Judith Laverne “Judy” Yonce Peacock, of Lake City, Florida, died peacefully while holding the hand of her beloved Roy on the morning of January 13, 2022. Born November 3, 1941 in Augusta, Georgia, she had an extraordinary eighty years. She attended North Augusta High School, South Carolina. Her high school inscription sums her up beautifully: “Precious things come in small packages.. Her eyes are her jewels…. Barrel of fun… Her locker seems to attract strange objects……” She later graduated from Newberry College in South Carolina with a degree in business. During her younger years she worked for Southern Bell in Atlanta, Georgia and then in Shreveport, Louisiana.
On August 28, 1965 she married Walter Roy Peacock, Jr.; that’s when the adventure of her life started as a military spouse for twenty-six years. From there she would eventually move thirteen times. Stops included Valdosta, Georgia; Bangor, Maine; Shreveport, Louisiana; Dayton, Ohio; Dover, Delaware; Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Okinawa, Japan; Warner Robins, Georgia; and Cirencester, England. On November 17, 1969 Judy delivered her one and only son, Jon Michael, whom she taught so many of her favorite hobbies. Many of her joys included Air Force parties, scalloping, flying, hiking, boating, water skiing (especially slalom, her specialty), camping, and many other adventures.
She loved to fly in the airplane that she helped Roy build. Nobody was better at backing up a boat trailer. She was especially proud of her grandchildren who affectionately called her “JP.” To her granddaughter Avery she gave her kind spirit and beautiful penmanship, and to her grandson Riggs she gave her love of adventure and outdoors. She attended First Presbyterian Church of Lake City, Florida, where she volunteered in several areas. As noted in her college annual, “Now you may wonder who this is who’s never sad or moody. Some call her dimples, but we just call her Judy.” She is preceded in death by her parents William Everett Yonce and Althea Bowers Yonce.
She is survived by her loving husband Roy, son Mike (Fran), grandchildren Avery and Riggs of Clinton, Mississippi, brother John (Diane) of Beech Island, South Carolina, sister Jackie (Doug) of Evans, Georgia and a vast number of relatives and dear, close friends.
A funeral service for Judy will be conducted on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. in the Gateway-Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel with Rev. Ken Goodrich officiating. A private family interment will follow. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation beginning at 1:00 P.M. prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations please be considered to the Salvation Army or to the First Presbyterian Church of Lake City.
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