James L Peoples, Sr. was born October 23, 1934 in Biscoe, Arkansas to Willie and Lillie Peoples. He was one of five children born to this union.
Mr. Peoples grew up in Biscoe and received his education in the Biscoe Public School System. He accepted Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior at an early age.
James was united in holy matrimony to Leatha Mae Holt Peoples. To this union, seven children were born. After his first wife, Leatha preceded him in death, he was then united in holy matrimony to Clara Mae Reel Peoples, who also preceded him death.
Shortly after marriage, James moved to Stuttgart, Arkansas where he became a member of Benton Temple Church of God in Christ. Minister Peoples was an active and faithful member to Holy Benton Temple for many years. He served as a minister, a Sunday school teacher, and conducted nightly Bible school. He was known for his musical contribution playing the guitar, as well as singing the family song “Two White Horses”, which he did with his family on many occasions. Minister Peoples’ dedication to his family, church, and community was demonstrated in many ways: through rides, prayer, faithfully bringing his family to church, and making sure that his love for the Lord was demonstrated in his words and action.
Minister Peoples worked on the Doddy Farm for many years and when farm life ended, he was then employed by Producers and Riceland Foods, where he retired in 2006.
Yes, Minister Peoples was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a strong, hardworking man who believed in his convictions. He dedicated his life to living for the Lord and his family. He enjoyed singing, playing his guitar, reading the Bible, watching cowboy movies, watching Muhammed Ali box, and playing checkers with his friends.
On July 9, 2021 at 6:21AM Minister Peoples’ earthly soul went home to be with his Lord and Savior. He was preceded in death by his first wife Leatha Mae Holt Peoples; second wife Clara Mae Reel Peoples; son Terry Lee Peoples; parents Willie and Lillie Peoples; three sisters Nina Peoples-Word, Mary Etta Peoples Robinson, and Rosetta Peoples James; one brother Ray Peoples; and great grandson Cason Jayce Herring.
Minister People’s beautiful memories will forever be cherished by two sons James Peoples, Jr. of Stuttgart, AR and Larry Peoples of Little Rock, AR; four daughters Gloria Diane Hicks of St. Joseph, MO, Lou Ann Peoples of Las Vegas NV, and Marilyn Peoples and Mary Jo Peoples Herring, both of Stuttgart, AR; and a longtime friend Martha Dunlap of Stuttgart. AR.
Also treasuring precious memories are a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, and extended family.
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