Horace Cardell Peavy, 94, went home to praise our Father, reunited with loved ones who went on before, especially with his wife of 70 years, Eunice Boykin Peavy, and his eldest son, Horace Terrell "Terry" Peavy. Horace died on March 31, 2014 at his son's home in Rincon, after having resided there for five years. During their long marriage, Horace and Eunice had almost always lived in Port Wentworth, had been members of the Methodist Church there, and were only separated by his military service.
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Horace was born on a farm in Effingham County, just south of Oliver, on Oct. 9, 1919, and was christened at Oliver Methodist Church. He was the last son of the nine children of Eulie Hudson Peavy and Lula Maebell Woods Peavy of Screven County. His family moved to his hometown of Port Wentworth in 1922. His mother ensured that the family was in church their first Sunday in town, and he has been associated with Port Wentworth Methodist Church ever since.
Growing up in Port Wentworth, Horace attended school there, and delivered the morning newspaper for two years to the whole community, from the Houlihan Bridge to Grange Road; his mother wouldn't allow him to charge for a paper for the preacher or for anyone looking for a job. On Sunday evenings he attended Royal Ambassadors at the Baptist Church in Port Wentworth. He finished school in Savannah, catching the street car in Port Wentworth to downtown and walking the several blocks south.
As a teenager, he helped at Walcher's gas station, and worked "brass check" at the Savannah sugar refinery where his father worked. He was trained as a machinist at the U.S. Steel wire plant in Port Wentworth, and worked as a mechanic at Dearing Chevrolet in Savannah. His long career was at Atlantic Wood Industries in Port Wentworth, where he retired as plant superintendent. For a time in the 1950s, he also maintained his own business for television repair.
Horace Peavy was dedicated to his Lord and Savior, his wife, his family, his church, his hometown and his country. He taught Sunday school and served on the administrative board at his church. Horace was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict. He joined Patton's army in Europe in 1944 and was awarded the Bronze Star in 1949; he was Regimental Motor Sergeant in Korea until 1952. Following military service, he attended Armstrong College for a time. He was chaplain for his chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. He traveled to Atlanta to aid in incorporation of the city of Port Wentworth in 1957, and served as one of its first councilmen. He was also grand marshal of the Stand Up for America Parade in 1997.
Horace was preceded to Glory by his brothers, Lloyd Hudson Pevey, John Henry Peavy and Howard Ezell Peavy, and his sisters, Mae Peavy Brown and Lois Peavy Knight, "Scrap." Left to honor his memory are his sons, Robert Peavy of Rincon and Richard Peavy of Atlanta, his daughter-in-law, Barbara Mock Peavy of Port Wentworth and her children, Clay Peavy and his wife Jennifer Cornell Peavy of South Guyton, and Carla Peavy McCutchen and her husband, Jack McCutchen of Pooler, and great-grandchildren Peyton Faith McCutchen, Jackson McCutchen and Chloe Lynn Peavy.
The family would like to express their deepest appreciation for the love, concern and support expressed by so many for their beloved father, grandfather and friend. Even as our hearts grieve, for we miss him, our souls rejoice that he lives in blessed eternity.
His family received friends at the Effingham Chapel of Strickland Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 2 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The funeral service was held Thursday, April 3 at 10:30 a.m. at Port Wentworth United Methodist Church, with a graveside service at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens on Bonaventure Road in Savannah. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be given to Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416.
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Published in Effingham Herald from Apr. 5 to May 5, 2014