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
    Dr. Barbara Bell says:
    I will miss Fred's kind voice when he answered questions about sponsoring Pilgrims. He has walked well and long. His welcome is sure. "Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God." [Ps 20:6-7]

  • June 04, 2008
    Ryan Boutwell says:
    De Colores my friend. God Bless.

  • June 04, 2008
    Carolyn Roy says:
    Dear Glen, My heart grieves with you in your earthly loss. My soul rejoices with you as we celebrate Fred's homecoming with his Lord. May your days be filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit giving you comfort, strength, and peace. DeColores, Carolyn

  • June 03, 2008
    Peggy Harris says:
    What a servant of God and his fellow man (and women). Through Fred's persistence and example I finally decided to take a "Walk to Emmaus". I praise God and Fred for this experience and all of the fellow Christians who serve in this area. The earth lost part of it's sparkle but there is one more star in the sky now with our Lord. Love and peace to Glen and all of the family. Peggy

  • June 03, 2008
    JEAN & BILL PRICE says:
    Glen & Family, It has been a great joy to have known Fred these past many years! Fred was a wonderful member of our Emmaus Community and will be greatly missed! Glen we continue to pray for you and all the family and we hope to see you very soon! Love to you!! Bill and Jean Price