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Roy Austin Maples

May 20, 1947 — April 28, 2022

Roy Austin Maples, age 74, formerly of Cleveland, passed away peacefully at his home in Lakeland Florida on April 28, 2022.  Roy was a 1965 graduate of Bradley Central High School and a 1969 graduate of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he earned a degree in Industrial Engineering.  He spent a large part of his career working for the family business, Maples Chair Company.  

Roy enjoyed all things outdoors including boating, motorcycles, traveling, and Nascar.  He was happiest when cooking for his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his son David Austin Maples; parents, Austin and Edith Maples; and niece Lilly Robinson.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Nancy Fleeman Maples; daughter, Jennifer Maples Guy and husband Boyd; daughter-in-law Desha Maples; grandchildren Maggie and Allie Maples, and Miller and Hallie Guy; sisters Sheilah Sellers and husband Benton, and Karen Robinson and husband Steve; niece Meredith Pelster and husband Michael; nephew Sam Robinson and wife Anna; great-nephews Ben and Jack Robinson; and great-niece Mille Grace Pelster.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the memorial service.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Maples family guestbook at

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been set up to benefit the mission’s fund of Son Seekers Sunday School Class at Lakes Church where Roy was an active member.

Donations can be sent to:

Roy Maples Memorial Fund

c/o Bob Cody (treasurer)

Son Seekers Class

2402 Crooked Stick Dr.

Winter Haven, FL 33881


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Service Schedule

Past Services

A Gathering of Friends

Saturday, May 28, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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A Remembrance of Life

Saturday, May 28, 2022

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