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William Earl Peterson

June 22, 1943 — July 27, 2023

Madison, TN

William (Pete) Earl Peterson, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on July 27, 2023. He was born on June 22, 1943, in Dewitt, Arkansas to his parents Lester and Helen Peterson, who preceded him in death, along with his sister, Floy Nendel.  Pete was a loving and devoted family man who held dear his wife of 60 years, Sandra Peterson.

Throughout his life, Pete was deeply connected to his faith and was an active member of the 1st Church Of The Nazarene in Nashville, Tennessee. It is fitting that his memorial services will be held at the church he cherished. The first event will be a Memorial Gathering starting from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM on August 5th, 2023. Immediately following the gathering, a Memorial Service will take place from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the same location - the 1st Church Of The Nazarene located at 510 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206, Officiated by Dr. Dan Spross.

Pete had an unwavering love for his family. He is survived by his wife Sandra Peterson, who stood by his side for six decades through thick and thin. Together they built a beautiful life filled with love and laughter. Pete's legacy lives on through his children - son Scott Peterson (Katie) and daughter Tina Diehl (David).

The joy of Pete's life came from being a doting grandfather to Cody Peterson (Kendal), Zachary Peterson, Joy Diehl, and Gloria Diehl. Each grandchild brought him immeasurable happiness and he took pride in their accomplishments as they grew up before his eyes. Pete also had the pleasure of welcoming a great granddaughter named Sage Peterson into the world.

In addition to his immediate family members mentioned above, Pete leaves behind two brothers - Carroll Peterson of Lancaster, Texas and Eddie Peterson of Colleyville, Texas. Their bond was unbreakable and their shared memories will forever be cherished.

Pete had a few passions that brought him immense joy. First and foremost, his love for God guided his every action and decision. He found solace and strength in his faith, which helped him through all of life's challenges. Pete also had an affinity for football - the spirit of the game invigorated him. Lastly, he had a talent for making music and singing, which allowed him to express himself creatively.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in his memory be made to Alive Hospice, 1710 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203.

The passing of Pete has left a void in the lives of his loved ones, but they take comfort in knowing that he touched countless lives during his time on earth. He will be remembered as a devoted family man, a faithful servant of God, and a loving friend to all who were fortunate enough to know him.

As we gather together to honor Pete's life and mourn his loss, let us celebrate the memories we shared with him. His legacy of love, kindness, and unwavering faith will continue to inspire us all. May his gentle soul rest in eternal peace.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Gathering

Saturday, August 5, 2023

9:30 - 11:00 am (Central time)

1st Church Of The Nazarene Heritage Chapel

510 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206

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Memorial Service

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

1st Church Of The Nazarene Heritage Chapel

510 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206

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