Terry Maples, age 85, of Fort Worth, Texas passed away Monday, November 16, 2009 at his home with his family by his side. Graveside services will be held Friday, November 20, 2009 at 2:00 pm at Eastland City Cemetery under the direction of the Summers-Bakker Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Thursday, November 19th from 6:00 – 7:30.
Dad was born August 17, 1924 in Romney, Texas to Cecil Raymond and Vercie
Maye (Long) Maples. Alton Maples served his country during WWII as Seaman 1st Class, Gunner’s Mate Striker on U.S.S. Manila Bay and received seven navy unit commendations for outstanding heroism in action against enemy Japanese forces.
He was most happy when family gathered at his place on the river to celebrate special moments or holidays and was proud to say he had 21 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Surviving are his children: daughters, Patsy Jean Perkins (Jeff), of Prescott, AZ, Terry Lee Kaden (Larry), of Milton, FL, and Tammie Gail Blalock of Sherman, Texas; sons, Alton Ray Maples of Abilene, Texas, Larry David Maples (companion Trish), Rodney Clark Maples and his good friend and daughter-in-law, Glenna Pendleton, all of Fort Worth; two step children, Joan Lorraine Van Zandt Zito (Jim), of Springfield, IL and Richard Wayne Van Zandt (Wesley) of Fort Worth, TX.; his two brothers and a sister, Cecil Raymond Maples, Jr., Jimmy Dale Maples, and Veda May Williams and three half sisters, Dorothy Ann Aake, Loretta Faye Mauldin and Millie Carolyn Burns.
Dad (Papa) will be most remembered as a fiercely independent man who loved God, loved his family and loved fishing.