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 03, 2008
    Dave, Breann and Maxx Riggert says:
    Thinking of you all and sending our love...Dave, Breann and Maxx Riggert

  • June 03, 2008
    Sidni Smith says:
    Fred was very important in the Coastal Carolina Emmaus. I was always impressed by his faith and devotion. His Emmaus glow, inspires me in my Walk. Fred will be deeply missesd.

  • June 04, 2008
    Bob Moran says:
    Dear Mark & Family, So very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing away. You are in my thoughts. My mother, Gloria, would also like to express her condolences. With sincere sympathy, Bob Moran and Gloria Fisher

  • June 03, 2008
    Scott Harlow says:
    My sincere condolences for your loss. I never had the pleasure of meeting Fred, but I know Mark well. Fred must have been a very good soul if his son is any reflection of his Father. My Prayers are with you through this difficult time. Scott.

  • June 02, 2008
    Claudia Evans says:
    For Glen, Mark and Scott, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Fred is at peace and in no more pain. God has called his Special Angel back to Heaven to Him. Perhaps God has another assingment for him. I loved Ready Steady Freddie very much. He was more than just my friend's father, he too was my friend. I have many great memories of Fred. And how fortunate I was to visit Fred and Glen two summers ago. What a wonderful time we all had. And Fred and Glen got to know my husband and son, which meant so very much to me. My son knew right away why Fred was so special to me. With our sympathies and love, Evan Claudia and Effie Evans