Rex Peebles
1953 - 2019
BORN
October 18, 1953
DIED
September 23, 2019
FUNERAL HOME
Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home - Elgin
604 Highway 95 North
Elgin, TX 78621
PEEBLES, Rex Age 65, of Elgin, passed away September 23, 2019. Service September 29, 2PM, Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home, Elgin, TX.
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Published by Austin American-Statesman on Sep. 27, 2019.
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Sep
28
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5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home - Elgin
604 Highway 95 North , Elgin, TX 78621
Sep
29
Celebration of Life
2:00p.m.
Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home - Elgin
604 Highway 95 North , Elgin, TX 78621
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A very knowledgeable colleague and higher education leader. Always a smile and good spirits. Texas higher ed will miss you
Chris McKee
Coworker
January 7, 2020
Although we never met face to face, I can truly say that he was a man who enjoyed helping other, a true servant leader!
November 19, 2019
Today, I am missing you Rex. It was such an honor to work for you and to get to know you . You were an amazing boss, who truly understood the mission and goals of THECB. But most importantly you were a great human being who loved sharing stories with me about your daughters and I would share stories about my daughters. My prayers go out to your wife and daughters.
Audra Patridge
Coworker
October 23, 2019
I am saddened to learn of the passing of Rex Peebles. We worked together at Austin Community College and kept in touch by seeing each other at professional conferences over the years. Rex was a friend, a fine educator ,a believer in opportunity and inclusion and most importantly a good person. I am happy that I got to know him and he will be missed.
Frank Friedman
Coworker
October 15, 2019
My prayers and heart go out to Sandra , Natalie and Nicole
Christina Salazar
Friend
October 13, 2019
Sincere condolences to all of Rex's family and friends. I was very saddened to hear of his passing.

Rex was a great colleague at Austin Community College, and he was fun to work with. My favorite memory of him is from big meetings, where all kinds of issues were debated and discussed. Sometimes, Rex would cock his head, get a smile on his face, and say, "Yes, but have your considered. . . . .?" That always brought a new, and much needed, perspective to the discussion. Thank you, Rex, for that, and for your great sense of humor.
Cathy Angell
Coworker
October 4, 2019
My interactions with Rex were always inspiring. Rex was very willing to help me think through policy issues as I adjusted to my new responsibilities and struggled with approving new doctoral programs. His generosity and willingness to do some hand holding really made an impression on me. I can only hope that his family knows that many of us who crossed paths with him over the years and across many states know him to be a good and generous man.
Veronica Dujon
Coworker
October 4, 2019
Rex Peebles was a friend and colleague that I came to know the past several years through professional associations in higher education. I saw Rex just last month at a conference and we had such a wonderful conversation about his early career, his start in higher education, and his work with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. We were scheduled to meet earlier today.

To his family, friends, and colleagues, I share in your love of Rex and offer my deepest condolences. The world is a bit smaller today without Rex.

Regards,

John Barnshaw
John Barnshaw
Friend
October 2, 2019
I was proud to work alongside Rex Peebles for many years, debating and discussing policies for students, institutions and the workforce. He will be missed.
Mike Meroney
Coworker
October 2, 2019
On behalf of South Texas College, it brings us great sadness to learn of the passing of Dr. Rex Pebbles. Dr. Pebbles was a passionate advocate and firm supporter of the contribution of community colleges for student success and community enrichment. His diverse educational experience coupled with the broad understanding of the challenges faced by higher education institutions aided in the development and implementation of many programs across the state.

Dr. Peebles was a devoted, educational leader, whom will be deeply missed by many.

I extend my deep condolences to his wife, Sandra and two daughters, Natalie and Nicole. May the cherished memories of Rex bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Respectfully,
Dr. Shirley A. Reed
President
South Texas College
Dr. Shirley Reed
September 30, 2019
To Sandra, Nicole, and Natalie. Knowing words cannot soothe your broken hearts, my thoughts and prayers for hope during these difficult days will continue.
Mary Shields
Friend
September 29, 2019
You did not know race or nationality. I am holding back tears as I write this. I miss you dearly, my friend.
You are not gone, just gone ahead. You are not lost. I know exactly where you are. Rest In Peace. I will see you after a while!
Shina Amachigh
Friend
September 29, 2019
Rex was a true champion for Texas community colleges. We will remember and honor his many contributions. Rest In Peace.
Charles Cook
Friend
September 29, 2019
Christine Hubbard
Coworker
September 29, 2019
Brent Wallace
Friend
September 28, 2019
I got to know Rex through the various THECB committees on which I served. He was intelligent, very knowledgeable about higher education and quite witty. He always knew how to put things into perspective. Rex will be greatly missed by many, especially by those of us in higher education. He was a true advocate for higher education students and for community colleges. My condolences go out to Rexs family. May God bless you all in this time of sorrow. Know that Rex was a very good man and that he was well loved by all who had the opportunity to know him. May he Rest In Peace.
Norma Perez, Vice Chancellor of Instructional Services/CAO, Houston Community College
Norma Perez
Friend
September 28, 2019
Rex will be missed greatly in the world of higher education. I served on the field of music study committee under his leadership. He was a great leader and personable man.
Celinda Hallbauer
September 28, 2019
It was a pleasure an honor to serve Austin Community College with Rex. While not my supervisor, he was in many ways an informal mentor, as I know he was to many others. There was a grace and ease to his commitment to the educational enterprise that was inspirational.
Lyman Grant
Coworker
September 28, 2019
Family, friends, Texas Education, Texas Community College Teachers Association, THECB, and all those touched by Rexs friendly and caring nature are diminished by his passing. Prayers for Rexs wife and his family!
William Simcik
Acquaintance
September 28, 2019
Rex, you were one of a kind and will be greatly missed. I loved your sense of humor and our great conversation. Thank you for allowing me to be a colleague and friend. My condolences to the family. Rest in heaven dear friend.
Dazzie McKelvy
Coworker
September 28, 2019
To Rexs family: I hope these thoughts about Rex will give you comfort. I had the honor of recommending and working with Rex at the CB. Prior to that we served on many committees together throughout our careers. He was the consummate professional who made you feel welcome and respected no matter the event. He made work at the CB so much easier. He has left a hole in the higher education community. His passing this way but once has not been in vain-he made a lasting difference! RIP dear friend! Dr. Judy Loredo
Judith Loredi
Coworker
September 28, 2019
Rex will be missed by all of us who worked with him. We worked together for over 20 years, and during that time he never lost his sense of humor, was consistent, dependable, and could always be counted on to succeed at whatever challenge or assignment he accepted. He was true to the principles he believed in, focused on bringing out the best in his students and made sure they were exposed to a quality education. He knew how to approach, and work with people in a way that brought out the best in them. He held high expectations of himself and others , was always willing to assist and left a positive impression with all who met him. His contributions to higher education are many and his leadership was unmatched. Rex was a scholar - a good and honorable person whose impact on students and those with whom he worked will live on. My sympathy goes out to his family.
Donetta Goodall
Coworker
September 28, 2019
I loved Rex! During my 10 years at ACC at Highland Business Center, seeing Rex, with his sleepy grin and huge heart, made my day. He was a great Texan and honorable man who is gone way too soon. My sympathies to the family and his many friends.
Sharon Duncan
September 27, 2019
I always enjoyed visiting with Rex. We had many thought provoking conversations while he was at Midland College and after he moved on to THECB. His insight and intelligence will be a great loss to education.
Margaret Wade
Coworker
September 27, 2019
Sending prayers and Condolences to the family. So sad to hear of his passing. Thinking of you all in your time of need.
Raynice and James Earl
Family
September 27, 2019
Rex was a colleague and co-author. I admired his ability to collaborate with colleagues, whether it concerned the art of teaching or making significant contributions to political science and the understanding of political behavior. For example, Rexs chapter on civil rights and civil liberties was a first for a Texas government textbook. I am deeply saddened by his passing and wish to convey my sincerest sympathies to his family on their loss.
Stefan Haag
Coworker
September 27, 2019
Sending my deepest condolences to Rex's family, friends, and co-workers. While my working time with Rex was limited, his kind spirit and humility were evident through his personality. When I heard him speak, he was always thoughtful and wise. I will miss seeing his smile as he walked through the corridors of THECB. Rest in peace, Rex.
Jennifer Gonzales
Coworker
September 27, 2019
He was always friendly and treated everyone fairly and he will be missed. God Bless❤
Hope Frausto-Raby
Coworker
September 27, 2019
To Rex's Family,

We here at Angelo State University send our deepest sympathy and condolences to Sandra, Natalie, Nichole and the rest of the family. Rex was a great friend to ASU and particularly Drs. May and Topliff. He helped us in many ways become the university we have become and we will miss him dearly. Rex was a great advocate for students in the State of Texas and leaves a legacy of helping to change family trees. Texas has lost a great man. We will always remember Rex Peebles.
Don Topliff
Friend
September 27, 2019

What an excellent tribute to a great Texan! Texas Higher Education lost an advocate for student success. Texas lost a great man. Rex loved a good debate. He was approachable, quick witted, a wealth of information and respected by all. Texas Community College Instructional Administrators (TCCIA) will greatly miss one of their own. He was a superhero to our organization. He was not only a colleague, but a dear friend to many. He leaves an incredible legacy. Job well done, our friend

Vice President of Instruction at Texarkana College and President of TCCIA - Dr. Donna McDaniel
Donna McDaniel
Acquaintance
September 26, 2019
I will miss that quirky smile. Happy trails, Rex.
Catherine OBrien
Friend
September 26, 2019
Dr. Peebles had the greatest impact on my career and life. He is missed. If you see her, say hello.
Acquaintance
September 26, 2019
Rex was lovely, funny, and engaging - his wry sense of humor was second to none. It was a privilege to know him professionally - we all shined brighter in his orbit. LEAP Texas will not be the same without him. Rex will be missed - if I ever do relocate to the Lone Star State, I will give full credit to Rex for making it so very appealing to this East Coast Yankee. Thoughts and prayers to all who miss him - Kate McConnell, AAC&U
Kate McConnell
September 26, 2019
A Great loss for the higher education of the Great state of Texas. A man of good moral and integrity, a true heavenly Israel, in him there is no beguile.
Lisa PingHui & Paul Lin
September 26, 2019
On Thursday September 19th, 2019 I met Mr. Rex Peebles for the first time at a Perkins presentation at Tarrant County College south campus. It is very sad and shocking to learn that five days after he has passed on ... while I found his presentation very critical to colleges that are recipient of Perkins grants, I must add that the state of TX especially the Higher Education Coordinating Board and colleges/universities around the state have a lost a valuable advocate for education funding... may he RIP...
Michael Kaluya
September 26, 2019
Clearly a dedicated and knowledgeable professional, Rex was also a real joy. I always got a kick out of how he would infuse one of his funny stories into what some thought would be serious response to some troubling issue in higher ed. He would lighten the mood, and then address the issue. I miss him already. My prayers are with his family. Rest in peace, Rex.
Karen Mongo
Friend
September 26, 2019
Gracious, funny, passionate and compassionate -- a joy to work with. Although our paths crossed infrequently, Dr. Peebles always brought a smile to my face and a comfort to know that good policy was his utmost goal. Deepest condolences to all Rex's family, friends and colleagues. He will be missed.
Jan Friese
Acquaintance
September 26, 2019
I looked forward to professional conferences that I knew Rex would also attend. He was a wonderful, supportive, smart colleague who helped me and others do the right thing for students and campus. I'm so sad we'll never be able to share ideas together again. I'm sending all of my positive thoughts and prayers to his family.
Monica Stitt-Bergh
Coworker
September 26, 2019
I highly admired Rex with his tremendous knowledge and ability to quickly think through a problem, ask a few questions, and then determine the best solution, while maintaining a down-to-Earth disposition. A line in the well-written obituary describes him perfectly, " a traditional Texan who loved his cowboy boots and a good beer, but he was also a learned man who enjoyed philosophical and political debates". That was Rex. I would want to add, "and a wonderful boss who knew how to connect with everyone at the workplace, yet still maintain an authoritative presence". I will miss Rex coming into my office talking some work and telling a personal story that usually connected directly with the work topic we had just discussed. My deepest sorrow and most compassionate thoughts go out to Sandra, Natalie and Nicole. Rex made the world, especially Texas, a better place.
Paul Shuler
Coworker
September 26, 2019
My memories go much further back than his professional career - to our childhood in Oak Cliff. We went to school and church together for many years. I talked to him several years ago about getting together for a Beckley Hills reunion and he was happy to know many of the old gang were still around. I am sorry we never organized the actual reunion. May God comfort you in this time of loss.
Donna Johnson
Classmate
September 26, 2019
Your stories and wit will be sorely missed! I still can't believe you are gone, it seems unreal to me. While we only worked together for a short time, I learned a lot from you. Fly free
Michelle Koog
Coworker
September 26, 2019
I had the honor and joy of working with Rex for several years through his efforts to advance student learning in higher education through the Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) initiative and the Multi-State Collaborative. All of us at the Association of American Colleges and Universities are already missing his insights, his thoughtful contributions to student success, and his good humor.
Terrel Rhodes
Friend
September 26, 2019
He was inspiring to us all. His aura was felt with gentleness, kindness, and wealth of knowledge. He will definitely BE MISSED!
Pamela Daggon
Coworker
September 26, 2019
pinghui Lin
September 26, 2019
Rex was one of kindest and most respected people working in higher education. There wasn't one elected official that didn't value his policy advise and opinions. Rex always handled his colleagues in higher education in an straightforward and honorable manner,and even when the issues were tough- he would always have a smile. I will miss my friend. My prayers go out to his family and closest friends. Rex was a good man.
Jeff Jeter
Coworker
September 26, 2019
I am saddened to hear of Rex's passing. Although I did not know him away from his role with THECB, I did enjoy meeting him and learning from his efforts to support the community college system and higher education. I never had the chance to tell personally, buy he was someone I looked up to and aspire to contribute to family, friends, and the education system with the same passion as Rex.

My condolences to all who are impacted by this sad and tragic loss.
Troy Moran
Acquaintance
September 26, 2019
I had the pleasure of working with Rex at THECB for three years. He was a kind and funny boss. He always had a story to tell and would make us laugh every day. My condolences to Sandra, his daughters, the THECB family and all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Cindy Valdez
Coworker
September 26, 2019
Life doesnt seem fair sometimes and this is one of those moments. Your husband, father, son and brother, was one of the good guys, coworker and good friend. I will miss him terribly. My prayers and condolences.

Praying always,
R.I.P.
My Good Friend

Emma

EMMA KING
September 26, 2019
Rex was such a charismatic, affable, and genuine person. He was always happy to help, speaking to various leadership groups I worked with, sharing his wit and wisdom as related to his work at THECB. He kept it real and kept it engaging. He will be missed. Deepest condolences.
Christina Michura
September 26, 2019
Sandra, Natalie, and Nicole,
We are very sad to learn about Rex. He was a great guy and served Midland College so very well. You will be in our prayers and thoughts. May God give you comfort and peace.
Sincerely,
Dennis and Kay Givens
Dennis Givens
Coworker
September 26, 2019
Rex was a champion for the community college and for our workforce programs. He treated every person with dignity and kindness and truly listened. I learned so much from him and I am truly grateful that I met Rex Peebles during my life journey. I send you my deepest condolences for your loss.
Glynnis Gaines
Acquaintance
September 26, 2019
We recently had the pleasure of hosting Rex as part of our Enlighten Talks at the Texas Council of Academic Libraries annual conference. I got to enjoy time with him at the evening reception. He has always been an approachable and engaging person. He was fantastic in his role at THECB and in higher education across the state. He was a Texan through and through but he knew that this meant supporting a Texas that is educated and ready for the future. My sympathies to his family and friends. Thank you for sharing him with the professional community. He will be missed. Tracey Mendoza, former Chair TCAL
Tracey Mendoza
Coworker
September 26, 2019
Rex chaired the hiring committee that hired me at ACC 20 years ago and was the Dean for our division of the college. He was always friendly and approachable and knew the answer to any and all questions and issues at ACC. I many times heard people say that Rex's "super power" in ACC committee meetings was his knowledge of the college programs and processes, and the people. To his wife and daughters, I'm so sorry for your loss.
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Coworker
September 26, 2019
My heart goes out to his wonderful wife and daughters. Rex was our dads first cousin but there was 23 years difference between them. I always loved seeing the two of them standing around talking, always full of stories. My dad always had a story to tell about his relatives or the good old days growing up. Rex would be right there listening and adding to it. As cousins, we were closer in age, so we had always gathered in a group and just enjoyed the fellowship of each other.
Rex was so friendly, witty and a great listener and conversationalist. Growing up I really dont remember him, were only two years apart, but we didnt attend very many reunions. But in the last 25 years, we got to know each other better. When our dad was dying in the hospital in December of 2017, we greatly appreciated that Rex made such an effort to bring his dad to see him. Dad and Uncle Charles were only 6 years apart and spent a lot of time together growing up in Uvalde. Rex will be greatly missed by all of us. Im sure he and our dad are already sharing stories.
Loved him, his cousin, deAnn Geery
deAnn Geery
September 25, 2019
My sincere condolences.
Dr. Pamela Howell
Coworker
September 25, 2019
It is difficult to see an accomplished and genuine man be called by the Almighty to rest his weary bones among the Departed.
Rex was a pleasure to work with and treated me with tremendous kindness and respect at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Commission. He was always willing to share wisdom and knowledge. Had a great sense of humor, too.
May the Peace and Kindness of the Almighty be rendered to the Family and Friends of Dr. Rex Peebles.
Chester Beattie Jr
Coworker
September 25, 2019
Such a sweetie. My heart breaks. I love you from the whole family. Hugs, Tricia
Patricia Bouquet
Family
September 25, 2019