Martha Jane Peeples Avery

Martha Jane Peeples Avery was born May 21, 1927, in Memphis, to the late John Dorsey Peeples Sr. and Martha Ingram Peeples and died at age 93 on Feb. 24, 2021, in Nashville, after a brief illness.
She attended Snowden Elementary School and graduated from Central High School in Memphis, after which she attended The University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Southwestern at Memphis.
She was an avid student of history and was deeply involved in tracing the genealogy of the Peeples and Ingram family lines. She was also a longtime member of the Hermitage Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Martha Jane was a devout Christian and a member of First Presbyterian and First Evangelical Churches in Memphis. After moving to Nashville in 2002, she joined Covenant Presbyterian, and from 2016 until her death was a member of Stephens Valley Church in Bellevue.
Her children affirm that she raised them reading the Bible, praying together, and regularly attending church, doing what she could to provide a solid foundation for them in the Christian faith in preparation for their choices as adults.
Martha Jane was preceded in death by her parents, John Dorsey and Martha Ingram Peeples, and by her brother, John Dorsey Peeples Jr. She is survived by her loving children, Pamela Rosamond Avery Murphy (Jesse B.) of Samburg, James Kelley Avery Jr. (Glenda) of Bartlett, and John Buchanan Avery III (Sarah) of Nashville; her grandchildren, James Kelley “Jake” Avery III (Augusta), Jessica Avery Murphy, Kelley Jo Murphy; her great-grandson Nathaniel James Avery (parents Jake and Augusta); her niece, Sarah Peeples Hodges; and her nephews John Dorsey Peeples III, Clayton Ingram Peeples and David Hale Peeples.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Stephens Valley Church, 6000 Pasquo Road, Nashville, TN 37221. A graveside service will be held at Forest Hills Cemetery Midtown in Memphis on Monday at 1 p.m.
Prior to the graveside service there will be a visitation held 10:30 a.m. at Open Door Bible Church at 1792 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stephens Valley Church Building Fund.
KJV, Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

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  1. Margaret Ann Garth Pope on February 25, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Dear Pam, Kelley, John and Family,
    So sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a fine Christian lady who will be missed by many. I remember Sissy and I spending the night with Pam, Martha Jane was so gracious! She was also my SS teacher and I learned a great deal about the Bible from her. The Lord has a wonderful new Angel. I know you all were proud of her and her accomplishments. I will be praying for your comfort from the Lord during this time. With great memories and love, Margaret Ann

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