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March 29, 2013

Lee Edward Maples, 79, of Delaware, died peacefully at home with his family by his side on Sunday (April 8, 2012).

He was born April 20, 1932, in Bristol, Va., to Wade and Roxie (Hurst) Maples. He was raised in New Tazewell, Tenn., along with his seven brothers and two sisters, Don, Fleet, Dean, Joe, Bob, Carl and Mike Maples and Cindy Russell and Jenny Williams. On Oct. 15, 1955, in New Tazewell, Tenn., Lee married the love of his life Darlene (Iery) Maples and they were married 56 years. They shared four children, Rick Maples, Peggy (Gary) Graham, Connie (Randy) Helton and Kim Maples; four grandchildren, Jeremy Helton, Joey Westbrook, Jarrod Stewart and Chelsea Hewitt; five great-grandchildren, Dylan and Alexa Westbrook, Abbey and Logan Helton and Jeffrey Stewart. Lee was a heavy equipment operator for many years and he was also a member of the Grace Baptist Church, Delaware. He was well-known as an avid golfer. He loved everything that was golf related, playing, watching, collecting — it was his passion. Lee was the most loving man and touched the lives of everyone he met. He was a family man and loved his family with all his heart. He adored watching his grandchildren play at ball games and dance at recitals. He also enjoyed listening to country and bluegrass music. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and is forever loved and will be missed dearly.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, at the Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Drive, Delaware, and where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday April 12, with the Rev. Dr. Corey Bane officiating. Burial will follow in Ashley Union Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association in his memory.

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