John (Jack) Claude Peyrouse, Jr.

Mr. John (Jack) Claude Peyrouse, Jr., late of Greenville, SC, died peacefully Sunday, July 9 following a brief period of declining health.

A native of Ovid, Colorado, he held an AB and MA from the University of Denver, an MA from the University of Arkansas and a PhD from the University of Nebraska. While a PhD candidate he studied under the famous acting teacher, Alvina Krause of Northwestern University. He spent his adult life pursuing his passion for the theatre. He counted playwright as one of his accomplishments, including The Life of RD, based on the life of R.D. Taylor, a 19th century theatrical impresario; it had its world premiere at Hofstra University. He was featured in Life Magazine of August 1955 for his star turn as a villain for 20,000 theatre goers at Cripple Creek, CO summer theatre. He was professor emeritus at Methodist University.

For the last twenty years he resided in Greenville, SC leading, producing and participating in various theatrical activities, including the Rolling Green Players; at 87 years old he starred in the indie short film, Lost, part of Chris White’s Unbecoming series ( which premiered in Tryon, NC April 2016;  and he was an adjunct professor of theatre at Furman University until 2008.

He is survived by his loving children, Jane Peyrouse of Boston, MA, Marcia Gaines of Canton, GA, and John (Jay) Peyrouse of Louisville KY, three grandchildren, and his many family and friends. His beloved wife, Jane, predeceased him in 2005.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 16 at 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Greenville, SC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Fndtn, 910 Hudson Road, Greenville, SC, 29615, or the American Heart Association, or a contribution to the theatre collection of your favorite public school or library.

Scott Huskins Funeral & Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements. 678.771.5566

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1. Greenville Chautauqua wrote:
Greenville Chautauqua first met Jack at a Discussion at the old Open Book. He had such great questions and immediately joined our volunteers. He always had such a fun way about him and knew so much. He will be missed from our audience.

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