Mr. Charles David Peterson, Sr., 88 passed away in Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington Sunday, August 15, 2021.
Funeral service will be held 2PM, Saturday at First Baptist Church of Richlands with Rev. Michael Johnston officiating. Friends will be received following the service and the burial will follow at 5PM in the Rowan Baptist Church Cemetery, 701 Rowan Road, Clinton.
Charles David was born on March 15, 1933 in Roseboro and grew up on the Peterson family farm in Sampson County. He was a graduate of Clinton High School, attended Louisburg College and began his career with the North Carolina Wildlife Commission in Jones County in 1957. After four years, he began working in Richlands continuing his career in wildlife for the State. He then went to work for Camp Lejeune (Civil Service) continuing his passion in the wildlife field. A few of his professional accomplishments were restoration of the wild turkeys, red headed woodpeckers, alligators and sea turtles. But of all his passions, his favorite was keeping the population of the wild turkey from becoming extinct. He loved hunting, observing and enjoying the great outdoors. One of his outstanding achievements was killing more than 500 wild turkeys during his lifetime. He retired after 30 years at Camp Lejeune.
He enjoyed a great historical journey in researching his family tree. He spent many hours helping others research their family history. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Richlands for 60 years. He was a member of Richlands First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul David Peterson and Mary Rebecca Butler Peterson and a son, Paul Lewis Peterson.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Delia D. Peterson of the home, a son David Peterson, Jr. of Clinton, daughter, Delia K. Peterson Hunter of Chesnee, SC, a brother James Ray Peterson (Virginia) of GA, sister, Mary Paul Sinclair of Raleigh, NC, granddaughters , Lauren South Whiteside (Jamarius) of Gainesville, GA, Charline Peterson Whitebread (Chris) of Fallon, Nevada, grandson, Ronald Tyler Hunter of Greer, SC, great-grandchildren, Avery Claire Whiteside and Cameron Lewis Whitebread and several nieces and nephews. Charles also had great love for the Wozniak Family in New York.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Richlands, 100 Rand Street, Richlands, NC 28574 or to the National Wild Turkey Federation, P.O. Box 530, Edgefield, SC 29824.
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