Fred A. Pettygrove, 78 of Hampstead, passed away Sunday June 1, 2008 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice LifeCareCenter.
Fred was born September 1, 1929 in Twin Falls, Idaho to Alfred and Ella Meier Pettygrove.
Fred served in the Air Force in the Korean War and was a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University. He worked for IBM for 32 years in various technical and management positions. While with IBM he spent 3 years in South Africa working on banking networks. He returned to the United States to work on developing the control segment of the Global Positioning Satellite System (GPS). He ended his career as Technical Sales Consultant for banking systems in the Far East and Latin America. Fred was an avid golfer and a member of Olde Pointe Country Club and Coastal Carolina Seniors. He was a member of Hampstead United Methodist Church and the Men’s Association and the Coastal Carolina Walk to Emmaus.
Fred was preceded in death by his sisters Henrietta Turner and Isabella Russell and brothers George and Bill Pledger.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years Glendora Parsons Pettygrove, children Mark Pettygrove, Rancho Mirage, CA and Scott Pettygrove and wife Susan, Roanoke, VA, grandchildren Matthew Pettygrove, Alexander Pettygrove and Jillian Pettygrove, sister Ann Glodowski, Reno, NV, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 7, 2008 at Hampstead United Methodist Church where the family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 2222 S 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 or Hampstead United Methodist Church, Pettygrove Memorial Fund, 15395 Highway 17 North, Hampstead, NC 28443
Online condolences may be sent to www.wilmingtonburialandcremation.com
Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099