April 4, 1920 – April 6, 2016
Lawrence Dillard Maples, Jr., age 96, of Huntsville died April 6, 2016 at Whitesburg Gardens. A very active man until the last couple years of his life, he enjoyed growing flowers, maintaining his lawn and collecting primitive artifacts. Born on Church Street in Huntsville in 1920 near the old fairgrounds, he grew up on the Paint Rock River near Hebron in Marshall County.
He was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence Maples and Ellie Walker Maples, and his sisters Lillian Dean and Avis Maples.
Mr. Maples is survived by his sons, Lawrence Maples III (Larry) (Mary Jeanne) of Nashville and David William Maples (Jane) of Augusta, grandchildren Jason Maples (Cathy), Stephanie Worley (Jimmy), Bill Maples (Leslie), Ryan Maples (Emily), Jonathan Maples and Mary Lawren Maples and great grandchildren Benjamin, Sydney, Katherine, Kasey, Eileen, Rachael and Amalia.
Quite a baseball pitcher in his younger days, he went to Cedartown, Georgia in 1939 to help a friend open a business. There he met and married Lillie Pyle a few months before Pearl Harbor. Joining the Navy, he saw action as a gunner in the Navy’s Armed Guard, charged with protecting supply shipments in the North Atlantic under constant harassment from German submarines. After WWII he trained as a machinist in Clarksville, Georgia. He and Lillie then returned to Huntsville where he worked in machining and then in supervisory roles at Rohm and Haas, Barber Coleman and other companies. They were members of Latham Methodist Church since 1949. He recently donated his lifelong collection of flint and pottery artifacts, primarily from sites on the Paint Rock, Flint and Tennessee Rivers, to the Alabama Archaeological Society.
The family will receive friends at New Hope Funeral Home Sunday from 12:00 – 2:00 pm. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm in the chapel and interment in Walker Cemetery, the burial ground of 5 generations of his family. This cemetery is at Hebron, south of New Hope on Highway 431.
Memorials may be made to the Alabama Archaeological Society, 13075 Moundville Archaeological Park, Moundville Alabama 35474.