James Peak

SHELBY-Mr. James Edward "Mighty" Peak, 66, of 934 West Warren Street, Apartment 5F Shelby, departed this life on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Hospice House in Forest City. He was born in Cleveland County, to the late William Peak Sr. and Gertrude Phelps Peak.
James attended Cleveland High School. In addition, he studied blueprinting at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. As he reached early adulthood, he realized he was gifted in the area of dry wall construction and finishing. James operated in this vocation for more than forty years. His love for the trade resulted in James becoming a small business owner. He founded and operated Peak's Wallcrafters, Inc. In this position, he was known for putting up foundations in homes, churches, as well as major community facilities, which was inclusive to Cleveland Mall, as well as having the opportunity to work in the Bobcats Arena. James shared this gift of vocation in Cleveland, Rutherford, and Mecklenburg County, even reaching as far as Baltimore Md. James spent the latter years of his life as an employee of Cleveland Family Services, Inc., where he retired.
James accepted Christ and was baptized at Light Oak Baptist Church. James was a founding member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church where he served as trustee and sang with the male choir. Additional passions of James' included history. He was affectionately known as the family historian. He loved American history, specifically as it related to the plight of the African. This was the impetus of his avid involvement in the 2008 Presidential Election. James often shared his knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement and African culture.
He was actively involved with the African American Culture Center and Black Minority Business Association in Charlotte. These interests led him to bringing the celebration of Kwanzaa to Cleveland County. He enjoyed collecting African art, which included drums, flags, and different artifacts and he shared this interest with others through a community culture center that he founded and operated in Shelby. At the community center, children were taught about their heritage, African dance and native languages. His interest in family of origin led him to submit to DNA testing his last year of life. James' efforts traced his family roots to the Temne tribe in the country of Sierra Leone in Africa. Other pastimes of James' included fishing, and traveling to visit out of town family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Lockhart and Mary Peak; two brothers, William Peak Jr. and Theodore Hart; and two brother in-laws, Jerry Beasley and James "Sonny" Bell.
James leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Retha Smith Peak of Shelby; three sons, Anthony Peak (Amanda) of Shelby, Jarrett Peak of Lowell, Mass., Rodney Smith (Nicole) of Shelby; two daughters, Sharon Smith of Kings Mountain, and Yolanda Hall of Shelby; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five sisters, Geneva Marshall (Ralph) of Baltimore, Md., Doris Morris (Johnny) of Baltimore, Md., Betty Bell, Sandra Beasley, Carolyn Perry; seven brothers in-law; two sister-sin-law; an aunt, Nora Saddler of Baltimore, Md..; three special nieces, Andre McCluney (Quincy), who took care of him during his illness, Tanya Staten (Charles) of Kings Mountain, and Cassandra Bell-Gash (Bruce) of Shelby; a special great-nephew, Dana Dawkins of Baltimore, Md.; and special friends, Kwame and Margaret Amanfoh, Juliet Nnuako, the late Wanda Montgomery, the late Marie "Cookie" Williams, and Edward Gullatte of Shelby.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at the church Wednesday and at other times at 111 Carriage Court South, Shelby.
Funeral Service: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hoppers Chapel Baptist Church
Officiated By: Dr. Anthony Negbenebor
Burial: Faith Missionary Baptist Church cemetery
Funeral Home: Enloe Mortuary is serving the family
Online Condolences: www.enloes.net

Funeral Home

Enloe's Mortuary
231 North. Lafayette Street Shelby, NC 28150
(704) 487-9598

Published in Shelby Star on Jan. 15, 2013