Marion Wilson Peebles, 97, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, after a brief hospitalization. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ann, his son, Gary, and his wife, Mary, his parents Lemuel and Mary Peebles, and seven brothers and sisters. Marion is survived by his son Robert Peebles and his wife Pamela, his daughter Mary Ann Crowder and her husband David, granddaughter Lindsey Peebles (Harrison Koontz), grandson Colin Soles, great granddaughter Katya Koontz, and sister Elizabeth Steed, as well as many nieces and nephews. Except for his time in the Army and during his post-high school education, Marion was a devoted and lifelong resident of Brunswick County, Virginia, born and raised in Alberta and living nearly all of his adult life in Lawrenceville. Marion and his brother-in-law William Samford owned and operated Crest Motors, the Ford automobile dealership in Lawrenceville, for many years until they retired and closed the business in 1994.
Marion was active in many community and civic organizations, including the local VFW chapter, Elm Acres, and the Lions Club. He also devoted many years to the community in elected government office, serving first for 10 years as a member of the Lawrenceville Town Council, followed by 20 years as a member of the Brunswick County Board of Supervisors. Marion was a long-time and faithful member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Lawrenceville, serving on the Vestry of the Church for many years, and also in other capacities.
Following retirement, Marion and Ann enjoyed a productive and peaceful life for over 20 years before Ann’s passing in 2016. They enjoyed time together and with other family members and friends living in the community, as well as frequent visits from their children and their families. For the more than 7 years since Ann’s death, he was blessed to be able to continue living in his home, and he valued and appreciated the visits, companionship, and assistance from wonderful friends and neighbors, including Hilda Caldwell, Jenny Read Showalter, Mary Wilkins, Bud Barkley, Dave Newsom, and others. More recently, he was blessed by the care and friendship of Chastidy Bright and Julia Todman, who provided daily in-home assistance.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2024, at 2:30 pm, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Lawrenceville, with a brief interment immediately thereafter at Oakwood Cemetery. Following the interment, the family welcomes all friends and family to return to the Church Parish Hall for a reception. There will be a short viewing at Williams Funeral Home immediately prior to the funeral service (1:30 pm to 2:00 pm) for those who wish to come.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 26, Lawrenceville, Virginia 23868, or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, in memory of Gary Peebles, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611.