Rylie B. Petitt, 103, of Columbia, formerly of rural Blackwater, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at her niece's home in Columbia.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall, with Chris Harper, minister, officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Millers Chapel Cemetery in Pettis County. Memorials may be made to Blackwater Senior Center or Millers Chapel Cemetery. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born Feb. 24, 1908, in Cooper County, she was the daughter of the late Rothwell Wright Alverson and Lou Anna Belle Potter Alverson. Rylie joined the Methodist Church in Blackwater at the age of 12 and graduated from Blackwater High School. In 1932, she married Smith "Smitty" Francis Heim who preceded her in death in 1938. On Dec. 8, 1944, she married Clyde Franklin Petitt who preceded her in death on March 10, 1989. She had lived all of her life in the Blackwater area except for a short time when she was in Montana with Smitty when they were first married. She had been living with her niece in Columbia since June of 2005. She had been a homemaker all of her life and helped her husband, Clyde, with his trucking business and farming, and sold Avon products for approximately 13 years. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include four nieces, Beverly Perkins of Columbia, Bettye Gesk and her husband, Eddie, of the state of Illinois, Beverly Mitchell of Springfield and Pauline Graham of Tipton; one nephew, Vernon Alverson and his wife, Edna, of St. Louis; and several great and great-great-nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy Alverson and Vernon Alverson; and two sisters, Nona Lea Alverson and Edna Alverson Heim.
Additional information provided per family recompense.