Azilee S. Peterson

Sunrise: October 10, 1944

Sunset: December 9, 2023

Mrs. Peterson was born Azilee (affectionately called “Lee”) Cathcart on October 10, 1944, in Rock Hill, South Carolina, to the marital union of Mr. Booker T. and Mrs. Rebecca Smith Cathcart.  She was the second eldest of nine children and the first daughter of two girls.  Her mother, father, and two brothers (Leonard and James Robert Cathcart) all preceded her in death.

After a move to Chesapeake, Virginia, she met and married her current husband, Vernon Boston “Pete” Peterson, who was her devoted husband for 40 years.  Previous marriage was to Raymond Simmons.

Lee had a passion for cooking, laughing, bowling, and enjoying life with her family and friends.  She had a very contiguous smile, and it was always present.  Lee graduated from Emmett Scott High School, Rock Hill, South Carolina.  She was a member of the Girls’ Glee Club, Homemakers of America Club, and Emmett Scott High School Drama Club.

On Saturday, December 9, 2023, Lee departed this life quietly at home with her beloved husband Pete, by her side.

The following remains to mourn her passing: husband, Vernon Boston Peterson, Chesapeake, VA; a son, Leonard (Lenny) Shelton, Miami, FL; a daughter, Dawn Remona Simmons, Mayodan, NC; one stepdaughter, Teakeisha Rimm, Chesapeake, VA; six grandchildren: Brandon Jordan, Tyler Jordan, and Greyson Simmons, Asia Rimm, Tiquan Rimm, and Honesty Rimm; one sister; Betty Cathcart (Isaac) Rucker, Aiken, SC; five brothers: Arthur B. (Denise) Cathcart, Rock Hill, SC; Min. Theodore (Pastor Athenia Dickey) Cathcart, Charlotte, NC; Rufus Cathcart, Rock Hill, SC; John Beaufort (Carrie) Cathcart, Catawba, SC; Melvin (Janice) Cathcart, Lancaster, SC; one sister-in-law, Hilda Jones Cathcart, Beaufort, SC; five brothers-in-law: Milton (Marian) Peterson, Havelock, NC; Leonard (Patricia) Peterson, Branchville, VA; Leroy (Freda) Peterson, Richmond, VA; James (Regina) Peterson; Suffolk, VA; Elton (Ann) Peterson, Courtland, VA; four sisters-in-law: Vernice Peterson and Janice Nicols, Murfreesboro, NC; Stephanie (William) Rawlings, Franklin, VA; Tarsha Perkerson and Jeff Baysmore, Franklin, VA; two close extended family members, Kirk and Rebecca Woodruff, Chesapeake, Virgina; a longtime devoted friend, Gayle (Clarence) Johnson; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Viewing Wednesday, December 20, 2023 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service Thursday, December 21, 2023 11:00am New Mt. Olive AME Church 1953 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23324 Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320

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    Cynthia Hankins says

    I are so sorry to hear about the passing of Sister Azilee . She was such a wonderful woman. I have so many fond memories singing on the Gospel Choir and in fellowship with her at New Mount Olive. She always stop to say a kind word to me every time she attended church. I will miss her laughter and smiles . Keeping on smiling Sister Azilee. You are in God’s care now. I will be keeping Brother Peterson and the family in my prayers. With Sympathy, Cynthia Hankins and Family

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    Andre Whitfield Black says

    Azilee was a Joy, the way she talked to You made you want to go to Church and do All You Could

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