GRAHAM - Mr. Raphnel "Ray" Staples, 85, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at Duke Medical Center.
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Ray was born on Jan. 17, 1928, in Winchester, Mass.
He was the husband of the late Anniemay Mudie Staples and the son of Malcolm Lewis Staples and Margaret Nickerson Staples, both deceased. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Faith Ellen Staples Regenthal; and his sister, Natalie Clara Little.
Ray was a retired senior technical illustrator from AT&T after 33 years of service. He moved to North Carolina from Maine in January 1956, was a member of the Pioneers and a veteran, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1946 to 1948. He was a Red Sox fan since 1941, Ted Williams' big year, and also a Duke fan. He attended the Burlington Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include his sons, Raphnel Forest Staples Jr. (Robin) of Lake Norman, N.C. and Malcolm John Staples (John Patrick Carver) of Durham, N.C.; four grandsons, Kenneth Regenthal (Gina) and John Regenthal, all of Lewisville, N.C., Mathew Staples (Kendall) and Michael Staples (Laura), all of Charlotte, N.C.; three great-grandchildren, Alexis, Grace and Ian Regenthal. Sophia Staples is due in October.
He leaves behind his best friend of over 11 years, Nancy Euliss and her son, Joey J. Euliss (Missy) and children, Alex Euliss and Michael Euliss, all of Gibsonville, N.C.
The funeral service will be conducted Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Rich & Thompson Chapel in Burlington, N.C. by the Rev. Howard Thompson, with the family receiving friends from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. A private burial will follow.
Memorials may be made to Burlington Assembly of God, Choir Music Ministry Fund, 821 Tucker St., Burlington, NC 27215; or, the
, Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com
Published in TheTimesNews.com from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2013