Waynesville First Baptist says goodbye to the Maples

Aug 18, 2014
Photo by: Donated A FOND FAREWELL — Pictured is Dick Maples preaching a sermon at Palmer Chapel Methodist Church.

With much sadness, First Baptist Church of Waynesville said goodbye to Dick and Mary Jo Maples.  The Maples left the community Monday, Aug. 18, to live in Guntersville, Alabama, near their son and his family.

Many members of the church were blessed to have known the Maples when Dick served as pastor of the church from 1969-73.  Under his leadership, the church grew significantly. He also led in the church’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Ten years ago, the Maples decided to make Haywood County their retirement home.

During his time in Haywood County, Dick has been active at First Baptist Church of Waynesville.  He has served as a deacon and has chaired many church teams, including the Missions Council, Stewardship Team and Coeburn Mission Trip.  Mary Jo has been active in the Women’s Missionary Union and helped start a grief support group.  The Maples have also taught a Sunday school class together.

In addition to his work at First Baptist Church of Waynesville, Dick also served with distinction as interim pastor at First Baptist of Canton.

The Maples will leave a great void in church and community. First Baptist Church of Waynesville prays that God will richly bless them as they continue life’s journey.