Cover photo for Dr. Kenneth "Ken" Edward Peacock's Obituary
Dr. Kenneth "Ken" Edward Peacock Profile Photo

Dr. Kenneth "Ken" Edward Peacock

June 20, 1948 — October 6, 2023

Kinderton Chapel

Dr. Kenneth "Ken" Edward Peacock

Dr. Kenneth “Ken” Edward Peacock, 75, of Bermuda Run, NC passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 6, 2023 at his home.  He was born June 20, 1948 in Rocky Mount, NC. Ken was a member of Clemmons United Methodist Church and retired as Chancellor from Appalachian State University in 2014. As a first generation college student,  Ken received his undergraduate degree at Mars HIll University. He began his accounting career at Price Waterhouse in Winston Salem before attending Louisiana State University for his masters and doctorate degree in accounting. He then joined the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce before moving to Boone in 1983 to the Appalachian State University family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Blonnie Sutton Peacock and Caswell Elijah Peacock.  Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Rosanne Barkley Peacock; two sons, Chris Peacock (Hannah) and Brian Peacock (Mary Elizabeth) and five grandchildren, Jacob, Piper, Allie Sutton, Price and Reynolds.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, October 9, 2023 at The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. The family will gather and meet with friends following the service.  A private graveside service will be held at Mount Lawn Cemetery in Boone, NC. 

The family kindly requests that memorial contributions be made to the: Murray Family ACCESS Program. Murray Family ACCESS Scholarship Program | Student Success

ACCESS (Appalachian Commitment to a College Education for Student Success) was a program created by Ken in 2007 to provide low-income, first-generation college students from North Carolina with a debt-free, four year Appalachian education.  This program is a precious legacy of Ken’s devotion to students and their success in the classroom and the world. 

Those wishing to share condolences, stories, and thoughts to the family can do so by using the email

Anyone wishing to pay their respects and to sign the guest register book for Dr. Peacock can do so from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 8, 2023 at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel, 108 East Kinderton Way, Advance, NC 27006.


Dr. Peacock's service will be live streamed at:

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Dr. Kenneth "Ken" Edward Peacock, please visit our flower store.

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Monday, October 9, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University

733 Rivers St., Boone, NC 28607

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 7336

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree