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Zachary Wilson Petty

September 12, 1989 — July 5, 2022

Maysville, NC

Zachary Petty passed suddenly of natural causes, to be with his Heavenly Father on July 5, 2022.

Born in Lee County on September 12, 1989, Zach was the son of Starla Wilson and Christopher Keith Petty.

Zach was a 2007 graduate of Lincoln High School. He dedicated most of his career to law enforcement, serving for the Lee County Sheriff's Department after finishing Law Enforcement School in Randolph County. Zach took great pride in serving others, and enjoyed taking care of those he loved. His favorite past time was hanging with friends, encouraging them and making them laugh. He also enjoyed kayaking, graphic design, and playing video games with his siblings and dad. Zach loved going to the beach and practicing Martial Arts. Many people knew him but only a few really knew his heart. He was a sweet loving man who had a wicked/dry sense of humor. He was a great combination of duty and honor like his father Keith Petty, while having a giving and loving heart like his grandfather, Ralph Wilson. He could be goofy and silly, but strong and solid. Zach is preceded in death by his grandparents, Ralph Wilson, and A.W. Petty. 

He is survived by his mom, Starla Wilson; father, Christopher Keith Petty and wife Deborah; siblings, Travis and Hayley Petty; grandparents, Shirley Wilson, and Mickey Petty; several aunts, uncles and cousins. And a special acknowledgement to Monica Romyn, who has been his best friend, his person that brought light to his eyes and heart. 

The family will visit with friends from 2:00-4:00 PM on Sunday, July 10, 2022 at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 N. Second Ave., Siler City, including family stories and words by Michael Smith at 3:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Zachary Wilson Petty Memorial Fund at the NC State Employees Credit Union 

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the Petty family.

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