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James “Jimmy” Robert Peterson

May 7, 1966 - July 10, 2023

James “Jimmy” Robert Peterson, 57, of Roanoke, Virginia passed away on Monday, July 10, 2023. He was the son of the late George Edward and  Sandrel Chisom Carter. 

James was born on May 7, 1966, in Roanoke, Virginia.  He was a member of Belmont Presbyterian Church in Roanoke. Jimmy loved music and playing the Spoons. He enjoyed fishing, camping, swimming, restoring antiques and collecting old coins, geodes, and gems. He was involved in his church and prayers outreach ministry. Jimmy had many friends and did not know a stranger. He loved his family and was a devoted husband, kind and caring. His zest for life and laughter was contagious. He will be remembered and missed by many. 

Jimmy is survived by his wife, Deborah Hollie Peterson; children, James Robert Rouse, Jacob Allen Weaver, and Suzanne Roberts; several grandchildren, sisters, Robin Renee Creel and Stephanie Lynn Couch; many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and best friends Bryan and Connie Morrison. .

In addition to his parents, James is preceded in death by his son, Joseph Edward Rouse, two grandchildren, and sisters Rita Kay Sardarov and DeAnna Summit. 

A Celebration of Life and memorial service for Jimmy will be held on Sunday, July 16, 2023, at 11:00 am at Belmont Presbyterian Church with Pastor Todd Atkins and brother-in-law Willie Mangum officiating. A meal will be held following the service. 

Tharp Funeral Home, Roanoke is assisting the family.  To send condolences, please visit

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Jimmy James I love you 💔I miss you. Eternal love. My husband... 😔 Love Love Love 💝

Posted by Deborah Hollie -Peterson on August 19, 2023

Jimmy you are so loved and will be greatly missed! Ride high on the clouds to reach Heaven straight to Jesus! Watch over us all until we meet again!

Posted by Sandra Dillon on July 15, 2023

My thoughts and prayers are with you and all who knew and loved Jimmy. We will all be together in Gods glory and in Heaven one day. Please give my Mama a hug for me Jimmy. Please let me know if I can do anything to help you in this difficult time Debbie 🥰

Posted by Melinda on July 14, 2023

Rest in peace Jimmy

Posted by AUDRA PETERSON on July 13, 2023

Jimmy will be greatly missed! He was a kind and loving husband to my sister! I thank the Lord that Jimmy knew Jesus as his Lord and Savior and was able to serve Him in many ways and at Belmont Presbyterian Church and in his community. We know you are now free of any pain and suffering and are with Jesus. Our hope is in Christ who took our sins and was nailed to a cross and rose again three days later. Jesus now lives and reigns and we can look forward to seeing Jimmy again and living eternally by putting our trust in Christ.

Posted by Willie and Pam Mangum on July 12, 2023

What love we shared.. oh Jimmy James I love you, miss you, this hurts honeylove. See you soon my husband friend lover boy💔🕊️🌻🌻🌻💔

Posted by Deborah Hollie -Peterson on July 12, 2023

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