Joseph Lane Pettigrew, 72, was born October 16, 1946 to the late Clarence Pettigrew Sr. and Sallie Mae Pettigrew. He answered God’s call to his eternal home on March 24, 2019.
J. L. as his family and friends knew him was baptized at Springfield Baptist Church. He received his education in the Morgan County Schools. He enrolled at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.
J.L. was initiated into the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity in 1966 via the Alpha Epsilon Chapter, and gained life membership status shortly thereafter. In 1969 he graduated from Johnson C. Smith University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, relocated to Atlanta and completed his graduate studies at Atlanta University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Mathematics.
In 1973 he was initiated and became a life member of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Georgia, where he held various offices during his 46 years of active service.
In 1975 J.L. was joined in holy matrimony with Carol Neal and to this union two children were born, Joseph II and Jerry. J. L. accepted a position with the Atlanta Public School System where he served as a mathematics teacher for 34 years.
J. L. Leaves to cherish his memory two sons Joseph Lane Pettigrew II (Angela) of McDonough and Dr. Jerral T. Pettigrew of East Point; two sisters Doris Ross and Linda Pettigrew of Madison, two granddaughters Arcacia and Janae Pettigrew and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
J. L. was also blessed to have had the love and support of his very own angel team and cousins of Patricia Pettigrew-Garrett, Felecia Holloway, Judy Douglas, Wanda Hammond, Rosaline King, Pamela Tis, Sheldon Bryant, Kareem Lewis, Deidra Bowman and Carol Pettigrew.
Flower bearers were the Order of the Eastern Star, Star of Amaranth. Pallbearers were Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of GA and Buckhead Star Lodge # 213.
Funeral service was Saturday, March 30, at 12 noon in Springfield Missionary Baptist Church with Bishop Kenneth Jones Sr., Senior Pastor. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Watts Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.