Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Eric's Mom

Unfortunately, we have gotten the sad news that Eric's mom died this morning.

From Fred Merker:
Yesterday Eric Peele left work early because his mother may have had a heart attack. This morning I found out that Eric's mother died at about 6 AM. I have no information about any of the arrangements.

We will publish further information here regarding funeral arrangements when available.

(An additional note of interest to current and past MPT employees-
Homer Kornman has passed away and his obituary may be found in Wednesday's Sunpaper.. or by clicking HERE)(an additional article may be seen HERE)

Saturday, April 26, 2008

To Celebrate Brandon's Birthday

Sunday April 27th is Brandon's birthday. To celebrate the sixteenth year since his birth we are posting copies of comments from his teachers at Franklin High, and his winning Carson Scholars essay. For better reproduction they appear at the bottom of this page.. please scroll down to view them, or click here for teachers comments and here for Brandon's essay

Recent note from Brandon's mom Jessie:
We just got back from the Jimmy V. Basketball Game. It was wonderful.. they gave us a framed certificate in memory of Brandon. They had memory readings for him and we were given a bunch of flowers from the school principal. The gym holds 900 people and all tickets were sold out. Teachers greeted us from both Franklin Middle and Franklin High Schools, and the faculty from FMS school narrowly won the game. The event was for a good cause.
Love, Jessie
(this note refers to The Battle for the Bell Charity Basketball Game held on April 24th at Franklin High in Reisterstown)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Brandon Peele Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship to Honor BRANDON EMMANUEL PEELE (April 27,1992-April 1, 2008)

Franklin High School has established a scholarship in honor of Brandon E. Peele.
On April 1,2008, Brandon died from complications of a rare cancer called Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor. He has been a student in Baltimore County Public School since 1995 and since 2006 at Franklin High School.
Brandon loved school and affected those around him through his faith, humility, and above all his determination. He was a leader among his peers and continues to be an inspiration to his family, friends, classmates, and teachers.

Anyone interested in contributing to the "Brandon E. Peele Memorial Scholarship" may mail a check payable to "Franklin High School" with "Peele Scholarship" on the Memo line to:
12000 Reisterstown Rd,
Reisterstown, MD 21136
Attention: Tanya Scott

If you have any questions regarding the Scholarship, please contact. Mrs. Tanya Scott at 410-887-1121 or via email at

Thank You ,

A Note From Jessie and Basketball Game Notice

It's two weeks today that Brandon Passed away, and I'm still thinking it's a very bad dream. I'm numb and still cannot accept it. It's very difficult. Eric is back to work this week. We go to Brandon's grave everyday and bring flowers, then we talk to him..
Last week we returned all Brandon's books and met his Guidance Counselor , principal and teachers. There's some tears that was shed again. We also went to Falls Road at Home and Hospital center and returned all his books. We met all his educators there and they are planning to place a plaque with Brandon's name in their Memorial garden. It's so beautiful there with lots of flowers and they said we could stop-by any time we want. We don't know yet when is the plaque will be ready, they will contact us during the dedication.

Franklin High School is planning a Basketball Game on April 24 in Memory of Brandon's and one of their teachers that passed away with cancer. All proceeds will go to Jimmy V. Foundation for Cancer Research. They already made a short writing about Brandon and they will read it during the halftime of the game. They also ask for Brandon's pictures. They said the will save a section of Brandon's friends and family. Here's their add:

On April 24, Franklin High School will host the 3rd annual Battle for the Bell Charity Basketball Game to Benefit the Jimmy V. Foundation for Cancer Research. The game will
feature Franklin Middle School faculty versus Franklin High School faculty, and has raised
$8,500.00 over the past two years.
We need your support, we are asking everyone in the Franklin community to help make us stronger this year, and support our efforts to raise awareness and money for this year's game. Ticket's will be sold for $4.00 , and we are encouraging everyone to donate $1.00 for the cause. We anticipate our tickets to go on sale April 14 through the 23. NO TICKET'S will be sold at the door.
If you have any questions about the event or the cause, please contact either Franklin High School Charles Mallonee( or Franklin Middle School Larry Zuckerman
( for more information.

Thank you,

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Saying Goodbye

During the Friday viewings at Eckhardt Funeral Chapel and the Saturday service at Christ The King Lutheran Church, friends, family, fellow students, neighbors, coworkers of Eric and Jessie's, people who had contributed to Brandon's hospital care, and many others.. came in large numbers to show their support, and share the burden of the family's deep sadness.

Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the beautiful picture from the front cover of the church pamphlet, and the text offering a brief explanation of who Brandon was. During the service, Brandon's dad Eric told the story of this remarkable young man in a much more personal, and most eloquent way.. from his birth, to his untimely death. He called Brandon "an angel".. and others called him the real "miracle" that we have been asking for. Even to those who did not know Brandon well, it quickly became apparent that he was no ordinary person.. but someone who has been an inspiration to many people in many ways.. and who will continue to live in our hearts forever.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Brandon's Funeral Arrangements

Here is the Funeral Arrangement for Brandon:

Viewing is Friday April 4, 2008 at 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm
Eckhardt Funeral Home

CHURCH SERVICE: SATURDAY April 5, 2008 at Christ the King Lutheran Church
AT 11:00 AM.

(Note: left click on addresses for maps)

From the Baltimore Sun 4/3/2008

Brandon E. Peele

PEELE , Brandon E. On April 1, 2008, BRANDON E., 15 years old, loving son of Eric and Jessie Peele (nee Isogon); dear grandson of Vera Peele; nephew of Stephen and Suzette Peele; cousin of Devin Peele. Also survived by many other relatives living in the Philippines and numerous friends.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 A.M. at Christ The King Lutheran Church, 515 Academy Avenue, Owings Mills, 21117. Pastor Harry M. Krolus, officiating. Interment All Saints Cemetery in Reisterstown. The family will receive friends on Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. at the ECKHARDT FUNERAL CHAPEL, P.A., 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in his memory to Christ The King Lutheran Church.

Note: Donations may be sent to Christ The King Lutheran Church at 515 Academy Avenue Owings Mills, MD 21117 - enclosed in an envelope marked "In Memory of Brandon Peele". Checks may be made payable to Christ The King Lutheran Church.

Also-- If preferred, donations may be made in Brandon's name to the Carson Scholars Fund.
See further information on the right side of this page.