Man dies chopping firewood in Sherman

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- Funeral services were held Thursday morning for a man who fell and broke his neck while chopping firewood for his family. Thomas Pettit, of Sherman, was 44. He was at a field across from Cigna off Pool Road near Highway 691 chopping wood.

Police reports say he was standing on a six-foot pile with his chainsaw on Saturday. His stepson heard the chainsaw stop, and then looked over to find Pettit on the ground unresponsive.

The stepson called an ambulance that took him to Texoma Medical Center in Denison where he was pronounced dead. Pettit apparently broke his neck in the fall.

Pettit worked for Coca-Cola and was a former board member of Sherman Youth Baseball and Softball Association. He also served as the president of Sherman Youth Softball for several years.


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  • by Pam Location: McKinney on Feb 8, 2008 at 09:42 AM
    My heart goes out to Thomas' family. I went to school with and graduated with Thomas. He was always the sweetest guy. I was shocked and saddened that we've lost such a wonderful person.
  • by Brandi Location: Pilot Point on Jan 1, 2008 at 11:01 AM
    To Woodcutter: Too bad ingnorance isn't painful. Thomas was a good man. My dad has worked with him for many years and were good friends. My heart goes out to his family.
  • by Debbie Location: Edmond, OK on Dec 30, 2007 at 03:46 PM
    Tony was my 1st cousin and an awsome one at that. Tony you touched so many lives with that enduring smile great sense of humor and most of all your will to help anyone that needed it. You will be greatly missed. Please know that Debbi,Brandon & Jess will be in our prayers. I know you are Gittin R Done right now Love you Tony !!!!
  • by T Location: Sherman on Dec 30, 2007 at 02:58 PM
    To Woodcutter... are you retarded, or what? Yes, he was cutting wood off the tree with a chainsaw, then he was CHOPPING it with his axe, you moron! Apparently you aren't really a woodcutter after all or you would know these things.... To the family of Thomas, I extend you my deepest sympathies. He was a wonderful person and will be deeply missed!
  • by Andreas Location: Sherman on Dec 28, 2007 at 08:36 PM
    Thomas, What a good man. Always, laughing and smiling. You touched many lives in such a positive way. "Git R' Done" you always did. We lost one of the GOOD GUYS in our community. Your legacy will live on. Husband, father, mentor, coach, friend.
  • by Brandon Location: Sherman on Dec 28, 2007 at 07:14 PM
    I am the stepson of Thomas Pettit. First let me say thank you all for your comments, they are greatly appreciated. My father was a good man, a family man, and one of the best human beings I have ever met. Most would say that, seeing as it is their father, but he took in everyone and anyone who was willing to extend their hand to him. May his legacy never be forgotton, and his life lives on through those he touched. There is no way of figuring out the number of people my father touched, but in his mind that was never a priority. He gave up many hours of his life to help those families involved in the YOuth Softball and Baseball leagues. I love you dad, and you will forever have impacted my life, your legacy lives through my brothers, my sister, and myself. I am the person I am today because of you. I love you, and I we will gather again in time.
  • by james Location: texarkana on Dec 28, 2007 at 05:04 PM
    i will miss thomas.he was a great father husband,and friend.he never judged anyone and always tried to lend a helping hand.he was my brotherinlaw for 13 years and im glad i knew him.god please be with deb,jess,an brandon.they are going to need you.
  • by A Friend Location: HOWE on Dec 28, 2007 at 04:59 PM
    Thomas was one of the greatest men i have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He would do anything for anyone without hesitation. He always knew how to make you smile(even when i was trying to stay mad)he could still make me smile. He touched the heart of anyone who had the honor of comming in contact with him, he was an AMAZING person. Thomas you will be very deeply missed. Rest In Peace! We love you!
  • by Andrew Location: Sherman on Dec 28, 2007 at 04:21 PM
    thomas was my cousin. it is sad when your cousin is gone. thomas was a good friend. i will miss him. i love you thomas.
  • by HERE Location: GONE on Dec 28, 2007 at 12:54 PM
    WOODCUTTER HOW OLD ARE YOU TO BE MAKING A REMARK LIKE THAT SOMEONE HAS PASSED AWAY AND YOU HAVE NO HEART AT A TIME LIKE THIS MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY AND HIS FRIENDS I DID NOT KNOW THIS PERSON TO BAD FOR ME SOUNDS LIKE HE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON
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