Deceased Information


    Tommy Eugene Peterson

  • AGE



    Tuesday, March 28, 2023 (After Sunset)


    Friday, March 31, 2023


    11:00 AM


    Meeting ID: 881 5113 4066

    Passcode: 181495


    Shiva will be held at Jane's home on 4:00 PM Sunday with a minyan at 4:30PM; and 6:00 PM on Monday with a minyan at 7:00 PM.


    Tommy Eugene Peterson died on March 28, 2003, surrounded by loving family. Tommy was born May 5, 1949 in Somerset, Kentucky, where his family was living for a short-term work assignment. When he was an infant they relocated back to their home city of Augusta, Georgia, where he grew up.  Tommy was preceded in death by his parents Kelso and Gerty Peterson, his sister Jeanette Peterson Hoffman, and his granddaughter Frances Brown. He is survived by his wife Jane Diamond (or Janie, as he affectionately called her) of Atlanta, daughter and son-in-law Ashley and John-Clark Brown of Augusta, daughter and son-in-law Alison and Stephen Brown of Boise, daughter and son-in-saw Kara and Sean Bastarache of Atlanta, grandchildren John Thomas Brown, Miles Brown, Grier Brown, Zoe Bastarache, and Eden Bastarache, and brother Kelso Peterson Jr.  Tommy attended high school at the Academy of Richmond County where he was co-captain of the football team, and Middle Georgia College. He played semiprofessional football with the Augusta Eagles and subsequently worked for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Association in North Carolina and then Georgia, where he was a vocal and staunch advocate for the legal rights, fair treatment, and occupational betterment of farmworkers in rural areas of both states. He later established a contracting company, Builders and Restorers, Inc., overseeing residential and commercial projects in intown Atlanta neighborhoods---including the home of Congressman John Lewis.  In his retirement Tommy became a master grower of heirloom tomatoes, for which he was widely known. He had his own special soil mix and filmed a how-to video for friends who hoped to emulate his techniques. In his driveway was his “tomato dome,” constructed to protect at least some of his babies (tomato plants) from the evil squirrels. Being gifted with some of his Cherokee Purples in picking season made many friends, family, and neighbors very happy. Tommy was also famous for his highly coveted smoked meat, served at the July 4th backyard bash held annually for over 25 years.  Tommy loved college football, Atlanta United soccer, and until his illness, working on projects at his house as well as Kara and Sean’s. But by far his greatest love was being Pappy to his adored grandchildren who, along with the rest of his family as well as countless friends, will miss him dearly and forever. The family has requested that no flowers be sent. Those who wish to make a donation in his memory may donate to Friends of Frances (, click on Become a Friend) or to Congregation Bet Haverim (  Funeral services will be held 11:00 am March 31, 2023 at Dressler's Chapel, 3734 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Chamblee, GA.  Interment will follow at North Atlanta Memorial Park.  Shiva will be observed at Tommy and Jane's home, 4:00 pm Sunday (minyan at 4:30 pm) and 6:00 pm Monday (minyan at 7:00 pm).  Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999


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  • Lee and Roz

    Our hearts ache for you and your family, especially for the grandkids who dearly loved their granddad. We made a donation to Friends of Francis in honor of one of them.

  • Harvey sakolsky

    Sorry to hear this terrible news. My heart goes out to the whole family. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Regina Parker

    Dear Jane and Family, My condolences during this time, may you find comfort in each other. May your fond memories of Mr. Peterson live on. Sincerely, Regina Parker American College of Rheumatology staff


    Feeling as though we were with you. All our love…

  • Bill Sakolsky

    So sorry for the loss of Tommy who was always a great host and a welcoming friend.

  • Albert Sacks

    I am saddened to hear about Tommy's passing. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Susan baum

    We were so saddened to hear of Tommy’s death. A great guy who always had a sparkle in his eyes. I remember once when Jane & I were at an act mtg. Jane called home to check on Kara, then about 3, and Tommy. When she asked Kara what they’d done for lunch, she replied “we had a picnic.” Jane said that sounded super, what did they eat. The response “Gum.” What a fun dad and good person in general.

  • Melesia Tillman

    I am so sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to you! sending prayers.

  • Glenn morris

    T0day Is a sad day for me,I knew Tommy a long time before we got to high school where me tommy,nick and Tony had a very special relationship on and off the football field. I will think of my pal always. Glenn morris

  • Richard Swann

    Jane , so sorry for the family. Tommy and I had lost track of each other over the years but what a great guy. My thoughts are with you all .

  • Steve Echard

    Tommy was a great man and I am sure an incredible father and grandfather. So sorry to hear about this and my whole family sends their condolences

  • Sara Omer

    Jane and Kara, I'm so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest condolences.

  • Kristen Weston

    Ashley, I am sending you, John Clark and John T lots of love and prayers! ?

  • Madelyn Fieldman

    Being on the grandparent team with Tommy/Pappy, was such a pleasure. Over the years, I’ve so enjoyed the opportunities to chat with him about the two littlest loves of our lives. I know this is heartbreaking, Jane, Kara, Alison, and Ashley. I’m awfully sorry and sending so much love your way.

  • Amy Beith Miller

    Dear Jane and Kara, sending my deepest condolences on your loss and prayers for your family at this time.

  • Chasity Steverson

    Jane, you and your family are in my prayers. Deepest condolences.

  • Barb Aden

    Jane and Kara—I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and holding you close.

  • Deborah Higginbotham

    Jane, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Kara, now and always.

  • Jake King

    I am so sorry for your loss Jane and Kara.

  • Jennifer Wahl

    Jane and Kara deepest condolences of the loss of your husband and father.

  • Joshua Reynolds

    Jane, I was sad to hear of Tommy's passing. You have been in my thoughts today. Take care, Josh

  • Sharon Ross

    My deepest condolences for your loss, Mrs. Jane Diamond and family. I will be praying for your comfort and strength during the days ahead. Hugs and heart, Sharon Ross ACR colleague

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