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Ms. Bennie Jones Stapleton, 77

Ms. Bennie Jones Stapleton, 77, of Lumber City, passed away peacefully, at Jeff Davis Hospital Jan. 22.
Mrs. Stapleton was born Sept. 8, 1945, in Lumber City.
She was Valedictorian of the Lumber City High School class of 1963 and was the secretary for Ocmulgee Academy for many years. She enjoyed life and she touched a lot of people’s lives along the way. She enjoyed listening to gospel music, and playing the piano and was a member of Stapleton’s gospel group. She loved her family dearly and especially the grandchildren, she always made a way to attend every event they were involved in.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Dewey Jones Sr. and Mrs. Annie Louise Bennett Jones, husband, John Wiley Stapleton Jr., great-grandson, Ryder Herndon, sister, Annie Ruth Herndon, and brother, J.D. Jones Jr.
She retired from Western Auto, with several years of service, and was a member of Lumber City Church of God.
Survivors include her son, John Wiley Stapleton III (Lee), and his wife Tammy of Lumber City; daughters Lynn Haymons Pickel (Jamie) of Arkansas and Michelle Davenport (Chris) of Hazlehurst; sister, Betty Brown of Lumber City; grandchildren, Kandice (Brad) Purvis, Brandon (Tiffany) Stapleton, Rob (Lynn) Haymons, Malorie (Brian) Reagin, Rebekah Rentz, Kayla (Cody) Herndon, Ashley Stapleton, Chandler Davenport, and Anslee Davenport; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Jan. 27 in the chapel of Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home with the Rev. David Deen and the Rev. Brad Purvis officiating.
Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery in Lumber City, with the Rev. Royce Hulett officiating.
Active pallbearers were Brandon Stapleton, Rob Haymons, Chandler Davenport, Brad Purvis, Brian Reagin, and Cody Herndon.
Music was rendered by Dustin Hutto.
Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home was in charge.

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