Charles A. Pettus, Jr.

Sunrise: March 7, 1956

Sunset: December 19, 2019

Charles Alfred Pettus, Jr. suddenly and quietly departed this life on Thursday, December 19, 2019.  He was born in Norfolk, VA on March 7, 1956 to Charles and Jacqueline Pettus and was the first of six sons who blessed their union.

In 1974, Charles graduated from Norfolk’s historical Maury High School and matriculated at Norfolk State and Old Dominion in foreign languages. Charles was gifted in his ability to easily learn and master languages, particularly Spanish and French. The head of Maury’s Foreign Language Department referred to Charles as the best student he had ever taught. If you mentioned the name Pettus, his teacher always shared the story of his best student ever. His brothers, who followed him, and an aunt, who met the teacher at a meeting, shared this experience.

Charles retired in 2018 from Farm Fresh Market as a Perishable Food Manager after 25 years of dedicated service. Charles was known for his friendly, outgoing, and polite demeanor; subsequently, customers warmly greeted and engaged him in conversation. Not only was he like that at work, but whenever you saw him, you encountered a gentle giant of a man, humble in spirit, and highly respectable, who loved to laugh and constantly flashed a smile that could light up any room. Charles never raised his voice or shouted in response to anything.

Charles was known for his love of many music genres, but jazz was his favorite by far. Charles demonstrated love towards all around him and will be sorely missed.

He was predeceased by his father, Charles Pettus, Sr. and three brothers: Andre Pettus, D’Angelo Pettus, and Marvin Pettus. He leaves to cherish his memory a loving mother, Jacqueline Pettus, two brothers, Trent Pettus of Philadelphia, PA and Clifton Pettus; a special friend, Lorita Davis; a son, Charles, three stepchildren: Michael, Star, and Connell; two grandchildren, Amir and Bella; and a host of other relatives and friends.

We humbly bow in submission to the will of God.

Viewing Saturday, December 28, 2019 12:00pm - 5:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Sunday, December 29, 2019 2:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery 8100 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505

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    Ramona Sawyer says

    Charles you will be missed. Loving memories.

    Ramona Sawyer

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    Shelia Ives ( Maybell & Goose) daughter. says

    Sending my heartfelt condolences to the Pettus family. God bless and comfort you. Rest In Peace Charles jr.

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    The McElrath Family says

    Our sincere condolences to the Pettus Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    Aunt Catherine says

    You left us so quickly, but we know you are now at rest. Through it all, you never lost your smile or kind heart. Charles Junior, you will live on in our hearts.

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    Wakita Penn says

    I am Wakita Penn, Darryl’s wife. I wanted you to know I am deeply sorry for your loss. Mr. Charles Pettus is the reason our son, Darius, who is now a senior at Maury HS, successfully finished 3 years of Spanish. He unselfishly gave up his time and energy, after work, to tutor us both. May God be with you & your family & you find comfort and safety in His loving arms.

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    MICHAEL Davis says

    My stepfather was my real dad he forever did for me unselfish and more then me and my family could ask for I love and will carry u in not just me but our hearts I love and miss you . Hey we suppose to watch the superbowl together, but we still will .

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    Brenda Barksdale says

    Rest easy Cuz Charles. Sending prayers to Aunt Jack and the rest of the family.

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    Tamara Reid says

    I am sorry to hear about the passing of Charles. He was a nice person and will be missed by alot of people. I will continue to pray for the family. My husband, several of my family members and I had the pleasure of working with Charles.

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