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Smyrna Triathlete's Funeral Thursday

Chris Petty, 43, of Smyrna died Saturday competing in the Jekyll Island Turtle Crawl Triathlon.

. Chris was born December 1, 1968 in Marietta, GA, the son of Harold and Yevonne Petty. He graduated from McEachern High School and Oglethorpe University. He obtained his CPA designation and later earned his Master's degree from Georgia State University.

Chris married Lisa Montbellier, the love of his life, on February 8, 2009, celebrating in a magical way with family and friends at Walt Disney World. While Chris' initial work experience was with Price Waterhouse, he was currently employed by the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta as Manager of Global Programs.

Chris loved to travel internationally – he enjoyed trips to Europe and Australia, but trips to Alaska with his parents and his honeymoon to South Africa with his wife Lisa were among the most memorable. Chris was especially close to his only sibling, his older brother Tony, along with Tony's wife Lisa and their children Trevor, Nathan, Lydia and Nicholas. Chris had also come to love his wife's family, Gina and Joey Reichenbach, their children Baron and Greta, as well as mother-in-law Diana.

Being active outdoors was how Chris recharged. He liked almost all outdoor activities but fishing and biking were among his favorites. A vibrant Christian faith was a foundation of Chris' life, he was a United Methodist, and attended North Point Church with his wife. Chris was loved and respected by all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 24, at 2 p.m. at McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church, 4075 Macland Rd, Powder Springs, GA 30127.

Contributions may be made to Atlanta Mission or Atlanta Adopt a Golden.

-Courtesy of Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home.

Share memories of Chris or offer condolences to his family in the comments section below.

Rick Senn June 01, 2012 at 07:27 PM
My condolences to the family, If you would like to know how to prevent this from happening again, or how Chris's death could have been avoided, then visit the Swim IT, swim safety device for triathletes. It is USAT and Ironman approved, and would have prevented this sensless tragedy. Thanks, Rick www.myswimit.com

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