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James E. “Jim” Peterson

James E. “Jim” Peterson, age 86, of Erwin, passed away on October 30, 2013, at his residence. He was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late Winkler and Agnes McKinney Peterson. James was employed by the US Post office and also was a former Mayor, Alderman and County Commissioner for the Town of Erwin. He was an U. S. Army Veteran, serving in WWII. James was a member of the Elks Lodge for 53 years.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years: Jean Goodin Peterson: Sister; Edna Bailey: Brothers; Earl Peterson and Earnest “Red” Peterson.
James has left to cherish his memories his wife of 21 years: Vivian Hobson Peterson
Daughter: Pamela Peterson Mobley, her husband Ed of Knoxville
Grandson: Chris Mobley of Knoxville
Sister: Lois Peterson Lilley of Erwin

The life of James E. Peterson will be remembered and honored in a funeral service at 3:00 PM, Saturday, November 2, 2013, in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Pastor Jacob Willis will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 2:00 PM and continue until the service on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Valley Funeral Home.
The family will attend a private graveside service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Road, Suite 102, Johnson City, TN 37601. (423-926-2921) or you may pick up an envelope for the American Cancer Society at Valley Funeral Home.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of James E “Jim” Peterson through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.