Herbert Ray Petty, 86, of College Station, passed away Thursday morning, March 8, 2012, at the Bluebonnet House in College Station. A private interment will be held at the Houston National Cemetery.
Ray was born August 12, 1925, in Lufkin, Texas, to Waldie and Stella Petty. He was a proud veteran of the US Air Force and WWII. Ray graduated from the University of Texas in 1951, and then completed the United States Air Force Installation Engineer Course in 1953, and he served as an installations engineer at Lackland Air Force Base.
Ray was an Engineering Manager with broad experience in civil projects and over 30 years or work in Consulting Engineering in Houston, Texas. He worked for Bovay Engineers for 30 years. He also worked for Brown & Root, Inc., as well as Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan, Inc. Ray retired as a project engineer from Edminster, Hinshaw, Russ, and Standley, Inc. His work as engineering project managers includes sections of the Hardy Toll Road, Beltway 8 East, U.S. 59 Freeway Segment III, bridges noise deflation walls, and many intersections.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothea Whitman Petty, of College Station; son and daughter-in-law, Finner and Darlene Whitman, of College Station; daughter, Cynthia Whitman Brown, of Austin; brother, Gene Petty, of Nacogdoches; sister and brother-in-law, Daisy and Don Cole, of Georgetown; grandchildren, Erin Whitman, Finner Whitman IV, Josh Brown and wife Kim, Jacob Brown and wife April, Sarah Brown; great granddaughter, Hannah Brown.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Traditions Hospice at 1862 Rock Prairie Rd. Ste. 204, College Station, TX 77845.