Olen Petty


A private graveside service for Olen Petty, 83, of Sulphur Springs will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at Restlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Wednesday morning. 

Mr. Petty passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2020 at Wesley House in Sulphur Springs.

Olen was born Jan. 26, 1937 in Pettit, Texas to Troy Otto and Eva Mae (Holmes) Petty. He married Virginia in Emblem, Texas in 1975. They spent the next 45 years together racing from one end of the state to the other working, for cities and raising cattle. Olen attended Texas Tech University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in public administration. He interned at the U.S. capitol for U.S. Representative George Mahon. Olen was elected in 1961 at the age of 23, making him one of the youngest state representatives in Texas history. He also served two terms in the legislature. Following his legislative service, he was appointed city manager of Floydada, Texas. His city management spanned 52 years. 

He was a member of Countryside Bible Church. Olen was a faithful, committed husband, loving father, and proud grandfather and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; his three children: Trent Petty of Keller and wife Mary with six children, Trey Petty of Austin, Melanie Boyd and husband Chris, and stepson Craig of Sulphur Springs;  six grandchildren: Cori (Petty) Martin, Casie (Petty) Reeder, Carly Petty, Tell Petty, Taggon Petty and Trevan Petty; two great-grandchildren; nephews, Larry Petty and Tracy (Huddleston) Barnes. 

Olen was preceded in death by his mother and father, Troy and Eva Mae, two brothers, Gwendolyn Otto and Troy Ira Petty, and his twin sister, Gloria Mae Huddleston. 

The family requests that donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association of Texas or the Texas City Managers Association in Olen’s honor.

Arrangements under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home. The online register can be signed at www.murrayorwosky.com