Bernard R. Pettway

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Bernard Ronzario Pettway, affectionately known as “Bam,” was born on February 8, 1969 to the late Linda Pettway and Albert Warren in Washington, DC. He departed this life on December 12, 2019.

With his mother and brother, Bam moved to Columbus, Ohio as a toddler and lived there the rest of his life. He was educated in the Columbus City School system. After graduation he worked various jobs, but mostly as a bouncer at various establishments throughout Columbus. He loved his job and, when necessary, treated customers with a respectful, yet firm hand.

Bam loved family. Each of us have our own personal stories of Bam, but we have one thing in common. No matter the circumstance, his face always lit up when he saw family. He would greet us with a special name and a great big, gentle bear hug. He ended every encounter with 3 simple and heartfelt words, “I love you.”

Bam leaves to cherish his memories his brother, William Stacy (Coretta) Pettway of Columbus, Ohio; son, Lawrence Burton and daughter, Lena (Amber) Palmer, both of Columbus, OH; three grandchildren; one niece; two nephews; and a host of extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Bam was also preceded in death by his beloved Auntie Amanda Pettway and his loving companion of 20+ years, Laurie Burton.

Visitation 10:00AM and Funeral Service 11:00AM Saturday, December 21, 2019 at New Horizons Christian Fellowship 1428 Fairwood Ave.

Condolence Messages

  1. I don’t know where to start. You were the epitome of my childhood as so many of my memories entail your laughter usually of something I wasn’t supposed to be doing. You were the uncle my brother and I always loved and smiled so hard inside and out whenever we got to see you. I thank you for my driving lessons, my boxing lessons and the talks about life in general. I still giggle when I think of you laughing at me stuffing Nita in the closet after she slapped me. Leroi will miss you greatly as he says you were the one of the most loving positive male figures in his life and I feel the same. I love you uncle Bam…until we meet again.

  2. L 16th so much LOVE BRO

    I will miss you, Rest Bro until we meet again , to the Family Please Know you are in our thoughts, and in our hearts

    • I don’t know where to even start with this man , this friend, this role model . I called this friend and closes person to a dad that Mr Bernard , he meant so much to me as the years go on and creating memories for me and my family to remember which was something rare that he was able to do so easily. He even gave me a nickname when we first met chuckaluck. Even tho we weren’t tied by blood , he was more than family and I’ll always remember BIG NARD! Rest In Peace

  3. Maaaaaaan I just love you and miss you so much. You been in my family’s life for sooo many years over 10. You was the man that was gonna walk me down the aisle on my wedding day. This was so random. I’m glad you got smokey for us years ago and he got to see you and the rest of us got to see you before you left. I got your message from mom. I love you too and I know you will always have our backs. I just want one more big hug from you and you talking about my crazy hair. I love you

  4. Natalie Washington-Williams

    Keeping the family in prayer. God’s Comfort and Peace.

  5. Hey Big Cuz,
    Gonna miss ya smile and ya presence. Ya very distinct voice and those hugs that make my worries go away. Love you. Rest easy cousin Bam ❤

  6. Cuz, you always been amazing to me through out the years. Although we didn’t see each other often, when we did it was like all times. I will miss your infectious smile. Love you.

  7. Big Cuz I will miss you dearly. Words will never be able to express the love we have for you, though you are departed you will always be with us

  8. Bam will be truly missed, I know he’s with the Lord telling one of hilarious jokes…..My condolences to all affected by his passing and I will continue to lift the family up in prayer

  9. You have been in our family for many moons. I wish my sister (Lauria) the love of your life was here to see what a good father/grandfather you have been for your children (Lena and Lawrence and your grandchildren). You will be missed very much. Rest in peace.



  11. To Stacy and Pettway family. I am keeping the entire family in prayer. I pray that all of you will rest in God’s grace
    Blessings, Kermetta Folmar.

  12. Stacy so saddened by the loss of your brother Bernard. There are no words that can take away the pain. You and your family are in our prayers and ask God to comfort you in the transition of your brother, home. Have some comfort in knowing that you will see him again on day. We are a phone call away.
    Raymond and Lori

  13. It still feels unreal to me, but our Heavenly Father asks that we lean not on our own understanding. Just know that God is in control. It’s ok to mourn in your own way, then remember the Big Guy who’s hugs made us all feel safe, who’s words made us all laugh, and who’s smile made us all feel loved. My prayers for everyone who’s heart is hurting right now. Bam is smiling down on us all right now and we forever have an angel watching over us. Rest peacefully Big Bro, love you always. Until we meet again ❤️

  14. My heart goes out to this WHOLE family. Bam was our true big cousin. He loved everyone with joy. Greeted you with open arms & laughter. He will be missed.. Now you & Lauria can have another dance together and shine on. Love you CUZ rest In peace.

  15. Teresa Hollingsworth

    Bam you was so cool I was happy to call you Gamily … Rest Peacefully

  16. Man I didn’t know this happened my heart is broken I’m a miss you big homie. I’m a have to kick it like we did on republic love you condolences to your family.

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