Charles E. Peters Sr. of Kenova

Charles E. Peters Sr., “Chock” of Kenova, W.Va., passed from this life at St. Mary’s Medical Center on September 11, 2012. Born on September 13, 1926, he was the oldest son of the late Elza and Louise Gaskins Peters. He served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines as a military policeman during World War II, including a tour protecting General Douglas MacArthur. Dad had a passion for racing motorcycles and power boats, and loved to fish and play bluegrass. He was a creator, self-taught engineer and an outstanding mechanic who enjoyed helping neighbors and friends with their welding and mechanical needs. He was employed for 33 years by Allied Chemical in Ironton, Ohio, as a welder and later foreman. His love for Christ compelled him to always talk with others about their spiritual life. He was a member of the 26th Street Church of Christ. Charles is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 63 years, Melissie Isaacs Peters. Together they pursued their dreams while raising two children, traveling together and in the latter years monitoring the world from their front or back porch. He is also survived by his children Carol Mullins of Statesville, N.C., and Charles E. “Pete” Peters Jr., and a special daughter-in-law, Ava Peters of Kenova; two grandsons, Christopher and Jeremy Ferguson; and two great- granddaughters. He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. His surviving siblings and fishing buddies are Margaret Musser of Proctorville, Ohio, and Tom Peters of Sumter, S.C. Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, at the Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova with a celebration of his life for family and friends at 2 p.m. conducted by Minister Blaine Kelly. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Kenova. We know that Dad now can see, is moving about freely and will be engineering some project to make our eternal home even better. The family requests that contributions be made to the Kenova Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 186, Kenova, WV 25530.