JOHN LEE PEEBLES, son of the late John Lee Peebles, Sr. and Frances Jackson Peebles was born on February 8, 1913 in Brunswick County, Virginia. He went home to be with the Lord on December 5, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife Carrie Marie Jones Peebles, to whom he was married for 70 years; his sisters Annie Pearl, Louise, Helen, Abbie and Elizabeth and his brothers Sydney, Harry, James and Richard. He was the last surviving child of John and Frances.
He attended the Thomasburg School, the Mill School and the Scott Lewis School in Brunswick County, where he completed his formal education reaching the 5th grade. He left home at the age of 19, journeying to Cape Charles, VA to seek employment. In Cape Charles, he obtained employment at the Cape Charles Canning Factory. He worked there and lived in company provided housing from 1932 to 1935. When he left the Canning Factory, he was earning .10¢ per hour. He returned home in 1936 after the death of his father to assist his mother on the farm with the family. He left home again the 4th week of August, 1937, arriving in Baltimore, where he remained until his death.
When he arrived in Baltimore, he obtained employment in the construction industry, joining Labor Union 194 in 1937. He received a life membership in the Union, and was a member of the Union until his death. His first job was with the Consolidation Construction Company, earning .25¢ per hour and included building of the Greenspring Dairy. He also worked for the Turner Construction Company and the John McShane Construction Company. He worked for McShane for 35 years and reached the position of foreman. Building projects included Lexington Market, Glen L. Martin in Middle River, MD, Johns Hopkins Hospital Complex, Church Home & Hospital Complex, Stella Maris Hospice, Montebello Rehabilitation Center (now Morgan University Administrative Bldg.) and many other construction projects throughout the state.
In 1937 John was united in holy matrimony to Carrie Marie Jones, whom he had dated prior to leaving Brunswick County. This union lasted for 70 years until her death on May 28, 2007. While Carrie and John Lee did not have any biological children, they were surrogate parents to many nieces and nephews, to whom they provided emotional, spiritual and financial support through the years.
John accepted the Lord at a very young age. While he was not actively affiliated with any specific church, he loved and depended on the Lord. He would often say “I pray for everybody”. He supported Long Memorial Baptist Church in Baltimore under the leadership of Rev. Campbell, through his prayers and financial support.
He kept abreast of family issues through his daily and/or weekly telephone conversations with Jim, Marion, Maudriece , Percy Lee, Maude and all others. He looked forward to and enjoyed those conversations.
John was a very direct person and was respected by most of those whom he encountered. He leaves to cherish his memory two devoted nieces—Bridget Griffin and Patricia Rhodes; other nieces and nephews: Maudriece, Harry Jr., Shirley Ann, Murless, Martha, Marion, James Carroll, John, Robert, Sandra, Yvonne, Louise, Joyce, Beatrice, Annie Mae, Maude, Percy Lee, Richard Edward, Linwood Earl, Joseph Dennis, Richard, Jr., Lee Vert, Antoinette, Benjamin , James, a special friend—Morris Falcon, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will conducted on Saturday, December 8, 2012 a Wake will be 12:00 P.M. and Service start at 12:30 P.M. at Union Bethel RZUA Church Thomasburg, Virginia. Rev. Colonius Avent, Officiating. Interment will follow in the family cemetery.
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