Col. Robert Darden “Pete” Peterson

Published 7:54 pm Thursday, March 6, 2014

Colonel Robert Darden “Pete” Peterson, (USAF, Ret.), of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away peacefully at his home on March 2, 2014 at age 90.
Pete was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Lillian Louise Jones (a girl he met at the age of 12 and vowed to marry); his beloved granddaughter, Michelle Gignilliat Harvey; his brothers, Edgar Allen Peterson III and James Brooks Peterson.
He is survived by his second wife of 19 years, Wanda Hobbs Cooke Jennings; his seven children, Roberta Louise ter Kuile and her husband, Chris, of Tryon; Patricia Jane Campbell of Rogers, Ark.; Nancy Sue Rains of Hot Springs, Ark.; Robert Darden Peterson Jr. and his wife, Patricia, of Fairfax, Va.; Lillian Elizabeth Downs and her husband, Ben, of Bryan, Texas; Helen Jean Downey of Flat Rock, N.C.; and Margaret Ann Gignilliat and her husband, Matt, of Savannah, Ga.; two step-children, Mike Cooke of Millsat, Texas and Janice Jennings of Dublin, Texas.; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
On his 90th birthday, 54 descendants attended the celebration.
The funeral service will be at the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro at 10 a.m. on March 7, 2014 with Dr. Bruce Tippit officiating.
Interment will be at the Jonesboro City Cemetery with the United States Air Force performing Full Military Honors, and Emerson Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.
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