PEACOCK, Joseph W., 72, of Floyds Knobs, passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2016.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Uncas and Leona, by a sister, Marianne, and a brother, Allen. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Susan; a daughter, Brandy Sanderfer (Brian); stepdaughters Anne Fuller (Christopher) and Karen Scott (Chris Owen); stepson Chris Schremser (Tara); ten beautiful and talented grandchildren; and two sisters, Ginger Jones (Sam) and Kathryn Thornton (Charlie).
Joe was a native of Louisville and a graduate of St. Xavier High School, Bellarmine University (BA), John Carroll University (MAT), and Spalding University (MFA). He was passionate about teaching and enjoyed an award-winning career in education, many of his years at Shawnee and Manual high schools as a teacher of English, and at Indiana University Southeast as an adjunct professor of English.
Family and friends enriched Joe’s life. He was blessed with a fabulous daughter and wonderful stepchildren, along with their spouses. Special friends included the Willow Avenue group; the Grasmere Writers group, which has for a number of years presented on-stage dramatic readings of their short stories at The Bard’s Town; his writing brothers and sisters from Spalding’s MFA in Writing Program; and others in Louisville and beyond.
Writing became especially important for Joe after he received his MFA in 2008. His published pieces include poetry, short stories, essays, and book reviews; they can be founding Enhance, Ragnarok, Trajectory, 94 Creations, The Literary Yard, The English Journal, Southern Humanities Review, and a number of other literary magazines. Joe also worked briefly as an editor for the anthology Best New Writing. His finished novel, The Ninth Life of Remy-Zen Cat continues to search for a publisher, and a completed memoir, Flying Without Wings, is available at Joe’s website. Many of his writings, both published and unpublished, can be found at his website:www.josephwpeacock.com.
Joe’s other loves included reading, cooking, traveling and golfing with his wife, sharing good wine and conversation with good people, and relaxing with his family and friends on Pawleys Island each summer.
His funeral service will be at 10 am Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road, with burial to follow in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 pm on Tuesday at Highlands.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to National MS Society or to the American Cancer Society.