Mildred Pettigrew was born Oct. 24, 1916, in the Hickory Flat community of McNairy County, Tenn., the daughter of the late Albert S. and Hattie Majors Williams.
She was united in marriage to James B. Pettigrew on Sept. 6, 1934. Mr. Pettigrew preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 1991.
Mrs. Pettigrew lived most of her life in Adamsville. She graduated in 1934 from Adamsville High school. Throughout her life, she had many accomplishments: a beautician, first lady commissioner for the City of Adamsville, co-owner/operator of Pettigrew Ford from 1946–2002, owner of Adamsville Auto parts for several years, and co-owner of Pettigrew-Chandler construction company for over 30 years. She had many hobbies: traveling in the States and abroad, collecting antiques, the restoration project of “Mama Hattie’s House,” and her latest passion, painting.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church for over 60 years, sung in the choir for over 50 years and was the “offiicial bellringer.”
Mrs. Pettigrew departed this life on Tuesday, May 15, in Adamsville, at the age of 95 years, 6 months, 21 days.
She is survived by a son, Jimmy Max Pettigrew and wife Kaye of Adamsville; a sister, Jo Ann Small of Humboldt, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Kip Pettigrew of Adamsville, Kacy Pettigrew and wife Angela of Adamsville, Melanie Dabbs of Memphis, Melia Pettigrew of Nashville; three great grandchildren, Eden Dabbs, Lennox Pettigrew, and Hannah Isbell; host of extended family and many friends.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Pettigrew was preceded in death by a son, Joe Wain Pettigrew; a brother, James Williams.
Services were held on Thursday, May 17, at 3 p.m., at First United Methodist Church in Adamsville with Bob Smith, Rev. Dr. Toni G. Watson, Steven Callicoat officiating. Burial followed in the Adamsville Cemetery at Adamsville.