John Thomas  Peterson, Sr.
John Thomas Peterson, Sr.

May 30, 1932 - February 2, 2019
Born in Wilmington, NC
Resided in Waycross, GA
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Mr. John Thomas Peterson, Sr., 86, died Saturday afternoon (February 2, 2019) at his residence.

He was born and raised in Wilmington, NC, but he moved to Waycross in 1965. Pete served in the United States Army during the Korean War. In December 1984, he retired from CSX Railroad as assistant to the shop superintendent after 39 years. He was employed by ACL in Wilmington, SCL in Jacksonville and CSX in Waycross. After retirement, Pete served as assistant magistrate judge to Judge Linton. While living in Blackshear, he was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church where he served as an R. A. Leader. Pete was currently a member of Jamestown Baptist Church where he helped start the Faithful Followers Sunday School Class.

Pete is preceded in death by his parents, Johnny Joseph Peterson and Muriel Williams Peterson; and two sons, John Thomas Peterson, Jr. and James Joseph Peterson.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Larraine Byrne Peterson of Waycross; one son, Gary Lee (Melinda) of Hamilton, GA; one daughter, Deborah Lynn of Valdosta, GA; one step-daughter, Pamela Crawford (Richard) of Waycross; 12 grandchildren, Josh, Jeremy, Emily, Brad, Eric, Jordan, Ryan, Andrew, Matthew, Daniel, Stephen and Stacia; 11 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday (February 5, 2019) at Jamestown Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Monday at Music Funeral Home.

The Faithful Followers S.S. Class is requested to meet 10:40 a.m. Tuesday at the church to serve as honorary pallbearers.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Music Funeral Home
1503 Tebeau St.
Waycross, GA United States 31501
Monday, February 4, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jamestown Baptist Church
3800 A B C Ave.
Waycross, GA US 31503
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
11:00 AM