ALEXANDER COUNTY (July 20, 2021) – Dr. Jeffrey Peal, who was a current member of the Alexander County Board of Commissioners, has succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile collision on Monday, July 19 at approximately 1:30 p.m. while traveling in Ohio. He was 57 years old.
“We are truly saddened and devastated to learn the tragic news of Jeff’s passing. He was an excellent example of a public servant who used his knowledge and experience for the betterment of Alexander County and our citizens,” said Commission Chairman Larry Yoder. “He loved God, his family, his country, and his county. We will never forget him.”
County Manager Rick French expressed his appreciation for Dr. Peal and his concern for the family. “Jeff made significant contributions during his service to Alexander County, and he will be sorely missed,” French said. “Our sincere condolences are extended to his family who lost a great man, husband, father, and grandfather. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this time of healing.”
Dr. Peal, originally from Ohio, was elected to his first four-year term on the Alexander County Board of Commissioners on November 8, 2016. He was re-elected to a second term on November 3, 2020.
Dr. Peal moved to Alexander County in 2007. He leaves behind his wife of 31 years, Renee; their three children Savannah, Baylee, and Elijah; and their four grandchildren. Baylee, the wife of Seth Sigmon, just gave birth to their first child on July 17. Savannah and her husband Ryan Wilson have three young children. Elijah is a rising senior at Alexander Central High School.
In addition to being a commissioner, Dr. Peal served as the Principal at Millersville Christian Academy, and taught masters and doctoral level courses in school administration and leadership as an adjunct professor.
Dr. Peal was a member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in Hiddenite where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. He and his family recently started attending Millersville Baptist Church.
He graduated from River Local High School, West Liberty State College (undergraduate), and Gardner-Webb University where he earned a Masters in School Administration and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. He retired from the State of North Carolina after a successful career including high school teacher and coach for 13 years, principal and assistant principal for seven years, and at the Alexander County Schools Central Office serving as Executive Director of Human Resources, Associate Superintendent, and Interim Superintendent for a total of nine years.