14617 Lawyers Road #B Matthews, NC 28104

Kenneth Paul Petrea December 15, 1942 - September 5, 2021

Kenneth Paul Petrea, 78, of Fairview, North Carolina went home to be with Lord on Sunday September 5, 2021. He was at home surrounded by his loving family and friends. 

Paul was born December 15, 1942 to the late Glenn Calvin and Rachael Melton Petrea in Concord, NC. 

Paul was married to the love of his life Brenda Helms for 54 years. They served at Hopewell Baptist Church in Fairview where they both were members. Paul proudly served his nation in the United States Army as a Spec 5 Specialist and is a Vietnam War Veteran. He spent 27 years with Overnite Transportation Company as a forklift mechanic. He was a family man and enjoyed being with his grandkids as much as he could. He was a loyal friend that never met a stranger. Paul loved to text, “Paul’s Morning Group” and he would send over 200 hundred texts to family and friends every single morning.   He always wanted them to know that they were loved.  Paul really wanted to make sure that the people he encountered got to hear the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was known for giving out crosses as part of his witnessing.  When he wasn’t’ witnessing he enjoyed his time at Lake Lure, North Carolina. He enjoyed viewing wildlife at his daughter’s cabin. It was a nice and quiet place where he could just sit back and enjoy nature. 

Kenneth Paul Petrea is preceded in death by his wife Brenda Petrea, a brother Jerry C. Petrea and his grandson Connor Tharp. He is survived by his loving children Jackie Foulks (Randy), Pennie Philemon (Daniel) and Sandie Tharp and his grandchildren Kaycie Philemon Truitt, Colby Pryor Tharp and his brother Fred Carter.  The family would like to extend special thanks to Mary Donahue, Bobby Helms, and James Coley.

A graveside service with military honors will be held for Mr. Petrea at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday September 9, 2021 at Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery located at 420 Hopewell Church Road, Fairview North Carolina 28110. The service is open to all that would like to attend.



September 9, 2021
6:00 PM
Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery
420 Hopewell Baptist Church Rd. Monroe, NC 28110


  1. Peggy Funderburk says

    Paul was a good friend and neighbor. His visits were uplifting during the years of Jerry’s illness. He taught his children and grandchildren how to live a Christian life by example. Colby and Kaycie were his sunshine – always! Praying for you all.

  2. Elaine and David Petrea says

    I have known Paul since we were children. He has been a lifelong friend and I will truly miss him.
    He was a Christian and wanted everyone to know Jesus who he knew so well. RIP my friend until we meet again. 😂😂🪖🪖🇱🇷🇱🇷

  3. Douglas Brown says

    Paul was the person I will never forget. He cut my grass for 4 years and never wanted a dime. He always sent out his morning message and every morning I still look for it on my phone. Just so many things I could say. You will be missed by many but one day we will meet again.

  4. Peggy Creswell says

    Paul was a wonderful Christian man. I always enjoyed his morning messages which set me on track each day. Enjoyed talking to him at our monthly breakfast meetings. I will miss him.

  5. Cissie says

    I will truly miss his morning text it was always a great start to my day. Prayers for his family I will miss him tremendously.

  6. Nadine Tucker says

    What a kind and gentle man he was. Looked forward to his daily texts. He would come have lunch with Colby at school every day. Have lots of special memories of him. A true southern gentleman. He will be missed.

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