Light resident remembered after tragic death Tuesday

Photo by Stan Morris | NEA Report
Photo by Stan Morris | NEA Report

GREENE COUNTY, Ark. – A man who was walking in the roadway early Tuesday morning was hit by several vehicles and died from his injuries, reported Arkansas State Police. Now, those who knew him are remembering him fondly as they grieve for his passing.

At 5:15 AM Tuesday morning, Nov. 20, Glen Maple, 80, of Light, Ark., was a pedestrian in the roadway at Highway 412 West, near the intersection of Highway 228. The Arkansas State Police report says a 2005 Dodge was traveling eastbound on 412 and struck Maple in the roadway. Another truck, a 2003 Chevy on the same path, tried going around the Dodge in the roadway. By doing so, it struck the pedestrian again, the report said.

Although weather was clear and roads were dry, at 5:15 AM in November, it would have been dark.

The incident shut the highway down for several hours as authorities investigated.

Maple is survived by his wife, Shirley Dulaney Maple, along with other relatives. His obituary was quoted as saying his bond with his wife was a special one.

 “When two people really, really love each other, even rainy days are fun.” said his obituary. 

“I’m so sad to hear this news,” wrote Nancy Sue Quinn-Gaskins on Facebook. “Mr. Glen Maple was a wonderful Christian man, highly respected and loved farmer. I remember him fondly when I worked at the flying service in Walnut Ridge years ago.”

Maple seemed to make lasting impressions on others, who shared stories of his good deeds featuring a common theme: a selfless person.

The visitation services will be on Friday, November 23 from 6 pm until 8 pm at Heath Funeral Home. The funeral service will be Saturday, November 24 in the Heath Funeral Home Chapel beginning at 1 pm with Rev. Tommy Stacy officiating. Burial will follow at Mt Zion cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Light Baptist Church Memorial Fund, c/o David Pratt, 16769 Hwy 412, Walnut Ridge AR 72476.

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