BENNIE PETTY, 61, a retired Army captain who later became an administrator for the D.C. government's Department of Employment Services, died July 20 at a hospital in Atlanta after a heart attack. He had been attending a Wilberforce University alumni meeting when he was stricken.

Capt. Petty was born in South Boston, Va., and served in the Army during World War II. He graduated from Wilberforce after the war, then rejoined the Army and served until 1963 when he retired on a medical disability. He was an infantry officer for most of his military career, and his assignments included posts in West Germany and South Korea, and Fort Dix, N.J., Fort Jackson, S.C., and Fort Benning, Ga.

He came to Washington after he retired from the Army and worked for the United Planning Organization and the U.S. Department of Labor before joining the D.C. Department of Employment Services in the late 1960s. At the time of his death he was deputy director of the department's Occupational Information Coordinating Committee.

Capt. Petty was a past president of the D.C. chapter of the Wilberforce University Alumni Association.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Brisby Petty of Washington; two sons, Bennett B. and Jeffrey H., both of Washington; two daughters, Patricia L. Petty of Washington and Jocelyn P. Hood of Charlotte, N.C.; four brothers, David and Lawrence, both of South Boston, Frank, of Brookneal, Va., and Charles, of Detroit, and five sisters, Annie Turbeville, Virginia Link and Bessie Faulkner, all of Halifax, Va., Frances Spraggins of Baltimore, and Lillian Hodges of Albany, N.Y.