He was a native of Poplar, NC. Virgel was a son of the late Earl and Gustie Peterson. He was the husband of Gladys Ogle Autrey Peterson who died in 2012. Virgel was also preceded in death by a nephew: Danny Earl Peterson. He was a US Air Force Veteran and a retired employee of CSX Railroad with 28 years of service.
Surviving are 2 daughters: Donna Pitzer of Dunnellon, FL and Darlene Peterson Longacre of Erie, PA; and, a brother: Jerrell Peterson and wife, Jewel, of Green Mountain.
Funeral services will be held at 2PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Burial will be in Peterson Cemetery at Poplar. Pallbearers will be CSX retired employees, cousins and friends.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Special thanks to Madison Manor Rehab, Mars Hill, and Erwin Health Care Center, Erwin, TN for the love and care during his illness. May God bless each one that so lovingly cared for him.