Earl Pettus died Thursday Aug. 15, 2007, at Eastwood Manor in Commerce after an illness.

He was 90.

Mr. Pettus was born July 19, 1917, in Chitwood, Mo., to Don and Vada (Russell) Pettus. He lived in the Baxter Springs, Kan., Quapaw and Miami areas all his life.

He was a World War II veteran of the Army and was assigned to the Army Air Corps engineering division.

He was a machinist with General Power of Quapaw and S&E Machinery of Picher, retiring in 1980.

He was a member of Ottawa Lodge No. 492 AF&AM Quapaw, a 32-degree Mason with Guthrie Scottish Consistory and past city councilman in Quapaw.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma, on May 27, 2003; two brothers and one sister.

Survivors include one son and his wife, Don and Kay Pettus of Miami; five grandchildren, Scott Pettus, Mike Pettus, Bill Lawson, Darryl Lawson and Jamie Lawson, 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Community of Christ Church in Miami with Pastor Rick Adams and High Priest Woody Wilson officiating. Burial will be in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami.

Pallbearers will be Jim Buzzard, Mike Buzzard, Charles Buzzard, Rufus Greninger, Richard Elbert and Robert Elbert. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Smith, Dabney Smith, J.C. Burggraf, Tom Allen and Jim Foreman.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami.