“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26 (KJV)
Deacon George Elliott Peake walked into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 77, in the early morning of April 10, 2020.
Deacon Peake, a native of Union, South Carolina, was born on September 16, 1942 to the late Eddie and Leola Peake. He was the youngest of eleven siblings and was a devoted son to his Mother Leola Peake. He was brought up in a Christian home and loving environment. At the age of 12, he received Christ as his personal Savior where he joined and was baptized at the Corinth Baptist Church in Union, South Carolina. He was truly a faithful servant and man of God.
He was a Junior Usher, a member of the Junior Choir, a member of the Junior Missionary Society and a member of the BTU (Bible Training Union). He was selected by the Pastor to become a Junior Deacon at age 12.
After high school, Deacon Peake attended Friendship College in Rockhill South Carolina. After college, he relocated to New York, and immediately joined the First Baptist Church in Far Rockaway, New York. While at First Baptist, he became a member of the Young Adult Choir. He joined the “I Am His” Club (IAH Club). As a member of the IAH Club, he was taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and shared that knowledge through fellowshipping with the inner-city young people who were not in the church. Many souls were brought to Christ through the Club’s ministry and this was very important to Deacon Peake.
In 1972, Deacon Peake became a member of the Southern Baptist Church and immediately became involved and participated in the continuing growth of the Church. He was the Corresponding Secretary of the Southern Baptist Church Board of Deacons, a member of the Male Chorus and the Senior Choir. He was a former member of the Trustees Board, past President of the Southern Baptist Church Federal Credit Union, past President of the President Council, and past President of the Wilson Memorial Choir. He also served 4 years as the Men’s Day Chairperson. He was the Recording Secretary of the Manhattan 5th Sunday Male Chorus Union, and Treasurer of the Layman’s Auxiliary of the United Missionary Baptist Association. He also served as past Advisor for the Junior Laymen of the United Missionary Baptist Association, and past Financial Secretary of the Empire Laymen’s Auxiliary.
On July 22, 2006, Deacon Peake was awarded the Empire Baptist Laymen’s Auxiliary “Pillar Award” for years of dedicated services given to his local church, community, and state.
For 36 years his professional career was on Wall Street beginning with Manufacturer Hanover Trust Corporation on May 23, 1970 as an Assistant Vice President. During his tenure, Manufacturer Hanover Trust Corporation was acquired by Chemical Bank and then acquired by J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, where he was a Vice President of Global Markets. He relocated for a short period of time to Pittsburgh, PA where he was employed as a Managing Director at the Bank of New York Mellon. He retired from the Bank of New York Mellon in 2006. His work ethic was unmatched whether it was within corporate, church or family.
He was preceded in death by his parents Leola and Eddie Peake, his sisters Margaree Young (Bill) and Delores Emerson (William), and his brothers Eugene Peake (Betty/Sophonia), Eddie Peake, Jr. (Tina), Louis David Peake and Abraham Peake (Elizabeth).
He leaves to mourn his devoted siblings, Roscoe Peake (Beulah-deceased), Aliquippa, PA, Helen Carter (Howard), Jamaica, NY, Ruby Henderson (Frank-deceased), Lynbrook, NY, and James Peake (Mary), Union, SC. In-Law, Georgia Mae Peake, Union, SC, his devoted friends, Mr. James White, Harlem, NY and Rev. Eva Duzant, Queens, NY.
He will be forever missed by a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews who he loved as if they were his own children and they returned the love to their beloved “Uncle George”.
George was a beloved brother to his siblings and enjoyed worshipping, fellowshipping, and traveling with them. He was a strong leader within the family and was an excellent role model for his sibling’s children. He was a trailblazer and showed his nieces and nephews the value of real estate and securing their future. His charisma, charm and good looks would light up a room when he entered. Although he had no biological children of his own, he was incredibly supportive and present for all special occasions such as church events, weddings, graduations, football, baseball, and basketball games. He was very reliable and would step in when there was a critical need of a family member.
He was one of the founders of the Annual Jeter & Peake Family Reunions. His innovation and style were very evident in developing the format of the reunion events which included the family history, prayer breakfast, luncheon, outdoor activities, disco, and formal dinner. The reunion was a highlight of our year and it kept our family very connected and rooted in Christian love!
“May the service I gave speak for me; and may God grant Love and Peace to ALL of YOU!” – Deacon George Elliott Peake.
Arrangements are with Community Mortuary, 361 Meansville Road, Union, SC.
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