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Dr. Rev. William (Bill) Franklin Peed, age 68, was a faithful follower of Jesus, a loving husband, a hero of a father, an awesome Pa-pop and a genuine friend. He passed away in his home (Woodstock, GA) surrounded by the love of family and friends on March 23, 2023.
At the age of 17, Bill began a personal relationship with God as his Lord and Savior. His mission in life was to “declare [God’s] glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples” (Psalm 96:3). Bill loved people from all nations, cultures, and walks of life.
Bill’s love for God and people defined his ministry. He first served as pastor at Cobbtown (GA) United Methodist Church and Collins (GA) United Methodist Church. Then, he became an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church and pastor of Cateechee (SC) Wesleyan Church. In 1982, he and his wife Marilee were appointed as missionaries to Zambia, Africa, where for 15 years they had the privilege to serve as a pastor and church development leader in Chipata, Zambia and as mission director in Lusaka, Zambia. While pursuing a Ph.D in education, he wrote and edited training materials for missionaries as he himself aimed to be an effective communicator of God’s word cross-culturally. In 2003, he became the Program Director and professor of Global Ministry at Kingswood University in Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada, where for 13 years he passionately taught and mentored young adults, instilling his passion for God and people. Before he retired in 2018, he worked with Global Partners as the Global Leadership Catalyst Director to expand pastoral training throughout the global Wesleyan Church.
Bill was a learner, both formally and informally. He earned degrees from Kentucky Mountain Bible College (A.A. in Missions), Clemson University (B.S. Ed.), Wheaton Graduate School (M.A. in Intercultural Studies) and Trinity International Divinity School (Ph.D. in Education). But his learning went beyond the classroom. He loved learning from people and hearing their stories. Often, when he met someone new, he would say, “Tell me your story.” Books, people and the classroom were all part of his education.
Bill is survived by his wife, Marilee (Brouwer) of Woodstock, GA; children: Andrew (Jennifer) Peed of Pendleton, SC; Rebecca Peed of Atlanta, GA; Christina (Joseph) Page of Woodstock, GA; and six grandchildren: Avery Peed, Anika Page, Arden Peed, Isabelle Page, Jeremiah Peed, and William (Liam) Page. Surviving siblings are Donna Grierson of Kathleen, GA; David (Dianne) Peed of Columbus, GA; Elizabeth Schad of Graniteville, SC; Kenneth Peed (Terry Williams) of Port Richey, FL; and Alan (Karen) Peed of Wilmore, KY; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Karen (Don) Wigboldy of Gilbert, AZ; Philip (Jean) Brouwer of Grand Rapids, MI; and Sherrie (William) Kooy of Grand Rapids, MI; and other extended family.
He was predeceased by his infant son William Mark Peed, parents William and Ruth (Browning) Peed, infant sister Mary Grace Peed, parents -in-law Preston and Jean (Van Kuiken) Brouwer, and brothers-in-law Stan Grierson, Richard Schad and John Brouwer.
The service to celebrate the life of Dr. Rev. William Peed will be Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at 11 AM in the chapel of Poole Funeral Home with Rev. Mark James officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation from 9:30 AM until the service begins. Interment will be at 3:00 PM in the historical cemetery of Union United Methodist Church in Butler, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Dr. William Peed’s name to either Global Partners of The Wesleyan Church or Kingswood University.