Orlando F. Peeples, 75, furniture finisher, guitarist

August 01, 1998

Orlando Franklin Peeples, who owned a furniture-finishing business and was a guitarist and songwriter, died of cancer Wednesday at his Brooklyn home. He was 75.

The Baltimore native served in the National Guard from 1939 to 1941 and in the Army during World War II. After the war, he owned a furniture-finishing business, then was a chemical inspector and mechanic. He retired in 1985.

He played guitar in bands at teen dances from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s and wrote and recorded songs. He also was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars of Glen Burnie.

His 1947 marriage to Anna May Woernlein ended in divorce in the mid-1970s. In 1977, he married Bertha May Irvin, who survives him.

He also is survived by four sons, Ronald Peeples of Ellicott City, Gary Peeples of Eldersburg, Kenneth Peeples of Baltimore and Richard Peeples of Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Gail Hagan of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Ambrose Funeral Home, 2719 Hammonds Ferry Road in Lansdowne.

Pub Date: 8/1/98

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