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Michael Stephen “Steve” Peters, Sr. | Obituary

Michael Stephen “Steve” Peters, Sr. died at Johnson City Medical Center on June 19 after a brief illness. He was born in Hampton, TN on July 11, 1941. He grew up in TN and Mishawaka, IN. He served as a Morse code operator in the US Air Force from 1959 to 1965 and was stationed in Japan and Alaska.

He was a wonderful and loving son, brother, husband and father. In his spare time, he enjoyed genealogical research, history, and collecting coins and stamps. Steve also enjoyed his daily ritual of helping his youngest son Mike look after his pet cats Maddie and Minnie. With the help of his son Rob, Steve was able to realize one of his dreams of publishing his genealogy book, Our Appalachian Heritage: Calhoun Connection.

Steve is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 50 years Sherrie Gouge Peters of Jonesborough and his sons Robert Peters (Coty Long) of Everett, WA, and Michael Peters Jr. of Jonesborough: brother and wife George Ronda and Nancy Peters of Deer Park, NY, her sister Carolyn Sue Magnuson of Mishawaka, IN, and her sister-in-law Mary Peters of Elizabethton. Several nieces, nephews and close friends.

Steve was predeceased by his parents Mike G. and Texie Calhoun Peters, his siblings and their wives Delma Louise and Shelton Hazlewood, Jack Ross and Ann Peters, William Zane Peters

Janet Gail and Gene White, and Terrance Magnuson.

The family will receive friends at their home, 117 Charlem Hills Road, Jonesborough on Saturday June 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. They will be holding a private family service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association or the Michael J Fox Parkinson’s Foundation.

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Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home and Cremation Services 4213-753-3821