He was a member of the Sunrise Baptist Church, where he previously served as Sunday school teacher and church treasurer. He was also ordained as a deacon in 1983.
He was previously employed with World Carpets in Dalton, Ga., with many years of service and from there became a poultry farmer from which he retired.
He was the son of the late James and Ruth Maples. He was also preceded in death by his brothers: Issac, Glenn, Gene and Frank Maples; and by his sisters: Pauline Scarbrough and Guilda Reagan.
He loved to fish and hunt.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Carolyn Maples; his children and their spouses: Candy and Keith Lowe, Cinda and Chris Jerfie, Randy and Susan Maples, all of Cleveland, and Bryan and Michelle Maples of Chattanooga; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters: Joyce Phillips of Chatsworth, Ga., and Carol Brown of Cleveland; brothers: James Maples and his wife, Joyce, of Downers Grove Ill., Tom Maples, George and Shirley Maples, all of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews.
A Remembrance of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the Wildwood Chapel of Jim Rush Funeral Homes with the Revs. Marvin Carr and Roy Tatum officiating.
Interment will follow in the Hilcrest Cemetery with Guinn Stinnett, Doyle Beard, Justin Maples, David Scott, Kevin Brown and Drew Maples Wright serving as casket bearers.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 this evening at the funeral home.
Please share your memories and condolences with Mr. Maple’s family at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.