Elbert Thomas Pegues
  • Smilow Cancer Hospital
    20 York Street
    New Haven, CT 06510
  • The Cheryl Anderson Pegues Scholarship Award
    Gateway Community College Foundation
    20 Church Street
    New Haven, CT 06510

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“What a wonderful and kind man. I will never forget the love he showered on me and my family when we met him in West Virginia. ”
1 of 98 | Posted by: Tara Henderson - Tulsa, OK

“So sorry for your loss. He was a kind and gentle man. ”
2 of 98 | Posted by: Joyce McCain-Doty - Chicago, IL

“Dear Family and Friends,Ever thankful to God, my Lord and Saviour who brought me and my family through this journey, I am privileged also to thank...Read More »
3 of 98 | Posted by: Cheryl Pegues - Hamden, CT

“One year has passed and the reality of it all has waned but not completely set in my heartI. I write to all of you, family, friends, early ...Read More »
4 of 98 | Posted by: Cheryl Pegues - Hamden, CT

“To Cheryl, Trey, Elicia,and Beverly.....Our families are not "like" family...we ARE family..and on behalf of this extension I want to express our...Read More »
5 of 98 | Posted by: Jean Simmons - Ansonia, CT

“First met PJ in SNET phone store, couldn't miss him. He was a delightful gentleman with a big smile. We met again when the world special olympics...Read More »
6 of 98 | Posted by: Gail Cox - New Haven, CT

“Hi there, Cheryl and family. So sorry to hear about Pegues. May the Lord give you strength. ”
7 of 98 | Posted by: Carol Ann Heggie-Hall(McFarlane)

“Big PeguesGrowing up in Institute and watching you play ball at State are timeless memories for me. However hard you played under the boards was...Read More »
8 of 98 | Posted by: Billy Lipscomb - Institute, WV

“Dear Cheryl, Please accept my sincere condolences. God is surely in control. Lean on him, he'll be your strength. I'll keep you all in my prayers...Read More »
9 of 98 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Mrs. Pegues, we are very sad to hear about Mr. Pegues passing, he was such a nice person , and always greeted us with a warm hello and that...Read More »
10 of 98 | Posted by: BRENDA JENNINGS - KISSIMMEE, FL

“It was such an honor to know Mr.P I will miss you and now you can rest... ”
11 of 98 | Posted by: Paris Williams - Hamden, CT

“My deepest condolences to the Pegues family. Mr. Pegues was well thought off, we'll respected and well loved. His presence will be missed by all...Read More »
12 of 98 | Posted by: Dawn Sinclair Dixon - Angier, NC

“I am so glad to have known Elbert as a fellow student at WVSU . I pray for Cheryl and their family. I missed the funeral ,due to the snow storm ....Read More »
13 of 98 | Posted by: Frances Broadway Craig

“Dear Cheryl and family, PG and I shared lots of laughs and good conversations while working together for Adult Ed and Dwight School. I...Read More »
14 of 98 | Posted by: Patricia Mason - CT

“My prayers and sympathy go out to the family. This man's smile and authenticity will surely be missed. And I will miss the conversations with him of...Read More »
15 of 98 | Posted by: Denise Page

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
16 of 98 | Posted by: CC (Proverbs 18:24)

“To Cheryl and family: Our prayers are with you at this time. Peques, rest in peace, my friend. ”
17 of 98 | Posted by: Charles & Viola (Ruth) Huff - VA

“Dear Pegues family,My prayers are for your family to have strength and comfort in this time of sorrow. May God continue to bless your family and...Read More »
18 of 98 | Posted by: Kim Agee-Gresham - Tampa, FL

“Cheryl and family, we are so proud to have known one of God's truly servants. His character was always one that most people should emulate because...Read More »
19 of 98 | Posted by: A friend

20 of 98 | Posted by: William Sawyers - Houston, TX

“elbert...pg..great man! 49 years!!! he will be missed not only by his family..the entire community will miss him!!! great man...i can see that...Read More »
21 of 98 | Posted by: joe"duke" mcalpine - NC

“I am sending my deepest condolences to the Pegues family. May God comfort and keep you through this difficult time. ”
22 of 98 | Posted by: Karen Lee - Wallingford, CT

“Our prayers and condolences to Cheryl, Elicia and Trey. My mother (Minister Doris Jean Teel, 1931-1988), was a fan of Mr. "PG" (as she called him)....Read More »
23 of 98 | Posted by: Carol Teel - New Haven, CT

“Mrs P, Words can NOT express my feelings for you and the family. Please know our hearts are filled with LOVE, our PRAYERS are with you and our...Read More »
24 of 98 | Posted by: Erica and Mike Durham - New Haven, CT

“Dear Cheryl and family:From the Tyree families - We like to send our Prayers, condolences and love in your loss of Al. Our hearts go out to you and...Read More »
25 of 98 | Posted by: A friend

“Dearest Cheryl & Family,We join with your many friends in extending our deepest condolence & love. We remember with great love and affection our WVSU...Read More »
26 of 98 | Posted by: Johnny & Gloria Johnson Gilmore - VA

“From The Berkley & Barksdale Family we like to send you our Prayers and love.. ”
27 of 98 | Posted by: terry berkley - cambridge

“My deepest condolence to the family I WAS So sorry to hear of the loss of PG ”
28 of 98 | Posted by: Ilys Benjamin - Clayton, NC

“I met Mr. Pegues when he came to work at Hillhouse as a security guard. He was a gentleman, a scholar, a role model, a guardian, a caring and loving...Read More »
29 of 98 | Posted by: Robert A. Gibson - New Haven, CT

“Cheryl, Alicia, Trey & Beverly,My heart goes out to you and the rest of the family. I'm truly going to miss that smile. No matter how long we had not...Read More »
30 of 98 | Posted by: Bunardy Poitier - Hamden, CT

“My prayers and condolences to Mrs. Cheryl Pegues family and friends. May The Lord comfort and strengthen you during this time of bereavement. Mr....Read More »
31 of 98 | Posted by: Yolanda Dillon - Atlanta, GA

“Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your lossmy thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. ”
32 of 98 | Posted by: Bennyta Claytor

“Mrs. P, I am so sorry to hear about Mr. P. I hold you dear in my heart and I will keep you and your family in my prayers forever. With Love ...Read More »
33 of 98 | Posted by: Antoinette Curto - New Haven, CT, CT

“Cheryl, My deepest sympathy. I am going to miss my line brother fall 61. I wish I could be there withyou. ”
34 of 98 | Posted by: Bobby Scales - Houston, TX

“To Cheryl, Elicia and Trey, I send my deepest condolences and prayers that the Holy Spirit will continue to sustain and support you. With deepest...Read More »
35 of 98 | Posted by: Leonora Henderson - New Haven, CT

“To Cheryl, Elicia and Trey, I send my sincerest condolences and prayers that the Holy Spirit continues to sustain. With deepest sympathy, Leonora...Read More »
36 of 98 | Posted by: Leonora Henderson - New Haven, CT

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. May God bless and comfort you at this time. ”
37 of 98 | Posted by: Jonathan & Shawne Latham - CT

“We shared one of the greatest experience of our life. Thankyou for taking some of the heat off some us smaller brothers. I will never forget you and...Read More »
38 of 98 | Posted by: Bobby Scales - Houston, TX

“AL was a great guy.He was more than a kin by marriage he was like blood I will miss his smile and jokes. ”
39 of 98 | Posted by: Edna Higginbotham - Charesto n, WV

“To Cheryl, Elicia and Trey,Know that your husband and father was well loved by everyone; he had a true Christian spirit. I had the opportunity to...Read More »
40 of 98 | Posted by: A friend

“Rest in Peace Pegues aka P.G>13.We were a great team doing Gateway C.C. Basketball Games.Best Wishes to the Family. ”
41 of 98 | Posted by: A friend

“PG meant toe "Parental Guidance" espically when he took me under his wing at Hillhouse...he is the few of the great ones..he will missed greatly God...Read More »
42 of 98 | Posted by: Ralph Warner - Ringgold, LA

43 of 98 | Posted by: CAROLYN jONES hURLING - NEW HAVEN, CT

“To the Pegues family our prayers are with you all. Cheryl remember we are always here and, if there is anything that we can do for you please call us...Read More »
44 of 98 | Posted by: Pamela Jessup - Charleston, WV

“To the Pegues family, it was a pleasure to work with "PG" in the Security Division for the BOE. "PG" was always available to help with his knowledge...Read More »
45 of 98 | Posted by: Ms. Rita Worthy - New Haven, CT

“Cheryl,My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time. Pegues was a gentle man, a friend and classmate at WVSU. He will be missed.Joyce...Read More »
46 of 98 | Posted by: A friend

“You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you. Joan R. Crawford ”
47 of 98 | Posted by: A friend

“My humble condolences to the family. ”
48 of 98 | Posted by: Herman H. Jones - Fredericksburg, VA

“Elicia, My prayers are with you and your family in your time of sorrow. With Deepest Sympathy, Sharon Baldwin ”
49 of 98 | Posted by: Sharon Baldwin - East Hartford, CT

“Sincere sympathy to the family. I know he will be greatly missed ”
50 of 98 | Posted by: Suzanne Sams-Robinson - Windsor, CT

“It is with a heavy heart and fond memories that Shirley and I offer our sincere condolences. Bro Pegues showed us all with grace, humility and love...Read More »
51 of 98 | Posted by: Bruce and Shirley Redd - GA

“My prayers are with the Pegues Family. ”
52 of 98 | Posted by: Arlene Berry-Matthews - GA

“My deepest condolence to the Pegues family. It was an honor to have known Pegues as a classmate at WVSU. My prayers are with the family. ”
53 of 98 | Posted by: L4enora Cordell - Marietta, GA

“Cheryl,Tray,Elicia: I was saddened to hear of PG's passing. My condolences,andprayers go out to you and your loved ones. PG will be missed by many...Read More »
54 of 98 | Posted by: Patricia Brown-Lewis - Clinton, CT

“From one Vet to another......you will be missed Dearly! ”
55 of 98 | Posted by: Demetria Mcmillian - New Haven, CT

“Cheryl:We are so sorry to know that Elbert has transitioned from this earthly realm. All those who had the pleasure of his company will most...Read More »
56 of 98 | Posted by: Sandra & Sam Eskridge - Branford, CT

“Dear Cheryl and Family, you are in my prayers for strength during this time of bereavement. May the joy and wonderful memories Al gave you during his...Read More »
57 of 98 | Posted by: Rachel S. De Four - Randallstown, MD

“I am saddened to hear of the passing of "Big Al". He will surely be missed by West Virginia State University Alumni Members of the class of 1964. I...Read More »
58 of 98 | Posted by: A friend

“It is with a deep sense of sorrow to hear of the passing of of my beloved friend PG. Our hearts go out to you Cheryl and your children,Beverly and...Read More »
59 of 98 | Posted by: A friend

“To the Pegues Family,May your memories comfort you,Sincerely,Marcia Turner ”
60 of 98 | Posted by: A friend

“Sincere condolences to you, Cheryl and your family. Know that he is at peace and in a higher better place. He suffers no more.I shall continue to...Read More »
61 of 98 | Posted by: A friend

“I extend my thoughts, prayers and condolences to the Pegues family.. Fondly, Gail D. Patterson and family... ”
62 of 98 | Posted by: Gail D. Patterson - New Haven, CT

“I give my Condolences to the family, and will keep use in prayer. ”
63 of 98 | Posted by: Ruth Hoff - new haven, CT

“Dear Cheryl & Family: I was so sorry to learn of your great loss and offer my deepest sympathy to all of you. I pray that the comforting and...Read More »
64 of 98 | Posted by: Janie Charles Holmes - New Haven, CT

“Cheryl and Family, Our prayers and sympathy are with you durning this time of our lost. PG will always have a special place in our hearts for all...Read More »
65 of 98 | Posted by: Jesse & Barbara Lanier and Family - CT

“Cheryl, & Family our deepest sympathy to you all. Our Prayers are with you. ”
66 of 98 | Posted by: Jim & Bev Wetmore - Hamden, CT

“2-4-2013 6:10 p.m. (EST) To Mrs. Cheryl Anderson Pegues, The Children, Granddaughter, Siblings, Relatives and Friends of Mr. Elbert Thomas Pegues,...Read More »
67 of 98 | Posted by: Ms. Cheryl M. Atkinson - Hamden, CT

“Cheryl and FamilyMy deepest condolences to you and the family. Al will surely missed by the masses. I will always remember that infectious smile. ...Read More »
68 of 98 | Posted by: Pat Tyree-Lawyer - Pittsburgh, PA

69 of 98 | Posted by: MRS LILLIAN D. BRIDGES & FAMILY

70 of 98 | Posted by: SHEMA T

“To the Pegues family, my sincere condolences to you. May he rest in peace.Sincerely, Pat Davis Harris ”
71 of 98 | Posted by: Patricia Harris - Hamden, CT

“To Cheryl.Elicia and Trey,Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God continue to bless you and...Read More »
72 of 98 | Posted by: A friend

73 of 98 | Posted by: marion Delmoro - NEW HAVEN, CT

“Our thoughts and prayers go the Pegues family,may God bless you all. The Coburn family ”
74 of 98 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear P G your friendship and magnetic smile will be etched in my mine forever. Although you are gone physically you will always be remembered in my...Read More »
75 of 98 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Pegues and Spearman families, We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May your wonderful memories of Elbert give...Read More »
76 of 98 | Posted by: Jennifer DaSilva - Dover, MA

“Mrs.Pegues,Trey, Elicia, Livie & KailaWe wish you strenth for today and comfort in the days to come. Mr.Pegues was a wonderful man! You are all in...Read More »
77 of 98 | Posted by: Cyndi, Nala & Louise Craig - CT

“Cheryl, my deepest condolences to you and the entire family on the loss of such a gentel giant. He was loved by so many. ”
78 of 98 | Posted by: Helena Rogers - New Haven, CT

“Mrs. Pegues, Trey and Elicia, my prayers are with you during this difficult time. Mr. Pegues was a great man in every way. ”
79 of 98 | Posted by: Tina Sinclair - Bowie, MD

“To the Pegues Family: I offer up my prayers and condolences to you all. I have had the pleasure of being a classmate with Elicia, and just wanted to...Read More »
80 of 98 | Posted by: Jackie "Bromell" - Aldae - PA

“Pegues, was a gentle giant. That's how I will always remember him. ”
81 of 98 | Posted by: Dyann Monroe - New Haven, CT

“My deepest condolences to the Pegues Family during their time of grief & for the loss of such a wonderful soul. He was one the sweetest men I ever...Read More »
82 of 98 | Posted by: Jasmine Outlaw - New Haven, CT

“I haven't seen Mr Pegues since he worked at hillhouse and I was a student. It's been a long while but it seems like it was yesterday. He carried a...Read More »
83 of 98 | Posted by: Jason Parker - New Haven, CT

Mr and Mrs Pegues “Awesome Man and Wonderful Family. Love and Prayers for you always. ”
84 of 98 | Posted by: Patricia Ledbetter - Huntsville, AL

“In your time of grief and bereavement, I would like to offer condolences on behalf of the Jones family... ”
85 of 98 | Posted by: Roland Bubba Jones - New Haven, CT

“Dear Mrs. Pegues, Elicia and the entire Pegues and Spearman families. My heart and love are with you. May God continue to keep and bless you. ”
86 of 98 | Posted by: Sheryl Williams Jones - VA

“With much love and our deepest sorrow, we share your loss and pain. Remember, God knows best. PG, as he was commonly called, was a true and loyal...Read More »
87 of 98 | Posted by: Robert & Noma Bradley - Goldsboro, NC

“My thoughts & Prayers are with you & your Family. So sad to hear about your father ! I know hie Love & Grace will forever be with you all. ”
88 of 98 | Posted by: Ellen Tart/ Cotto - Hamden, CT

“Soft and safe to de my brother,be thy rasin place. ”
89 of 98 | Posted by: Fred Votto - Los Angles, CA

“Your father was a wonderful man. May he rest in peace. My prayers are with you, your mom and the rest of the family. I love you all. ”
90 of 98 | Posted by: Medina Jett - Windsor, CT

“Dear Cheryl and Family ~ My deepest sympathy to you for your loss. Mr. P was very special. May all the wonderful memories you have sustain you...Read More »
91 of 98 | Posted by: Kathleen Delaney - Wallingford, CT

“My deepest condolences. ”
92 of 98 | Posted by: Katherine Evans - Milton, GA

“Our Prayers Go Out To The "PG" Family.PG's Heart Was As Big As He Is Tall!!God Bless Pegues and his Family Sincerely, Lance...Read More »
93 of 98 | Posted by: A friend

“To Cheryl, Trey, Elicia and Beverly, I send my heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family of a friend my family has known for over 60 years....Read More »
94 of 98 | Posted by: Marshall J McKiver - New Haven, CT

“Condolences, Mr. Pegues was truly a great man, I had the pleasure of being his student in Troup Middle School, as well as James Hillhouse. I also had...Read More »
95 of 98 | Posted by: Kamila - New haven

“Dear Cheryl and family, May you all find strength at this time. Your fond memories of Elbert will sustain you. May God be with you. Your soror and...Read More »
96 of 98 | Posted by: Rita Henderson

“My consodlences to the family of PG. He will be missed as he was loved by everyone. PGDR Janice l. Smith Pocohontas Temple #55 New Haven, CT ”
97 of 98 | Posted by: Janice Smith - Ansonia, CT

“Sending my sincerest condolences to the Pegues family, may he rest in peace. Love, Eileen and family ”
98 of 98 | Posted by: Eileen Williams-Esdaile - Hamden, CT

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Elbert Thomas Pegues ("PG"), 73, of Hamden, CT departed this earth peacefully on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on New Year's Eve, December 31, 1939, one of two children of the late Elbert S. and Virginia (Brown) Pegues. His father was one of the first African American entrepreneurs in New Haven, the owner of the Imperial Cleaners and Tailoring Shop on Dixwell Avenue. His mother served the Greater New Haven Area and Grace-New Haven Hospital (Yale-New Haven) as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

This giant of a man, standing a mere 6'9", was not only a tower of strength but had a large measure of dignity, grace, love and compassion. He was large in stature and spirit! Since his early childhood years, he showed an avid interest in playing sports. Within the Greater New Haven community, he participated in sports activities at the Jewish Community Center, Blessed Martin Catholic Church and the Dixwell Community House. His physicality was primarily illustrated through his love for basketball. He attended Dwight Elementary School and Troup Junior High. During his high school years, he was a Varsity Player for the James H. Hillhouse High School Academics and was a member of the New England Championship team that played in the Boston Garden in Boston, MA. He was known among his peers as a gentleman and a good sportsman. "PG" was the rare student who always showed up for school and received awards for his Perfect Attendance during his school years.

After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Armed Services, the Marine Corps. As a seventeen-year old, he was among the Marines who landed in Lebanon during that crisis in 1957. Once again, his height distinguished him and led to his being the flag bearer for his platoon. During his service stint, he was the recipient of the Good Conduct First Award and was certified as a Rifleman. He also played basketball for his platoon and excelled in the center position. Elbert's time in the U. S. Marine Corps allowed him to travel and expand his knowledge of the Middle East.

Upon his honorable discharge, he decided to attend college. He found his way to West Virginia State College (WVSC) in Institute, WV, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education. While at "State", he was known as "Big Al"! He played for the Yellow Jackets and WVIAC Championship Team and was a member of the team when it represented the Conference in the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Kansas. He went on to further his education and earned a Master of Science degree in Urban Studies at Southern Connecticut State University.

After completing his degree at WVSC, Big Al was employed by the local Community Action Partnership Agency, an Anti-Poverty Program in Charleston, WV. His community involvement focused on eradicating poverty. A firm believer in equal rights he was active in the civil rights movement. He marched in protests for equal housing, education and better employment opportunities.

When he decided to return to Connecticut, he was still focused on the community work he had begun in West Virginia and began working for the Community Action Agency in New Haven. In ensuing years, he became the liaison between the neighborhood corporations and subsequently assumed the Director position of the Dwight Neighborhood Corporation. Seeking to continue his mission of helping, he was employed as a Parole Officer for the State of CT; a community organizer for The Black Coalition of Greater New Haven; Director of Home Maintenance and the Hill Development Corporation. Lastly, he became a member of the School Security Team for the New Haven Public Schools System. His first placement was at Troup Middle School and then he joined the staff at James H. Hillhouse High School where he retired in 2002. During his tenure at Hillhouse he was well known for advising, caring and mentoring the students.

An avid sportsman, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching Major League sports. ESPN Sports Center was a focal point of his television viewing. He was a Mets, Yankee, Laker, Steeler and a Cowboy fan. "PG" also watched tennis matches and the Classic Sports channel and any competitive gaming shown. The Olympics were a special draw!

Because of his love for people and youth in particular, Elbert joined Theta Psi Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. while in college in 1961. His membership started during ho his undergraduate years to his graduate membership in Chi Omicron Chapter, New Haven, CT for over 50 years. Brother "PG" was a member of the IBPOEW, Elk Lodge #141 for 45 years and the Founder and first President of the Veterans' Club and member of the Orange Blossoms Club. He was also the Chairman of the Trustee Board, a member of the House Committee and a Past Grand Exalted Ruler of the Grand Lodge. In later years, he joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Dixwell-Newhallville Senior Center. He enjoyed the line dancing classes and the socialization. "PG" was "Helpful Homer", always on time and assisted all of the seniors with their luggage when traveling. His penchant for helping others extended to hospital visits and chauffeuring friends and elderly to various appointments.

Brother Pegues was an active member of Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church where he was one of the Founders of the Saturday Bible Class, participated in Adult Sunday School class, and member of the Men's Choir where he loved to sing his "Silent Night" solo. He particularly enjoyed transporting other church members to church service.

His magnanimous, million-dollar smile always preceded him. His sense of humor was never far away as he regaled family and friends with much joy and laughter. His love for travel was an integral part of his life. He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of 49 years, Cheryl Anderson Pegues; his loving son, Elbert T. Pegues, III ("Trey"), Hamden, CT; devoted daughter Elicia Pegues Spearman, his caring son-in-law Livie V. Spearman, III and precious granddaughter