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David Jackson Peacock

Asheville, North Carolina

July 10, 1940 - April 7, 2024

David Jackson Peacock Obituary

David Jackson Peacock, a longtime resident of Asheville, died on April 7, 2024 at Pisgah Manor Health Care Center following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. David was born on July 10, 1940, in Berkeley, California. After a short time in California, the family moved to Zurich, Switzerland where he attended a Gymnasium (secondary school to prepare for university).

Upon his return to the United States, David briefly enrolled in public high school in Louisville, Kentucky, before attending Wake Forest University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Classics. With a faculty recommendation for a Fellowship, David attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a master's degree and doctoral coursework.

David taught Classics at Furman University until he attended General Theological Seminary in New York City. He moved to Cochran, Georgia to work as an Episcopal Priest and later served as the Director of Education for the Diocese of Georgia. His longest and most rewarding career was as a teacher of Latin and German at A.C Reynolds High School. At his retirement, David had one of the largest high school Latin programs in North Carolina, with over 20 students in Latin IV.

Beyond the classroom, David loved to travel and explore the world including trips to Germany, France, Switzerland, Ireland, a trip following the Danube River, and the continental U.S. in his RV. David was an avid cyclist, taking trips across North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Florida. David also was a passionate hiker and backpacker, including a solo thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. David also enjoyed walking, sailing, canoeing, and listening to classical music. David was a voracious intellectual. He was constantly reading, learning, exploring, and improving. In retirement, David and his wife Deanne were active hosts on Couchsurfing, hosting well over 200 families and individuals from around the world and acting as Ambassadors for Asheville.

David is predeceased by his parents Heber Fletcher Peacock and Edith Tyner Baucom Peacock; survived by his wife, Deanne Smith; son Fletcher Peacock and daughter in-law Claire Ellwanger of Asheville, NC; stepdaughter May Winiarski of Charlotte, NC; sister Liz Peacock of Augusta, GA; brother Jim Peacock of Nashville, TN; stepdaughter Nancy Reynolds and Bill Reynolds of Charlotte, NC; and stepson Jim Winiarski and Jessica Winiarski of Nottingham, NH. A private burial took place on May 11, 2024 near Franklin, NC. A celebration of David’s life will be held in North Asheville at a later date. Please contact Fletcher Peacock for details at fletcher.peacock3@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Buncombe County Schools Foundation (BCS Foundation, 175 Bingham Rd, Asheville, NC 28806) with a designation for A.C. Reynolds High School, reflecting David's enduring commitment to education and exploration.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of David Jackson Peacock hosted by Asheville Area Alternative Funeral & Cremation Services.

David Jackson Peacock, a longtime resident of Asheville, died on April 7, 2024 at Pisgah Manor Health Care Center following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. David was born on July 10, 1940, in Berkeley, California. After a short time in California, the family moved to Zurich, Switzerland where he attended a Gymnasium (secondary school to prepare for university).

Upon his return to the United States, David briefly enrolled in public high school in Louisville, Kentucky, before attending Wake Forest University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Classics. With a faculty recommendation for a Fellowship, David attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a master's degree and doctoral coursework.

David taught Classics at Furman University until he attended General Theological Seminary in New York City. He moved to Cochran, Georgia to work as an Episcopal Priest and later served as the Director of Education for the Diocese of Georgia. His longest and most rewarding career was as a teacher of Latin and German at A.C Reynolds High School. At his retirement, David had one of the largest high school Latin programs in North Carolina, with over 20 students in Latin IV.

Beyond the classroom, David loved to travel and explore the world including trips to Germany, France, Switzerland, Ireland, a trip following the Danube River, and the continental U.S. in his RV. David was an avid cyclist, taking trips across North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Florida. David also was a passionate hiker and backpacker, including a solo thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. David also enjoyed walking, sailing, canoeing, and listening to classical music. David was a voracious intellectual. He was constantly reading, learning, exploring, and improving. In retirement, David and his wife Deanne were active hosts on Couchsurfing, hosting well over 200 families and individuals from around the world and acting as Ambassadors for Asheville.

David is predeceased by his parents Heber Fletcher Peacock and Edith Tyner Baucom Peacock; survived by his wife, Deanne Smith; son Fletcher Peacock and daughter in-law Claire Ellwanger of Asheville, NC; stepdaughter May Winiarski of Charlotte, NC; sister Liz Peacock of Augusta, GA; brother Jim Peacock of Nashville, TN; stepdaughter Nancy Reynolds and Bill Reynolds of Charlotte, NC; and stepson Jim Winiarski and Jessica Winiarski of Nottingham, NH. A private burial took place on May 11, 2024 near Franklin, NC. A celebration of David’s life will be held in North Asheville at a later date. Please contact Fletcher Peacock for details at fletcher.peacock3@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Buncombe County Schools Foundation (BCS Foundation, 175 Bingham Rd, Asheville, NC 28806) with a designation for A.C. Reynolds High School, reflecting David's enduring commitment to education and exploration.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of David Jackson Peacock hosted by Asheville Area Alternative Funeral & Cremation Services.

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