L T Staples, Jr.
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L T Staples, Jr. died at home in the early morning hours on Thursday, January 23, 2014.
Funeral services for L T Staples, Jr. will be at the chapel of Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. Burial is to follow at Highland Memorial Gardens. The family will accept visitors at Lawrence-Sorensen on Friday, January 24th, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Mr. Staples was born in Madison County on August 6, 1923, son of the late L T Staples, Sr. and Mallie Johnson Staples.
He is survived by his daughters, Sandra Hornsby (Jack) and Ann McLeary (Raymond); sons, Ricky Staples and Russell Staples; eight grandchildren, Jill Wade, Judy Hoover, Kelly Pittman, Mike McLeary, Angela Gresham, Holly Staples, Adam Staples and Aricia Staples; seventeen great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Louise Matheny.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel; parents; brothers, Billy, Max Ray, Charles, and Jerre Staples, and sisters, Marie Matheny and Myra Wells.
L T was a veteran who served in the South Pacific as a Landing Craft Infantry (LCI) Commander during World War II. He returned to Jackson after the war ended and returned to work at GM&O Railroad where he retired. He retired a second time from Consolidated Aluminum in Jackson, TN.
L T was a loving and caring person, full of love for his family and friends. He enjoyed teaching Sunday School classes at Parkview Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He fulfilled a lifelong dream of flying airplanes, often taking family and friends with him in order to share his love of flying. He also enjoyed golf, photography and building musical instruments. He had a never ending curiosity about exploring life.
He has been an inspiration to all who try to follow his example of showing the world how a true Southern Christian Gentleman should live his life by staying true to his beliefs.
Pallbearers to serve are Ronald Wells, Kenneth (Bud) Wells, Burt Staples, Randy Staples, Mark Wade and John Hoover.
A special thanks to West Tennessee Hospice and the caregivers of Home Instead Senior Care for the loving care given to L T and his family while taking care of him.
The family respectfully requests any memorials be sent to Parkview Baptist Church, 2644 Christmasville Road, Jackson, TN 38305.
Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home, 731-424-2424.
Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home
403 East Baltimore Street
Jackson, TN 38301
Published in The Jackson Sun from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2014