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Arkansas Lost A Great Trapshooter

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by ArkLaK80, Oct 4, 2011.

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  1. ArkLaK80

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    Yesterday afternoon the woman that for over 53 years I knew as my maternal grandmother passed away. Stella Petty Champion, age 91, widow of Julius Petty.

    Grand Titles

    1948 GAH Hcp. Womens Champ. 98x100.

    1949 Preli. Hcp. Womens Champ.

    1949 Husband & Wife Runner-up

    1952 Husband & Wife Champ

    1952 Womens Champion of Champions

    1952 Class D Singles Champ.

    ATA All-American Team - 1951, 1953 and 1954

    State Titles
    Womens Champ - 1952, 1953 and 1954

    Ar. State Trapshooting Federation Hall of Fame Inductee - 1988


    Ray Harrison


    (Julius and Stella on the left.)





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  2. Big Heap

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    She and Julius were both legends in trapshooting.

    She is mentioned in his HoF story.

    JULIUS PETTY
    Died: 1956
    Year Inducted: 1975
    State: AR

    Julius Petty of Stuttgart, Ark. was killed in an automobile accident just before Christmas of 1956 after having placed on 11 All-America teams from 1942 to 1955. captaining it once.

    The first of Julius Petty’s Grand American trophies came as a junior in 1927 when he won a men’s doubles award. In 1942 he broke the lone 200 straight in that Grand to win AA in the Class Championships, and he was also runner-up in the Champion of Champions race that year with 100 straight. He ended as high on the 500 16-yard targets with 495, and he was H-O-A Champion with 910x950. He regained his AA Class Championship trophy in 1945, and in 1948 he was runner-up in the Doubles Championship with 96. Two of his numerous Grand American trophies were for the Brother-Brother race (in ’46 and ‘50).

    In 1950 Julius Petty put on a display of marksmanship unequaled at the Grand American. Firing from the then-maximum of 25 yards, he broke 97 of 100 in the Preliminary Handicap, followed with a 99 in the GAH that placed third, and finished the week with a 97 in the Vandalia Handicap. He missed three on the first trap in the Doubles Championship then ran the rest and 20 in shootoff to take the crown. That 97 helped him set an All-Around record of 392 that stood until 1961.

    In 1952 wife Stella joined Julius in a shootoff to capture the Husband-Wife award. In ‘54 he was Clay Target Champion following 200 straight and a shootoff, third in AA in the Class Championship with another 200 and shootoff and runner-up in the H-O-A.

    Twice Julius Petty was a member of a squad breaking 992x1,000 at the Grand. The first record 992 squad of amateurs at the Grand came in 1948, where Julius was one of two in the fivesome breaking 200 straight. Their second hundred also set a record at the Grand of 499x500. Six years later Julius was in another squad totaling 992, and again he was one of two breaking them all.

    Julius Petty won 25 Arkansas State crowns from 1928 to 1952: the singles seven times, the handicap five times, the doubles seven times and the all-around six times, winning them all in ‘46.

    In 1954 his even 94% on 1,450 targets was the highest compiled from 25 yards to that date in history, but it was 50 targets shy of the 1,500 minimum which would have led all ATA shooters.

    Julius Petty won six Southwestern Zone titles—the doubles in ‘49, the singles from ‘52 to ‘54, and the all-around in ‘49 and ‘53.
     
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  4. mtneer88

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    Wow, what an incredible story and an incredible legacy that you were left!! May she rest in peace.
     
  5. ArkLaK80

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    Thanks to everyone for your thoughtful and kind words.

    Ray
     
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    My condolences, an incredible lady. Tony
     
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    Ray you have my condolences. I will be sure to include you in our prayers.

    Matt
     
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    My condolences, rest in peace.

    Ross
     
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    I am sorry for your loss. It appears and sounds as if she and her husband were wonderful competitors and ambassadors to the sport.

    John E.
     
  10. ColtM1911A1

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    RIP, to your grandmother.

    She and Julius seemed like good folk; it appears your Grandmother lost interest in trap shooting after Julius was killed in that car accident. I would imagine too many memories, good and bad, would come to the forefront if she walked to line again without her partner and husband. Just think of the other accomplishments Stella could have made over the years if she had continued in trap...

    My best to her family and friends in this time of grief and joy -- you need both...
     
  11. ArkLaK80

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    Once again, a special thanks to everyone for your kind and thoughtful words.

    Colt

    Your right, she never shot another target after Julius died. As good as she was she said that she had rather go dancing. She continued to duck hunt though up until about 1970. In the 70's and 80's she learned to paint (oil on canvass) and in the 90's she competed in ballroom dancing. She was good at most anything she set out to do.

    Matt

    Say hello to the wife and kids.

    Ray
     
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    What an awesome lady..like was said in the movie "Second Hand Lions" about the charactors uncles...She really lived! ...My condolences but happy she had such a long run and full life
     
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    Thanks for all the info a great loss for us and the state of Arknasas I know a fewof them Arkansas Women and they mean what they say in other words they can get by own ther own if needed!

    Foggy!!!
     
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