Beloved Memphis Pastor Has Died
The Rev. Walter Lee Peggs Sr., who used the Gospel to push racial unity in Bartlett, dies at 74
Before the Rev. Walter Lee Peggs Sr., pastor of Fullview Missionary Baptist Church, died on Feb.12 at age 74, he had an idea of the faces he would see in the afterlife.
He’d see faces like those of the racially and ethnically diverse choirs and congregants from the eight churches who gather for the Bartlett Community Celebration, an annual celebration that he helped found.
“We talked about the fact that this was what Heaven looked like, and when we come together we have different complexions, different beliefs, different backgrounds, different economic statuses, but we are all one in Christ Jesus,” said the Rev, Warrie Williams, Fullview assistant pastor.
“When we come to that understanding, it’s beautiful.”
That legacy of unifying the Bartlett community through the Gospel is a powerful one that Peggs, who died of pancreatic cancer, leaves behind, said the Rev. Danny Sinquefield, pastor of Faith Baptist Church.
Sinquefield, who knew Peggs for 26 years, co-founded the celebration. It’s a night of fellowship in which eight churches unite for singing, musical performances and preaching.
“It started with us talking about bringing our two churches together,” he said. “It was just a spark of his spirit. Then we thought: ‘Why do two churches when we could do seven or eight?'”
“It got bigger…it really had a spark, and it was in the spirit of our people. I always called him the Pastor of Bartlett.”
Besides leaving behind a legacy of trying to promote racial unity through Gospel, Peggs also became the first Black postal worker in Germantown and served on Bartlett’s Planning Commission.
He also served as pastor of Fullview for more than 36 years.
Peggs is survived by his wife, the Rev. Wilma Peggs, sons, Walter Jr. and Brian, and countless family members and friends.
Services for Walter Lee Peggs Sr.
Visitation for Peggs will be held Friday, Feb. 19, 12 pm. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m.to 11:45 am at Fullview Missionary Baptist Church, 7100 Memphis-Arlington Road in Bartlett.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, at noon.
Attendees are asked to wear masks and to practice social distancing. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Fullview Missionary Baptist Church Foreign Missions Ministry.
For more information, go to fullviewbaptist.org/