He also lived in Johnson City and Piney Flats, TN. Walter was a graduate of Lamar High School and East Tennessee State University.
A builder by profession, Walter was employed by several companies throughout his career. Among those were Booth Construction, Brooks Enterprises of Kingsport and Ernest Campbell Development of Johnson City. Although primarily a home builder, Walter was also involved in the construction of many commercial projects not only in the Tri Cities area but also in several states throughout the southeast including Florida, Georgia and Louisiana.
Although he made his living as a home and commercial builder, Walter’s real love was working as a woodcrafter. He spent his days in his woodshop where he created numerous pieces of furniture and other beautiful and unique works of wood art. Walter was truly gifted as a woodworker in that someone would only need to describe an object and he could create with perfection exactly what had been envisioned. His family, friends and members of his community, and even churches in the Limestone area hold evidence of his genius as a craftsman. Though he will always be missed, his memory remains in the furniture and woodcrafts that many of us treasure.
Walter was a quiet and humble man who was fiercely independent. He was always happy to help anyone but would rarely ask for help himself. He was a dependable, generous and honorable person and a loving father, grandfather and brother.
Walter was preceded in death by his father Zeke Peterson, his mother Madge Peterson, his sister Betty Jo Clanton Grooms, and his precious pups Max and Grace. Survivors include his daughter, Lori Harris (Mitch) of Limestone, TN, Joy Butler (Alan) of Hendersonville, TN and Danielle Kerr (Grant) of Mt. Juliet, TN, three grandchildren, Gavin, Adler and Aaron, his sisters Agnes Gibson of Gadsden, AL and Wilma Erwin (Randy) of Johnson City, TN, his brother Wayne Peterson of Limestone, TN and several nieces and nephews.
The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the employees of both Amedisys Home Health and Amedisys Hospice of Greeneville, TN. Special thanks to Gina, Nikki and Steve of Home Health and Tammy, Jennifer and Chris of Hospice. Walter’s daughters are especially grateful for their father’s very good friends who were of much comfort not only to Walter but to them as well.
A drop-in reception to celebrate his life is planned for Saturday, November 16th from two o’clock until 5 o’clock PM at Limestone Ruritan in Limestone, TN. Walter’s daughters are collecting photographs of their father’s woodworking and request that, if possible, anyone attending the reception please bring a photo that can be included in a memory book.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walter’s memory to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.