Gregg R. Peterson

December 28, 1953November 27, 2019

Gregg Reynold Peterson, 65, of Durham, North Carolina, passed on to his Heavenly Father on November 27, 2019 after a battle with a rare, aggressive cancer. Gregg grew up in Coral Gables, Florida where he miraculously overcame his first battle with cancer at the age of 17; leaving him an above-the-knee amputee. Gregg went on to complete a bachelor’s degree at Florida State University in World Religion. He served on staff with Cru at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he met his wife, Mary. Together they moved to Chicago, Illinois and Gregg received a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Gregg began his early career as a minister with the Christian Missionary Alliance. He studied for and completed his ordination with the CMA, pastoring two churches; one in New Castle, Indiana and the second bringing him to North Carolina and the town of Garner, NC. Gregg was known to be a compassionate, tender minister who guided, comforted and led by example, those within his care.

The second half of his early career began with a position as a chaplain at Holly Hill Hospital in Raleigh, NC where he worked within a Christian treatment program, Meier Clinics. Here he learned much about those suffering from psychiatric and addictive disorders as well as grief and depression. Again, he was known for his gentle and calming manner.

The latter half of his career found him working as Senior Manager for the AICPA in Durham, NC. It was here at the Association, (Association of International Certified Professional Accountants,) that Gregg’s natural management skills were utilized. Known as a “good boss” by many, it was often said that people enjoyed working for him due to his family-first attitude. With this attitude, he built teams who were high-achieving, co-operative and successful. Gregg loved going to work at the AICPA for the past twelve years.

Gregg was a strong and courageous person who was extremely loving and caring despite often battling physical pain. His life-long story of perseverance through suffering was an inspiration to others. He loved his family well and adored his five grandchildren. Often a father figure and grandfather figure to others, he was sometimes known to put on a Santa suit at the right occasion, to the delight of young and old alike. Gregg looked forward to football and hockey seasons, cheering for NC State and the Carolina Hurricanes; one of his favorite things was watching sports with his sons. He was a father who made his sons proud and was happily a father figure to others over the years.

Gregg is survived by his wife, Mary T. Peterson; sons, Michael Peterson and his wife, Megan, and Timothy Peterson and his wife, Sarah; grandchildren, Hampton, Mae Haywood and Madeline, and Abby and Jack; and brother, Brett Peterson and his wife, Georgiann; and their daughter Lauren, her husband Andres and their son Benjamin. Gregg was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Corinne Peterson of Coral Gables, Florida.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh. A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 1:00pm at Vintage Church, 118 South Person Street, Raleigh, followed by burial at Raleigh Memorial Park.

Flowers are welcome; in lieu of these, donations may be made to Compassion, International, an organization feeding children in poverty around the world,


  • Visitation Sunday, December 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 9, 2019


Gregg R. Peterson

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Richard and Regina Downing

December 6, 2019

I had the honor to know Gregg since we were all very young.
My parents would go over to Gregg 's Parents house and we always loved to come along. We would ride bikes together with my brother Scott Our other friends the Witty's would also come over and we all always had the best time
Also we would spend time up in Hiawassee Ga.Our families were always together.
Gregg was a very kind and always helpful guy. My mom and dad were so happy my brother had Gregg as a close best friend.
We will all miss him. I'm sorry we did not see Gregg more as the years went by.
We will all have good memories. And be thankful.
Richard, Regina and Rosmarie Downing

Lauren Peterson

December 4, 2019

We so enjoyed the weddings that brought us together and the stories about Grandpa Jack and Grandpa Pete. The best of their qualities continue to be passed on through Uncle Gregg.

Mary, Mike, Tim, we hope to stay connected, despite the distance, so that baby Benjamin knows what a loving, kind family he has.

Lauren, Andres, Benjamin Suarez

Vickie Meadows

December 2, 2019

Warmest Condolences to you and your family Tim! I did not have the honor of meeting your father... but, I have the pleasure of working you for years (i.e. the outstanding son he raised!) My father passed away from a rare form of cancer a few years ago also... I understand. And, I also know that "...Blessed are the mourners, for they shall be comforted". My family and I were honored to make a donation to Compassion International in your father's memory. Loving and kind regards - Vickie Meadows-Mack

Robbie Vaughan

December 2, 2019

Greg & Mary were our community group leaders when Heather and I first started attending Vintage Church.

We would often hear stories of his boys as well as his grandchildren and realized Greg's impact on the next generation of leaders. A good example of Greg's impact happened during one of our lunch meetings. Greg personally sought me out to start/lead a community group. Mentioning I was no longer invited to attend his anymore, we laughed and shortly after Heather and I started hosting our own group . After that, Greg and I continued our calling to lead, starting a Vintage Mens series, "Focusing on Authentic Manhood". I will truly miss Greg as a Friend, Mentor and Leader.

"I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take Heart; I have overcome the world". John 16:33

Connie Carleton

November 30, 2019

I have so many memories of this wonderful man! His great love for Christ and for others. He worked for years in the church Awana Ministry. Sharing his love for Christ with a new generation, helping to strengthen and encourage them in their faith. His stories and life lessons inspired the kids and us adults who were privileged enough to work beside him in Awana. You will be missed here on earth sweet friend.

John Witty

November 30, 2019

I grew up with Gregg and Bret in Coral Gables, Florida. I’m very sorry to hear of his passing but am comforted to know he is home with our Lord.
My condolences to Gregg ’s family.
John Witty