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Frederick E. Maples Jr. of Elmendorf, Texas, age 85, born May 30th 1928, passed away on the 12th day of October 2013. He was preceded in death by his son, Alan and siblings Evangeline, Kenneth, and Ann. Fred was born in Huntsville, Alabama to Frederick E. Maples Sr. and Bernie C. Eason. Fred spent much of his life using his leadership skills in dedicated service to his country, community, church, business, and family. Fred served in the Air Force at the end of WWII and was honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal. He continued with the Army in active service during the Korean War and as a reservist reaching the rank of Major. Church life was very important to him and was a member of the Floresville United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. He served as chairman of the finance committee and was an active member in various committees. Fred was also instrumental to the Jewel Woolsey music endowment, established through the sale of Grandfather clocks which supports the music program. In his community, Fred was a proud member of the American Legion and the Lyon's Club in Floresville, TX. Growing up, he also found community and joy in athletics. He played baseball for the College (now University) of the Ozarks eventually spending time in the minor league. Fred also played high school basketball; making it all the way to the Connecticut State Championships one year. While living in Richmond Hill, Georgia Fred started the first basketball team during his senior year of high school and became a player/coach at 17. He continued to talk about this time of his life with great enthusiasm. Though Fred enjoyed athletic opportunities in school, he never took for granted the importance of education. The Frederick E. Maples, Jr. Conference Center was recently dedicated in honor of his outstanding leadership and service to the Education Service Center (ESC)-20 and the Texas System of Education Service Centers for his 42 years of service on the Board of Directors and as Past President of the Texas Association of Education Service Centers. Fred accomplished many things in his life, but the most important to him was family. His sense of dedication to family was passed on through his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Mr. Maples leaves behind his loving wife of 62 years, Leona K. Maples; his daughters, Catherine M. Tynan and husband Sean, and Stacy D. Hrna along with his daughter-in-law Catherine White; seven grandchildren, Kristie, Rick, Tara, Katie, Shauna, Alex, and Jake; and eight great-grandchildren, Taylor, Katelyn, Rachel, Megan, Joshua, Bethany, Dylan and Christopher. He also leaves behind his younger siblings, Gary and Jane along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and beloved extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you contribute to either:
Floresville United Methodist ChurchVitas Community Connection (Hospice)
Building Fund5430 Fredericksburg Rd Suite 200
1205 B StreetSan Antonio, Texas 78229
Floresville, TX 78114
Memorial Service to be held:
Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 11:00 A.M.
Floresville United Methodist Church
1205 B Street
Floresville, TX 78114
Reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall
*Internment at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery will follow at a later date
Published in Express-News on Oct. 16, 2013