Dr. Kenneth ‘Ken’ Edward Peacock

Published 12:08 pm Sunday, October 8, 2023

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Dr. Kenneth “Ken” Edward Peacock, 75, of Bermuda Run, NC passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023 at his home.

He was born June 20, 1948 in Rocky Mount, NC. Ken was a member of Clemmons United Methodist Church and retired as Chancellor from Appalachian State University in 2014. As a first generation college student,  Ken received his undergraduate degree at Mars HIll University. He began his accounting career at Price Waterhouse in Winston-Salem before attending Louisiana State University for his master’s and doctorate degrees in accounting. He then joined the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce before moving to Boone in 1983 to the Appalachian State University family.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Blonnie Sutton Peacock and Caswell Elijah Peacock.

Surviving are: his wife of 48 years, Rosanne Barkley Peacock; 2 sons, Chris Peacock (Hannah) and Brian Peacock (Mary Elizabeth); and 5 grandchildren, Jacob, Piper, Allie Sutton, Price and Reynolds.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2023 at The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. The family will gather and meet with friends following the service.  A private graveside service will be held at Mount Lawn Cemetery in Boone, NC.

The family kindly requests that memorial contributions be made to the: Murray Family ACCESS Program. Murray Family ACCESS Scholarship Program | Student Success ACCESS (Appalachian Commitment to a College Education for Student Success) was a program created by Ken in 2007 to provide low-income, first-generation college students from North Carolina with a debt-free, four year Appalachian education.  This program is a precious legacy of Ken’s devotion to students and their success in the classroom and the world.

Those wishing to share condolences, stories, and thoughts to the family can do so by using the email ThePeacockFamily2023@gmail.com.