Andrew “Duke” Peebles went home to Jesus on December 17, 2020 at age 85.
Andrew was the sixth child and fourth son of Millard and Mary Peebles. He was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 22, 1934. He grew up in the Historic Oberlin Village in Raleigh North Carolina. Andrew often expressed his childhood memories of Oberlin’s beauty and the abundance of fruit trees that graced the village’s landscape.
Andrew excelled at football while attending Washington High School. His notoriety as a quick and agile running back gave him the opportunity to be recruited by several prominent colleges in the nation, however Andrew chose a different path which included giving his time to his country by joining the United States Navy.
After leaving the Navy, Andrew Peebles attended trade school and became a highly skilled brick mason of the Oberlin Village community. Andrew was so gifted at brick masonry that he took his skills north to Washington DC/Virginia in the late 1960’s.
While in the Nation’s Capital, he worked with Greenstreet Construction as a Foreman. Andrew’s knowledge of brick masonry and construction placed him in a supervisory position in the design and construction of many historic government buildings in the Washington DC/Virginia area.
Andrew Peebles, was a loving and committed father, grandfather, and brother. He was well loved and respected by his family. When he was not tirelessly working for his family, he spent his leisure time with his companion of many years Joselyn Gladden whom he loved dearly.
In addition to being a dedicated family man, he loved reading the Bible and teaching his family the importance of being successful in all aspects of life. Andrew Peebles understood life as well as death and would often quote his favorite Shakespeare quote;
“A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.”
“The Valiant”, Andrew “Duke” Peebles leaves cherished memories to his only son Christopher Andrew Peebles and daughter-in-law Christina Peebles of Lakeland, Florida; his four grand-daughters Jada Peebles, Zareah Peebles, Rianna Peebles, and Alycia Driggers; his sister Dr. Wilma Wilkins-Peebles of Raleigh, NC, brother Lawrence Peebles of Washington, DC, and seven brothers and sisters that proceeded him in death; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The interment will be held on December 22, 2020 at Mt. Hope Cemetery Raleigh, North Carolina.
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