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August 27, 2012

Robert Leonard Peoples

SHOALS — Robert Leonard Peoples, 70, went to be with his Lord and Savior on at 9:07 p.m. Sunday at his home. He was surrounded by his loving family. Bob fought a long hard battle against progressive supra nuclear palsy and on Sunday evening he won the battle.

Robert was born Sept. 24, 1941, in Martin County, to Charles and Gethel (Tow) Peoples. He married his loving wife of 44 years, Sharon (Kerns) Peoples on Sept. 7, 1967. Together they farmed, raising cattle, horses and turkeys for Perdue Farms in Washington.

Robert was the first coach of Shoals Junior High School to lead a basketball team to a Blue Chip title. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and taught 4-H gun safety. Bob served as District One Martin County Commissioner for four years. He was enlisted in the United States Navy from 1960 to 1964 as quartermaster and retired from Crane in 1988 after 28 years of service. He was a graduate of Shoals High School Class of 1960 and a member of the Springs Valley Wesleyan Church. He was very interested in missions and was proud that he had served on two short-term mission trips to Haiti and Panama.

A loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he will be greatly missed by his family including daughters Cindy Budd and her husband, Lt. Col. Shawn J. Budd of San Diego, Calif., Rita Collins and her husband, Raymond Collins of Anthony, Fla., Christine Miller and her husband, Ross Miller of Zionsville, Rebecca Host and her husband, Brian Host of Lexington, Ky.; brothers Charles “Junior” and Naomi Peoples of Shoals; sister Tima and Gary Hickman of Shoals; half brother Nathan Peoples of Seymour, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren, Ricky Jumper, Sarah Jumper, Eric Jumper, Alyssa Budd, Brent Collins, Aimee Collins, Courtney Collins, Henry Miller, Jack Miller, Elijah Host, Silas Host, Evelyn Host and Sadie Host; and two great-grandchildren, Isaiah Collins and Ikaika Jumper.

He is preceded in death by one daughter, Angie Lee Peoples, and one son, Leonard Wayne Peoples.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Springs Valley Wesleyan Church, with visitation from noon until the hour of service at the church. Pastor John Moffatt will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Queen-Lee Funeral Home.

Preferred memorials are to www.curepsp.org.

Condolences may be made online to the family at www.queenlee.com.

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