Eva Louise Horton Pettus
Eva Louise (Horton) Pettus was born March 20, 1947, to J. B. Horton and Melba Farris Horton in Detroit, Mich., and passed away February 17, 2018, at CrossRidge Hospital in Wynne, Ark. She grew up in New Madrid, Mo., and attended the First Presbyterian Church. While in the Presbyterian Church she represented her local church at the World Missions Conference in Montreat, N.C., her senior year in high school.
Eva graduated from New Madrid High School in 1965. Among the honors she received were Salutatorian, Latin, Bookkeeping, and Band Awards and she served as Vice-President of her graduating class.
Eva attended college at Arkansas State University and graduated from ASU in 1970 obtaining a Bachelor of Music Education Degree and in 1971 was awarded a Master of Science in Education Degree. While attending ASU, Eva performed in many musical groups including Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, ASU Marching Indian Band, ASU Concert Band and accompanied many soloists and operas. She was also active on campus as President of Kayís Hall, President of Associated Women Students and President and Vice President of Sigma Alpha Iota. She also served the ASU community as a member of the Presidentís Roundtable and the Lecture-Concert Committee and was a member of the womenís hospital auxiliary at St. Bernardís Hospital during her year in graduate school. Awards included, Miss AWS Award, the ASU Distinguished Service Award, the Alpha Omicron Pi Music Award, the Sigma Alpha Iota Sword of Honor and the SAI Ruby Sword of Honor, the Deanís Honor Award in the School of Music. She was also selected to Whoís Who in American Colleges and Universities her senior year at Arkansas State University.
Eva taught Junior and Senior High Choral Music in the Lilbourn and New Madrid School Systems and the Campbell, Mo., school system. She was director of K-12 Choral Music in Tuckerman, Ark., and 7-12 Choral Music at Lakeside in Hot Springs, Ark. She also taught K-6 music at St. Paulís Catholic School in Pocahontas, Ark., and had many private students. Her students were the love of her life.
In 1972 Eva transferred her membership to the United Methodist Church and has served the church in the capacity of Sunday School Teacher, Choir Director, Organist, Pianist and Children and Youth Choir Directorís. She has also been active in the United Methodist Women and on many Conference and District Committees in bringing Emmaus and Chrysalis to Arkansas. She has served as Chairman of the Arkansas Emmaus and Chrysalis Formation Committees and as Lay Director of the Womenís walk to Emmaus and as Lay Director for the Girlís Chrysalis Flight. She has also served on the International Emmaus Board and National Chrysalis Board.
Eva received the honor of being selected to sing as a member of the Southwestern Division Church Honor Choir that performed at the American Choral Directorís Convention in Corpus Christie, Tex., in 1998. The choir was under the direction of the esteemed Alice Parker, who had worked on staff with Robert Shaw for many years.
Eva is a certified adjudicator with the National Piano Guild and is a National Certified Teacher of Music through the National Teachers of Music Association. She is a member of the Music Educatorís National Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, American and Arkansas Choral Directors Associations, Choristers Guild, Suzuki Music Association, Musikgarten, Kindermusik, Musical Coterie, Music Club and P.E.O.
Eva Piano Linage: Eva Pettus (1947-2018) who was a student of: Myron Myers (1907-1983) who was a student of: Artur Schnable (1881-1951) who was a student of: Theodor Leschetizky (1830-1915) who was a student of: Carl Czemy (1791-1857) who was a student of: Ludwig Beethoven (1770-1827).
She was married to her husband, Glenn, on Dec. 27, 1981, in Piggott, Ark. Eva was a member of the Wynne First United Methodist church, the United Methodist Women, American Legion Auxiliary, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln Presenters and the Kellyís Roundtable. Her greatest gift was her enormous love of others and especially her love of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
She was preceded in death by her father, J. B. Horton. She is survived by her mother, Melba Horton; her sisters, Janelle (Kenny) Burch and Karen Horton of Sikeston, Mo.; several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews, and her husband, Rev. Dr. Glenn Pettus of Wynne, Ark.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the Stanfield General Baptist Church of Gideon, Mo., with Rev. Andy Evans officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in New Madrid, Mo. In lieu of flowers, those wanting to memorialize Eva are encouraged to donate to the charity or church of their choice.