We all loved seeing him over the years and greatly miss him. Bryan Pennington

Loretta Stephenson

October 27, 2018

Dear Bea and Family,
Your dear Raymond and my Jim graduated the same year from LTSS. I recall how much we enjoyed being together with you and Raymond a number of times before ministry took us to different areas. Certainly Raymond had an outstanding, varied ministry in Christ's kingdom.
I am thinking of you as you grieve and celebrate Raymond's life and resurrection.

Loretta Stephenson

David Keck

October 27, 2018

Dear Ones of Ray,
Our love and sympathy on Raymond's death. My Dad (Dr. Albert Keck) was one of his profs at LTSS, and I've known him since those days in Columbia. A true saint of the Lord, he was a wonderful example for us all. May the Peace and Comfort of our Lord Jesus be with you all.
In Christ's love, David and Diana

Jon Fogleman

October 26, 2018

I am saddened to learn of the death of Pastor Ray Petrea. He was an early inspiration to me. We both grew up in Macedonia Lutheran Church, Burlington. He was older but reached out to me on more than one occasion to support my journey into ordained ministry. I looked up to him and had great respect for his ministry and leadership. I offer my condolences and support to his family and friends.
The Rev. Dr. Jon Fogleman
Guelph, Ontario

SUE K Moorefield

October 26, 2018

I was at Lenoir Rhyne College ( college then) with Raymond Petrea. I remember him as friendly, smart, industrious...a waiter in the dining hall (I was a waitress). He had an amazing life with lots of accomplishments.

Kia Walker

October 26, 2018

Sylvia, Sorry for your loss, May God comfort you and your family

Lorrie Flinchum

October 25, 2018

Sylvia, I'm sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Lorrie