February 3, 1935 — December 7, 2022
Bobby Eugene Pettitt was born in Caddo Gap, Arkansas on February 3, 1935, and went to be with his heavenly Father on December 7, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arkansas and Cloie Pettitt, brother Kenneth Pettitt, and beloved companion for more than 20 years, Alice Coleman. He is survived by his sons Bob Jr. and Jerry (wife Shirley); grandsons Paul (wife Katie), Charles (wife Julie), Rich, and Jake; sister Betty Eakin; sister-in-law Sammie Pettitt, and nieces Pam Tiner and Nikki Castaldi.
Bobby graduated from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1957 with a BS in Petroleum Engineering and from Texas A&M in 1963 with an MS in Petroleum Engineering. He worked for Mobil Oil & Gas and Pennzoil Producing Company until 1976 when he moved back to Shreveport where he founded Pettitt Engineering which he operated until his retirement in 2015 at the age of 80. He was a Registered Petroleum Engineer in Texas and Louisiana, a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Louisiana Engineering Society. He liked to say “It has been a fast trip but I had a lot of fun and met many good people in the oil field. Also, I have had a lot of help from others along the way”.
He excelled in sports at Vivian High School where he played for Scotty Robinson. He received both football and baseball scholarships to the University of Arkansas but chose Louisiana Polytechnic Institute for it’s excellent Petroleum Engineering Department, and there played baseball. He had a great love for both his avocation and baseball, was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and was a voracious reader. He and Alice loved to travel to the Rocky Mountains and to the Braves Spring training in Florida.
The family expresses heartfelt appreciation to Adella Bourque for her friendship, love and care of our father, and Dr. Tom Harrison for his spiritual guidance.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 12, 2022 at the Evans-Richie Memorial Gardens, 1735 Highway One, Vivian, with Dr. Tom Harrison of Broadmoor Baptist Church of Shreveport officiating.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Alice Coleman Pediatric Rheumatology Endowment, LSU-HS Foundation, 920 Pierremont, Suite 506, Shreveport, Louisiana, 71106.