James McAden Peebles, Sr. was born in 1921 in the Culleoka
Community, Tennessee. He attended Columbia Military Academy graduating
in 1938. He earned a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University in
1942. While there he served as president of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
and was selected to ODK. He excelled in athletics and served
as co-captian of the Vanderbilt Commodore football team.
Following the Pearl Harbor attack, he was among the first
to volunteer for service in the U.S. Army. He was commissioned
a Captain and commanded a combat infantry company. He was awarded
the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat. He was a member
of the Army Europe All-Star Football Team, following the war.
On returning to the U.S. he joined the Redskins from 1946
through 1951, playing both offense and defense. Following his
professional football retirement, he coached at CMA, among other
secondary schools. Among the coaches he played for were Charlie
Hughes, CMA; Ray Morrison and Paul "Bear" Bryant, Vanderbilt
and Wallace Wade, Army West All-Stars.
Peebles was a member of the Presbyterian church, the Vanderbilt
alumni association, Promise Keepers, Herbert Griffin American
Legion Post #19, Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Football
League Players Association and the Columbia Military Academy