Surcy L. Peoples III, 49


Surcy Lee Peoples III, 49, of Texas, died on Friday, July 29, 2022, surrounded by family.

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, Aug. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schooler Funeral Home in Amarillo, TX. A brief graveside service will be conducted Monday, Aug. 8, beginning at 10 a.m. at Copeland Chapel Cemetery in Montgomery, TX. Following the service, a Celebration of Life will be held at Metcalf Funeral Home in Conroe, TX, beginning at 11 a.m.

Mr. Peoples was born March 13, 1973, at the Montgomery County Hospital in Conroe, TX, to Surcy Lee and Frances Knight Peoples, Jr.

He attended school in Conroe, TX, his entire life, and was quite active in sports, 4-H, FFA and the arts. He was the center for the football team throughout high school and participated in many other sports. He was quite active in 4-H and FFA all four years, serving as officers in his local region. He won various awards in both 4-H and FFA and excelled in showmanship and scholarships.

Mr. Peoples was an honor student in school and graduated in the top five percent of his class in high school. After graduation, he attended Texas A&M University at College Station and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture.

He began his career after graduation at Nebraska Cattleman’s Association by authoring articles for their publications and hosting a daily farm radio show. He then worked as director of commercial marketing for the American Gelbvieh Association in Denver, CO. He then moved to Amarillo, TX, where he started his career at Cactus Feeders in 2000. He started his own company, J2 Entrepreneurs LLC in 2019 and became director of operations for Central Stockyards LLC until his death.

Mr. Peoples married Heather Underwood in 2000, and they later divorced. Into that marriage was born the pride and joy of his life, Surcy Lee Peoples IV. He supported all of his son’s activities. 

He was a man of service and kindness to his neighborhood and community. He supported organizations in the Canyon/Amarillo area including the Potter and Randall County Jr. Livestock Associations, Canyon FFA and Barbecue Team, WT Ag Days and Emi’s Color Shoot.

In 2020, Mr. Peoples reconnected with a former A&M Ag friend. In May 2022, he married the love of his life, Amy Blankenship Hernandez, formerly of Hillsboro, and she survives.

He was a bright light that burned out too quickly. He had a big heart of gold, an outstanding personality and a happy heart. He brought love, laughter and happiness to all he encountered. God needed someone to make him laugh, so he chose Mr. Peoples to join him in heaven.

In addition to his wife Amy, he is survived by his son; mother, Frances Knight Peoples; bonus son, Christian Hernandez; bonus daughter, Maria Hernandez; as well as numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

Mr. Peoples was preceded in death by his father; grandparents, Surcy Lee and Benita Peoples, Sr. and the Rev. Walter Woodrow and Feby Mae Knight.

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