Fred A. Pettygrove

September 1, 1929 - June 1, 2008
Fred A. Pettygrove

Fred A. Pettygrove, 78 of Hampstead, passed away Sunday June 1, 2008 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice LifeCareCenter.

Fred was born September 1, 1929 in Twin Falls, Idaho to Alfred and Ella Meier Pettygrove.

Fred served in the Air Force in the Korean War and was a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University. He worked for IBM for 32 years in various technical and management positions. While with IBM he spent 3 years in South Africa working on banking networks. He returned to the United States to work on developing the control segment of the Global Positioning Satellite System (GPS). He ended his career as Technical Sales Consultant for banking systems in the Far East and Latin America. Fred was an avid golfer and a member of Olde Pointe Country Club and Coastal Carolina Seniors. He was a member of Hampstead United Methodist Church and the Men’s Association and the Coastal Carolina Walk to Emmaus.

Fred was preceded in death by his sisters Henrietta Turner and Isabella Russell and brothers George and Bill Pledger.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Glendora Parsons Pettygrove, children Mark Pettygrove, Rancho Mirage, CA and Scott Pettygrove and wife Susan, Roanoke, VA, grandchildren Matthew Pettygrove, Alexander Pettygrove and Jillian Pettygrove, sister Ann Glodowski, Reno, NV, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 7, 2008 at Hampstead United Methodist Church where the family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 2222 S 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 or Hampstead United Methodist Church, Pettygrove Memorial Fund, 15395 Highway 17 North, Hampstead, NC 28443

Online condolences may be sent to

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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  • June 04, 2008
    Randy Ebarb says:
    My deepest condolences. No words can lessen the loss you are feeling, just know that others are thinking and praying for you and your family.

  • June 04, 2008
    Elliot Friedland says:
    Dear Mark, I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I hope to see you soon. With best wishes, Elliot Friedland

  • June 05, 2008
    Raymond Waters says:
    Glen, Wishing you and your family peace and strength during this time of transition. When I was in college and Mark's roommate, I remember lots of laughs when visiting your home in Boyds, MD. I still chuckle remembering you & Fred demonstrating the 'Touch me, feel me' dance (or some title like that) from South Africa. It was always a treasure visiting you & Fred (and watching Mark turn red!). Love to you & Scott & Mark, Ray Waters

  • June 05, 2008
    Izetta Thomas says:
    Mark, We are sorry to hear of your father's passing, but know that he is in a better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • June 04, 2008
    Rick Melchionno says:
    Dear Mark and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I'm glad I had an opportunity to know Fred. He was a special person blessed with a 54 year marriage and two wonderful sons. As he transitions into the next realm, I wish him, and all of you, serenity. Love, Rick Melchionno