Effie Mae Peacock Walker

Beautician, businesswoman and homemaker Effie Mae Peacock Walker died Friday, August 7, 2020, on St. Simons Island, where she had made her home for the last 20 years.

She was originally from Blackshear, where she lived most of her life. She was the owner and operator for three decades of the Beauty Box, a hair salon in Blackshear, where she worked with hundreds of customers -- young and old and in between.

She and her late husband, Thomas W. Walker, wed on May 25, 1944, and were married 54 years. 

They were parents to two daughters, Judy Walker Dixon, St. Simons, and Janice Walker Corrigan (Stephen), Savannah. She is survived by both daughters.

They and their daughters made homes on Alice Street near the Blackshear Hospital and later on Main Street across from the Pierce County Courthouse. It was behind the Alice Street home where she operated the Beauty Box for 30 years. They later sold the Main Street home and moved to Waycross. After Tom died, she moved to St. Simons to be closer to her elder daughter, Judy.

She was born Dec. 6, 1923, to Addie Henderson Peacock and William Mathew Peacock. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, O. Roy Peacock, Ward Peacock, Pauline Sharpe, Fannie Kate Peacock, Mildred Walden and Catherine Bennett.

She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Chad Dixon and son-in-law, Steve Dixon.

She was a 1940 graduate of Blackshear High School. Her hobbies included crochet, crafts and plants. She was a member of the Blackshear Woman’s Club and a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Blackshear.

She is also survived by two granddaughters, Anna (Ed) Figueroa, St. Simons, and Addie Corrigan, Savannah; a grandson, Danny Corrigan, Savannah; great-grandchildren Davene Dixon, Gates Dixon and Wells Dixon, all of St. Simons and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held  at noon Monday, August 10, from the First United Methodist Church.

Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery. There will be no graveside service.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 127, Blackshear, GA  31516.

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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