Claude Stapleton, age 85, of 1005 New River Hills, Boone passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Watauga Medical Center.

He was born in 1933 in Wise County, Virginia to the late Milton and Ollie Stapleton. He was retired from Appalachian State University and was of the baptist faith and attended Three Forks Baptist Church.

He is survived by two sons, Mike Stapleton and wife Pam and David Stapleton and wife Shannon all of Boone, two grandsons, Jacob Stapleton and wife Carrie of Fort Mill, South Carolina and Daniel Stapleton and wife Stephanie of Boone, three granddaughters, Kristen McGinnis and husband Aaron of Bethel and Victoria and Katherine Stapleton both of Boone, eight great-grandchildren, Smith Stapleton, Zack Stapleton, and Believe Rose Stapleton, Mason McGinnis and Silas McGinnis, Graham Stapleton, Ethan Perry, Ayla Perry, three brothers, Ronnie Stapleton of Beckley, West Virginia, Wayne Stapleton of Rural Oak, Michigan and Marvin Stapleton of Kingsport, Tennessee, two sisters, Diana Shell and Virginia Hylton and husband Jerry all of Wise, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Millsaps Stapleton, one son, Jeff Stapleton and daughter-in-law, Carolyn Stapleton, a granddaughter, Jacqueline Stapleton, his father and mother, Milton and Ollie Stapleton, seven brothers, Sonny, Wilson, Elmer, Sam, Martin, Johnny and Tommy Stapleton and one sister, Wilma Jean Markham.

Funeral services for Claude Stapleton will be conducted Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 2:00 o'clock at Three Forks Baptist Church. Reverend Lynn Powers and Reverend Ray Greene will officiate. Military graveside rites and burial, provided by American Legion Post 130 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 2:00, prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Three Forks Baptist Church, 1922 US Highway 421 South, Boone, North Carolina 28607.

At other times the family will be at the residence of, Mike and Pam Stapleton1027 New River Hills, Boone, North Carolina 28607.

The family would like to thank the staff of The Foley Center and Watauga Medical Center for the care given to Claude.

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