Robert Bob Henry Peery

March 30, 1921December 3, 2012

Robert (Bob) Henry Peery of White Oak, Texas passed away December 3rd, 2012, in his home, at the age of 91. Bob Peery was born to Henry Irving Peery and Ernestine Grubbs Peery on March 30, 1921 in Kemp, Texas. After he graduated from Kemp High School in 1939, Peery began attending East Texas Teachers College in Commerce. However, with the imminent arrival of World War II, he enlisted in the Armed Services in 1941, serving five years, (one year in the Naval Air Corp and four years in the Army).

During WWII, he saw combat action in France and Germany both as a gunner Corporal and later as a Forward Observer. He received the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars during his service. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was one of the first U.S. soldiers to arrive at the Dachau German concentration camp and see the atrocities first hand. Upon his return after WWII, he finished college with a degree in Industrial Arts, and on April 2, 1947 he married Mildred Marie Philpott.

Then he began his working career as a football coach for Henderson County Jr. College in Athens. In January 1949, a vacancy opened at White Oak High School and he became the industrial arts teacher and Junior High coach. He was an assistant High School coach to Emil Hanicak in basketball and Theo "Cotton" Miles in football. In 1961, he was selected as the "Outstanding Industrial Arts Teacher of the Year" by the Texas Industrial Arts Association. He also was named seven times as East Texas Industrial Arts Teacher of Year. He served as President of the Gregg County chapter of the Texas State Teachers Association in 1969-70. After teaching Industrial Arts for 18 years he became the High School Counselor in 1966.

Being a true outdoorsman, hunting and fishing were his passions away from the school grounds. Using his Industrial Arts skills, he was noted in an article in the Dallas Morning News as the first fisherman to modify his boat with a carpeted deck, elevated swivel seats, lockable storage compartments, and multiple rod holders. During the summers in the early 1960's, Peery would move his family to Lake of the Pines, where he was a Professional Fishing Guide, with clients such as the Presidents of Coca Cola and Dr. Pepper, Mayors of Dallas, and Coaches Buddy Parker of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Ernie Stautner of the Dallas Cowboys. He became interested in photography in 1963 and began documenting his fishing adventures with his clients sending photos to their hometown newspapers, receiving free advertising in the process. He also became the White Oak School photographer during this time. His great, great grandfather, Henry Fielding Peery, was a photographer during the Civil War and established a studio in Kaufman, Texas from 1871-1890. When Peery retired from school teaching in 1978, he went into photography full time for about 5 years before retiring and becoming the Lake Warden at Lake Devernia. He was a member of East Mountain Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mildred, who he is once again waiting on her to join him. He is also survived by two sons Ronny and Mike. His oldest son, Bobby, died in December 2011. He has six grandchildren, Meegan Peery, Joey Peery, Brian Peery, Jim Peery, Amber Peery Dalton, and Joseph Peery, and four great grandchildren, Lexi Peery, Gracie Peery, Elijah Dalton, and Isaiah Peery, with three more on the way.

A memorial service will be held at East Mountain Baptist Church on December 11th, at 11:00 am. For a complete history with photos and videos on the life of Bob Peery, please visit


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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David Alexander

December 12, 2012

I attended Bob's memorial service and thought his sons and daughter-in-law, together with the excellent DVD presentation, covered his life's story very well. I might add/emphasize that he was not only an encourager to his family but also to many others -- including me. On my 60th birthday (in 1999), my daughter invited a bunch of my friends (including coaches and teachers) to send a letter to be compiled into a book. I was greatly honored by the note sent by Bob. It was included verbatim in my biography, The Moon and More, as presented below.
Dear David,
I wish you a very happy 60th birthday.
David, having observed White Oak sports for 51 years, I consider you to be the best all-round athlete White Oak has ever produced and also one of the best all-round students. It is a rarity to have a student that excelled in sports and academics and had a successful career and still be humble and courteous and have a deep faith in God.
Hope to see you on your 65th.
Bob Peery

So maybe he lacked good judgement about such things, but you can see why he was one of my favorite guys.

Nina Tuel Barrett

December 8, 2012

Your Dad was a very good man and a treat to have known. He always had a smile and a pat on the back for you. May God Bless you and your family.
Nina Tuel Barrett

Deanne Loftis

December 7, 2012

Mike, so sorry to hear about your dads passing. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family.

Nancy Stoops

December 7, 2012

What a remarkable man and my Uncle. I did not know some of these things about him. I remember he and Aunt Mildred as wonderful hosts as we visited them when my siblings and I were children. Kind, hospitable, wonderful, talented is how I will remember "Uncle Bob"

December 6, 2012

Mike, So sorry about your loss. He was a great teacher and coach. Our prayers are with you and the entire family. Ted & Betty Miller

Jim Wilkins

December 6, 2012

Mr. Peery was the epitome of a great teacher, mentor, and friend. He and my dad went fishing together and would allow me to go with them once in a while. I remember he told us that when Max McGee was a senior, Cotton Miles begged him not to let Max use the saw, and we all laughed.

R.I.P. Mr.Peery. Your kind will always be missed.

December 6, 2012

Mr. Peery taught life lessons and encouraged lots of White Oak boys who are "old men" now. He was a friend to many of us. If one person represents the American tradition and the "Greatest Generation", it is Mr. Peery. God Bless. Joe Lee Smith, 1957
White Oak class

December 6, 2012

Mr. Peery meant a lot to a bunch of White Oak boys who are old men now. We became his friend through the years. No one represents the American way and the "Greatest Generation" better than Mr. Peery did. God bless.

Rocky & Laura Hawkins

December 6, 2012

Ronnie, your family is in our prayers. Your Dad had a very diversified carrier. Along they way he raised some good boys. Philip. 4:13

Rocky & Laura Hawkins

December 6, 2012


So sorry to hear about your Dad. May the Lord bless you and your family in the days ahead.

Connie Hetherington