Peele, William Walter was born on November 26, 1881 in Gibson, North Carolina, United States. Son of Andrew and Nora Jane (Gibson) Peele.
Bachelor of Arts, Trinity College (now Duke University) 1903, Doctor of Divinity, 1928. Doctor of Laws, Randolph-Macon College, 1941.
Professor mathematics, Rutherford College, Connelly Springs, North Carolina, 1903-1906, president, 1906-1909. Ordained ministry Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1906. Pastor St. Johns and Gibson, North Carolina, 1909, Aberdeen and Biscoe, North Carolina, 1910-1911.
Headmaster Trinity Park School, Durham, North Carolina, 1911-1915, professor Biblical literature, Trinity College, 1915-1918. Pastor Edenton St. Church, Raleigh, 1918-1923, Trinity Church, Durham, 1924-1928, First Methodist Episcopal Church, Charlotte, 1928-1937. Presiding elder Greensboro District, W.N.C. Conference, 1937-1938.
Elected bishop Methodist Church, 1938. Assigned to Richmond Area Virginia Conference and North Carolina Conference.
Member Board of Missions and Church Extension (vice president foreign division), Board of Christian Education, and Commision on Army and Navy Chaplains (chairman), Methodist Church, Methodist Committee on Camp Activities (chairman). Member Methodist Commission on Overseas Relief (chairman). Member General Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1926, 34, 38.
Trustee Duke U., Randolph-Macon College. Member Phi Beta Kappa, Theta Phi.