Keith Garland Peters, Sr., age 97, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and close friends on Friday, November 3, 2017. He was born on September 25, 1920, to the late Katie Mae Veal Peters and the late James Albert Peters. He was a lifelong resident of Walton County.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Carey Peters, having been married for 62 years; son, Keith Garland Peters, Jr.; daughter, Laura Peters; grandchild, Carey Beth Peters; first cousins, Saralyn and George Jaleel; sisters in law, Gussie Carey and Hazel Peters; nieces, Trish Carey, Janet Peters McClanahan (Chip); nephews: Jimmy Peters (Sue), Al Peters, Phillip Peters (Teresa), George Peters, Bill Carey (Jeanette), Jim Carey (Susan). Deceased siblings are James Lee Peters, George Bernard Peters, and Kathryn Yvonne Peters.
Garland graduated from Monroe High School where he excelled in all sports. While in high school, he worked at the theater and also had a newspaper route, delivering the papers on his bicycle. After graduation he went to work full time at Carwood Manufacturing Company, mainly because of their having a good softball team. Next jobs were Jack Ford’s Soda Bar, Walton Mill, and Monroe Drug before joining the Army.
Garland joined the Army on August 17, 1941, during World War II. He reported to Fort McPherson in Atlanta and stayed one day, traveled by train to Fort Brag in Fayetteville, NC, for six weeks basic training, on to Fort Gordon in Augusta, then by train to Staton Island, NY, and was shipped overseas on a LST Convoy boat. He served 30 months overseas in Northern Africa, Sicily, and Italy, and served 10 months in the states. He returned home and worked at his old job before purchasing J.L. McGarity’s Firestone Store in May 1949. This became Peters and Foster which has served Walton County and surrounding areas for 68 years. He never missed work through these years. He enjoyed meeting, greeting and waiting on his customers. He had compassion for all he met.
Mr. Peters enjoyed his home and ranch where he raised Charolais Cows. He was active in the Walton Cattlemen’s Association, and Georgia Farm Bureau. He was a director of the National Bank of Walton County, now Synovus, for many years. He was a member of the Monroe first United Methodist Church. He sponsored many sports teams and clubs through the years and supported all civic activities because of his love for people.
He will be especially missed at Peters and Foster and missed by all that knew him. Funeral services will be held at Meadows Funeral Home in Monroe on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Lee Peters officiating. Pallbearers are Justin Barrett, Bill Carey, Brian Herrick, Steve McGaughey, Patrick Pate, and Hal Ruark. Interment will follow at the Bostwick Cemetery. The visitation is from 4 – 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.