Rhatlas Warren Peterson, age 90, of Erwin, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at his residence. He was a native of Green Mountain, N. C. and a son of the late Dave and Ann Lee Garland Peterson. Rhatlas retired after 38 years of service as a Carman with the former Clinchfield Railroad. He served in the U. S. Army during the WWII, with medals received such as: World War II Victory Medal; Good Conduct Medal; American Theater Ribbon; and EAME Theater ribbon W/2 Bronze stars. In addition to his parents, Rhatlas is preceded in death by a son: Dennis Michael Peterson, daughter: Martha Ann Tolley, brothers: Boyd, Loyd, Kenneth and Darrell Peterson, sister: Atlas Peterson, father and mother-in-law: Martha and Geter Deaton, brothers-in-law: James and Glen Deaton
Rhatlas leaves behind his wife of 66 years: Pearl Peterson
Grandchild: Kelley Peterson, Hawaii
Sister: Jewell Day and husband, Ray of Erwin
Carolyn Tipton and husband, Wayne of Erwin
Sisters-in-law: Shirley Walker, husband John of Erwin
Nell Peterson, of Erwin
Charlotte McCurry, of Erwin
Marie Masters and husband, Bernard of Erwin
Val Deaton, of Elizabethton
Brother-in-law: Dr. Herbert Deaton and wife, Lynda, of New Orleans
Several Nieces and Nephews
A very special friend: Lola
The life of Rhatlas Warren Peterson will be remembered and honored in a Graveside service to be at 2:00 PM, Friday, June 14, 2013, at Roselawn Memory Gardens with Military Honors. Bishop John Edwards will officiate. Vocal selections will be provided by Gary Ollis. Pallbearers are: Johnny Williams, Alan Green, Matt Howell, Dennis Peters, Terry Tipton, Mark Peterson, Jeffery Deaton, Jim Deaton, Mike Deaton, Brian Cloyd, Greg Pohto and Randall Masters. Those attending are asked to meet at 1:30 at Valley Funeral Home to go in procession to Roselawn cemetery on Friday. The family would like to send a special Thank You to Fresenius Medical Care for the assistance and care given to Rhatlas.
The family request that memorials in lieu of flowers can be made to: Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greeneville, S.C.; Unicoi County Animal Shelter, 185 North Industrial Drive, Erwin, TN 37650.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed by visiting our website at www.valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Rhatlas Warren Peterson, through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 North Main Avenue, Erwin, Tennessee 37650, 423-743-9187