Jane Nadine Peterman King, 93 years young, of Eagle Rock, passed away Thursday evening, December 21, 2023 after a long illness.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, at the time of his passing, Earl E. (Gene) King; first-born son, Danny E. King; father, Paul G. Peterman Sr.; mother, Jeanette Palmer Peterman; brother, Paul G. Peterman Jr. and wife, Shirley; brother, Alfred Peterman; her beloved grandmother, Olive Palmer Lion; and numerous aunts and uncles.
She is survived by sons, Terry M. King and Paul A. King of Eagle Rock; granddaughter, Tiffany Snedegar and husband, Ray of Covington; grandson, Christian King and wife, Tiffany of Buchanan; great-grandchildren, Ben Snedegar and husband, Greg Martin, Rachel Hernandez and husband, Juan of Polcenigo, Italy, Rebekah Snedegar and fiancé, Preston Mineiro, Shaun King, Eli King, Kennedy King, Sydni Bunch and Ethan Bunch, and great-great-grandson, Atticus Francisco Hernandez. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and dear friend, Patricia Neal and family.
Mother was born and raised in Altoona, Pa. After graduation from Altoona High School, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she lived with her grandmother Olive Lion and her Aunt Sue and Uncle Tom while working as a telephone operator. It was during this time that she went on a blind date with the man who would become her husband, Gene King. They were married on June 6, 1951. Shortly thereafter her husband enlisted in the U.S. Army. During the 10 years Dad served, Jane became a mother and gave birth to three sons. After his honorable discharge, Mom and Dad moved our family to Orlando, Fla. Mom loved it there, plenty of sunshine and no snow. She always said it was her favorite place to live. She hated cold weather.
After 13 years in Florida, Mom and Dad had the opportunity to purchase his grandfather’s farm here in Eagle Rock. So, they packed us up and left 75-degree Florida on December 14, 1973 to arrive at the farm on December 16 to six inches of snow and 28 degrees. I can’t repeat Mom’s comments upon our arrival. I will simply say she was ready to go back to Florida the next day! But as time went on, she loved the solitude and the natural beauty of this area. She loved the fresh garden vegetables we grew and canned.
Mom was blessed with 93 years on this earth, and two loving grandchildren and several great-grandchildren who loved her dearly. Even though Mom was very sick these past few weeks she got an early Christmas present with the birth of her first great-great-grandchild. We are grateful that she was able to see him through video chat. Mom will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Per her request she was cremated and there were no services or visitations. There will be a very brief private graveside service at a later date. Botetourt Funeral Home Eagle Rock Chapel is handling the arrangements. The family would like to express very sincere thanks to Amedisys Home Health Services and Springtree Health and Rehabilitation Center for the care Mom received. Donations in her honor may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.