Bobby Glen Maples, 77, of Wolfe City passed away Wednesday, Nov. 8 at his residence.
Mr. Maples was born May 10, 1940, in Caddo Mills, Texas, to William Douglas "Mutt" Maples and Mackie Lee Reneau Maples. He married Linda Walker on Aug. 22, 1959. He moved his family back to Wolfe City to go into partnership with his dad as owners of Maples Construction Company. Throughout the years, their business included dirt-hauling, gravel, building driveways, septic tank installations, and digging graves for Owens Funeral Home. In a small town without a lot of retail businesses, Maples Construction became Maples Construction & Appliance offering plumbing supplies and repair, along with selling all types of appliances.
He graduated from Wolfe City High School in 1958 where he lettered in all sports all four years of high school. A strong supporter of Wolfe City Athletic Club, he was a member of the booster club and ran the clock at all home football games for many years.
As a member of the First Baptist Church, he served as deacon for more than 25 years. Bobby also was a bus driver, usher, and on various committees at FBC. He loved listening to his audiobook tapes of the Bible.
Bobby served on the Wolfe City Volunteer Fire Department for almost 30 years. During those years, he served in multiple offices including fire chief. In 1990 he was given the award of Outstanding and Dedicated Service.
As a member of the Wolfe City Riding Club, he served as a director, helping produce a Junior Rodeo in May and the big rodeo in August, as well as the Wolfe City parade. His love of horses and always being involved in his girls' life activities led to director of the Wolfe City Drill Team. He led 20-plus youth each summer taking them to multiple rodeos every weekend in a caravan of trucks and horse trailers. This was a family affair with him making sure his parents had their own horses loaded on each rodeo trip.
Survivors are his wife of Wolfe City, two daughters, Glenna Kelley and husband Al and Cindy Oliver and husband Larry; grandchildren Roxanne Toeplitz and husband Wade, Leah Cox and fiancé Justin Waddle, Josh Smith and wife Natalie, Jarred Oliver and wife Molly, Justin Oliver and wife Kaci, Kurt Kelley and wife Rachael, Kendall Kelley, and Kyle Kelley; 15 great-grandchildren; sister Betty Smith; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Buddy Maples.
His funeral service will be held Sunday, Nov. 12, at the First Baptist Church in Wolfe City, conducted by Bro. Tim Hearn and Bro. Marc Gibson. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel in Wolfe City.
Visitation will be at R. W. Owens & Son Funeral Home in Wolfe City from 6 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons; and honorary pallbearers are Robert Wasson, Jackie Walton, Joe Morrow, along with members of the Wolfe City Volunteer Fire Department.
Donations may be made in his name to the First Baptist Church or the Mount Carmel Cemetery Association.
Published on November 10, 2017