Funeral services for David Earl Pettis will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at the Heartland Funeral Chapel in Early, Texas. Interment will follow in Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood, Texas. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the funeral home.

Mr. Pettis passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at a local hospital.

He was born Jan. 4, 1931, in Jackson, Ala., to David Elvin and Addie James Pettis. On Nov. 15, 1950, he was married to Juanita Spearman in San Angelo, Texas. Mr. Pettis was a member of the Victory Baptist Church. He has lived in Brown County for the past 18 years. His hobbies were his grandchildren, fishing, football and boxing.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Juanita Pettis of Brownwood; two sons, James and wife Peggy Pettis of Las Vegas, Nev., and Ronnie Pettis of Las Vegas, Nev.; one daughter, Carolyn and husband Gary Don Kelley of Early. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Chelsea and husband Conrad Byers of Las Vegas, Kristy Hays of Early, Wesley Pettis of Las Vegas, Lexi Pettis of Las Vegas, Stetson Kelley of Early, and Zachary Kelley of Early; one great-granddaughter, Shelbie Hays Cook; and numerous other family members.

Mr. Pettis is preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one grandson David K. Pettis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Victory Baptist Church. Friends and relatives may sign his online guest book at heartlandfuneralhome.net. Heartland Funeral Home of Early is in charge of arrangements.