Sergeant Major Stacey Lee Spiff Stapleton, 44 died at home June 30, 2012. He is survived by his wife Maria; his doting rescue dogs, Lily White and Be'la Lugosi; and his sister Angela Baldree Ernie. Sgt Major Stapleton was retired after 24 years in the Army. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Sergeant Major Stacey Lee Spiff Stapleton. Visitation will be Friday, July 6, 2012 from 12:00pm -2:00pm with the funeral service following immediately after at Gwinnett Chapel 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy. Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-277-4550. The family will be receiving guests at their home after the service.

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  1. My sincere condolences. Behind every great man there is a great woman. Stacey was a great man and Maria was and is the great woman behind him.

  2. Stacey, It was a pleasure to have met you during our ride across the States.
    How you kept laughing after many an uncomfortable mile I’ll never know.
    I’m going to miss you so much mate.
    Be at peace.

    Bill XX

  3. Maria, because we drove sag after my scooter seized at the end of day 2, I only had a brief time with you guys at a McDonalds down the road from Parker, AZ. My son is Army and I cherish the service of warriors of our Country. The memory of you two are a treasure I carry from the SCR 2012.

  4. My condolences all of Stacey’s loved ones, and especially Maria. We met, only briefly, on the Cannonball. I remember running into the two of you in a restaurant, somewhere. You both seemed so sweet and happy. I’m really glad you got to share that adventure together.

    Mike aka “Hojo”

  5. I’m glad I got to meet Stacey during the cannonball, and I’m sad I only knew him for such a short time. He was and still is an inspiration to me. He will be greatly missed.

  6. It was an honor to meet you Stacey, and to share in your Cannonball 2012 adventure. Although our interactions were brief and over a short duration, your story is an inspiration to myself and so many others. Rest easy, brother. Prayers of sympathy and healing for Maria and all of your friends and family.

  7. It was an honor to know you the past 2 years, Sergeant Major Stacey Stapleton, and we thank you for your friendship, your service to our great nation, and your incredible dedication as a Patriot. You and your wit, humor, strength, and the inspiration of your bravery battling against the most difficult of odds, will be so greatly missed. Maria, please know our heartfelt sadness at your loss, and our loss of a friend and fallen hero. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    With love,
    Allan & Regina

  8. Sincere condolences to Stacey’s loving wife Maria, who I recently had the pleasure of meeting, and to all of his family. I knew this great patriot, sadly, for about a year– but that year was packed with fun lunches and lively discussions at our favorite watering hole in Marietta. America has lost a courageous veteran who gave his all for God, family and country. This nation would be a better place if we had more people of his high caliber. Rest in peace, my brother.

  9. Stacey, I knew you less than a year, but your were the most patriotic and humble man I have ever met. Always looked forward to our monthly lunches and while they will never be the same, we will raise a glass to you each time we gather. My son, who is Army Reserve, was awed by you and I’m sorry you didn’t have a chance to connect more.
    Maria, Your loss is great and please know you will always be in our thoughts and prayers and we are here should you ever have needs we can fuifill.

  10. A local lady that died of cancer, said in a way cancer is a blessing, you have a change to know your friends while still living. God bless.

  11. Condolences to you Maria, and your family. Thank you for sharing Spiff with so many of us. I doubt you will ever know the number of lives you and Spiff have touched. Take care

  12. We met this past Christmas Eve and the silliness was shared instantly talking about the Muppets. Ramon and I had the pleasure of celebrating New Years Eve with Stacey and Maria. Every meeting was magical after that. We send our love to Maria and the family. Thank you for letting us know him!
    All our love,
    Kathy and Ramon

  13. Maria and family, I am confident that Spiff is riding that great scooter in the skies. May he rest in eternal peace. Stacey was a special gift to all of us who were privy to be in his presence whether spiritually and/or physically. Blessings to you and the family.

  14. Maria, it may be hard to see it in the midst of the pain you are feeling now, but God’s love never leaves us.

    When my mother died, I cried for the loss. But eventually I felt like Mom had gone through the door to another room. The door was closed to me for now, but would later open. When it did, we would be together again.

    Please remember John 14. Jesus goes to prepare a place for us. For Spiff and for you. You will be together again.

    With love,

  15. For a man who had so much to be proud of, Stacey was unusually humble. His humor and unique outlook were a gift to anyone lucky enough to be around him. We will miss him so much… but look forward to a great reunion some day! Our love to you and your family Maria.

  16. Maria, My prayers and thoughts are with you in this great time of sorrow stacey was a special soul!

  17. Maria, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts go out to you. Stacey has been an inspiration to me. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to scoot across this great country of ours in presence of such a courageous, loving couple. God Bless. “Uncle Ben”

  18. I know Jesus has welcomed you with open arms and is folding his love around you. Maria, our condolences and many hugs to you from us.
    Angie, Ernie, Kyle, Jessica and Clay

  19. We’re extremely shocked and saddened today to learn of Stacey’s passing. He was definitely one of a kind, and will forever remain in our hearts as one of our favorite cousins and all around favorite people. God bless you is our prayer.

  20. Maria, I’m so sorry for your loss. Stacey was a wonderful person and my favorite cousin. I was so happy to get to speak with him over the past few months and I loved him with all of my heart. My prayers are with you during this difficult time. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.

  21. I was a friend of Stacey’s. I worked with him at Hitachi Telecom in 1997. I had no idea he passed away as I moved from Atlanta in 2000. I lost contact with him. Stacey was a real outgoing character and I’m so sorry to hear this. I was thinking of him and googled his name hoping to reconnect and came across this. I couldn’t believe it so I searched until I found his photo and my heart sank. God bless the family and friends. He won’t be forgotten. I had many good times with Stacey and our friends. It’s part of my memory forever. May he rest in peace.

  22. I too knew Stacey more than 20 years ago. I have just learned that he has passed. I would love to hear from others who knew him then; what wonderful stories we can share!

  23. I love u so much my family an miss u sooooo much u resting wit my family an mom love u an tell family yea son Dee rip dad

  24. I met Stacey back in 2001 when he spent time in Baltimore. Very sorry to hear of his passing. We had great conversations always and I always enjoyed our times together.

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