George Belk Peters, Sr. was born in Morristown, Tennessee
and moved to Kingsport with his family and twin brother, Thomas Landon Peters
in 1924 at the age of two. He was a lifelong resident of Kingsport. George graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 1941.
After graduation he enrolled in Davidson College
along with his brohter. In 1943 they both enlisted in the Army
where Geoorge served in the 69th Infantry Division
as Lieutenant and met the Russians
at the Elbe River
After World War II
he returned to Davidson where he served as president of the ‘D’ Club, his senior class and Omicron Delta Kappa
. He was an outstanding athlete in both high school and college lettering in football
. George was inducted into the Davidson Athletics Hall of Fame
Davidson’s Treasurer, F. L. Jackson, said these words about George B. Peters, Jr. as the first recipient of Davidson’s ‘Tommy Peters Award’ - Davidson's highest athletic honor - named after his brother. “Whether on the football field, on the basketball court, on the track around campus and in the classroom, George demonstrated the qualities of conduct and leadership’. George was captain of both the basketball and track teams and President of his senior class at Davidson."
George was the owner of the Peters Oil Company and later worked in the printing and binding business for Kingsport Press
and Southeastern Color Graphics.
George had a love of family, friends, sports and music. He had a gift for poetry and song and he demonstrated this by serving his community singing and performing with ‘The Has Beens’ and the Kiwanis Kapers. George, “Lib” Dudney
and Martha Eagan worked together to compile and complete a book, “My Boys
” about sports in the early days of Kingsport during the life and times of the legendary LeRoy Sprankle
. This work must have spurred George to write a book “An American Family” about his life in Kingsport from 1922 to 1947.
George B. Peters, Sr. died November 4, 2008.