John Willis Peterson Sr.

July 10, 1930January 18, 2021

Mr. John Willis Peterson, Sr. age 90 of Willard, NC died Monday, January 18, 2021 at Lower Cape Fear Life Care Center. He was born July 10, 1930 to Robert James Peterson and Eva Blake Peterson.

Mr. Peterson was a former member and deacon of Goshen Baptist Church and a current member at the First Baptist Church of Wallace. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired with 39 years of service with Federal Paper Company and was a lifelong farmer. Most of all he was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was loved and will be missed by many.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Allie Lee Peterson and sisters: Hazel Hayes and Geneva Hufman.

He is survived by his daughters: Belinda Graves and husband Michael of Wilmington, NC and Alison Caines and husband Eddie Ray of Riegelwood, NC; sons: John Peterson, Jr. and wife Sandra of Taylorsville, NC and James Peterson of Willard, NC; grandchildren: Zachary Peterson of Taylorsville, NC, Andrew Caines and Matthew Caines, both of Riegelwood, NC and sister, Mourine Carter of Waynesville, NC.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11am on Friday, January 22, 2021 at Goshen Baptist Church Cemetery, Leland, NC with Dr. Dennis Bazemore officiating. Military Honors will be presented. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Life Care formerly known as Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Wilmington, NC.

All attendees are respectfully asked to wear masks and practice social distancing.


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, January 22, 2021


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Donna Leonard

January 22, 2021

My deepest sympathy for your loss. Losing a loved one is difficult but just try to remember what a better place he is in..

Mary Latta

January 22, 2021

So sorry to hear about Willis. My prayers are with your family.

Earl Cavenaugh

January 21, 2021

So sorry to hear about Willis. Our prayers are with the family during your time of loss of a loved one. Seems like just yesterday all of you kids and our kids grew up together at Goshen Baptist Church. We go by Willis's farm in Willard lots of time going to Wallace and we never fail to mention his name wondering how he was doing. Now we don't have to wonder because he is with the Lord and Allie in Heaven

PAMELA Owen Spivey

January 20, 2021

John, Belinda, Allison, James, Your parents were wonderful people! I loved both of them Ms. Allie always treated us children as her own, she loved teaching/ directing the choir while Mr. Willis was with the men chitchatting . We will be praying for strength and comfort for you all during this time by asking God our Father to stay with you all and wrap you in his loving arms, and shield you from the pain of loss here on earth! God Bless you all!!
Love in Christ Jesus
Pamela Owen Spivey
Charles Spivey, Sr

Janet Hedrick

January 20, 2021

Allison, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You had the salt of the earth kind of parents and that character is carried through you to your children. Peace to all of you.

Janice Parker

January 19, 2021

Alison & Family, All of you are in our thoughts & Prayers.
I didn't know your Dad, but I had heard you speak of him
several times , always in a loving way. Charles knew him.

He spoke very highly of him. If there is anything I can do for you,
Please let us know. Our Prayers are with you. Sincerely,

Janice Lewis Parker ( son ) Andy Parker, & Charles B. Smith.
Also Carolyn Little Baker

God Bless You

Edward and Gaynell Carmack

January 19, 2021

Mr. Willis was one of the first people we met when we started going to Goshen. He was so down to earth, always made you feel welcome and a part. A real Christian man. To his children, remember he is with his heavenly Father. He will be greatly missed, hold on to the memories. We love you all and hold you in our prayers.

Nicole Carroll

January 19, 2021

I enjoyed the visits I had with you. I loved our talks and hugs. I enjoyed the times we had lunch together. You will be missed . Love always Nicole ❤️

Robert and Kathy Hayes

January 19, 2021

Our hearts go out to all of you. We loved Uncle Willis with all our hearts. The beautiful picture brings back many sweet memories we have of sitting and talking with him over the years. Due to the pandemic we can’t physically be with you all, but know that we are thinking of all of you. We will miss Uncle Willis dearly. We love you all.