2017-11-16 / Obituaries

William Marcus Staples Jr.


WILLIAM M. STAPLES JR. WILLIAM M. STAPLES JR. William Marcus Staples Jr., 84, formerly of Savannah Lakes Vil­lage, McCormick, entered into rest Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Hospice Care of the Piedmont, Greenwood, S.C.

Mr. Staples, son of the late William M. Staples and Leota Opp Staples, was a native of Tarkio, Missouri. Bill served in the Air Force during the Korean conflict and retired as an electronic engineer from UNISYS Corp. He had served on research and development ships, submarines, and frigate throughout his career and his work at the Newport News Shipyard in Virginia involved building and refurbishing submarines, going out on many sea trails.

Throughout his career, he exten­sively traveled in the U.S. and to many foreign countries. In 1987, he was reassigned to Cape Canaveral, Florida on a research vessel making his home in Melbourne, Florida like a vacation stop. The last assignment was the installation of the Doppler Radar (used for weather forecasting) throughout the U.S., of which he was home only 55 days over a two and one-half year period.

Following retirement, Bill was a member of the Lincolnton United Methodist Church and served as usher, on the church council and secretary/treasurer for the men’s group. He was also a volunteer driv­er for the veterans administration for 17 years and prepared income taxes at the McCormick Senior Center.

His great love was boating, water skiing and he loved playing bridge. He was a member of the Savannah Lakes Promenaders Square Dancing Club and volunteered at the McCor­mick County Community Chorus Concerts.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Marybelle Buck and his wife, Patricia Staples.

He is survived by his son, Mark Staples and daughter-in-law, The­resa Walker; daughter, Christina LaFever and stepdaughter, Lynne Smith and son-in-law, Walter Smith; grandchildren, Leah Staples, Jesse Staples and Zachary Smith; great- grandchildren, Naomi Skyy Staples, Lincoln Staples and Lennox Sta­ples.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Beggs Funeral Home, Lincolnton, was in charge of arrangements.

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