Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Services

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Agnew Hillsman Peacock Jr.

Agnew Hillsman Peacock Jr., a life-long native of Athens, passed away Monday, Sept. 30. He was concluding a well lived life in which he was a proponent of the golden rule and an advocate of hard work and fair play.

He was the son of the late Agnew H. Peacock Sr. and the late Mary Alice Peacock of Athens. Agnew was educated in the Clarke County public school system and was graduated from Athens High School. At Athens High, he was an outstanding high school football player, playing as an offensive and defensive end. Agnew made all-region and all-state, playing for Coach Weyman Sellers. He was elected co-captain of the 1954 Trojan team, which won the State AA championship.

Agnew's laudable play earned him numerous scholarship offers, but he settled on an opportunity with Furman, but returned to Athens to embark on a career with the Georgia Power Company until retirement. He worked as a high school football official and was a community volunteer in various athletic endeavors in the area. In 2010, he was elected to the Athens Hall of Fame. No inductee was ever more appreciative, but nonetheless comfortable in the spotlight. He was a faithful member of the Prince Avenue Baptist Church and had a passion for serving the Lord.

The term, "earn your bread by the sweat of your brow," could not have been said more correctly about any man more than Agnew. Working with the Georgia Power as a supervisor and retiring after 34 years he continued to work odd jobs to better take care of his family but also to enjoy himself until he started his own successful businesses which included a commercial electrical company, home renovations and built several new homes in Athens area, engendering high praise and few, if any, complaints. Agnew literally loved to work.

Agnew had an unconditional love for his family and friends and was a constant source of encouragement. His generosity touched all that came into his circle of influence. He loved accommodating and serving friends and was a godly servant to one and all.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Hilda Hughes Peacock; a daughter, Melanie Peacock Ayres; son, Jeff Peacock; and granddaughter, Lauren Ayres Boggs, all of Athens.

The family will receive friends at Bernstein Funeral Home on Friday, Oct. 4 at 2:00 p.m. for visitation with a funeral service at Bernstein's Chapel to follow at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Bill Ricketts officiating. There will be a private burial at Evergreen Memorial Park.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to The Salvation Army and Prince Avenue Baptist Church.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


  • The Salvation Army
  • Prince Avenue Baptist Church


  • A Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 4, 2019


Agnew Hillsman Peacock Jr.

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Tracy Carson

October 3, 2019

Agnew. My friend....my boss...my brother in Christ. It was 1971 when I first saw Agnew. I didn't know his name. I will never forget...I was working for an electric company on Horton street. I heard something....Agnew and his crew was coming around the corner of the building. He was hollering COME ON! I didn't know who he was until later. I was hired by Georgia Power the next year. The phrase COME ON started that day and it stayed till the last time I talked to him. He had a life long impression on.

Sandra Langford

October 3, 2019

There is not another like Agnew Peacock. A big personality with a gentleness of spirit and love for all. Many hours I spent talking about his projects and renovations. Always glad to share best practices and contacts. And always met you at the door offering a piece of pound cake! He will be greatly missed by all. Heaven has gained a wonderful man!

My love goes out to his family and know that our Father will provide comfort in the coming days.....

Wayne Ellard

October 3, 2019

Agnew and his family wee our neighbors in Forest Heights. He was a great friend to my Dad and our family. He lived his life exhibiting his love for Jesus and other people. On behalf of my family I wish to express our deepest heartfelt sympathy to Hilda, Melanie, Jeff and the rest of the family. May you feel the loving arms of Jesus around you in this time of earthly grief.

James & Judith Gibbs

October 2, 2019

Agnew will be truly missed.
May God wrap His arms around the family and comfort each one.
Our love,
Judy and Phil

Beverly & Frank Morton

October 2, 2019

Agnew was a kind, caring, wonderful man. He was loved by many and our lives were enriched by his friendship. He will be missed more than words can express. We have you all in our prayers.

Mike Fitzgerald

October 2, 2019

Agnew loved Hilda, Agnew loved Chonnells, Agnew loved helping people. He was a strong character and impacted all of us with that smile. You will be missed, Chief.

Richard Turpin

October 1, 2019

Agnew was a good friend and my buddy. We had a lot of long days and nights together working Trouble Calls. He was a great man and I will miss him and our talks. My prayers are with Hilda and his family. May God bless you during this difficult time.

Angie Brown

October 1, 2019

I sure will miss Agnew coming to Ga Power in Athens and sitting and talking with me. He was certainly a great man and will be missed by so many! Prayers for the family in the difficult days ahead!

Annette & Dean Owens

October 1, 2019

Love and Prayers for Hilda and each family member of Agnew's.
He was a great man who walked his talk.
Caring, giving and always positive. He will be missed by so many people.
Rest in Peace our friend.

Jimmy Jones

October 1, 2019

Agnew was a friend to many people. He will be missed. He helped keep the lights on for alot of years. May the Lord be with his family and friends.