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Former superior court clerk mourned

BUFORD -- Odus Millard Peevy was the type of guy who stepped up to the plate.

In the role of public servant, father and barber, that's how his friends and family will remember him.

Those who knew the man plan to pay their respects Saturday at a funeral service for Peevy, 87, who died Thursday at his home in Buford following an extended illness.

Son, Mitch Peevy, thought the world of his dad.

"If you needed something, you went to him and he took care of it," Peevy said. "He taught me about honesty. He taught me that if you say you're going to do something, you do it."

Peevy did a lot in 87 years. From 1961 to 1984, he served as the clerk of superior court in Gwinnett County. In 2008, he was recognized by the American Legion Post No. 127 in Buford for 60 years of continuous service.

In 1964, while serving as commander of the post, Peevy spearheaded a reorganization and expansion of the little league and dixie league baseball programs by adding new baseball fields, concession stands, parking lots and lights on 18 acres of American Legion property in Buford.

From 1947 to 1960, Peevy operated a barber shop in Buford as well.

That's where Buford City Commission Chairman Phillip Beard first met Peevy.

"He cut my hair when I was a kid," Beard said. "There's people in life who you meet that step forward, and he was one of the ones that always did in every endeavor."

Added Beard: "He was always aiming to improve a situation."

Various organizations over the years recognized the man for his drive to accomplish. In 1995, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce recognized him with their Public Service Award.

In addition to his service for the community, Peevy served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army Medical Corp for three years. Two of the years were spent in the European Theater of Operations.

A native of Gwinnett County, he was the son of the late Odus Lee Peevy and Beatrice Roebuck Peevy. He attended schools in Gwinnett County and graduated from Buford High School.

He was married for 69 years to the former Marie Puckett, daughter of the late Bolden Puckett and Dessie Thornhill Puckett of Buford.

The funeral service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Buford. The Rev. Wayne Johnson and the Rev. Matt Stacy will officiate. Interment will follow at Broadlawn Memorial Gardens.