Bruce Peele

February 24, 1962 - April 22, 2016
Bruce Peele

Thurman “Bruce” Peele, 54, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 22, 2016. He was the beloved husband of Shirley Ellis Peele.

Bruce was born in Fayetteville, February 22, 1962, and had worked for UNCW as a landscape associate. He attended Calvary Chapel of Wilmington, and had played the drums on the worship team. He loved all sports, especially football, and was an avid Duke fan. He had a love of animals, especially his dogs Sam and Jasmin.

Besides his wife Shirley, he is survived by his mother, Rebecca Tew Peele of Wake Forest; his step-daughter, Stephanie Ellis and her fiancé Tim Day of Durham; his sister, Janice Paradowski and her husband Jay of Wake Forest; and their children Alina and Jamison Paradowski. He was preceded in death by his father, Elton Bruce Peele and his step-son Timothy Ellis Jr.

His visitation will be Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Calvary Chapel, 2831 Carolina Beach Rd. Funeral services will follow at 5 p.m. with Rev. Clay Ritter officiating. Interment will be in Lafayette Memorial Park in Fayetteville  Friday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Shan Towns officiating. Gifts in Bruce’s memory may be sent to the Calvary Chapel or flowers will be accepted.

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  • April 25, 2016
    R J Evans says:
    Bruce will forever be in my heart and mind. He was one of my dearest friends, and was truly more like a brother to me. When I moved from Virginia to North Carolina way back in 1992, I met Bruce in a band and we left that band to start our own. He was a brand new Christian back then, and his passion for his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ showed so beautifully in the lyrics he wrote for our songs. His family reached out to me and embraced me as their own, and all these years later, during this time of sadness - yet celebration, for we know Bruce is with the Lord now, truly 'home' - I am finding them embracing me again, as we share in our memories. I was blessed immensely, beyond words, to have been able to call Bruce my friend, and my brother.

  • April 27, 2016
    JoAnn Beall says:
    Shirley and family my thoughts and prayers are you will all during this very difficult time.

  • April 28, 2016
    Francis N Champion says:
    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Brucie Peele. I have known that family since Brucie was about 3 years old. My heart goes out to all the family. Praying for comfort for each of you. May God be with you.

  • April 30, 2016
    M Sánchez says:
    I never met your beloved but am a UNCW employee and enjoy the beautifully cared for green areas on campus, which no doubt Bruce and his colleagues sustained and rejuvenated season after season.

  • May 02, 2016
    Jerrell Slaughter says:
    I would like to offer condolences to the family. May God comfort you. Soon the pain of this kind will no longer exist (Revelation 21:4, Psalm 37:11,29).