Ronald Stephen Maples

Born: Sun., May 19, 1940
Died: Thu., Jul. 23, 2009

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Ronald Stephen Maples, age 69, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, after a courageous fight against multiple complications following a heart ablation.

Ron was born May 19, 1940, in Stanislaus County, California (Modesto), to the late Aubrey Maples and Ina Marie Hedgecock. He grew up in Modesto, California, and joined the Navy, where he served as a sonar man aboard the last battery-powered submarine, USS GrayBack SSG 574.

Upon completion of his military service, Ron joined Household Finance and in the ensuing 25 years worked his way from an entry-level position to that of a Senior Executive. In 1984 he joined First Family Financial, Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked the next 15 years and retired in 1999 as the company''s President. In September 1999, Ron retired to the Lake Oconee area with his wife Linda and spent his time golfing, enjoying his many golfing buddies and the tranquility of the lake area. He was a member of the Lake Oconee Community Church.

His wife stated, "Ron never met a stranger and loved his retirement years with his many golf buddies and just enjoying the overall beauty of the lake area. He was extremely kind-hearted toward animals and loved his family unconditionally. He was loved by all who met him, and those who knew him treasured his outgoing and caring nature. I could never have found a more supportive husband in all of my endeavors and count him as the best mentor, friend and husband anyone could ever have."

His memory will forever be treasured by his loving wife of 24 years, Linda Bowman Maples; son Mark Stephen Maples; daughter Ronda Lee Maples; son William G. Maples; grandsons Michael Griffiths and William Maples; his beloved "critters," Tuffy and Tiger (cats), and Ninja (his much loved dog).

A Celebration of Ron''s life will be held in late August. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Oconee Regional Humane Society, ORHS, 6350 Lake Oconee Parkway, Suite 102, PMB 178, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Merri Loy
   Posted Thu July 30, 2009
I first worked with Ron back in CA more than 25 years ago and later followed him from Household to First Family. He was as kind and thoughtful a boss at work as he was personally during after hours. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Linda and his family.

Glen Kelley
   Posted Thu July 30, 2009
Mr. Maples was a individual that made a great impact on my finance career for over 15 years. He was part of building the best finance company that ever lived "First Family Financial Services". He also was very sincere and a great person. Bless you Ron !!

wendell brown
   Posted Thu July 30, 2009
We had some good times playing golf together. You were fun to be around, I will miss you, Wendell

Toni Flory
   Posted Thu July 30, 2009
Linda, I wanted to pass on my deepest condolences. Ron was a great man and a mentor to me. I so enjoyed working for him and am just so sad to hear of this news. Your write up was very moving .. please let me know your plans to celebrate his life, I know so many of the folks who's life he touched would want to be there.

Mark Funchess
   Posted Fri July 31, 2009
I worked with Ron for 10+ years at First Family and consider him to be one of the finest leaders i have had the privilege to have been associated with. Additionally, i loved his sense of humor, honesty, and caring nature. Linda, please know that i share your grief and will be praying for you and your family through this difficult time.

Don DeAngelo
   Posted Fri July 31, 2009
Linda: I was sad to hear the news of Ron's passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family. I remember the first time that I met him in 1993. Lisa and I came to visit Atlanta for the first time prior to moving here. He was so welcoming and generous, and helped to put any fears we may have had at rest. I'm sure that his spirit will remain through family, friends, and memories.

Elaine Boudreau
   Posted Fri July 31, 2009
So sorry for your loss. I worked with Ron for several years at First Family.

Norman Estep
   Posted Sat August 01, 2009
Linda, I worked with Ron at FFFS from 89 to 99. He was a good boss and you always knew where you stood with him. He helped shape my career in many ways. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

Cam McMullan
   Posted Sat August 01, 2009
My thought and prayers go out to Linda & Ron's family.

John Champion
   Posted Sun August 02, 2009
Ron was a wonderful and kind person, full of enthusiasm, great humor and zest for life. He touched many lives and we are better for having had that opportunity

Curt Conner
   Posted Mon August 03, 2009
Mark- I remember how you looked forward to visiting your father after one of many road trips together. Hopefully you have many more memories of happy times with him. Keep in touch. Curt

Kay and Brent Lovern
   Posted Tue August 04, 2009
Linda, we are very saddened to learn of Ron's death. You are in our thoughts and prayers,and have our love. He did a lot for me, and taught me many things about the business and about people. I am very proud to have known and worked for him, and was glad that he retired and did what he loved on earth. I know that he will find that same joy in heaven. Love always Kay

Charlie & Nell Pate
   Posted Tue August 04, 2009
Our encounters with Ron were usually at one of the Oconee Regional Humane Society Events. He was always available to help with whatever was needed. What a loss to our community and our hearts go out to Linda and his family.

Pam Woodrum
   Posted Wed August 05, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He is now in heaven golfing with my dad, Darrell Jarrett. May they both rest in wonderful, healthy peace.

Sherri Williams
   Posted Mon August 17, 2009
I did not know Mr. Maples, but I used to work for Linda. My condolences to you and your family.

Jeff & Candie Wilson
   Posted Thu August 20, 2009
May God shower you and the family with His undying love and peace in knowing that Ron is made whole and we will see him once again. We pray for His comforter to lift the pains of grief from your heart and fill it with His perfect love. God bless all of you.

Steve and Sue Harrison
   Posted Fri September 18, 2009
Linda, We are saddened to hear of Ron's passing. As you know, we both worked for him at HFC. He was very influential with our careers, and never forgotten. Please know that you are in our thoughts.

Bill Sargent
   Posted Wed July 31, 2013
Sorry for your loss Linda. Ron was certainly a great guy.