SYLVESTER -- The funeral services for the late Mrs. Bessie L. Peterson of 207 Edison Dr., Albany, Georgia, who departed this life on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia, will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. from the Macedonia Baptist Church in Sylvester, Georgia with the Reverend Terrell Carter officiating. Burial will follow in the Shepard Memorial Garden Cemetery in Sylvester, Georgia.

Mrs. Bessie L. Peterson was born on August 6, 1924 in Worth County, Georgia. She was educated in the Worth County Public School System at that time.

She gave her life to Christ at an early age, and joined the St. John AME Church in Poulan, Georgia. She was a faithful member until her health began to fail.

Bessie worked as a housekeeper.

She leaves to cherish her memories a loving and devoted daughter, Mary Carlisle of Albany, Georgia; two sons, Hugh Peterson, Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida, Clifford Lee Peterson of Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren, Reginald, Conrad, Zane Jones, Zelma, Zack Johnson, Sharon Peterson, Sabrina (James) Jennings, Tara, Velma, Lisa, Kelvin, Nathaniel Jr.; twenty-nine great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Shipp's Funeral Home

Sylvester 229/776-1355