A memorial was held at Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church of Christ in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood.
Petty died last month after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 79.
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Petty was one of the first black reporters on Chicago television. He started reporting at ABC7 in 1971 and retired in 2002.