Frances Margaret (Margie) Shoemaker Maples, age 89, of Knoxville, went to be with Jesus on June 1, 2018. She was a member of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, a 1947 graduate of old Knoxville High School, and attended Maryville College before marrying her KHS sweetheart and classmate, Walter Maples. She served as secretary in the UT Chemistry Department and the Hematology/Oncology Department at UT Medical Research Center, and later served as secretary at Safeco Insurance Company.
Margie loved music, reading, sports, genealogy, and crossword puzzles. She and Walter served Christ as Sunday School teachers and in music at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Edgemont Presbyterian Church of Bristol, Inskip Presbyterian Church, Grace Community Presbyterian Church, and lastly Wallace Memorial Baptist Church. The highlight of their Christian life together was the formation of a mixed gospel quartet that Margie nicknamed the TOTS, which stands for The Old-Time Singers. This singing group ministered in over 150 local churches, senior groups, assisted living facilities, and other gatherings.
Preceded in death by parents, Hugh and Sammie Shoemaker; infant twin brothers, Samuel Webb and Wesley Sheppard Shoemaker, and brothers Mike, Drury, and Frank Shoemaker. She is survived by loving husband of 70 years, Walter Maples; daughter Amy McDonald (husband Jerry), son Andy Maples, daughter Dru Maples; grandchildren, Wesley Brown (Mel Stanley), Shannon Steele (Allen Steele) and Sherry Jo Brown. Great grandchildren are Jamie Brown and Greyson Allen. Step grandchildren are Melanie Hammond, Jennifer Fagg, and Sandy Cornett and all their families. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Hazel Shoemaker and Anna Allen, several nieces and nephews, as well as a boundless number of loving friends, especially her lifelong best friend Bobbie Rush.
The family would also like to thank special longtime friends, Bea Moody and Pam Brooks for all their love and tireless support during Margie’s last days at home.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church on Merchants Road, followed by a memorial service at 3:30 p.m. with Rev. Kent Williams officiating. Scattering of the ashes will be at Karns McMillian Cemetery in Fountain City following the memorial service. Serving the family, Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at North Broadway.
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