Reverend Dr. Thomas H. Peoples Jr.
Saturday 17th of June 1939 - Friday 7th of June 2019
Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church
540 West Maxwell Street, Lexington, KY
Doctor Thomas Howard Peoples, Jr. was born June 17, 1939 in Lexington, Kentucky
to the late Thomas Howard Peoples, Sr. and the late Bettie D. Peoples. He was
happily married for 56 years to his loving, supportive, and devoted wife,
Doctor Delma L. Peoples. To their union, was born five children: Thomas Howard
Peoples, III, Pastor Stewart Titus Peoples, Pastor Samuel U. Peoples (Benita),
Pastor David (Margaret) Rodmann People, and Bettina (Anthony) L. Wright; one
sister Charles Peoples Brown; two nieces among others, Bethany RayAnne Brown
and Pamela (Walker) Cheatham; the late Howard Peoples and surviving Ted
Peoples. There are 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a host of
Dr. Peoples was a soul-winner of thousands for the Lord Jesus Christ in addition to a mentor for preachers and pastors across the country. Denominational leaders noted him as a “Father in the Ministry.” Peoples successfully pastored First Baptist Church of Bracktown, Kentucky for 10 years, First Baptist Church of Versailles, Kentucky for 5 years, and Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church of Lexington, Kentucky for the last 41 years. He earned degrees from Simmons Bible College, the Lexington Theological Seminary, and received numerous honorary degrees and awards for his service. He was named by leaders and recognized by the media as one of the top ten church leaders in Kentucky.
Peoples was a Navy Veteran, Civil Rights Leader, Seminary President, Academy Founder, Moderator, Congress President, a renowned scholar, lecturer, eulogist and revivalist. He was a beloved and respected community leader known for his sacrifices to encourage the hospitalized, incarcerated, the poor, and the marginalized.
Visitation will be from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Monday June 17, 2019 at the Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church and from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM, Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Heritage Hall East Hall. A Masonic Rite of Passage Ceremony will be held at the church on Monday at 7:00 PM. Funeral Services will be on Tuesday at 11:00 AM at Heritage Hall East Hall.
He was a true example of keeping the great commandment and caring for congregation. I cherise the memories of each service that I attended: bible study, prayer meeting,morning worship, evening service, special events and the one on one time. Pastor Peoples sheparded his flock, each one of us, and I am so thankful for his teaching and guidance.
Dr. Lovoria B. Williamssays
I am so sorry for your loss. I am new to Lexington, Dr. Peoples was so warm and encouraging to me. He touched the life of so many. What a great man of God, his ministry will continue for ages. I am continuing to lift the family and the church family in prayer.
Dear Peoples Family: You all have my deepest sympathy. Rev. Peoples was dear to me; he baptized me at 8 years old (43 years ago). I will never forget the specialness of that. With love & prayers. Sincerely Yours in Christ, Sister Carol Blair
We would like to express our condolences to Mrs. Peoples and the family. Rev. Peoples was always there in a time of need for our family and he was a true friend to our family. God Bless, The Young Family
Rev Donald Lee Fly, Pilgrim Baptist Church, Chicagosays
Rev Dr Peoples was such an inspiration for me. He was a Paul for me. I could talk with him about anything. He is one of the ten who encourage me to visit all regions. I'm glad I did. Thank You Lord for allowing me to be in his life.
May God's peace and love rest, rule and abide. To my Kentucky Family. First Lady Delma, my brothers Thomas H Peoples III, Rev. Dr. Srewart Peoples, Rev, Samuel Peoples, My Sister Bettina Peoples and to you My 1st Vice President of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Dr. David Rodman Peoples. I am so glad the Lord allowed me to be apart of this AWESOME Homegoing CELEBRATION. It gave witness to how much your Dad was loved. He was truly proud, and it was the best tribute any sons could give to a father. I will always hold this family deep in my heart. Please Please take care of Moma Delma. Lady Delma the Lord has him now. Be at peace and know you did your best. Remembering " God is too WISE to error and he is too JUST to make a mistake. Praise be to God. To God be the Glory for a true example of working while it is Day. Love your St Louis daughter Pat........ 🥰🥰🙏🙏