John Paul Petermann Sr.

Published 12:03 am Sunday, November 25, 2018


NATCHEZ — Funeral services for John Paul “Pawpaw” Petermann, 75, of Natchez, who died Thursday November 22, 2018 at his residence will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Basilica with Rev. David O’Conner officiating. Burial will follow at the Natchez City Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Laird Funeral Home and Monday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church.

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Mr. Petermann was born January 6, 1943, in New Orleans, LA, the son of John Henry Petermann, Jr. and Helen Kimble Petermann.

He was a longtime member of St. Mary Basilica, River City Fantasy Baseball League, the Santa Claus Committee, and Wednesday Night Brain Trust. He was a lifelong fan of the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Braves. Mr. Petermann was a retired foreman for Murphy Oil Company.

He was preceded in death by his loving parents and one daughter, Kelly Elise McKinney.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Fortenbery Petermann, of Natchez; two sons, John Paul Petermann, Jr. and wife, Kim, of Canton, MS and Robert Louis Petermann of Bossier City, LA; three daughters, Barbara Frazier of Boise, ID, April P. Colbert and husband, Kevin, of Natchez, and Audra M. Quin and husband, Bronson, of Monroe, LA; three grandsons, Dustin Frazier, John Paul Petermann III, and Josh Petermann; five granddaughters, Brandy E. Colbert, Catherine Frazier, Cameron Petermann, Madison Colbert, and Abigail Petermann; two great-grandchildren, Javen Frazier and Jessiah Frazier; two sisters, Carol P. Jones of Natchez and Cathie P. McCall and husband, Ralph, of Trussville, AL and several beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Albert Mancuso, Steven Martiny, Bob Williams, Kevin Colbert, Bronson Quin and Will Jones.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Wednesday Night Brain Trust.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Natchez-Adams County Humane Society, Cathedral School or to a charity of choice.

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