James Monroe Pettyjohn

November 8, 1940February 16, 2021

James (Jim) Monroe Pettyjohn went to be with his Lord, Tuesday, February 16th, 2021. He was born November 8, 1940, to Monroe and Barbara (Morris) Pettyjohn. Jim graduated from Shawnee High School and was a pole vaulter on the track team. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army. Jim was greatly loved by his family and friends. He was known for his kindness and eagerness to help others. Jim was a faithful servant to the Central church of Christ in Shawnee, Oklahoma, where he had served as an elder for several years. He retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1991, after 29 years. Jim enjoyed hiking trails and mountains throughout multiple states and fishing ponds, lakes and rivers wherever he could cast a line. He loved and poured his heart into the lives of his four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Those left to cherish his memory are: his wife of 62 years, Cathy (Cook) Pettyjohn; his daughter, Misty (Pettyjohn) Martin and husband Mike of McLoud; Monty Pettyjohn and wife Diana of Lubbock, TX; Sister, Carolyn Stephenson and husband Bill; brothers Robert Pettyjohn and wife Marty and Paul Pettyjohn and wife Kari; Grandsons, Austin Pettyjohn, Afton Martin, Tate Pettyjohn and Branson Martin and wife Taylor; great grandchildren, Grace and Maverick Martin; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Monroe and Barbara Pettyjohn.


  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

  • Burial

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021


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Arnold and Sheila Monge

February 22, 2021

Prayers for James’s family and friends and their safe travels.

Andrea Spicka

February 22, 2021

My Uncle Jim was a very special man. As a child, my family would take a summer vacation every year. Traveling from California to Shawnee, Oklahoma to see all of our relatives who lived there. My best memories were of the family reunion barbecues that Uncle Jim and Aunt Cathy would so lovingly host. Uncle Jim would be finishing up the lawn mowing before setting up the sprinklers and starting the grill. He always had time for “the cousins”. He had endless patience and a gentle guiding hand. There are too many great memories to list here but they are engraved upon my heart. He was the definition of a great husband, father and friend. We will miss him.

Frank, Andrea, Aaron and Allison Spicka

David Cook

February 21, 2021

I remember Jim Pettyjohn visiting Grandmother Cook with his son Monty. He was showing Monty, his very young child how to use a toy bow, shooting rubber-tipped arrows at a target behind Grandmother Cooks when she lived in Golden Acres housing development, in southern Shawnee. He was a kind Uncle, with a gentle quiet smile and someone I hope to see again.

With memories, David Wayne Cook

Robert (Bobby) Flowers

February 21, 2021

Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cindy and Tim Smith

February 19, 2021

Jim's quiet friendly spirit always impressed us. Cindy had known Jim and his family for many years as they worshipped together at East Main when she was a girl, but as we got to know him better after a camping trip one summer, we both knew that this was a very fine Christian man. Though he had many reasons to be a proud and arrogant man, he wasn't. In 2013, after the devastating tornado hit west of Shawnee, our congregation at Lakeview and many volunteers immersed ourselves in tornado relief. It was not easy and with Tim being the preacher and an elder but still holding a full time job with state career tech, the challenge was even greater. Up steps Jim! He had spent time volunteering, but one day with a humble, servant heart, he asked how he could best help. Tim's response was, "I need you to be the director when I can't be here." So Jim did. He served not in an arrogant, prideful way but in a quiet, humble, and decisive one. He demonstrated so powerfully the heart of one who serves our Lord. All of us will miss him and have been blessed by knowing him. Our hearts and prayers are with you, his dear family.


February 19, 2021

Jim was my uncle, married to my Aunt Cathy. I knew him when I would come to oklahoma to visit my grandmother Cook. I wasn't close to him because I didn't live in Oklahoma, but I liked him a lot and always felt his infectious smile, interest and joy at seeing me. This particular way he had was very healing to my heart. I'm sorry I didn't get the chance to develop more of a relationship with him, but I shall always remember him and am looking forward to another opportunity to know him better when I join him in heaven. Bye for now, Jim. See you soon.