Merrill ‘Gene’ Petry, 84, Linton

Merrill “Gene” Petry, 84, passed away on June 3, 2020, in Linton.

Gene was born near Richmond in Wayne County on February 1, 1936, to Raymond Everett Petry and Mary Lou Tiefel Petry.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Karen Hubbell Petry; daughters, Debra Petry Keller and son-in-law Dr. Paul Keller of Florida, and Kathy Petry Herndon and son-in-law Eric Herndon of Jasper; grandchildren to whom he was “Pappy,” Taylor Keller Livingston and husband Matt, Rachael Keller, Isaac Herndon and Elise Herndon; brother Max Petry and sister-in-law LaVonne Petry; sister-in-law Beverly Petry and former sister-in-law Mary Rowe; brothers and sisters-in law, Jim and Carol Hubbell and Jerry and Linda Hubbell; and several cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Donald Petry and Robert Petry; mother and father-in-law, Roy and Jane Hubbell; brother-in-law ,Barry Hubbell; niece, Jessie Hubbell; and great-niece, Adrienne Hubbell.

Celebrate his life with family and friends in a calling at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home, Linton, from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 7, 2020. There will be a Private Funeral Service on Monday, June 8, 2020, at Linton First United Methodist Church, with Pastor Ben Biggs officiating.

If friends and family would choose, they may honor Gene with a donation to the Merrill Gene Petry Scholarship for a Linton Stockton Student entering the field of Electrical Science through the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared with Gene’s family at


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