Francis Gerald Maples Jr., 65, of Flora passed away on Dec. 4, 2020 in the Bahamas, his second home where he loved to fish and dive.
He was born on Dec. 19, 1954 in Pascagoula. He resided in Flora with his partner of nine years Jamie Planck Martin. She, her children E.B. Martin III, Joseph Martin, Tinsley Martin and her parents Joe and Jacquie Planck loved him dearly.
He is survived by his children Rachel Beasley of Montevallo, Ala., Frances Maples of New Orleans, La., and Charlie Maples of Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren Ophelia and Magnus of Montevallo, Ala.; his mother Sherry Flurry Maples; sisters Vickey (Zak) Maples of Metairie, La., and Lynette (Steve) Buckley of Hattiesburg; niece Iris Buckley; nephew Max Buckley; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who all loved him dearly.
He was preceded in death by his father Francis Gerald (Jerry) Maples; paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Florian Maples and maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Otto Flurry.
A private funeral service was held Dec. 13, 2020.