Staff report

Charleston businessman and entrepreneur Benjamin Peters, the former president and owner of Ben Peters Brick, died Friday. He was 79.

A native of Columbia, Peters was a graduate of Columbia High School. He was an Air Force veteran.

Peters made his first foray into the brick industry in 1960 when he was hired as a bricklayer with Guignard Brick, a Columbia-based company. Two years later, Peters was promoted to salesman and relocated to Charleston.

Peters worked with the Guignard firm for 18 years before launching his own business. In 1980, he established Ben Peters Brick. The company, which later merged with the Columbia-based brick company Richtex, was located on Saint Andrews Boulevard until Peters retired in 2006.

Throughout his life, Peters was an avid traveler, visiting more than 100 countries. At the age of 67, he fulfilled a lifelong goal when he visited the North Pole.

Peters is survived by his wife, Vera Carter Peters; a daughter, Mary E. Peters; and a son, Thomas C. Peters.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by James A. McAlister Funeral Home of Charleston.