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Billie Grace Peterson

Billie Grace Peterson, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Palmetto Baptist Hospital in Columbia, SC. Mrs. Peterson was born in Erwin, TN on May 3, 1934, and was a daughter of the late Edward and Fannie May Clark Bowie. After graduating from East Tennessee State University she worked briefly in lab research, before entering the teaching profession. After moving to Columbia in 1969, she continued her teaching career at Hammond Academy. In 1982, Mrs. Peterson graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Pharmacy degree. She worked at Rite-Aid, Clinchfield Pharmacy in TN, VA Hospital in Columbia, then retired from Moncrief Hospital. Mrs. Peterson was a member of Shandon Presbyterian Church and Erwin Presbyterian Church.
Other than her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Edward Clark of Gainesville, FL.; her husband, Leon Renfro of Erwin, TN; and former husband, Bob Peterson of Columbia.

Billie Grace is survived by sons, Lane (Babette) Renfro of Columbia and Robert (Amy Beth) Peterson of Golden, CO; grandchildren, Courtney (Nick) Vaughn of Asheville, NC, Connor Renfro of Columbia and Josie Beth of Toronto, Canada; sisters, Fannie May Parsley of Erwin, TN, and Lillian Duncan of Knoxville, TN; loving nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog and companion, Cassie.

Billie Grace was a loving and gentle person who never met a stranger. She was a loyal friend, a loving mother, a devoted grandmother, a wonderful mother-in-law and the kindest person anyone could know. She had a big heart for all animals and anyone that needed a friend. She never said an unkind word about anyone. Her favorite things to do were spending time with her family and having family dinner that included extended family members. She was happiest when family and friends were spending time at her house enjoying her wonderful cakes and having conversations about anything. She was truly a blessing to all of us.

Funeral service for Mrs. Peterson will be held at 2:00 P. M. Saturday, October 18, 2014, from the Erwin Presbyterian Church. Reverend Stan Webster will officiate. Committal service will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery, Erwin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Palmetto Lifeline, 1275 Bower Parkway, Columbia, SC 29212.

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Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Peterson family. (423) 743-1380.