Josephine Gray Peeples, affectionately known as Jodie by many friends and family members, was born on September 4, 1906, in Mexia TX. She was one of four founding members of Christ Episcopal Church, Mexia, along with Mary Lynn White, Sophie McCullough and Mrs. Brooks. They first convened in an upper room of the old train depot. Religious supplies and furnishings were scarce for this foundling church so much so that they used an ash tray as the offering plate!
Eventually the former library building in Mexia was acquired, and the growing church moved to its current location. Josephine played the organ for services for 25 years.
Josephine was married to the late Rufus R. Peeples of Tehuacana, where they lived on the family farm. In the mid-sixties the farm was sold, and they moved to Mexia. Josephine and Rufus’ three children were born in Mexia and baptized and confirmed at Christ Episcopal Church, Mexia. Their son, Roddy Peeples, now lives in Dallas; and their daughter, Dr. Charlotte P. King, DML, who shares her mother’s same birthday, lives in Germantown MD. Their son, Dr. Joe Gray Peeples, DVM, died in 2009 in Garland.
Josephine passed away in 1993. Every year her children honor her memory by sending flowers to her beloved Christ Episcopal Church, Mexia.