||MR. JAMES STEMPLE, Diversified Occupations, Mechanical Drawing
Washington Post, Washington, D.C. - October 1, 2005
James Elbert Stemple passed away September 29, 2005 due to
complications from surgery. Born August 10, 1911, he was the youngest of seven
children and enjoyed a long, happy and healthy life. An educator for more than 40
years, he began his teaching career in a one room schoolhouse in rural West Virginia -
going on to receive a B.A. from Alderson Broaddus College, a B.S. from the West Virginia
Institute of Technology, culminating in a Masters in Education from the University of
Maryland. He served honorably in World War II and later married Emily Horton
Fulwiler in 1954. Emily passed away in 1997. A devoted and loving father and
husband, he is survived by his son, James Wesley Stemple; two daughters Sally Nay and
Susan Ranta; grandchildren Kevin Nay, Deborah Taylor and Leslie Whisenhunt; and three
great-grandchildren Lauren and Peyton Taylor and Garrett Whisenhunt. His retirement
years were spent traveling, gardening and enjoying a rich social life. He was active
in the Lion's Club, the Arlington and Virginia Educators Associations, Leisure World Men's
Choral, Fun and Fancy and Interfaith Chapel. He will be long remembered for his
kind, gentle and endearing way. He cherished the joy he shared with his family and
devoted friends and always maintained a positive outlook despite life's challenges.
It is his wish that those close to him reflect on that joy when thinking of him. A
memorial service will be held at the Vantage House Auditorium, 5400 Vantage Point Road,
Columbia, Maryland on Monday, October 3, 2005 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be sent to Johns Hopkins University, Wilmer Eye Institute, Research for
Macular Degeneration, Wilmer 112, 600 North Wolfe Street, Balitmore, Maryland 21287.
Arrangements by Witzke Homes, Inc., 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, Maryland.