A.C. PEOPLES SR. believed, “men and women die from a lot of things; they never die from hard work. No one worked harder for his family. A.C. Peoples Sr. died on Thursday, May 21, 2020. He was 75 “years young” in San Diego, California. He passed in peace, in his home where he lived for 46 years.
For most of his life, he was no stranger to work. They say James Brown was the “hardest working man in show business.” Mr. Peoples was the hardest working man in the construction business. He was a member of Laborers’ International Union 89 for thirty-nine years. He worked for many of the top construction companies in San Diego. These include General Dynamics, Bechtel, Nielsen, Hazard and Anderson. One of his favorite job sites was working every Spring and Summer at the Del Mar Race Track. His hard work did not stop after retirement. He always found something to do. A.C. worked for his church, he worked in his yard, and he “worked” at enjoying life. He was very fond of competition and always encouraged others to do their best.
Mr. Peoples enjoyed several hobbies and “past times”. His energy level was remarkable even well into his 70’s. He loved fishing, bowling, and he loved to try his hand at playing golf. In his teenage years, he loved baseball. Many thought he would make it to the “Big Leagues” as a pitcher. However, he “threw his arm out” and that ended his field dreams.
A.C. loved the sports involving chance. Yet, his favorite of all time was playing dominoes. He just knew he was the best this side of the West. Many of his friends were amazed (sometimes envious) at his skills. He could play from sunrise to sunset. All the while, laughing and joking with the competition. Traveling with his “Brother” Willie Riley was becoming one of his favorite things to do in life.
More than sports and travel, he was passionate about his family. His wife, of 56 years, Ruth, was on this “journey” with him. They had four children: Bonita, Paulette, Demetria, and A.C. Jr. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren: Maurice, Elesia, and Monique. He would often request to see his many great-grandchildren: Ma’Kel, Janiyah, Jayla, Jayden, Maurice Jr., Ayanah, and Ta’Rese. Some of the fondest memories was Grandpa trying to teach his children and grandchildren how to play tennis and golf, and extended great-grandchildren: Anniah, Quamar and Cheyanne. He always wanted to encourage them to be the best.
In closing, A. C. Peoples Sr. lived and worked in San Diego, California. However, his heart, his hospitality and his generosity were homegrown deep in the heart of Texas. He dearly loved all his relatives especially his Aunties: Aunt Verge, Aunt Velma, Aunt Rinnie and Aunt Tip and his many cousins. Yet, Grandma Laura was his favorite. And it has been told, “He could do no wrong in her eyes.” He often would recall childhood memories from his life in the Big “T” with only smiles and laughter.
We will all miss him for now. The Holy Scriptures in the Bible let us know there is the resurrection hope. It can be found at John 5:28, 29, “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the Memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgement.” Rest in Peace, Dad. We loved you!
In Memory of
A.C. PEOPLES SR.
Mr. A. C. Peoples Sr. passed on May 21, 2020, born August 1944, resided in San Diego, California, 75 years of age.
Mr. Peoples was predeceased by his parents, A.D. and Erna; his three siblings: Mary Helen, A.D. and Billy Ray.
A.C. was born in Gilmer, Texas. After graduating from Mt. Enterprise, he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. While in Albuquerque, he used his tenacity and determination to get and work a variety of jobs. The "fruits “of his labor paid off. He met his bride to be Ruth and they married soon after. On their journey of life, they decided to move to Sunny Southern California. They raised all four children in San Diego. Mr. Peoples continued to work hard and prosper. A.C. was able to retire after more than 49 years in the workforce. He loved to plant and maintain a variety of trees and flowers in his yard. A.C. Sr. set the example as a neighbor to all. He was always willing to extend a helping hand, kind words or even monetary gifts to those in need. Now, A.C. is able to be at rest and he was certainly blessed and loved. We will certainly miss and will continue to reminisce. We love you Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Cousin, Neighbor, and Friend.
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