Billy J. Peters

Published 4:09 pm Monday, May 23, 2016

Billy J. (BJ) Peters

May 21, 2016

Billy J. Peters (BJ), age 75, of Hiawassee, Georgia, passed away at his home on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Mr. Peters was born August 18, 1940, in Gaskin, Florida to the late Hubert and Louise Tidwell Peters. BJ and his wife, Zadie King Peters, moved in 2007 to Hiawassee, where he was a member of Union Hill United Methodist Church, The Towns County Fire Coalition, and heavily involved with the Towns County Fire Corps. He volunteered for the Towns County Food Pantry and Chatuge Regional Hospital Auxiliary. He was a Shriner and a Jester. BJ loved God, his family, friends, people of the community and the Florida State Seminoles.
Upon graduation from High School in Defuniak Springs, Florida, he attended Vanderbilt University. He then moved to Tallahassee, Florida and began a career in law enforcement as a Florida State Trooper, later assigned to security for the Governor. During this time he became a licensed pilot, flying for the Governor and other state agencies. He and a partner started a corporate aviation company, serving Florida State University and several corporations in and around Tallahassee. Throughout his career he wore many hats including banking and owning a real estate brokerage firm. In 1990, he was appointed Director of the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal, retiring in 1997. He subsequently became a lobbyist and consultant in governmental affairs.
Survivors include his daughters, Wendi Kalba, Port Richie, Fla.; Valarie Peters, Tallahassee; son and daughter-in-law Bill and Susan Peters, Tampa, Fla.; step daughters, Amy King, Hiawassee, Lee Ann and David Porter, Bainbridge, Ga.; and step-son Alan King, Albany, Ga.; sister and brother-in-law, Faye and Mott Howard, Bushnell, Fla.; grandchildren, Chris Kalba, Geoff Kalba, Emily Phillips, Benjamin Bowers and Dylan Ansley; and three precious great-grandchildren, a beloved aunt Hazel Rachels, uncle, Arnold Tidwell and wife June and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Hiawassee United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Family will receive friends at the church from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Rev: Katie Stralls and Dr. Charles Wilson will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Union Hill United Methodist Church or Towns County Food Pantry.
Banister Funeral Home of Hiawassee in charge of arrangements

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