Ella Katherine Nicholson Peebles


Ella Katherine Nicholson Peebles, 97, was born in Laurel, MS, on September 16, 1923, to Dewey May Fail Nicholson originally of Bay Springs, MS, and John Marion Nicholson originally of Newton, MS. 

She passed away on January 14, 2021, at St Dominic Hospital from complications of COVID-19. She had been a resident of The Arbor in Ridgeland for the past two years. A family graveside service was held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Cedarlawn Cemetery in Philadelphia, MS.  

Katherine lost her mother at the early age of eight and was raised by her father and his sister, Mildred (Aunt Millie) Nicholson in Newton, MS.. She graduated from Newton High School where she was a talented piano player, singer, popular, smart, articulate, class officer, pageant winner, cheerleader, voted Class Favorite, Sweetest, Beauty and Most Beautiful. 

After high school she attended East Central Community College where she met the love of her life, a handsome football player, Bobby Peebles, from Philadelphia, MS. They were married 54 years when he passed away in 1997. 

Together they had two children, Sandra & Buster. Katherine was the perfect wife and stay-at-home-mother who loved her family more than life itself. She was a wonderful cook, entertained like a true southern belle, President of the Garden Club, and served on numerous civic committees. Her husband’s career moved the family to many locations in Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama, and each move found her active in the local Methodist Church. 

In her Bible she left notes for the family that included her favorite Bible verses and one where she wrote, I want this read at my funeral; Revelation 1:8, “I am the Alpha and Omega, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Marvin Peebles, Sr.; and daughter, Sandra Peebles Stubbe.

She is survived by her son, Robert Marvin “Buster” Peebles, II (Cheyrle) of Madison; grandson, Rob Peebles of Ridgeland; granddaughter, Tracie Stubbe Henson (Bart) of Columbus, two great-grandchildren, Kelsey Newman of Columbus and Nick Newman of Texarkana, TX; son-in-law, Walter Stubbe of Columbus. 

She is also survived by her sister- in- law, Charlene Peebles Webb of Philadelphia; niece, Debbie Howell of Hattiesburg; nephews, Carl Howell (Anne) of Cary, NC, Harold Lane Howell of Philadelphia, Jody Webb (Deree) of Starkville, David Webb (Debbie) of Ridgeland, and Dr. John Webb (Melody) of Oxford, as well as several great-nieces and nephews. 

Family requests memorials be sent to a favorite charity.

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