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Rodney G. Peacock

Rodney G. Peacock, 70, of Champaign, passed away at 6:39 am., Monday, February 11, 2019, at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana.

candleRodney was born September 5, 1948, in Champaign, the son of George Peacock, Jr. and Vera (Bracy) Peacock.

He is survived by his son, Christopher P. Linholm, of Champaign, a grandson, and great-granddaughter; two sisters, Marilyn Peacock of Champaign and Sandra Leonard of Macon, Ga.; one niece and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Peacock graduated from Champaign Central High School in 1966 where he excelled in football, baseball and the jazz band.

His interest was music, wrote a play entitled Noontide and was an avid fan of the Cubs, Bears, and the Illini.

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 I am sorry to hear of Rodney's passing. Many years ago, I played in a darts league with him. He was always kind and friendly to everyone. My sincere sympathy to all of his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

—Carol Bradstreet


Rocky was a was a good friend and a good classmate. My memories quickly retreat to high school where Rocky was remarkable and admired. He was the first student of Afro-American descent to be named Governor of Boys State and Homecoming King at Champaign High School. He was co-captain of our football team, an accomplished saxophone player, a great baseball player, an actor and was loved, admired and respected by all. We shared much time on the football field (he was tough, disciplined and very competitive) and in the classroom where Rocky also excelled. I remembered one day in class a teacher asked if someone would sing happy birthday to one of our classmates and, of course, almost all of us (remember we were all awkward, unconfident, reluctant adolescents struggling with identity) were much too shy. Rocky stood up with his usual, confident poise and said, “I can sing.” I was shocked. Rocky walked to the front of the room and we all learned that he could sing very well.  

We will miss all that Rocky has given and all that he was. I will remember him for all of the great things he accomplished, the barriers he broke and as a good, fun, lovable classmate. Condolences to all of his family.

—Rich Patton


I'm sorry to hear of Rodney's passing. I got to know him while I was director of the Spurlock Museum. He would visit occasionally, and he and I would talk about his travels, his music and his play. He was a delightful person, and I will always think of him fondly.

—Wayne Pitard