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Ruth Abernethy Petty

YORK -- Ruth Abernethy Petty, 95, died peacefully Friday, December 19, 2008, at Rock Hill Health Care in Rock Hill, S.C.

There will be a graveside service at 3 p.m. today at Rose Hill Cemetery, with the Rev. Dr. Ed Jillson officiating.

Mrs. Petty was born October 10, 1913, in East Mombo, N.C., (near Mount Holly) to Forney Luther and Minnie McClure Abernethy. One of eleven children, she enjoyed growing up with her brothers and sisters and loved telling stories about them. Some of her favorite childhood memories were of the ice-cream socials given by her grandfather, Sidney McClure. She was a graduate of Mount Holly High School. She married the late Charles Howard Petty on October 16, 1937, in Mount Holly, N.C., and lived most of her life in York, S.C. A member of the First Presbyterian Church, she was an active volunteer and spent many years as a "pink lady" at the Divine Saviour Hospital. Later in life she worked as a counselor at York Place. Her husband's untimely death left her to raise four children on her own. She loved taking care of and cooking for them and their many friends. Her grandchildren's favorite memories are of her fried chicken and pound cake. She was a true Southern cook.

She is survived by one son, James Clyde Petty and wife, Becky, of York; a daughter, Rita Petty Langley and husband, Milton, of Sullivan's Island, S.C.; daughters-in-law Myrtle Whitesides Petty of Clinton, N.C., and Barbara Petty of Charlotte, N.C.; two sisters, Margaret Locke of Charlotte and Patricia Patterson of Titusville, Fla.; one brother, James Abernethy of York; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Howard Petty; two sons, Dr. Joseph Howard Petty and William Abernethy Petty; sisters, Mildred, Katherine and Mary; and brothers, Delmas, F.L., William and Joe.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today at Bratton Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice, 118 York St., Chester, SC 29706.

Bratton Funeral Home in York is serving the Petty family.

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