Anthony Daniel Staples, known affectionately as Tony, passed away on October 15, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of laughter, love, and a zest for life. Born on August 22, 1949, in Washington DC to his parents Horace and Betty Staples, Anthony grew up with a mischievous spark in his eye and a quick wit that could light up any room.
Throughout his varied career, Anthony took on a multitude of roles, each one showcasing his diverse talents and passion for helping others. From being a long haul truck driver to a high school teacher, he dedicated himself to making a difference in the lives of those he encountered. He also worked diligently with the state of Florida as a juvenile delinquency officer and later as a child abuse investigator. In his final adult career phase, Anthony served as the director of Social Work in nursing homes along the picturesque coast of western Florida.
While Anthony was often busy with work during his children's formative years, he cherished every moment he could spend with them and the rest of his family. Tony was an avid fan of family-oriented activities such as rebuilding classic 1960s model Mustangs. His meticulous craftsmanship earned him recognition at various car shows. And when it came to creating lifelong memories, Anthony went all out. From white water rafting adventures in the Smoky Mountains to embarking on epic cross-country trips with the whole family, including driving for six hours on a ferry to Yarmouth Nova Scotia – he made sure every experience left an indelible mark.
The importance of family cannot be overstated when talking about Anthony's life. He believed in its power and held it dear to his heart. His dedication inspired his eldest daughter Jennifer to pursue her education at the age of 40 after witnessing her father's remarkable achievement: earning a master's degree in marriage and family counseling from Liberty University when he himself turned 60. Anthony's desire to instill a thirst for knowledge in those around him was truly remarkable.
Throughout his life, Anthony had an extraordinary ability to bring a smile to everyone he encountered. With his raunchy and perverted "Old-Man" sense of humor, he ensured there was never a dull moment in his presence. He firmly believed that if someone wasn't smiling or laughing, he hadn't done his job correctly. Even in his final moments, while discussing his regrets with the hospital nursing staff, he managed to inject humor into the conversation.
An avid history buff, particularly of the Old West, Anthony admired legendary figures like Wyatt Earp and strove to learn everything he could about their lives. He cherished sharing this knowledge with anyone willing to listen, allowing others to partake in his enthusiasm for the past. Anthony had an undeniable cowboy spirit, finding inspiration in the great Chris LeDoux. Alongside his love for history, he enjoyed classic cars, unwinding with friends and coworkers over a few drinks after work, and simply spending quality time with his cherished family.
When reflecting on Anthony's proudest accomplishments, it becomes apparent that it was his children and family life that held the highest place of honor in his heart. Despite facing challenges within his marriage, he always strived to be the man he aspired to be—a loving father and devoted family man.
Anthony Daniel Staples is survived by his adoring children Jennifer Inmon, Anthony Staples II, Erin Dalton, Dusti Brewer, and seven grandchildren whose lives have been forever enriched by their time spent with their beloved grandparent. He also leaves behind cherished memories shared with Thelma Carter (maternal grandmother), Richard Staples (brother), and a vast circle of friends who were touched by Tony's infectious laughter and warm embrace.
As we bid farewell to our dear Tony Staples, let us not mourn but celebrate the life of a man who made us laugh, taught us the importance of family, and lived his life with an unrivaled passion. May his legacy forever inspire us to embrace joy, seek knowledge, and above all else, share a good joke with those around us. Farewell, Tony. Your memory will forever bring smiles to our faces.