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Duane Maples, 60, talented storyteller

Duane Maples

HAMPSTEAD — Duane Maples, 60, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017.

Born November 13, 1956, in Wilmington, he was a son of Henry Thomas Maples and Virginia Henderson Maples. He was a lifelong faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which also included serving a two-year mission to San Diego, Calif.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Karma H. Maples; son, Ceran Duane Maples, and his wife, Whitney; sisters, Dianne M. Hess, and her husband, Clyde, and Thora M. Vogelsberg, and her husband, Cliff; brother, Thad C. Maples; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Duane loved the outdoors. He enjoyed his adventures to the beach, camping, hiking and surfing. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America in North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky and California for 20 years. He was also the superintendent of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Cemetery in Hampstead.

Duane was quite the handyman. He liked things done the “right” way. He didn’t know a stranger. Once you got past his defensive perimeter, he was the most loyal and dedicated friend you could have.

He was a selfless mentor, teacher, cook and Renaissance man who loved to entertain his close friends and those who needed a friend. He could out cycle the best minds in planning and executing any task.

Duane will be remembered as a great storyteller and the love he had for his family. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Youth Leadership and worked as a professional in the Boy Scouts of America for 18 years. Throughout his life, he remained an avid BYU football fan and never missed a chance to cheer on his Cougars.

A visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, July 9, at Andrews Hampstead Chapel, 17730 Highway 17 North, Hampstead. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 10, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 102 Deerfield Drive, Hampstead. Interment will be held in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Cemetery.

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