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Rufus Ray Maples, Sr. obituary
- [S23] Atchley Funeral Home, (http://www.atchleyfuneralhome.com/), 5 Jun 2008.
Rufus (Russ) Ray Maples, Jr.
April 07, 1942 - June 05, 2008
Birthplace: Sevierville, Tennessee
Resided In: Nappanee, Indiana
Visitation: June 10, 2008
Service: June 10, 2008
Cemetery: Mount Zion Cemetery
Rufus (Russ) Ray Maples, Jr., age 66 of Nappanee, IN, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2008. Born April 7, 1942 in Sevierville, TN, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in the Korean War. He was an avid fisherman who was once President of the Plymouth Chapter of MARCO Bassmasters. He was also a talented musician and enjoyed playing and singing bluegrass and gospel music on his guitar. Mr. Maples was an entrepreneur who started and ran two successful businesses. He was the rock of his family, because he was always there to help and offer his southern hospitality and advice to anyone who needed it. He was a member of New Beginnings Assembly of God in Nappanee where he served as a Deacon and Treasurer.
He was preceded in death by his father Rufus Ray Maples, Sr.
His survivors include his:
Wife: Shirley Maples
Sons: Rufus R. “Rusty” Maples, III of Nappanee, Paul Brian (Beth) Maples of Warsaw, Christopher Lowell (Kristi) Maples of Niles, MI
Grandchildren: Caroline, Alex, Sebastian, Colette, Jamison, Sara, Josslyn, and Bradyn Maples
Great-grandson: Carson Maples
Mother: Ethel Maples of Sevierville
Sisters: Vivian (William) Ogle of Pigeon Forge, Wanda Sue McGhee of Sevierville, Margaret Hayes of Sevierville
Brothers: Dennis Maples of Sevierville, Bill Maples of Gatlinburg, Kenny (Kathy) Maples of Gatlinburg
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Teri Newman, 3629 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.
Funeral service 2 PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Dawson officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Zion Cemetery with military honors provided by American Legion Post #104. The family will receive friends 12-2 PM Tuesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. (www.atchleyfuneralhome.com)