SC parents return from Afghanistan deployment for teen son's mem - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

SC parents return from Afghanistan deployment for teen son's memorial

Posted: Updated:
SALUDA, SC -

Members of the community joined together to remember the life if 17 year old Waeland Peeples.

Peeples, of the Batesburg-Leesville area,  lost his life last Sunday when he drowned in Lake Murray.

Both of Waeland's parents were deployed in Afghanistan with the NC National Guard when the incident happened. They came home this week and spoke to the group at his memorial on Thursday evening.

They say seeing all of the support from the community will help in their time of grief.

Friends and family say Waeland always loved playing his guitar and the drums.

"Music was the biggest part of his life, besides mud-bogging and trucking, music was everything to him," said Brittany Hydrick.

"He was a good friend, if it wasn't for him, I couldn't have done it, he was someone that I could depend on, I love that boy to death and that will never change," said Hydrick.

Hydrick was one of Waeland's closest friends. She says without him she never would have made it through school. When she found out that he drowned...she knew something needed to be done. So she organized a memorial to honor his life.

"This is our way of saying goodbye, but it's not goodbye forever, its until next time."

Waeland's picture was placed on the rock outside of the school. Gambrell says the rock signifies the strength of the Batesburg-Leesville community.

"It brings the community together and that's what it was intended for when it was placed here."

For Hydrick she says her buddy Waeland will walk across the stage with her at graduation next year and be with her for the rest of her life.

"I feel like he is right here, he is standing right here I know he is," said Hydrick.

The funeral will be Saturday at 11AM at First Baptist Church in Batesburg.

If you would like to donate to the Memorial Fund send your donations to:

Waeland Peeples Memorial Fund
C/O SC National Guard FCU
PO BOX 9366
Columbia, SC 29290

Zip Code Weather!
Get a local weather report and a 10-day forecast by typing in your zip code!
  • 3 arrested after meth lab fire injures 6-year-old in Orangeburg County

    3 arrested after meth lab fire injures 6-year-old in Orangeburg County

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:34 AM EDT2014-04-16 05:34:12 GMT
    3 arrested after neth lab fire injures 6-year-old in Orangeburg County3 arrested after neth lab fire injures 6-year-old in Orangeburg County
    Three people are behind bars after a meth lab fire injures a 6-year-old girl in Eutawville, according to the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office.According to Sheriff Leroy Ravenell, officers were called 107 Cypress Shore in Eutawville on April 7 in reference to a fire in a camper caused by a hot plate. A hot plate was not located in the camper by the fire department but components were located in the cooking of methamphetamine.Four children were in the home during the time of the fire.24-year-...
    Three people are behind bars after a meth lab fire injures a 6-year-old girl in Eutawville, according to the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office.According to Sheriff Leroy Ravenell, officers were called 107 Cypress Shore in Eutawville on April 7 in reference to a fire in a camper caused by a hot plate. A hot plate was not located in the camper by the fire department but components were located in the cooking of methamphetamine.Four children were in the home during the time of the fire.24-year-...
  • Deputies: Murder suspect boards school bus minutes after crime

    Deputies: Murder suspect boards school bus minutes after crime

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:15:30 GMT
    A Harleyville murder suspect allegedly boarded a school bus filled with students just minutes after the crime, according to Deputies.Officials said Steve Elmore is accused of murdering Mark Anthony Daniel early Friday morning off of Iris Lane in Dorchester County.It's a small, two lane road that was Laura Williams' definition of tranquility until that morning."I just walked my granddaughter out to get on the bus," Williams said."I just heard a gunshot, and I came out the door, and I saw a gen...
    A Harleyville murder suspect allegedly boarded a school bus filled with students just minutes after the crime, according to Deputies.Officials said Steve Elmore is accused of murdering Mark Anthony Daniel early Friday morning off of Iris Lane in Dorchester County.It's a small, two lane road that was Laura Williams' definition of tranquility until that morning."I just walked my granddaughter out to get on the bus," Williams said."I just heard a gunshot, and I came out the door, and I saw a gen...
  • Things to do this weekend: Wadmalaw Island

    Things to do this weekend: Wadmalaw Island

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:01:25 GMT
    If you are looking for something to do this weekend, We may have your answer… It’s nearly 20 miles from downtown, around an hour from Summerville, we are talking about Wadmalaw Island… We start with the Charleston tea plantation, where you can drink all the tea you want and get a lesson on how tea is made from it’s very beginnings. “We are really the only tea plantation in America that has a factory that you can visit, you can walk in and see the tea being made during our harvest period fr...
    If you are looking for something to do this weekend, We may have your answer… It’s nearly 20 miles from downtown, around an hour from Summerville, we are talking about Wadmalaw Island… We start with the Charleston tea plantation, where you can drink all the tea you want and get a lesson on how tea is made from it’s very beginnings. “We are really the only tea plantation in America that has a factory that you can visit, you can walk in and see the tea being made during our harvest period fr...
Powered by WorldNow

210 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.216.4875
Fax: 843.881.3410
Email: news@wcbd.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.