Jerry Peacock, age 63, was called home to join the saints of God on the Sabbath day Saturday, May 20th, 2023. He was born on May 9th, 1960, in Xenia, Ohio to Charles Peacock and Mary Peacock.
Jerry was a faithful servant of the Most High and boldly proclaimed his love for God to everyone he met. He spoke the Word and lived by it in his actions and deeds, kind hearted and generous to all with no respect of persons. From preaching the gospel on the street corners, visiting and ministering to those afflicted at home or in the hospital, and entering the jails to bring God’s love and forgiveness to those incarcerated, Jerry brought hope to the hopeless and spread light and love through his own testimony of the goodness and mercy of salvation through Christ Jesus.
A strong and fearless man of many talents and trades, Jerry loved to visit and fellowship especially with the elderly, often taking care of their lawns and repairing anything around their homes. Understanding that these elderly souls were unable to complete this work themselves and on fixed incomes, his fee typically was little to nothing, if not simply several hours of conversation on their porch, before, during and after their work was finished by him and his favorite employees (his boys of course). He was beloved by library staff over his decade of service as the Greene County Library custodian, electrician and a host of other responsibilities. Jerry was a master chef in the kitchen, undoubtedly due to the close relationship with his dear mother, and many years of practice with her. His love for the outdoors often positioned him under the shade, dishing out perfection from both of his custom made barrel style BBQ grills. From hosting annual Sunday School picnics on the side of the House of Deliverance, to putting out massive delicious spreads at every family holiday where he welcomed all of his family and any one who stopped by after smelling the smoke of his renowned ribs wafting through the east end. Fourth of July and Thanksgiving were especially legendary for the fireworks display and the buffet style feasts that embodied the love he crafted every meal with, always alongside his sister Charlene whom he requested to show up early to provide her sausage gravy and biscuits for brunch. To eat at a table of food prepared by Jerry, was an experience in itself and after many years of honing his culinary prowess, Jerry fulfilled his dream and opened his family restaurant, J&J’s BBQ. As with everything and anything, He dedicated his gifts to glorify God and do everything as unto the Lord, as evident in the successful restaurant’s name “Jesus & Jerry’s BBQ”.
Jerry was his own man. Steadfast in his ways, convicted in his love for Christ, fearless and powerful in protection of his family. He was a proud and passionate son who enjoyed caring for his mother in her final months. He would work several jobs and still find time to assist his aging father in odd jobs and hustled side by side with him tirelessly. In his early youth, Jerry loved to spend time in the woods fishing and hunting, oft times shooting at what he assumed were animals on the railroad tracks with his brother David. They spent many long nights reminiscing on their childhood and many summer days around familiar lakes and ponds trying to out fish each other. Jerry spent time with family whenever possible and had an especially close bond with his sister Charlene who affectionately nick named him “Jerry Berry”.
Jerry was a huge kid at heart, and that was one of the reasons he was the greatest father in his own right. He wanted to provide his children with several things. A strong work ethic, an ability to live off the land, and most importantly a knowledge of, and love for God. He had given his life to Christ just before he married and began to have children. Needless to say, it was a priority for his kids to be raised up according to the bible and to be shielded from the perverse corruption of society. He was peculiar to the untrained eye and ungodly heart. He was blessed to have Diane, the mother of his children, home school them for over a decade. Together they accomplished one of his favorite achievements, pursuing and realizing his dream of owning a farm upon which he had pledged to raise his family. The Farm at the edge of the East End, was perfectly suited for the goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks, ram, sheep and dogs that he tended to. Jerry taught his children to plant and harvest a variety of crops, and the farm was filled with the sounds of his nieces, nephews and friends of his children that would often stay on the farm and attend church with his family. Most nights on the farm would find Jerry and his wife and children gathered in the living room listening to westerns like Gunsmoke or a family favorite series “Hank the cow dog”. God and family were the primary pillars that he raised his children on. Jerry will be remembered as a loving son, father, brother, uncle, nephew, friend and servant of God.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Charles “Bookie” Peacock and Mary Peacock, his sisters Deborah Peacock and Sandra Butler, his brother Charles Peacock Jr.,
Jerry is survived by his only daughter, Sarah “Jenks” Peacock; sons, Isaac “Bang” Peacock; Titus “Bloopy” (DeAndra) Peacock; Jeremiah “Dubs” (Michelle) Peacock; Kevin “Kev” (Nicole) Peacock; Keith “Geedie” (Kim) Gholson jr.; former wife, Diane (Aikens) Peacock; sisters, Julie Stepter; Charlene Hamilton; Brothers, David Peacock; Roger Peacock sr; Aunt, Norma Odom; Special nieces, Angela Butler; Jonetta Butler; Denise Carpenter; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The memorial service will be held at Newcomer Beavercreek Chapel 3380 Dayton Xenia Rd, Beavercreek, OH 45432 on Thursday June 1st at 11:00 am
Interment will be at Valley View Cemetery.