Rev. Dr. Lewis E. Peters

The Daily Telegram., November 10, 1913, page 10

William Peters is here from Parkersburg, a guest of his father, the Rev. L. E. Peters.

To Meet Wednesday.

The Daily Telegram., March 20, 1916, page 3

The Willing Workers Society of the First Baptist Church will not meet Tuesday afternoon on account of the funeral of the Rev. Dr. L. E. Peters.

The society will meet at 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon in the home of Mrs. W. B. Conaway, corner of Virginia Street and Hornor Avenue.


Over the Body of the Rev. Dr. Peters at 2:30 o’Clock, Tuesday Afternoon

The Daily Telegram., March 20 1916

Funeral services over the body of the Rev. L. E. Peters will be held at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon in the First Baptist Church. The Rev. Dr. W. C. Taylor, pastor of the church, and the Rev. Dr. C. B. Mitchell, rector of Christ Episcopal church will conduct the services.

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The Rev. Dr. Peters died at his home at 424 Lee Street at 11 o’clock Saturday night, following a lingering illness.

Friends who wish to view the features of Dr. Peters are invited to call at the residence at 424 Lee Street at any time until the funeral hour. The casket will not be opened at the church.

The Rev. Dr. Peters leaves his wife, Mrs. Mattie C. Peters, who was at his bedside when the end came; three daughters and a son. The daughters are Mrs. S. G. Johnson, of Prescott, Ariz.; Mrs. W. Guy Merritt, of Delta, Colo.; and Miss Carrie Beech Peters, at home. The son, W. D. Peters, resides at Delta, Colo.

The Rev. L. E. Peters was born April 27, 1843, in Monroe County, Va., (now Summers County, W. Va.) He was a son of George Washington Peters, the son of John Peters, whose father came from Germany and settled in the valley of Virginia. His early life was passed upon the farm, and he described it as “uneventful.” In November, 1860, he was most happily converted in a meeting at the mouth of Greenbrier and was baptized in the Greenbrier River by the Rev. Rufus Pack.

In the fall of 1860 his father moved to Raleigh County and he put his membership in the Coal Marsh Baptist Church. In the spring of 1861 with nearly all the young men of the community he enlisted in the Confederate Army, Company C, Thirty-Sixth Virginia Regiment, and went through the four years of the War.

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Returning from the War in the spring of 1865 with a thirst for education and the desire to preach burning in his soul, he joined a subscription school in the neighborhood conducted for six months by H. K. Shumate, from Allegheny College. He then taught thirteen terms of school in the state, adding to his knowledge all the while.

In the spring of ‘67 he came with his father’s family to Kanawha County and became a member of the Aimwell Church and was licensed the same year to preach. In November, 1868, he was ordained by the Slaughter’s Creek Baptist Church.

His first pastorate was at Winfield, Putnam County, with Mt. Vernon, Hurricane Bridge, and Union churches occupying all his time. Then for nine years he was at Hartford City, and other churches. He was then for four years pastor at Ravenswood, after which he went to Clarksburg where he remained seven years “to the day.”

This was the great study period. He preached seven years to this congregation without repeating a sermon.

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April 1, 1890, he went to Texas to take charge of Sunday school work under the school board of the state. After six months of strenuous work, finding that he could not stand the climate there, he returned to West Virginia to enter the employ of the American Baptist Publication Society November 1, 1890.

He occupied this position for twenty-four years lacking two months, closing up his work September 1, 1914.

He loved the work and threw his whole strength into it. He read much and became a very practical specialist along the lines of pedagogy and Sunday school work. He wrote many lectures and lessons and addresses, a collection of which was published by the society as a practical hand book. His sales of books for the society were quite large, “more than any missionary in the employ of the society.”


Will Attend Funeral of Dr. Peters, Loyal Member, in a Body.
The Daily Telegram., March 20, 1916

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The Rev. Dr. Lewis E. Peters, whose funeral will be held in the First Baptist church Tuesday afternoon, was a loyal member of the Clarksburg Brotherhood, never missing a meeting when it was possible for him to be present, ever ready with a pointed story and always having a word of good fellowship to brighten the occasion. All members of the Brotherhood are, therefore, earnestly invited to meet at the First Methodist Episcopal church at 2:15 o’clock Tuesday afternoon to attend the funeral in a body.

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