January 8, 1942 - February 27, 2021
Bessie Peterson (nèe Person) was born on January 8, 1942, in Jackson, North Carolina. She was the third child of David and Kathleen Person's six children. Bessie grew up on a farm with her five sisters and one brother and attended Gumberry High School. The Person family were cotton sharecroppers and Bessie would often share her family's experiences with others. When asked during a family interview in 2017, "What were you like as a child," Bessie responded, "I was a good little girl; I obeyed my parents. I loved to visit the older people and be joyful." In 1964, she moved to Washington, DC with her sisters. In her early years as a Washingtonian, she met her loving husband of 54 years, Leon Peterson of Vanceboro, NC. Leon believes that Bessie was the best thing that happened to him and he loved her "go-getter" spirit. The Petersons loved each other but put God above all things. Bessie was a strong believer in Jesus Christ and would encourage everyone to pray when things were tough for them. She would even tell others to pray when everything was going well. Her favorite scripture was Psalms 23 (The Lord is My Shepard). Bessie gave her life to Christ over 40 years ago. She attended The Way of the Cross Church of Christ. She was a missionary and sang in the choir. Bessie worked as a drug store manager for many years before she retired. She loved to dress nice and ride with her husband in their Cadillac. When asked about some of her happiest memories, Bessie stated that she was happy when she got married, she loved when her social club would go on trips and have gatherings at her home. She also said, "I had a great life." Bessie and Leon had one son, Roger nicknamed Seymour, who preceded Bessie in death. Her son was the light of her life. Also preceding her death were her mother and father, Dave and Kathleen Person, her sisters Hattie Brown, Ozie Thomas, Mary Barnes, Queen Moore, and her brother, Johnny Lee Person. Bessie leaves behind her loving husband, Leon, her youngest sister, Edna Goode and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, family, church members, and friends.
Bessie Peterson (nèe Person) was born on January 8, 1942, in Jackson, North Carolina. She was the third child of David and Kathleen Person's six children. Bessie grew up on a farm with her five sisters and one brother and attended Gumberry High... View Obituary & Service Information
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