Charles “Charlie” Barnett Peters, Jr., age 95, of Bristol, Tenn., passed away suddenly at his daughter’s home (Susan Peters Keesee) on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.


Though he was born in Montana during the depression his family was from Bristol, Tennessee and were pioneers in the founding of this region. His family moved back to Bristol when he was a year old and he lived and served Bristol for the remainder of his life. Mr. Peters and his wife of 62 years were the owner/operators of Oak Door Antiques in Bristol on Highway 126. His wife, Ruby Ridings Peters (who passed in 2010) and Charlie had four children, seven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.


Mr. Peters was a WWII Veteran serving in France and Germany. He was a city councilman, Mayor of Bristol, Tenn., served on selective service system (draft board), commander of American Legion Post 145, Manager of Bristol and Bluff City American Legion Posts, Commander of VFW and 40&8 Veterans Associations in Bristol, Tenn., and chairman of the March of Dimes Drive and Band Festivals in Bristol, Tenn. He is also recognized as Founder of Bristol’s claim to being the “Birthplace of Country Music”. He donated his life to promoting Bristol, Tenn. Mr. Peters was a member of Central Presbyterian Church, Meadowview Presbyterian Church, and Liberty Baptist Church. He was a kind and gentle man.


Mr. Peters sons and daughter are quoted by saying “If we had the privilege of hand picking a dad, it would have been him.”, “He was a Godly man and we loved him and he loved us as a Godly man should.”, and “He will be missed by all who knew him, he was truly a great man.”


Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”


He is survived by his children, Lt. Col. Dr. Charles B. Peters, III Retired USAF and wife Lisa of San Antonio, TX, Michael Peters and wife Rose of Bristol, Tenn., Jeffrey Peters and wife Debbie of Bristol, Tenn., Susan Peters Keesee and husband Shawn of Bristol, Tenn.; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.


A Graveside Service for Mr. Peters will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018 in Glenwood Cemetery with Dr. Stan Anderson officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Bristol VFW Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, at Weaver Funeral Home.