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RINGGOLD — James Edward Petty, 75, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, surrounded by his loved ones. He was a graduate of Ringgold High School and worked in various fields. James and his father worked together painting houses all over the Chattanooga area. He worked for Combustion Engineering for a time and later retired from Roadway Express after many years of service. James made friends wherever he went and always found a way to make people laugh. A lifelong member of Morris Hill Baptist Church, he was active in many areas and served as a deacon for many years. He also had many roles in Boy Scout Troop 36, helping many young men learn valuable life lessons including not asking for a “jam” sandwich. James was preceded in death by his father, James L.“Red” Petty; brother, David M. Petty and sister, Jean Tyrrell. Left behind to cherish his memory are his mother, Louise Petty; sisters, Judy (Danny) Parker, Martha (Charles) Pierce, Patricia (Jackey) Black, Dianne (Nelan) Poteet; daughter, Susan (Brian) Diamond; son, David Petty; grandchildren, Connor and Elizabeth Diamond; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and special love, Betty Jones. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Hospice of Chattanooga for the excellent loving care they gave to James. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Morris Hill Baptist Church, 1804 Morris Hill Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421, with Pastor Royce Powell and Frank Brooks officiating. Interment will follow in Morris Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation (www.parkinson.org). Visit www.heritagechattanooga.com to share condolences with the family. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the funeral home and 12 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Morris Hill Baptist Church. Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.