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Ronald Preston Peters

June 1, 1949 - May 4, 2021

Ronald Preston Peters, 71, passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in Lynchburg. Born June 1, 1949 in Lynchburg, Ron was the second youngest child of Clyde Owen Peters and Earnestine Helen Peters.

Ron graduated from E.C. Glass High School in 1967 and from Virginia Tech in 1971 with a B.S. in Business Management. He was also a proud member of the Theta Chi fraternity. Ron worked for Burroughs Corporation in sales from 1971 to 1989, and then for Dominion Graphics until his retirement in 2010.

Ron grew up on Yancy Street in Lynchburg and spent his childhood playing with his siblings and neighbors in and around Rivermont Avenue. Ron and his brother Tom spent summers working at Eagle Eyrie and were Wiffle ball champions in their neighborhood. Ron was a sports nut. He loved watching sports, coaching sports, and talking about all things sports. He loved NASCAR, his Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers and his beloved Virginia Tech Hokies. He was a true Hokie through and through and never missed the opportunity to “watch” a game through his radio. He enjoyed spending time with his family, watching classic comedy movies, telling stories, listening to music, doing crossword puzzles (in pen), and completing Sudoku and jigsaw puzzles. Ron spent many years with Lynchburg Little League baseball, both as a coach and in administration.

Most recently, he was a big part of the E.C. Glass’s class of 1967 50th reunion committee and loved reuniting and reminiscing with former classmates. He was early for any engagement, even while driving 5 below the speed limit. Ron was the life of the party and was always laughing. Ron never met a stranger and would often give rides to people he didn’t know. His dance skills were also well-known. He was known to clear the dance floor at many fraternity parties that he gladly helped arranged.

Ron was known to many as Dad, PopPop, Ronnie, brother, son, Coach Ron/Coach Peters, mentor, and friend. Ron will be remembered for his laugh, one liners of advice, his fairness, and his commitment to his community and what’s right for all people.

Ron is survived by his three children, Laurie Peters Tucker (Timothy Tucker), Helen (Lindsey) Peters, and John Michael Peters (Anne Peters); grandchildren Layla Hope Peters, Hayley Noelle Tucker, and Owen Samuel Tucker; siblings Larry Peters, Ellen Feagan, and Roger Peters; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; as well as good friend and fishing buddy, George Nash. Ron is predeceased by his parents, Owen and Helen Peters, his brother Thomas Peters, and by the mother of his children, Janet Thompson Schleicher.

The family is holding a visitation for friends and family at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg on Monday, May 10, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502). A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Fort Hill Memorial Park on Fort Ave.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in memory of Ron to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg is assisting the family.

 

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The family is holding a visitation for friends and family at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg on Monday, May 10, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502). A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Fort Hill Memorial Park on Fort Ave.

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Lindsey and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Prayers to you all.

Posted by Eliz on May 11, 2021

I knew of Ron in high school but did not personally know him. I was able to know about him through the committee meetings for the 50th Reunion for the Class of l967. Family: I am sorry for your loss.

Posted by Cynthia A Stevens on May 8, 2021

Ron. Sorry to hear of your passing to the great eternal Theta Chi chapter. You will always be young in my memory driving the Wrinkle. Bill Armstrong. Charter.

Posted by Bill Armstrong on May 7, 2021

It was with great sadness that I read that Ron had passed. We were fraternity brothers, first in the local Delta Theta Kappa, and then when we nationalized in 1972 as Theta Chi at Tech. I was looking forward to seeing him at the 50 year reunion next year. "Rupe", as he was known to many of the brothers had a great sense of humor and when he got excited his voice would get this high pitch squeal to it. We spent many days on the intramural sports fields and nights at the fraternity house partying and dancing to the music, especially with David "the Mole" Morey form Lynchburg, who booked bands from Lynchburg like "The Oxford Furnace" to perform at the parties. Ron, you have passed to the Chapter Eternal, where I know you are reunited with our passed brothers. Thoughts and prayers to his family. Rest in Peace brother.

Posted by Frank Overbey on May 7, 2021

My sincerest condolences to the family on your loss. I always looked forward to our Glass Class of '67 reunion lunches and catching up and reminiscing with Ron. He was always ready to share great memories and experiences. We would find out we had many similar experiences, mutual friends, and interests. Our lunches won't be the same without Ron. I feel lucky to have been able to have known him. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for you.

Posted by Buddy Faulconer on May 6, 2021

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