Christine Hudson Peeler1934 - 2009 (74 years)
Name Christine Hudson Peeler Born 5 Oct 1934 Salisbury, North Carolina, USA Gender Female Died 13 Aug 2009 Salisbury and Bowling Rock North Carolina, USA buried Rowan Memorial Park Person ID I24437 Whitton Last Modified 22 Jun 2020
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SALISBURY - Christine Peeler Whitton, of Salisbury, and Blowing Rock, died Aug. 13, 2009.
Chris (Christie to some) was born in Salisbury to Christine Hudson Peeler and A. Gregory Peeler, Jr. on Oct. 5, 1934. She attended Boyden High School in Salisbury, Stephen's College (1951-53) in Columbia, Mo., and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1953-54).
At Chapel Hill she met and married James G. Whitton of Larchmont, N.Y. The couple spent their first years together on the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Upon discharge, the Whittons moved to Greensboro, where Jim was employed at Bamby Bakers, Inc., a wholesale baking company founded by Chris' grandfather.
For the next 15 years, Chris volunteered (and held leadership roles) with the Symphony Guild, Evergreens Nursing Home, Switchboard Crisis Control Center, Greensboro Preservation Society, North Carolina Children's Home Society and 10 years with the Junior League culminating in her serving two terms as President.
Chris treasured many special friends, with whom great times were shared, entertaining, being entertained, traveling or celebrating the UNC Tar Heels. In 1974, Chris and Jim moved to her hometown of Salisbury and became members of St. John's Lutheran Church.
Chris' community commitment continued and expanded in Salisbury. She played key roles, often for more than one term, with Rowan County United Way, Salisbury-Rowan Arts Council, Salisbury Board of Education, Salisbury-Rowan Chamber of Commerce, the Planning Board of the North Carolina United Way, Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Rowan Regional Medical Center Foundation, Historic Salisbury Foundation, the Rowan County Tourism and Convention Development Authority and Salisbury Community Foundation. Wherever she served, she more often than not took the lead in bold fund-raising efforts that often changed the future of each organization and all those served.
Two crowning achievements among all of Chris' efforts were Waterworks Visual Arts Center and the campaign to restore and preserve Salisbury's historic train depot. For that effort, she was awarded the 1991 Clement Cup.
Chris also owned and operated Copeland Collection, a specialty gift shop, for 10 years. As she did in Greensboro, Chris had many special friends throughout Salisbury who cherished her indomitable, generous, joyful and "tell it like it is" spirit. She took great pride in her membership in Oasis Book Club, Salisbury's oldest.
She is survived by her husband, James G. Whitton; son James G. Whitton, Jr. and wife Barbara of Amarillo, Texas; two daughters, Anne Whitton Bolyea of Banner Elk and Jane Whitton Trevey and husband Chris of Greensboro; three grandchildren, Walker James Trevey, Christopher Whitton Trevey and Cullen Michael Bolyea; and two sisters, Anne Peeler West of Savannah, Ga., and Gregory Peeler Anderson and husband Taz of Atlanta, Ga.