Mr. John Reuben Peeks, 83, of Cartersville, Georgia passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Cartersville Medical Center.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, April 2, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at House of Liberty Church, 10 Womack Drive SE, Cartersville, GA 30121. The body will lie in state in the church from 1:00 P.M. until the hour of service. Interment will follow in Providence Cemetery, 165 Old Tennessee Rd. NE, Cartersville, GA 30121.
Due to COVID-19 regulations and guidelines, physical distancing practices will be in place, and MASK ARE REQUIRED for those that will be admitted to the service. The family is the main concern during this time of bereavement and space will be limited. We have to ensure the family is able to attend , so there is a possibility of some friends not being admitted. However the service will be LIVE STREAMED.
John Reuben Peeks was born July 17, 1937 in Taylorsville, Georgia to the late Jim and Brazzora Peeks. He was educated in the Bartow County School System. In 1977, Reuben was able to receive his G.E.D. and furthered his education at Coosa Valley Technical School, receiving a degree in Electrical Appliance and Refrigeration Repair.
Reuben accepted Christ at an early age and served the Lord faithfully through studying the word of God. He served as chairman of the Deacons Ministry at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Taylorsville, Georgia and Shiloh Baptist Church in Stilesboro, Georgia. Later in life he joined St. Luke AME Church and was very active in many auxiliaries, including the Sons of Allen, until God called him to his eternal rest.
Reuben was quite the entrepreneur and had an array of jobs. Employment for him started as a bus driver for Bartow County School System. He was also the first African American Supervisor at Goodyear Tire in Rockmart, Georgia. Reuben acquired ownership of Peeks Service Station in the late 60’s and in 1973, he started working at WZOTC Radio Station in Rockmart, Georgia and later in 1974 with WBHF in Cartersville, Georgia. In 1978 Peeks Appliance Repair was established. Reuben also worked with the Cartersville Police Department and later at the Bartow County Sheriff’s Department.
After retiring from the Bartow County Sheriff’s department in 1995, Reuben took to the airways every Sunday morning with Gospel Time on WHLB 104.5 FM. While working at the station, he developed a great, long term friendship with Bishop Jesse Pete Smith. For the last 49 years Reuben would have his anticipated Annual Gospel Time Radio Anniversary bringing quartet groups, singers and speakers from all over the Southeast.
Reuben was preceded in death by his son, Gregory Peeks; daughter, Julie Robinson; brothers, James Peeks, Marvin Peeks, and Henry Williams; sisters, Magdalene Morris, Ollie Mae Waters, Roberta Woolfork, Mary Ellen Goode and Pearline Kelly.
Reuben leaves to cherish his loving memory, the love of his life and wife of 63 years Mildred Marlaine Heard Peeks; son, John Jeffery Peeks (Alpha) of Cartersville; daughters, Patricia Woffard (John) of Cedartown, Sandra Williams of Cartersville, and Anessia Loyal (Carlen) of Cartersville; brother, Claude Peeks of Alpharetta; sister, Margie Liggons of Aragon; twelve grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; devoted niece, Brenda Goode; adopted son and daughter, Albert and Angela Sewell; special friends, Bishop Jesse Pete Smith and Willie “Bullet” Wofford; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Condolences may be expressed at: www.mackeppingerfuneralhome.com
Mack Eppinger and Sons Funeral Service, Inc. are in charge of the arrangements.
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