Hazel E. Staples, 88, of Gray, died Saturday, December 31, in her home on Boone Lake.
She was a native of North Carolina, but she had lived most of her life in East Tennessee.
Mrs. Staples was an executive secretary at several corporations. The major portion of her career was devoted to American Saint-Gobain Corporation — the world’s largest glass manufacturer — in their New York City and Kingsport corporate offices, where she was secretary to the president of the company. She retired from professional work in 1984.
During her lifetime, Mrs. Staples was active in a variety of organizations, both professional and social. She was a member and former president of Beta Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and a member of the National Secretary’s Association.
Following her retirement to Boone Lake, Mrs. Staples was very active with the Johnson City Power Squadron. She held every office and was distinguished as the first woman to serve as Squadron commander. Additionally, she volunteered with the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Johnson City Medical Center and was a member and co-president of the Pandora Dance Club. She was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Gray.
Mrs. Staples was preceded in death by her husband, James McFarland Staples, who died in 1998.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Terry & Patricia Cloud, of Atlanta, Georgia; her daughter, Susan Doherty, of Elizabethton; her step-daughter and husband, Sandra & David Geisinger, of Schenectady, New York; three grandsons; a granddaughter; two step grandsons; two great-grandsons; two great-granddaughters; and 3 step great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Snyder’s Memorial Gardens, funeral home on Tuesday, January 10, at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Bethany Presbyterian Church, 5825 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, TN 37663; or to Johnson City/Washington Co. Animal Shelter, 525 Sells Ave., Johnson City, TN 37604.
Online condolences may be sent to the family of Hazel E. Staples, by emailing Snyder’s Memorial Gardens, funeral home (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by signing the online guest registry found on the funeral home’s website (www.snydersmemorialgardens.com).
Serving the family of Hazel E. Staples is Snyder’s Memorial Gardens, funeral home of Gray, TN.