Reverend C.L. “Pete” Peterson, 82, of Forest City, NC, died Saturday, February 11, 2012 at Hospice House. Pete was born May 30, 1929 in Mitchell County, NC to the late Charlie L. Peterson and Julia Edwards Peterson. He was a retired Church of God minister whose ministry spanned over 50 years. He also worked for Bost Bakery in Shelby for 18 years, Western Auto in Forest City for 12 years and Sara Lee for 10 years. He was a member of State Street Church of God in Marion. He was a mechanic, enjoyed woodworking and loved music along with playing the guitar. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Mary Lucy Peterson, daughter Deborah Jennings and two sisters.Survivors include wife Laura Raulerson Peterson; daughters Brenda (Ken) Hunsucker of Cherryville, NC and Rita (Larry) Hester of Pelham, AL; son Rev. Danny (Tina) Peterson of King, NC; step-daughters Elaine (Norris) Duncan of Gallatin, TN, Pat (Curtis) McNeal of Glen St. Mary, Sandy (Rev. J.C.) Lauramore of Macclenny, FL and Angel (Brian) Radford of Rutherfordton, NC; step-son Andy (Kathy) Raulerson of Hiram, GA; six grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held the evening of February 14 at Pleasant View Community Church with Revs. Danny Peterson, Danny McCain and Eddie Brewer officiating. The graveside service was held the afternoon of February 15 at Eternal Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. Harrelson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.