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L A Peters, Jr was born November 17, 1924, in Hamilton County, Texas and passed away March 22, 2012, in Dallas, Texas.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Mazelle "Mazie" Peters and their two children, Donald A. Peters of Waxahachie, Texas, and Patricia A. Matyastik, of Dallas, Texas, his sister, Chris Funderburg, of Lake Jackson, Texas, and 4 grandchildren, plus 4 great-grandchildren.

In his early years he grew up in the rurals of Bremond, Texas, as the youngest of 5 brothers and 5 sisters, remembered from his childhood years that his family had very little. He would remind others that as a child he was in his teens before he got his first pair of new shoes and clothes…saying "he got the hand-me-downs from his older brothers".

As a result of his circumstances, L.A. looked for paying work at an early age. At 15 years of age, with his older brother, A.J., they hitchhiked to Wichita Falls, some 300 miles, to do construction work at Sheppards Air Force Base. Of course to get the job, he had to fudge his age.

One day the surveyor did not show up. L.A., while in high school the year before, learned to use the surveying instruments, volunteered. After being given a trial basis to demonstrate his abilities and to the amazement of his Superintendent, he was given the job.

Later with A.J., they went to the Freeport, Texas, area and began to build houses. With the growth of Dow Chemical's work force and community "Camp Chemical," this proved to be a good choice. Both remained in the area in the construction business.

Later, while working to build Hopper Field for the Brazos Port High School, led to the opportunity to remain and work at the Brazosport School District. This he did for 30+ years. L.A., having a gregarious personality, liked the interaction of the teachers, students, and fellow workers.

Being a doting parent and working closely at the school gave him the advantage to observe the education and growth of his two children. While there, he took pride in seeing his son, Donnie, excel as a star athlete in track and field, baseball, basketball, and football at Brazosport High. His daughter, Patsy, was a school cheerleader. His family truly was the most important thing to him.

That family started when he met his sweetheart, Mazelle "Mazie" Fox, while at a dance at "Camp Chemical." They were married August 7, 1944. Those close to L.A. knew and would say, "She was the love of his life". They danced and they danced for 68 years, being members of several dance clubs through the years.

The family of L.A. Peters, Jr. would like to express their gratitude for all the loving care that has been given to him since relocating to Dallas in 2005. L.A. was very thankful for the love and expressions of endearment shown to both he and his beloved Mazie.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations on behalf of L.A. Peters to
The Alzheimer's Association, 1-800-272-3900.