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Richard Drayton Peter

March 15, 1931 — October 25, 2023

Bear Creek


Richard D. Peter, 92, of Bear Creek, NC, passed away on Wednesday, October 25th, 2023, at home surrounded by family and friends.

He was born March 15th, 1931, to the late Fred and Adell Solloway Peter in Darien, CT. He was the only child of Fred and Adell.

Richard was a member of the First Baptist Church and attended Sunday school class there. He was a member of the Siler City Masonic Lodge # 403 A.F.&A.M. He was also a past master of Alcyone Lodge 695 F&AM in Northport, NY, as well as a Shriner in Charlotte, NC. Richard was an Army Veteran and served during the Korean Conflict. Richard was the owner/operator of the Horse Heaven Farm. He loved woodworking making bird houses and gardening. He loved helping with the pancake fund raisers and the Marsh Family cookout. Richard really loved helping people in any way he could. Another passion of Richard’s was traveling and especially shipping horses by airplane.

Richard was married to Nancy Fullerton Peter for 72 years and they had two daughters, Laura Dillinger and her fiancé Clinton Myers, and Linda Crabtree and her husband, David. He is survived by his grandsons, Eric Dillinger, Bryant Dillinger, and Marshall Crabtree (Kristina); and one great granddaughter, Shannon Thompson.

There will be a memorial service with masonic and military rights at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at 2 PM. Chaplain Jeff Person will officiate the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to go to Shriners Hospital and Gentiva hospice of Sanford, NC.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is serving the Peter family.

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Saturday, November 11, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home

230 N Second Ave, SIler City, NC 27344

Memorial service with full masonic and military rights.

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