September’s Member Spotlight shines on our newest member, Peggy Sitton! Peggy was born on 11/28/36 in Plant City, Florida, to parents Edger & Lelia Tucker. The family had 7 girls (a set of identical twins!) and 1 boy, Edger Jesse, Jr. Peggy was the second youngest. She grew up in Plant City and fondly remembers how her family relied on their large vegetable garden, the milk cow, and chickens for their survival. Her father worked for the Hillsborough County Road Department. Her mother was a welder during WWII (yes, her mother!), and she later owned a restaurant. Upon graduation from high school in Plant City, Peggy accepted a job offer in Washington, D.C., in the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. She worked there for several years and that’s where she met her future husband, Frank Sitton, who was newly released from the Navy. They were married in 1957, and welcomed daughter Lisa in 1961, and son Mark in 1963. Also in 1963, the family relocated to Titusville when Frank accepted a full-time job with NASA as a computer specialist. He would inspect the space capsules before launch. Peggy worked part-time at NASA in the secretarial pool. She remembers meeting all of the astronauts, and has a signed picture given to her by John Glenn. In 1968, the family moved once again, this time to Denver, Colorado, when Frank began a new job with the Air Force's Accounting & Finance Center. They stayed in Denver for 4 years before moving to Jacksonville in 1974. It was another job opportunity that brought them here: the Federal Aviation Agency (F.A.A.) offered Frank a position. Peggy found a job at Sears that gave her the flexibility to be with her children every day after school. They were active in Honor Band, swim club, judo classes (even Peggy did judo!), and were members of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville for 30 years. At church, they were involved with the bell choir, adult choir (Peggy), and Peggy assisted with the Jr. & Sr. high school choirs. During these years, the family enjoyed travels to England, Italy, Germany, Alaska, and Hawaii. Later on, their daughter Lisa would become a Flight Attendant for U.S. Air. Sadly, she passed away in May of 2011. Frank and Peggy moved to the Beaches area in 1997 to be closer to their son Mark and his family. Peggy retired from Sears after 23 years, and then 3 years later Frank retired from the F.A.A. These “retirements” were short-lived, however, when Frank took on a year-long job at Gulf Life to help them get their computer system up and running. Peggy felt a strong call to go to work for the St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office. There were many roadblocks in her way, including health issues, studying for a test that took over a year, other tests such as lie-detector, and psychological evaluations. She finally got the green-light and began a 13-year career as a Control Operator in the tower of the jail. She says she loved every minute of that job and found opportunities to minister to co-workers and inmates in need. Peggy’s husband Frank passed away in February of this year, and she moved in with her son Mark and his wife Lorraine, who live on N. Wilderness Trail here in the Valley. She once again gets to enjoy the company of chickens, and now there are 4 goats (remember Oreo and the Great Escape?),1 rescue pig, and 2 spoiled dogs as well. She still enjoys gardening and is an avid reader. Peggy visited PVBC and immediately felt at home. She’s been a regular to our Wednesday night fellowship time, has joined the choir, attends SS, and is involved in WMU. It has been my pleasure to get to know her better over the past couple of months, and I look forward to working with her in the future!
We are so happy to welcome you to the PVBC family Peggy!
Respectfully submitted by Crystal D. Baer