Vernon James Peters, age 97, of Mesquite, Texas went to his heavenly home on the morning of Monday, October 3, 2022, in Dallas, Texas, with his wife and daughter by his side.
He was born on February 17, 1925, in Gholson, McLennan County, Texas to Robert Lee and Mary Evelyn Peters. He was the last surviving member of a family of six and was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jack, Herman, and Billy Joe Peters; sisters, Dorothy Ayers and Vera Johnson; and nephews, Dennis and Ronald Dale Ayers.
His family moved to Dallas County when he was a young boy where he attended Tripp School, in the now Sunnyvale area. He could tell you all about the Tripp or Long Creek area where he loved walking through the cemetery; remembering and reminiscing about the people he grew up with or once knew, and about the days when the family lived and farmed there, before moving to the small town of Mesquite.
Early on, Vernon worked at Hodges Grocery Store on the Mesquite square delivering groceries, and in the 1940's, worked at Goldstein Hat Company in Dallas making ladies' hats. In 1953, he began his employment at Lee's Carpets in Dallas. The company later changed to Burlington Industries, moving to Arlington, Texas where he worked as warehouse manager until his retirement in 1982. During those 29 years, he learned the trade of installing carpet, which was something in which he truly excelled. He would do displays for retail and wholesale displays, often at the Dallas Trade Mart, and also installed carpet for many families and friends in their homes. After his retirement, he enjoyed keeping his yard always manicured, tinkering with various things in his garage, and especially, drinking RC Cola.
Vernon was a longtime member of the Mesquite Church of Christ. He was a good, faithful Christian man who loved the Church, reading through the entire Bible twice, and starting it for a third. Although his health began to decline, he was still able to remember and quote scriptures for a long time after. In his last hours of life after a prayer, his wife told him to now say, "Amen," Darling. And he did just that; repeating those same two words.
Vernon leaves his long life to be celebrated and is survived by his wife of 70 years, Martha Knowles Peters; daughter, Cheryl Thomasson and husband, Paul of Forney; son, Kyle Peters and wife, Tammy of Kaufman; grandsons, Justin and Brandon Thomasson; nieces, Barbara Melton and Glenda Perry, and nephew, Gary Ayers. Extended family, Jason Foster, Bryan Foster, Ashley Dye, Shelby Gonzales, Shawn Harris, and numerous other nieces, nephews, family members and friends that loved and will remember him well in their hearts. The family would also like to thank the nurses at the inpatient hospice unit of Methodist Dallas Medical Center for his comfort and peaceful care in the last few days of his life.
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