John Gerald 'Jerry' Peck
John Gerald "Jerry" (the Colonel to some) Peck of Athens, WV died Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at his home on Beckett Hill Road.
Born March 5, 1944 to John H. Peck and Marjorie Bird Peck, Jerry was a graduate of Athens High School. He attended Concord College before moving to Washington, DC where he accepted a position with Bell Atlantic. Jerry returned to Athens and gained employment as
a communication specialist/lineman with Norfolk Southern Railway.
Jerry was instrumental in the formation of the Greater Princeton Little League Baseball where he served as a coach, member of the Board of Directors and was involved in the construction of the Anderson Little League fields at Gardner. He spent many hours climbing poles and installing lights at the complex. During this time, he was also supportive of his mother and wife who started the Trading Journal.
In the early 1980's, Jerry purchased the Deli Mart in Athens. For more than 30 years, Jerry was a fixture at the Deli where he became a support person to many Concord students and residents of Athens and the surrounding area.
Jerry earned many trophies in handgun shooting competition throughout the State of WV with his close friend, James Brogan.
Jerry loved the outdoors and spent many hours on the family farm and especially at the pond where he would fish for catfish and bass. He was also a member of Princeton Elks Lodge #1459.
Other than his wife, Rosalie Stover Peck, Jerry is survived by his son Jeremy Peck, daughter-in law Angela Martin Peck and granddaughters Sydney and Addison, who were his most valued treasures.
He is also survived by a brother Larry James Peck, wife Karen, and children Sean, Todd and Natalie of Knoxville, TN; brothers-in-law Clarence Stover and son Daniel of Moulton, AL and Glen A. Stover, wife Lana of Beckley and their children Mark, Chris, and Karen and numerous other family members and friends.
A celebration of life and sharing with friends and family will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, from 6-8 pm at Memorial Funeral Directory on Athens Road.
Since Jerry did not enjoy formalities, please dress casually.
Gifts of love in honor of Jerry may be made to Wild Spirit Horse Sanctuary, P.O. Box 1202, Beaver, WV 25813. Owned by Concord graduate Billy Pate, the sanctuary is used for therapy for disabled veterans and children with autism and other disabilities. You may also send gifts to Carillon Children's Miracle Network, P.O. Box 12187, Roanoke, VA 24023 or in honor of Addison Peck who is a Children's Miracle Baby.
Online condolences may be shared with the family via
The Peck family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
Published on September 17, 2019


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Julius Farmer
Sep 19, 2019
Peaceful White Lilies Basket was purchased for the family of John Gerald 'Jerry' Peck by Julius Farmer.  Send flowers
John Neese
Sep 17, 2019
As a sales person I had the honor of calling on Jerry for many years. One of the nicest people I’ve ever met, going to see Jerry at his store was never a chore, with Jerry you always felt at home, Jerry always made you feel like family, if Jerry didn’t pick at you a little he didn’t like you. Always Jerry had great stories and this man Loved his beautiful little Granddaughters with all his heart, Jerry Peck was first and foremost a family man, His wife, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughters are all just some of the most awesome people I have ever met. My heart and prayers go out to them in this time of loss, but the Blessing of getting to be around Jerry is without question a true Bl...essing. Jerry Loved, laughed and lived a great life, he said what he thought and he listened and always gave his best advice to help others. I Thank God for the Gift of having Jerry Peck and his Wonderful Family in my life.Read more