One word describes the years of exemplary service two incredible people have given to the ministry of the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home. This operative word is: FAITHFUL.
On the evening of March 2, 2017, over two hundred people gathered in SMCH’s Moffett Dining Hall to honor the lives of Dr. Coleman and Bonnie Peacock, who have literally given their lives to the ministry of this campus. Friends, dignitaries, staff and residents of The Home were on hand to share in the celebration of their retirement.
Each of us wanted to thank the Peacocks for their years of ministry to SMCH. Coleman retires after 27 and a half years of ministry, while Bonnie has been here 23 years. What a legacy they leave for all of us! They have both made an indelible mark on our lives and on the hearts of countless children.
The large gathering began with a welcome, and Reverend Robert Daugherty blessed the event with a special invocation. Of special note, Coleman’s first ministry position was when he served as the Minister of Youth under the supervision of Reverend Daugherty. A delicious meal was catered for the event by Chef’s Catering of Sevierville.
To honor Coleman and Bonnie, a good ole’ hand clapping selection was performed by a “make shift foursome” called: Another Southern Gospel Quartet, and they sang one of those famous songs out of the Red Back Hymnal (or Church Hymnal) called, Have a Little Talk With Jesus. The quartet was comprised of Phil Morris, Shane Smith, Falon Smith, and Dr. Walt Mauldin and was accompanied by Denise Morris.
After the foot tapping music, Hildred Newberry, long-term friend and coworker of the Peacocks, shared glowing comments about her years of service with Bonnie. Paul and Tannis Duncan, former directors of the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home, recognized the work of both Dr. Coleman and Bonnie Peacock with heartfelt gratitude to them.
Special guest soloist, Dr. Bill Leonard, ministered to the audience with a rendition of the song, To God Be the Glory, composed by the late Andre Crouch. The Leonards and Peacocks are very close friends.
Gifts were then presented to the Peacocks by Dr. Walt and Tammie Mauldin, which included a lighthouse for Bonnie (she collects lighthouses) and an eagle for Coleman (and of course, he collects eagles). This was followed by a congratulatory letter from Dr. Tim Hill, General Overseer, being read by Dr. Donnie Smith, the Executive Director of the Division of Care. Also, Dr. Smith made personal remarks about his 12 years of ministry with the Peacocks. The evening ended with a benediction by Linda Loyd (SMCH employee for 42 years), who has worked closely with the Peacocks.
As Dr. Coleman and Bonnie retire, we pray special blessings of favor from God upon their lives. Their combined ministries to Smoky Mountain Children’s Home have totaled over 50 years! To God be the glory for the things He has done through them.
Dr. Walt Mauldin,
Executive Director &
Mrs. Tammie Mauldin,
Director of Public Relations