WILLIE MAPLES SR.
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ASHEVILLE - Willie Lee Maples Sr. 68, of 1 Battle Square, died Friday, April 15, 2011.
"Maples" as he was fondly called by friends, was a native of Harrisburg, Pa. and a son of the late Samuel Maples and Beulah Miller Dawson.
He attended Stephens-Lee High School and was a member of the basketball team which won the 1962 state championship. Maples was named to the All-State team along with teammate Henry Logan.
Maples continued to excel in basketball and became a professional basketball player as a member of the Harlem Stars, Harlem Globetrotters, Kentucky Colonels of the ABA and Hazelton Bullets of the EBA. His basketball career enable him to travel around the world and acquire a visionary perspective of life.
Maples had a unique persona, in the way he carried himself. He walked straight, tall and with pride. His conversation mirrored his physical attributes and often included a phrase of surprise and words of wisdom.
He is survived by several sons and daughters; grandchildren; cousins; other relatives and friends.
Public viewing will be 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Ray & Allen Funeral Service with Bishop Hill officiating.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Apr. 21, 2011