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Mr. Richard Anthony Stapleton, 65

Mr. Richard Anthony Stapleton, 65, passed away Aug. 31 at Jeff Davis Hospital under the care of Serenity Hospice after an extended illness.
Mr. Stapleton was born Nov. 9, 1954, in McRae. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Marcus Stapleton Jr. and Mary Thompson Stapleton and a sister, Marilyn Stapleton. He was a member of Fishing Creek Baptist Church and was self-employed as a farmer. Mr. Stapleton was also a pilot and spent many hours crop dusting. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed airplanes, riding motorcycles and race cars. He loved to travel and made numerous snow skiing trips to Colorado, loved to cruise and enjoyed the warm beaches as he grew older.
He is survived by his daughter, Somer (Brad)Turner of Lumber City; grandchildren, Lexi Turner, Hayden Turner and Samantha Turner; former wife of 42 years, Nancy Stapleton of Baxley; sisters, Gail Stapleton of Athens and Carol Ray Haynie of Macon; and special friend, Deanie Ellis.
Graveside services were held Sept. 3 at Fishing Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Somer Turner, the Rev. Dusty Allen and the Rev. Phillip Worthington officiating.
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Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home is in charge.

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