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Ruth Whitson Peterson

Ruth Whitson Peterson, age 90, Erwin, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 8, 2016 surrounded by her loving daughters. She was born Marc h 18, 1925 in Souix, North Carolina to John and Leona Adkins Whitson. Ruth married John H. Peterson and raised her four children. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Erwin. Ruth loved her church family. She was a happy and social person who loved her friends and adored her family. Other than her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-four years, John H. Peterson on January 8, 2005; three brothers: Shurl Whitson, Floyd Whitson and Jack Whitson; two sisters: Trula Banks and Una Randolph.

Her memory and life will be cherished by her three daughters: Betty Peterson, Erwin; Linda Treadway and husband, John, Erwin; Cherie Bowman and husband, Roger, Johnson City; one son, Douglas Peterson and wife, Julia, Canton, GA; one brother, Brooks Whitson and wife, Janie, Unicoi; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews and many friends also survive.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 1:00 P. M. until the hour of service at Calvary Baptist Church. Reverend David Crutchfield will officiate at the 2:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Gary Amos and Aaron Bennett. Pallbearers will be Roger Bowman, John Treadway, Steve Treadway, Aaron Bennett, John R. Wright, Jr. and Willis Adkins. Interment will follow in the Roselawn Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Ruth to the Calvary Baptist Church Life Center Fund, 540 Adams Street, Erwin, TN 37650.
The family appreciates the loving care given by the staff at Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Mountain States Hospice, and Amerigroup Healthcare in the final months.

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