Funeral Service for Mr. L.D. Stapp, age 69 of York, were held on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at Cuba Baptist Church at 11:00am with Rev. Malcolm Lewis and Rev. Brad Campbell officiating. Burial followed in the Clay Memorial Cemetery in Cuba.
Pallbearers wer Al Alexander, Vic Alexander, Michael Fleming, Bill Lagergren, Axel Lagergren, Frankie Russell and Chris Vaughn.
L.D. Stapp, Jr.
November 17, 1940-January 6, 2010
LD Stapp was born the second child and eldest son of Myrtle Rice Stapp and LD Stapp, Sr., in the Sand Mountain area of north Alabama. He spent his early childhood there among his cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents, most of whom were farmers, until his father moved the family to Epes because of his job with the railroad. LD Sr. was a bridge tender on the railroad bridge over Tombigbee River at Epes.
As an eight-year-old in Epes, LD Jr. had a near tragic accident while tree climbing over the family chicken yard. He fell and broke his arm. He might have lost his arm had it not been for Dr. Leslie Rush in Meridian, Mississippi who replaced the bone with an experimental pin--now kinow as the "Rush Pin"--one of the first of its type. The metal pin would later keed LD form joining the Air Force, but otherwise functioned well throughout his lifetime.
LD attended school in his elementary years in Epes schoolhouse, and later graduated from Livingston High School in 1958. He was voted "Most Handsome" and "Most Polite," and although his grades did not always reflect it (he was "too cool' for A's), Mrs. Kelly Land later said at the time that LD had the highest IQ of any student she had ever taught. After high school, LD attended Livingston University for six weeks and decided that the academic life was not for him. LU did, however, give him his bride, whom he used to meet in the school's library.
LD and Bonnie Jean Watt were married on May 5, 1961 in Georgia at the home of Bonnie's aunt and uncle, Myrt and Howell Aust, by Judge WIlbur Dearman. LD took a job on the tree crew of Alabama Power Company. The couple lived in Selma, where their first daughter, Michelle Leigh, was born in 1962, then moved to Clanton, and them returned to Sumter County where LD was on the Alabama Power Company Line Crew working out of Livingston. They lived outside of Epes and it was there that their second daughter, Catherine Faith, was born in 1965. Another Alabama Power transfer took them to Demopolis wher their third daughter, Virginia Hope, was born in 1969. Upon the death of LD's father, LD Senior, the family moved back to Epes to a home on Bluffport Road. He later became the local Lineman based in York and moved the family to Cuba, where he lived for over twenty years.
Althouhg he furthered his formal education only through Alabama Power Company electrical training, LD was a lifelong reader with a constant curiosity and interest in many subjects. When he bought a set of World Book Encyclopedias for his girls, he sat at the end of his work day and read each one cover to cover. He continued to love reading throughout his life. He was a planner and a creative thinker and problem solver, whether it was in how to best get the power back on after a storm, designing custom cages for the menagerie of animanls that found their way to his home, or building home additions completely from scratch.
After 35 years, LD retired from Alabama Power Company and then kept what may have been the most immaculate "garden spot" in Sumter County in Siloam--a weed knew better than to poke its head from the dirt in that perfectly aligned plot of earth. He also "babysat' his older two granddaughters, Elyse and Clare, if ther were ever home sick from school, plying them with scrambled eggs, toast and chicken noodle soup. Later, he and Bonnie "baby sat" his youngest granddaughter, Samantha, and this was truly the joy of his years. His three granddaughters, like their mothers, thought that "Papa" was the wisest and most loving man on earth.
LD Stapp Jr. is preceded in death by his parents, LD and Myrtle Stapp; his brother, Kenneth Stapp; and his daughter, Cathy Stapp. He is survived by his of nearly 49 years; Bonnie Wyatt Stapp of Siloam; his daughter, Shelly Stapp Findley of Cuba; his daugher, Hope Stapp Flowers and her husband, William of Siloam; his sister Ami Stapp Lagergren ahd her husband, Axel of Pensacola; his sister, LaRue Stapp Williams of Fort Payne; his granddaughters, Carolyne Elyse Findley, Julia Clare Findley, and Samantha Stapp Flowers; and numerous nieces and nephews.