Clara Mae (Broadnax) Peterson

September 12, 1938 ~ December 4, 2020 (age 82)

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The Legacy of a Great Woman


For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. 

I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. 

~ Psalm 84:10


     Today, we pause to pay tribute to the memory of Clara Mae Peterson, who was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was one, who loved her family with all her heart, and not only nurtured her family, but enriched the lives of many.

     On Monday, September 12, 1938, the life journey of Clara Mae Peterson began in Northampton, North Carolina as she was born to the late Cotney Broadnax. She received her formal education in the Northampton County School System. 

     As one of six siblings, Clara Mae matured into a young adult and as time progressed, she met and united in Holy Matrimony with the love of her life, Willie Peterson. This was a beautiful union full of love -  lasting over 65 years. Together they built a full life and were blessed with six children.  Seeing the need to help provide for her family, Clara gained employment with Guardian Care Nursing Home of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

     Clara united in Christian fellowship with the Boone’s Chapel Baptist Church, Jackson, North Carolina.  It was there, her spiritual gifts were developed and love for God deepened. While on her spiritual journey, she joined the Usher’s Ministry and served  her church faithfully.

     Clara was a sweet spirit, who possessed a thankful heart for the things God gave her, whether big or small. To know her was to love her and she was known by many throughout! 

     “Who can find a virtuous woman? She is worth far more than rubies” (Proverbs 31:10). Clara’s qualities of hard work, fear of God, respect she had for her husband, love for her children, foresight, encouragement, care for others, concern for the poor and love for her family, all led her to a life of enjoyment, honor and worth.  Yes, Clara was the epitome of “A Virtuous Woman”. She was the matriarch of her family and was respected as such. The values and principles that she instilled will be a permanent impression in the hearts of all she touched. Clara loved unconditionally. Her love was not limited to just family, but it was shared throughout the community. She was a hard worker who loved flowers, cooking, and shopping. 

     On Friday, December 4, 2020, while in the care of Northampton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Jackson, North Carolina; God lifted Clara Mae Peterson from this world of sin, sorrow and pain, to a place of peace and sweet eternal rest. Her seeds are well-sown; her service on earth is complete, and she now experiences the victory and triumph of eternal life. In addition to her mother and beloved husband, she was preceded in death by her beloved siblings, Verlene B. Lewis, George Broadnax and Jane Broadnax.

     Treasured memories of love will forever be within our hearts as we pass her into God's care are: her devoted and loving children and their spouses, Willie Roger Peterson (Eunice) of Jackson, North Carolina, Joyce Johnson (Kent Sr.) of Wilmington, North Carolina, Timothy Peterson (Queen) of Garysburg, North Carolina, Sandra Jean Peterson of Kinston, North Carolina, Marvin Peterson (Cynthia) of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina and Jackie Stephens of Fredericksburg, Virginia; nine wonderful grandchildren, LaToya, Travis, Tia, Laveka, Ashlee, Kent Jr., Christian, Tevin and Simone; thirteen precious great-grandchildren; her caring sisters, Mary Patterson, Annie Albritton and Julia Ford; two generations of nieces and nephews; a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.


Relatives and Friends are encouraged to visit Mrs. Peterson's tribute wall to share memories, extend condolences and to order floral tributes, as sentiments to the family.  



The Caring Team of T. L. Faison's Funeral Care, LLC is privileged to provide

"Professional Care, With Dignity & Integrity" 

to the family of Mrs. Clara Mae Broadnax Peterson.  

We ask that you unite with us in remembering the family in both thought and prayer.

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December 8, 2020

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
T L Faison's Funeral Care, LLC
301 Park Street
Seaboard, NC 27876

Celebration of Life
December 9, 2020

12:00 PM
Crestview Memorial Cemetery
489 Smith Church Road
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

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