Rev. John Peebles Sr., 44, Jericho minister

December 26, 2004

The Rev. John R. Peebles Sr., minister of music at one of the largest churches in the Washington area and the son of its celebrated senior pastor, died Friday of undetermined causes. He was 44.

Mr. Peebles died at Georgetown University Hospital, said Bobby Henry, legal counsel for the Jericho City of Praise church in Landover.

Mr. Peebles had been minister of music for more than 20 years at Jericho.

His mother, the Rev. Betty P. Peebles, is senior pastor at the church.

With 19,000 members, Jericho is one of the largest churches in the area. It recently celebrated the payment in full of the $36 million mortgage on its campus.

Mr. Peebles, who lived in New Carrollton, is survived by his wife, Yarnetta; a son, John R. Peebles Jr.; a daughter, Yolanda; his mother; and a brother, Joel, also a minister at the church. Another brother, James R. Peebles Jr., died in 1996 of a heart attack.

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