Peery, Reverend John GordonA Celebration of Life Service for The Reverend John Gordon Peery is to be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, March 13, 2016 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1430 N. Lake Drive, Lexington, SC 29072

Gordon was born September 20, 1935 and passed away March 10, 2016. He was born in Guntur, South India, where his parents, Rev. John C. and Betty Peery, were lifelong missionaries. Gordon was a graduate of Kodaikanal High School in 1953, Newberry College, BS in Science in 1957, and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, MDiv in 1960. He continued his love of learning with Bible studies, travels, stamp collecting, and most recently, colored pencil art classes.

He married Leah Jacobson, his college sweetheart, in 1959. Gordon was an ordained Lutheran minister and served St. John’s in Clinton SC, Good Shepherd in Sanford FL, Calvary in Ruskin FL, St Paul’s in Gilbert SC, and Faith in Newberry SC. He also served as interim pastor at several South Carolina churches, including Pilgrim Lutheran where he remained an active member.

Gordon is survived by his wife of 56 years, daughters Wanda Peery of Lexington, SC, Laura (Mike) McElmurray of Grovetown, GA, and Mary Beth (Tony) Parker of Apex, NC; grandchildren, Megan (Nathaniel) Hampton of Winter Park, FL, Lisa McElmurray of Johnson City, TN, Tyler and Ryan Parker of Apex, NC; his sister, Virginia (Ozzie) Herlong of Chapin SC; aunts, nephews, cousins, and many beloved friends.

Memorials may be made to the Pilgrim Lutheran Church Building Fund. Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

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