PEABODY, Paul M., age 81, of Naples, FL, died on Sept. 2, 2012, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous two year battle against lung cancer.
He was born on May 13, 1931, to Norman Dare and Nellie Buzzard Peabody in Glen Dale, WV. He was the youngest of 13 children.
Upon graduation from Moundsville High School in 1949, he went on to attend Marshall University earning his BS in Accounting. He was selected to "Who's Who" among students in American Universities and College Student Leaders and President of the Men's National Leadership society Omicron Delta Kappa.
After graduation he worked a short time for Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone, a division of AT&T before entering the Naval Officer Candidates School (OCS) were he graduated and went on to serve in the Mediterranean and several years in Japan.
Following his Honorable Discharge from the Navy, he resumed his career with C&P Telephone Co. and Bell Atlantic, then retiring in 1990. Paul moved to Naples in 1991 with his first wife, Jo, where he enjoyed golf, travel and singing. An active member of Vanderbilt Presbyterian church, he served as a deacon moderator, and member of the finance committee. Paul and his deceased wife, Jo, were the parents of Douglas Peabody and Paige Peabody Cane.
Survivors include his wife, Judy, son, Douglas (Elizabeth) and daughter, Paige Cane (John), cherished granddaughters, Madeleine and Corinne, whom Paul supported in every endeavor; numerous nieces, nephews and friends around the world.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Jo, five brothers: Harold, Eddie, Carl, Glen, Robert and seven sisters: Irene Murphy, Anna Wright, Clara Louise Harvey, Helen Remley, Jeanette Lutes, June Dierkes, and Nancy Browning.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 5 at Fuller Funeral Home, 1625 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL.
The funeral service will be held Thursday, Sept 6, 10 a.m. at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, 1225 Piper Blvd. Internment at Naples Memorial Gardens.
The family would like to thank Dr. Susan Morgan and her staff, Avow Hospice and Dr. Michael Krowka of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for their care, sensitivity and professional assistance.
Memorial donations may be made to Vanderbilt Presbyterian church or to Avow Hospice.