On July 28 at 5 p.m, The Sympathy Club sponsored the appreciation celebration for deacon John Peoples.
Deaconess Betty Martin Trapp really kept the program moving. Deacon John Peoples was escorted by Janie Trapp Williams and Deaconess Lucille Peoples was escorted by Samuel English.
The devotional service was done by the Sympathy Club. Geraldine Woodard Trapp gave the welcome and the prayer, Rev. Gene Liles, scripture, Gladys Means Hardy, selection, the Sympathy Club and Shirley Means Greene was the featured speaker.
The Sons of Gethsemane rendered a selection. Then reflections were given by Connie Ruth Hendrix Morgan, a 1965 graduate of McCrorey Liston High School who represented John’s classmate, Doby Young that was unable to attend due to sickness, family member, Deaconess Cora Peoples Jackson, Pastors’ Representative, Rev. Edward Jeter and Blair Coalition of churches’ representative, Norma Jean Brown Walton, selection, Sons of Gethsemane.
Mrs. Lugenia Griffin Wilson, president of the sympathy club did the presentation and gave remarks.
Remarks were then given by Deacon John Peoples. The benediction and blessing of the food was done by Evangelist Olivia Robinson.
Additional remarks were given by, Cindy Peoples, Shawanna Peoples, Benjamin Bates, Katherine Hackett and J.O. Wendell Martin.
Deacon Peoples was recognized for being a man of integrity in part because of the variety of service projects and positions he has held during the last ten years.
Upon moving back into Fairfield County, he reconnected with the community. Peoples served on the board of directors for the Council on Aging, on the board of the Jenkinsville Water Company, on the board of trustees for Fairfield Memorial Hospital, as board member of Christ Central and the Good Samaritan House, and he delivered Meals on Wheels to residents in the Blair area. He currently serves as Chairman of the board of trustees for Fairfield Memorial Hospital.
Peoples also served as a Hearing Officer for the Fairfield County School Board that heard the cases of students recommended for suspension. He conducted audits of the PTA at McCrorey Liston Elementary School and taught at the Gordon Odyssey Academy.
Peoples also spearheaded efforts to have a marker placed at the location of the old Gethsemane School and to place a marker in the Gethsemane Baptist Church Cemetery in honor of Bobbie Ray Trapp who was killed in Vietnam. For these accomplishments as well as his faithfulness to his wife and family, Peoples was celebrated by the Sympathy Club.