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Frederick E. Maples Jr.
Frederick E. Maples Jr. of Elmendorf, Texas, 85, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. He was the oldest of six children born to a preacher and military chaplain and his wife, Frederick E. Maples Sr. and Bernie C. Eason, in Huntsville, Ala., on May 30, 1928.
The family stayed in Huntsville for only two years. His father’s career shaped Fred’s young life as he moved from state to state attending as many as nine different schools. Fred later followed in his father’s footsteps and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at the end of World War II and was honorably discharged at the rank of corporal. He continued to serve his country with the U.S. Army throughout his life in active service during the Korean War and as a reservist reaching the rank of major. There are two characteristics that defined Fred’s life: dedication and leadership. Growing up, Fred found joy competing in numerous sports. His athleticism and love of baseball afforded him the opportunity to play for the College (now University) of the Ozarks eventually spending time in the minor leagues. Not every town he lived in during his youth had sports teams to play on, but that never stopped Fred. Basketball was the other sport Fred loved. With his high school basketball team in Connecticut, he reached the state championships. Unfortunately, they lost the game. Fred looked forward to coming back his senior year to claim the state title, but his father was transferred to Richmond Hill, Ga. The devastating part of the move was that they didn’t even have a basketball team. Calling on his leadership skills, Fred started the first basketball team at the high school in Richmond Hill and became not only a player but a coach at the young age of 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, something he would end up dedicating a significant amount of time to throughout his life.
The Frederick E. Maples Jr. Conference Center was recently dedicated in honor of his continuous, outstanding leadership and service to the mission of the Education Service Center (ESC)-20 and the Texas System of Education Service Centers for his 42 years of service on the ESC-20 board of directors, which included serving as board chairman for 23 years, secretary for eight years, and past president of the Texas Association of Education Service Centers. Fred’s service didn’t stop there. As a preacher’s son, he was dedicated to and active in church life. He 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 the Zachariah Maples Clock Company, which supports the music program. He also helped acquire additional land for his church and, at one time, took out a personal loan for another church so that its façade could be bricked. Fred was also a proud member of the American Legion and the Lions Club in Floresville.
This dedication and leadership also served him in his entrepreneurial business life as a poultry farmer who went on to become one of the largest egg producers in South Texas including the San Antonio area. Along with his poultry farm, Fred and his wife Leona ventured into other areas of small business within their rural community, cementing themselves as entrepreneurs in the true sense of the word. 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.
He was preceded in death by his son, Frederick Alan Maples Sr.; and siblings Evangeline Clough, Kenneth Maples, and Ann Wilson.
Fred is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Leona K. Maples; his daughters, Catherine M. Tynan and husband Sean and Stacy D. Hrna; his daughter-in-law, Catherine White; seven grandchildren, Kristie Rose, Rick Maples, Tara Tynan, Katie Tynan, Shauna Tynan, Alex Hrna, and Jake Hrna; eight great-grandchildren, Taylor, Katelyn, Rachel, Megan, Joshua, and Bethany Rose, and Dylan and Christopher Maples; his younger siblings, Gary Maples and Jane Roden; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and beloved extended family and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. in the Floresville United Methodist Church in Floresville.
A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Community Connection, 255 E. Fifth St., Ste. 1200, Cincinnati, OH 45202; or Floresville United Methodist Church, 1205 B St., Floresville, TX 78114.
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