David was born and raised in New Market, AL and is a graduate of Mt Fork Jr High School and a great choice for our “spotlight on Alumni” to be featured on the CTS web page. David, a Councill Training School graduate, was a member of the “Class of 67” graduating class. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the military and went on to be an army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He relocated to Ft. Wayne, Indiana following his discharge from the military and continued his formal education to include receiving associate degrees in both business and welding. In addition to striving to be a good husband and father, David always demonstrated a commitment to his career as well as to his community.
David was a devoted member of Shiloh Baptist church for over 30 years. He loved to sing and was part of almost every choir at Shiloh. He served as choir director and president of the senior choir, chairman of the deacon board, Sunday School Superintendent and Teacher, and was overseer of the Assistance Ministry. David epitomizes servant leadership and inspires others to give back and pay it forward. His skills, knowledge, willingness to help others, and dedication to his community make David an excellent choice for spotlight nominee.
David was good with his hands and was a natural craftsman. He created beautiful biblical figures out of scrap metal and leftover parts while teaching and working in his welding career. As a gifted welder, he taught the welding class for over 20 years at Ivy Tech Community College and was the lead welder at Navistar International for over 18 years. His crafts and fine welding designs were once featured on ABC 21Alive’s “Our Country” and several crafts and trade shows.
David has consistently displayed the character, commitment, and dedication to service that embodies the legacy of Councill Training School which makes him an excellent choice for our Spotlight on Alumni nominee.
Deacon David Petty was born to the late Douglas lee and Mandy Petty on February 6, 1949 in new Market, Alabama. He received his crown and went from labor to reward on Tuesday afternoon, August 29, 2017 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Another Councillite gone but not forgotten!