Betty Delores “Peggy” English passed away November 18, 2018 at the age of 79.
Peggy was born October 23, 1939 to James Louis and Mattie Alberta McAlester. Although she was born in South Carolina, Peggy grew up with her three sisters and one brother in Atlanta, Georgia. Growing up, Peggy was a pistol, once running a boy’s pants up a flagpole. She even ran a load of moonshine once. Once she finished the tenth grade, she went to work at the five and dime. Because she was so short, they had to build her a special stepstool so she could see over the counter to wait on customers.
Peggy met the love of her life, Charles Lee English, at the drive-in. He was there on a date with someone else, but that did not stop him from calling her up after. He was smitten. The two were married September 17, 1956 in Lithonia, Georgia, just shy of her seventeenth birthday, and went on to have five children, including one son and four daughters: Charles “Chuck” English, Jr., Pamala, Linda, Sherry and Elaine. Peggy was the center of the family, calling herself “The General.” She always claimed to be in the military because her husband was the Sergeant, but knew she was always the boss, bringing her rank to general. She took her job as mom very seriously, taking care of everyone in the family, although when the kids were growing up, she was often known to warn them, “wait til your daddy gets home!” As much as she enjoyed her role of mom to their five children, she was thrilled with her fourteen grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Peggy and Charles were blessed with nearly 60 years together before he passed away in 2016.
Peggy was feisty, always letting you know just what she thought. She thoroughly enjoyed life, playing the slots in the casinos as often as she could, and playing them on her iPad when she couldn’t. She also enjoyed playing bingo and completing crossword puzzles. Peggy was the glue who kept people together, always ensuring that family members kept in touch with each other. Logically, she was always the person in charge of organizing the family reunions, so of course they had bingo. Peggy loved being active going shopping (“charge it” of course) and going on vacations. In fact, her last cruise debarked on October 27 and just docked on November 10. She was blessed with a very full life.
Peggy leaves behind her son Charles Jr. “Chuck” English, her daughter and son-in-law Pam and Don Skinner, her daughter and son-in-law Linda and Charles Browne, her daughter and son-in-law Sherry and Coleman Watson, her daughter and son-in-law Elaine and Mike Smith, her fourteen grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 6 PM at Hillier Funeral Home- College Station with a reception to follow.