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Joe Lee McPeak, 87

Joe Lee McPeak, 87, a longtime resident of Rock Island, was born Feb. 10, 1932 in White County, and passed away March 12 at St. Thomas River Park Hospital following a two-year illness.

He was a member of the Church of Christ at East End and son of the late Joe Eans and Martha Stacey Cole McPeak. Mr. McPeak, a 25-year career United States Army veteran, served in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star. He retired from service in 1975. He was a retired Church of Christ minister, serving in Germany and White and Warren counties, and a retired educator with the Coffee County School System. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by wife, Dora Mae Wigington McPeak; two brothers, John Wallace and Herod McPeak; and two sisters, Lavona Jones and Della Mae Jones.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey Lee McPeak of McMinnville, Kerry Oakley and Sharon McPeak of Bone Cave, Joseph Brent and Shirley McPeak of Rock Island; daughter and son-in-law, Vanessa Lavina and Terry Panter of McMinnville; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at High’s Chapel with Kevin Key and Garland Robinson to officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery on Hwy. 30. Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, and 11 a.m. Thursday until the time of service at High’s. Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) March 13, 2019