“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”     Psalms 116:15

It is with much regret that we mourn the passing of an outstanding servant of God and a valued member of Church Of Christ (Holiness) USA. (COCHUSA) On last Friday, September 26th, Dr. Fenton Peters transitioned from earth to glory. Dr. Peters was a member of First Church in Starkville, MS (SCD) and a noted educational leader in Northeastern Mississippi for over fifty years.

After graduating from Rust College, Dr. Peters began his career as lifelong educator in Starkville, MS. Later, he received his Masters and Doctoral degrees from Mississippi State University. From his early years in the classroom he entered into administration and advanced from an assistant principal to principal in 1968. He served during the crisis period of desegregation of public schools in Mississippi. A time in which he distinguished himself as competent and courageous leader with strong Christian character.

Although Dr. Peters was intensely engaged in many civic areas of leadership, he also was very active in his local church, where he served as chairman of the deacon board, adult Sunday School teacher, van driver, Brotherhood chaplain, and gospel choir director. Of particular note is his leadership and development of the First Church Acapella Choir. This choir performed on the District, Diocese and National Levels of the COCHUSA and blessed countless souls in worship.

In addition, he volunteered to serve as principal of Christ Missionary and Industrial High School during the early 1990’s, following five years of service as the Superintendent of Public Schools in Holly Springs, MS.

Indeed, the National COCHUSA family proudly salutes the noteworthy accomplishments of Dr. Peters. Please pray for his wife, Sis. Maggie Peters, his sons, and First Church.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 11:00 am at First Church of Christ (Holiness) USA, 609 Gillespie St., Starkville, MS.


In His Service,

Bishop Emery Lindsay, Senior Bishop
Bishop Vernon E. Kennebrew, National President