Virginia "Toots" Peterson

November 11, 1933 ~ July 14, 2019

Born in: Yancey County, NC
Resided in: Johnson City, TN

Virginia “Toots” Renfro Peterson, 85, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at her daughter’s home, where she had lived for a little over a year.

She was a native of Yancey County, North Carolina, and a daughter of the late Tilmon and Alma Renfro.

Toots worked very hard raising her family and loved them dearly. She also worked very hard in her earlier years in the gardens and tobacco fields; she loved chewing her tobacco.

She was a member of Berea Free Will Baptist Church, where she enjoyed attending service and fellowship with her Christian family.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by: her husband, John Peterson; eight siblings; and two grandchildren, April Douglas and Triston Madore.

Survivors include: her children, Judy Smith, Debbie Day and husband David, Patsy Lowery and husband Cheyenne, Timmy Peterson and wife Diana; seventeen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

The family of Virginia Peterson will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at Morris-Baker Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Morris-Baker Funeral Home, officiated by Gary Hill, Jim Chapman, and Otis Banks. A committal service will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Green Mountain, North Carolina, at 1:30 PM. Friends and family are asked to gather at the graveside by 1:20 PM.

Pallbearers will be: Cory King, Caleb Day, Gabriel Douglas, Cheyenne Lowery, Lee Davis, Isaac Douglas, Joey Douglas, Johnathan Peterson, Jessup Peterson, and C.J. Varner.


Visitation: July 17, 2019 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Morris-Baker Funeral Home & Cremation Services
2001 E Oakland Ave
Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 282-1521

Funeral Service: July 18, 2019 11:00 am

Morris-Baker Funeral Home & Cremation Services
2001 E Oakland Ave
Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 282-1521

Committal Service: July 18, 2019 1:30 pm

Fairview Cemetery
Fairview Cemetery Rd.
Green Mountain, NC 28714

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  1. Janice Fogle says:

    To all my cousins please know you are in my thoughts and my prayers! Feel comfort in knowing this is a journey your mama planned for all her life. She will be free from pain in God’s house! Love you guys!

  2. Cricket Lambert says:

    Frances (Cricket) Lambert your niece you will be missed.

  3. Debbie Higgins says:

    Dear Patsy and sisters, I am so very sorry for the passing of your mother.Patsy you took care of your Moma and she died in your arms where she felt safe I believe.In The Arms of the Angel is Where she felt safe on her path to Heaven.Patsy you can always live with the fact of knowing that you were always there for your Mother as a Wonderful daughter that you always were to your sweet dear Mother.She s walking in Heaven as we speak and I will keep you in My Prayers Knowing that it can t be easy saying Good bye but only for a little while until you see her again in Heaven.God Be with You and Your family during today and the following days ahead.Patsy You know you took such good care of your Dear Mother and anyone that knows you Patsy Knows that.I know you sure did and she sure loved coming to Church at Berea.You are in Our heartfelt thoughts and Prayers Patsy and the other sisters I never came to meet.But knew your Precious Mother and she was a sweetheart. Sincerely from Joe & Debbie Higgins

  4. Mrs.Debbie Higgins says:

    This Special Candle We light in Remembrance of a beautiful sweet Christian lady called home to her Heavenly Home.Sincerely from Joe & Debbie Higgins

  5. Joe & Cheryl Nickles says:

    Patsy & family – Please accept our deepest sympathies in the passing of you mom, Mrs. Peterson. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Again we are so sorry for you loss. God bless all of you. Sincerely, Joe & Cheryl Nickles

  6. Gwen Creek says:

    Prayers love and comfort to all of the family.

  7. Amy Kuntz says:

    so sorry for your loss. God Bless Ya’ll.

  8. Kathy Renfro says:

    We are keeping you in our prayers. We will always
    Miss Toots. She is sitting at the feet of Jesus, and resting
    In complete peace. No tears of pain can touch
    Her now.

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