Service Information:

February 1st, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery
4121 Falcon Parkway Flowery Branch, GA 30542

Mr. James Alexander Peterson, 64

~~James Alexander Peterson, 64, of Flowery Branch GA, passed away on January 15, 2020 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton from liver and heart complications.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 AM, February 1, 2020 at Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Pkwy, Flowery Branch, GA 30542.

James was the son of Harry “Bud” and Alice Peterson, late of Flowery Branch.  Survivors include wife, Kate Diehl Peterson of Hicksville, NY, step-daughters, Lauren Palmese (Frank) and Stephanie Kopyta of Long Island, NY; brother, David Peterson (Susan) of Atlanta; nieces, Helen Peterson and Katherine Peterson; and step-grandson, Brendan Palmese.

James was born April, 1955 in Waterbury, CT and moved at age 2 with family to Ft Lauderdale FL.  He graduated from South Plantation High School in 1973 where he was starting catcher on the school baseball team. He had a fine singing voice and sang tenor in the school chorus.

James was a 3rd generation meat cutter, following both father and grandfather in the trade. He worked for Publix, Ingles and was a Team Leader when he retired from Whole Foods.  He moved from Florida to Long Island, NY in the 1990’s and to Flowery Branch in 2014.

James loved baseball, cars, and German Shepherds, adopting two: Thor and Sasser. He was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. A charming and gregarious man, James was known for his jokes and one-liners.  He will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, please visit a humane society or animal shelter near you and walk a dog.

Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542 is in charge of arrangements.  Send on-line condolences to


Condolences 8
Ruben Arias 2020-01-15 19:21:54
I am sharing in your sadness. I loved James like a brother. I will truly miss him.
Trish Holthaus 2020-01-15 19:36:09
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. I worked with James years ago and he was always pleasant and kind. James was proud to share his photo of his grandfather working as a butcher. May he rest in peace.
Steve and Patti Lester 2020-01-16 16:31:33
David, Patti and I are so very sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. Our friendship lasted well over 45 years, and was always a good one. He could make you laugh, was a real prankster and loved his cars, We’ll miss that quick wit of his. Prayers to you and your family. Steve and Patti Lester
Bob & Jack 2020-01-17 23:18:00
James you will be sorely missed. Our conversations about elder health & Retirement
MELINDA WHITE 2020-01-18 21:18:16
He was a good friend. He could make you laugh, Im so sorry for your loss, I will miss him a lot.
Cassidy 2020-01-25 22:02:20
I love you James sooo much! You did so much for my our family. Thor is safe with me, mel, zack, alliyah, and kyky. without you i wouldnt have what i have now ily soo much uncle james.❤💕
Marie Wajda 2020-01-27 11:31:05
My Heart is sad but I know he made his peace with God as I saw and heard him speak of the day he would leave this earth and knew he was going to be with God that day. So for that I am grateful. Those who knew him knew of his quirky jokes, his sideways smile when he would laugh at his own one-liners... and most of all his generosity. He will be missed, but we can be assured that he is without the pain and suffering he had endured from his illness.. and l’ll always remember his smile❣️ I’m very sorry for the loss of your brother. You were his true HERO as he told me many times David. He loved you to the Cardinals baseball field and back❣️
Andrea Brooke ownbey 2020-04-07 17:18:39
james was a wonderful great person, you don’t find men like him anymore, he will be greatly missed!
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