Bob was born the fifth of ten children on April 15, 1936 in Mountain Park, Oklahoma to Leonard and Beatrice Atkins Petty. He passed away at his home on August 20th. His family moved to Texas where he would graduate from Avoca High School class of 1954. He would then attend Abilene Christian College on a basketball scholarship. After college Bob joined the Army where he was honorably discharged. It was hard to find work in west Texas so Bob moved to California to join his brother Tom. This is where he would meet the love of his life Sigalee Moore. They were married in 1965 and enjoyed 51 years being together. It was around the time he met Sigalee that he started his career as a route salesman for Laura Scudders. He loved this work but in 1972 he suffered his first heart attack that would force him to retire. For the next twenty years Bob’s heart condition remained priority and on October 31, 1996 he was blessed with a heart transplant from Stanford Medical Center. Even through his medical challenges Bob kept supporting his family as he embarked on his second career as a real estate investor. He enjoyed buying homes, fixing them up and renting them or putting them up for sale. He would be involved with real estate for over 40 years owning many homes in the Visalia area. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Sigalee, children Brenda Costa (Mike), Michael Moore, Bruce Moore and Eric Petty (Kelley). Brothers Keith Petty (Sharon) of Southlake, Texas, Ken Petty (Kathy) of Murchison, Texas. Sisters Gwen Moon of Blossom, Texas and Carolyn Eudy (Jimmy) of Joshua, Texas. He is also survived by several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, older brothers Tom Petty and Billy Jack Petty, younger brother Gerald Petty, and older sisters Merle Mitchell and Paula Jean Letz. Bob resided at Westport Village Senior Park with his wife Sigalee and attended Grace Community Church. Funeral service was held Tuesday, August 30 at Miller’s Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Ave., Visalia, CA at 11 a.m., followed by burial at Visalia Public Cemetery District.
Tributes and condolences may be made at www.millerchapel.com.
The Escalon (Calif.) Times