NameTruby Lee Petitt, Grandfather
Birth27 Oct 1903, Elliottville, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Death16 Apr 1973, Morehead, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Burial19 Apr 1973, Forest Lawn, Morehead, Rowan Co., Ky
FatherJessie Petitt (1881-1966)
MotherEmma Jane Clark (1885-1974)
Marriage25 Jul 1923, Morehead, Rowan Co., Kentucky
SpouseFlorence Hall, Grandmother
Birth28 Jan 1906, Morehead, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Death28 Nov 1995, Deming, Luna Co., New Mexico
FatherGeorge Washington Hall (1862-1934)
MotherNancy Abigail Quisenberry (1867-1954)
Birth30 Jul 1927, Morehead, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Death15 Nov 2011, Las Cruces, Doña Ana Co., New Mexico
Birth22 Mar 1932, Clearfield, Rowan Co., Kentucky
Death17 Apr 1995, Bradenton, Florida
SpouseBetty Ann Schaaf (Data Omitted for Privacy)*
Notes for Truby Lee Petitt
Truby was a cabinet maker and shopkeeper. After retirement, during the 1960's he and Florence lived in Bradenton, Florida during the winters and in Franklin, North Carolina during the rest of the year. They moved back to Morehead in the fall of 1971.

Truby used to be known as a good hymn singer. He was frequently asked to sing solos in church.

The bible of Jesse & Emma Petitt1 has entry "Truby Lee Petitt borned Oct 27, 1903 Married Florance Hall July 25, 1923, died April 16, 1973"

The Social Security Death index lists Truby Petitt, b. 27 Oct 1903, d. Apr 1973, SSN 400-10-1600 issued in KY, last residence in Morehead, KY.

His death certificate states that he died Apr 16, 1973, age 69, in Morehead, Rowan Co., married, maiden name of surviving spouse Florence Hall, that he was born Oct. 27, 1903, father Jessie Petitt, mother's maiden name Emma Clark, informant Mrs. Truby Petitt, residence 717 W. Sun St., Morehead, cause of death "myocardial infraction." (He had a heart attack while out working in his vegetable garden.)

His obituary in the Morehead News reported “Truby Petitt, 69, of Morehead, was dead on arrival at St. Claire Medical Center following an apparent heart attack.

A native of Elliott Co., he was born 27 Oct 1903, and had resided in Elliott and Rowan Counties all of his lifetime. He was a member of the Church of God and was the son of Mrs. Emma Clark Petitt of Morehead and the late Jessie Petitt.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife Florence Petitt, two sons Medford Petitt of Santa Fe, N.M., and Ted D. Petitt of Wabash, Ind., two brothers, Sanford Petitt of Rockford, Ill., and Harrison Petitt of Wabash, Ind., seven sisters, Mrs. Vesta Hall and Mrs. Nellie Baldridge of Clearfield, Mrs. Martha McBrayer and Mrs. Lila Chadwell of Morehead, Mrs. Viola McBrayer of Elliottville, Mrs. Isa Smith of Warsaw, Ind., and Mrs. Geneva Bays of Goshen, Ind.

Funeral services were conducted at 2 pm Wednesday at Clearfield Tabernacle by the Rev. Scott Griffith. Burial was in Forest Lawn. Nephews Jack and Don McBrayer, Mike Chadwell, Murvel Hall, and Worrel and Virgil Baldridge served as pallbearers.”

The part of the obituary about Truby residing in Elliott and Rowan counties “all of his lifetime” is wrong. They lived in Ohio and Indiana from 1944 through 1953, returned to Kentucky for about six or seven years during the late fifties, lived in North Carolina and Florida during the sixties, and didn’t return to Kentucky for the last stint until about 18 months before Truby’s death.
Notes for Florence Hall
Florence was a gentle, soft-spoken woman.

While Truby was alive, he never let her cut her hair because it was against his religion. One of my earliest memories of Grandma, from when I was about five, was watching her sit on the edge of her bed in her nightgown and brush out her hair in the evening. It reached down to her knees. During the day she wore it wrapped in a bun.

In 1991 my sister Patti interviewed Grandma about her memories, and I typed them up. They’re here as a PDF file:

One of the first things Grandma did after Truby died was cut her hair. She lived in Bradenton, Florida near Aunt Betty (Ted’s wife) until she needed nursing care. Then she moved into an assisted living center in Deming, New Mexico near my parents.
Notes for Truby Lee & Florence (Family)
Rowan Co. marriage book 16, p. 66, records the marriage on 25 July 1923 of Trubie Petitt, 20, born in and resident of Rowan Co., son of Jessie & Emma Petitt, to Florence Hall, 17, born in and resident of Rowan Co., dau of George & Nancy Hall, at the bride’s father’s by W. F. Lambert, minister of the United Baptist church, witnesses Burrell Wilson & Henry Lambert.
1930 census of Rowan Co., Ky, Dry Creek precinct, enumerated 16 April, lists on p. 6A as family #96:
Petitt, Truby, 26, laborer at tile plant, age at first marriage 19; Florence, wife, 24, age at first marriage 17; Medford, son, 2 8/12. All born Ky/Ky/Ky.

Neighboring families were Earl McBrayer with wife Martha (Truby’s sister) at #94, Melvin Smedley with wife Beckie at #95, and Alex Baldridge with wife Amanda at #97.

1940 census of Rowan Co., Ky, ED 103-3, enumerated 11 April, lists on pp. 6B-7A as family #108, on Flemingsburg Rd:
Pettitt, Truby, 36, laborer at tile plant; Florence, wife, 34; Medford, son, 12; Ted, son, 8. All born in Kentucky, living in rural Rowan Co. in 1935, not same house.
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