The city of Nahunta mourned the loss of one of its longest serving and most recognizable public figures this week when he died late Monday after a storied career in local politics that spanned two decades.
Marvin Peeples, who served with the city of Nahunta in varying capacities over the years stepped down from his position as mayor pro-tempor and later from his council seat in 2010. Peeple’s career in local politics began in 1994 as a Nahunta City Councilman. He later served as the mayor of Nahunta from 1996 to 2003.
Peeples continued on as a councilman and served until 2010 during which time he was honored for 13 years of perfect attendance.
He also served as a member on the Brantley County Development Authority, the Board of Concerted Services, the Brantley County Chamber of Commerce, the Nahunta Masonic Lodge and years earlier served in the Navy during the Korean War from 1948 to 1952.
Councilman Richard Johns, who served alongside Peeples during his last stent with the city spoke highly of his esteemed colleague and friend.
“He was a man of his word if he told you something he stuck to it,” Richard Johns said. “I really enjoyed being on the council with him. I think he served the city the best he could and served for the best interest of the city. I’m going to miss him.”
Johns said Peeples never backed down from what he believed and that he both admired and respected Peeples for his courage.
City Clerk Angela Wirth similarly said that Peeples was never a man to be deterred from his decisions.
“I think what I’ll remember most about Mr. Marvin is that you couldn’t sway him from any decision he made,” she said. “Once he made a decision that was it.”
In fact, in one of his last years on the council, Peeples walked out in protest of an action with which he disagreed, breaking a quorum and effectively tabling the item for the night and ending the meeting.
But Wirth also said he was a kind man during her time working with him.
“He was a sweet man; I couldn’t have worked with a better council member,” she said. “When he came in to pay his water bill, I would hug him and come out to talk to him for a few minutes.”
Wirth said the city has placed a wreath at the door in his honor and pending the approval of the current mayor will lower the flags at city hall to half-staff.
Peeples was 82 years old.
Visitation will be held Wednesday April 10, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home and a funeral service will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Carson, Bishop Hugh Arnold, and Rev. Larry Altman officiating.
Burial will follow in the Smyrna Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Celand, Jamie Celand, Larry Morgan, Danny Carter, Johnny Chesser, and Larry Herrin. Honorary Pallbearer will be Tommy Smith.