Clay Elijah Peacock, Jr.

Clay Elijah Peacock, age 81, passed away July 7, 2022.  He was born in Sandersville, Georgia, October 31, 1940, to Dr. Clay Elijah Peacock, Sr. and Mary Ann Nevie Peacock. The experiences of a small town remained with him throughout his life as he traveled the world but never left Sandersville.


After graduating from Sandersville High School in 1958, he attended Mercer University where he majored in biology and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.  Post-graduate work was accomplished at Louisiana Tech University.

In service to his country, he was in the United States Air Force for 23 years.  He was stationed at many bases including Keesler AFB, Nellis AFB, Eglin AFB, K. I. Sawyer AFB, Beale AFB, Robins AFB and Barksdale AFB. Part of that time was in, around, and over Vietnam as an Air Liaison Officer (ALO), Forward Air Controller (FAC) in O-2 A aircraft and as a B-52 pilot.

After retiring from the Air Force, Clay made a career as a commercial airline pilot flying Boeing and McDonnell aircraft for Federal Express.  He never regretted that he flew cargo and not people. Over the years, he volunteered with many programs and organizations.  Some are: Crisis Lines of Shreveport/Bossier, Louisiana; Memphis, Tennessee and Macon, Georgia; La Bonner Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee; Amateur Extra Radio Operator and Volunteer Examiner; Centerville Recycling Center; Centerville, Georgia Planning and Zoning Committee; Community Emergency Response Team (CERT); Southeast Regional Little League Tournament; and Museum of Aviation.


Survivors include wife of 55 years, Jacqueline Cowan Peacock, daughters Andrea Brown and Melissa Peacock, sister Mary Alice Borst, grandchildren Liam (Ali) Brown, Tiernan Brown Merrill (Daniel), and Shannon Brown Christensen (Matthew), and great-grandson Milo Elijah Merrill.


The family will greet friends and guests at Heritage Funeral home on July 21, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Services will be held at Heritage Funeral Home on July 22, 2022 at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Sandersville, Georgia at Brownwood Cemetery.  His burial was to be in his Volkswagen but there were too many contrary rules so a casket will be used.


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