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Maples, Jr., Billy Jay

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September 13, 1957 - April 2, 2015

Maples, Jr., Billy Jay

Billy Jay Maples, Jr was born September 13, 1957 in Ponca City, Oklahoma to Billy Jay, Sr. and Ludie Marie Maples.  His parents preceded him in death. He attended Ponca City Sr. High School and graduated from Langston University in 1979.  He was a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

In 1982, Billy was united in holy matrimony with Vivian Lorraine Bonner and they were endowed with two children.

Billy was employed by Classic Buick GMC of Carrollton.  He began his career as a radio sales executive for WKY Radio in Oklahoma City, OK.  He served as a local sales manager for KOCO ABC 5 in Oklahoma City; general sales manager KTHV CBS in Little Rock, AR; general sales manager for WNOL WB in New Orleans. LA; vice president and general manager of Raycom Media’s KXRM FOX and KXTU UPN Stations in Colorado Springs, CO; vice president and station manager KTXA UPN 21 and KTVT CBS 11 in Dallas, TX; and vice president and general manager of KAUT UPN 43 in Oklahoma City, OK.

He attended St. Johns Baptist Church in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Later he united with Friendship Baptist Church in The Colony, Texas.

He departed this life on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

To cherish his memory he leaves his devoted wife, Vivian of the home in Plano; son, Elliott Maples (Robin) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; daughter, Darien Maples of Plano, Texas; and one granddaughter; two sisters, Linda Burton (Max) of Houston, Texas and Toni Wolfe (Nate) of Kenosha, Wisconsin; one brother, Russell Maples (Kay) of Edmond, Oklahoma; and a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and other relatives and friends.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at ARIA Memorial Chapel.

Overflow parking is located at Lowe’s parking lot just east of Toyota’s parking lot. Toyota of Plano has a towing policy and will not allow any parking for funerals in their parking areas. Management at Lowe’s, however, offers their condolences and welcomes any overflow to their parking area. 

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

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August 18, 2016 10:48AM

I only recently learned of Bill's passing. I truly enjoyed working with him at KTVT. I will always remember the great smile and infectious laugh. I am better because he touched my life.

Donna Seale

March 25, 2016 1:52PM

I just learned that Bill had passed away last year. I was a media buyer at an ad agency and had the fortune to work with Bill at several different stations. He was a wonderful person to deal with who made it fun and professional at the same time. I am so sorry to learn of his passing and extend my sympathies to his family.

Donna and Steve Johnson

February 10, 2016 8:15PM

I just found out that my friend and former GM at KXRM (Colorado Springs) has passed away. He was my boss for six years and I loved him dearly. My family loved him as well. I am so sad that we didn't know he passed but am so much sadder now that we do know. He had a wonderful family at home and at KXRM. I love you Bill Maples always have and always will. Your Administrative Assistant Donna Johnson. Rest in Peace my dear friend.

Curtis Reed

August 02, 2015 1:49PM

Bill was a great man & friend- I will always remember him as one of the Three Amigos. So sorry that I did not get a chance to say farewell to a truly wonderful man.
My prayers are with you and the family Vivien

Jim and Traycie Schwalbe

May 26, 2015 9:34PM

Our most sincere condolences go out to Bill's family and closest friends. Bill sold us 2 vehicles and treated us like gold. He earned our business through honesty and just plain great communication and follow through. He is in what we call the 1% club. We are proud to have known him. He made us happy customers...and from what I just read here, he made the world a better place. Bill was a genuine "Classic"! I think God is getting a good deal on a Yukon Denali as we speak:)

Robert Lewis

May 21, 2015 6:11PM

passing through Oklahoma City thought I'd finally try to find him didn't know he passed, I still think about the touchdown we ran together in college.yeah a special person I didn't see him for 20 years but I still remember him.condolences to all, I didn't know.

Steve Upshaw

April 21, 2015 6:14PM

I saddened to learn of Billy's passing. To know Billy was to love him. He was genuine and honest and of the highest character. I played football against him then with him in high school and was proud to call him my friend. May the Lord comfort you, his family, during this time.

Ponca City Classmate

April 18, 2015 2:08PM

Mrs. Maples and Family,

I went to school with Billy. I first saw him dominating the flag football league in elementary school and was his classmate in junior and senior high. He is someone that I always liked, admired and respected, and I can see from the notes of others that, as an adult, his character remained strong. I'm sorry to learn of his passing. My condolences to you and your family.

Brian Gilbert

April 10, 2015 5:05PM

I have had the pleasure of knowing Bill for the last 6 years. I purchased a couple of cars from him, one just a few months ago. I would stop in and just talk with him about life all the time. I will miss walking into that dealership and seeing him sitting in that corner office with that big white walrus mustache, smiling. God will enjoy his company too. He will be missed.

Pastor Jonathan & Ethel Roland

April 09, 2015 7:05PM

Peace and Grace be unto the Maples and they trod through this Journey. God has not made and mistake. Our memories of this young Ponca City star will last.

Sandy & Frank Durant

April 08, 2015 9:39PM

Our hearts broke when we heard the news-we just bought another car from Bill, enjoyed his stories & infectious laughter with us. We can not believe he has passed. We will forever remember him. Our hearts & prayers go out to his family.

Bobbie Collier

April 08, 2015 9:49AM

You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. All who knew Bill will agree we have lost a very special person.

Veran C. Randle

April 08, 2015 8:15AM


Ben Bonner

April 08, 2015 8:14AM

Darrien, our thoughts and prayers are with you and family, God bless Billy.

David & Susan Starnes

April 07, 2015 6:59PM

We are so saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Bill was our sales person at Classic and he had a way of making everyone feel special whenever you saw him. While our contact with him was brief, he will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and hope that your loving memories will help to comfort you during this difficult time.

Angela Graham

April 07, 2015 5:35PM

It was my pleasure to call Bill Maples my boss at KAUT/Oklahoma City. He set the bar high! May God comfort his wife and family during this time.

Karen Simons Reagan

April 07, 2015 4:55PM

I am truly saddened to learn of Bill's passing who I shared many fun times with at KTVT. He was a bright light and memories of him will always bring a smile to my face. May his family find peace and comfort in knowing that he was loved by many.

Joe Archambault

April 07, 2015 3:14PM

It has been my honor to call Bill, not only my consultant, but my friend. The greatest of persons that I could have ever known. Speaking for myself and Lucy, he will be missed. A great man now resides in the house of the Lord.

Joe Archambault & Lucy Kuhn
Lewisville, TX

Patrick McGinley

April 07, 2015 1:35PM

I was heartbroken to hear about the passing of Bill Maples. Bill was a legend at KTVT and a role model for me when I entered the broadcast business at KTVT in 1989. He was always positive, encouraging, and had a “never give up attitude”. He truly loved his family, had an accurate moral compass, and always made people feel welcome. I cherished the time I spent at his house socializing with his family, playing hoops in the back driveway (Don’t worry Bill, I will not tell anyone the score), and solving the complicated broadcast landscape over a few (and sometimes more)….. frosty cold ones. It was a privilege for all of us to get to know Bill Maples. And because of that, there is a little bit of Bill Maples in all of us; and the world is better place because of it. My thoughts and prayers are with Vivian, Darian, Elliott, and all his extended family. God Bless and RIP big man.

Debra Coffee Oliver

April 07, 2015 1:21PM

Our prayers are with The Maples family during this difficult time. Bill touched so many lives and he will be remembered for his kind and gentle smile.
Much Love to the family.
Gary and Debra Oliver

Vickie Ray

April 07, 2015 1:11PM

I was saddened to hear about the passing of Bill. I worked with Bill at KTVT back in the late 80's. He was always such a positive, larger than life guy with a can-do attitude.

I even visited with him and his family when he was GM at one of the TV stations in Colorado Springs while I was at 9NEWS in Denver.

My prayers are with Vivian and his family.

Pete Argumaniz

April 07, 2015 9:57AM

I only knew Bill for 9 mths here at Classic of Carrollton, his kind spirit and infectious smile made it easy to converse with him. He was so proud of his little brother getting a promotion with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol his smile from ear to ear when we talked about it. Sports was our other topic his love of Oklahoma teams and his dislike of my Dallas Cowboys every time I would wear my blue hat with the large D on the front he would say you really like those Duke Blue Devils with a big grin on his face. I will cherish the time I got to spend with Bill. Just know he will be missed. God Bless.... My prayers are with the Maples family at this time of need. Pistol Pete

larry j sanders,Sr.

April 06, 2015 11:25PM

Vivian, Please know my prayers are with you in your time of bereavement. I met Billy at northwestern in alva, along with Glen Hayes,Andrew Knight, John Lumpkin and Greg Sidwell, We all had great comradery and Billy always kept us laughing and feeling better about ourselves. He will be greatly missed.

Susan Kaker

April 06, 2015 10:16PM

We were saddened to hear the news of Bill's passing. I only had the opportunity this past December to know him as he sold us a new car for my daughter who was recovering from back surgery. Bill left a big impression with his friendliness, honesty, and compassion. We also discovered we had Ponca City in common as my mom had grown up there. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

David Sallee

April 06, 2015 5:53PM

I met Bill in Oct of 2010 and bought my first car from him in November. He made the car buying nightmare a fun experience. I kept in touch and bought another vehicle in 2014. Bill was a stand up man and he will truely be missed.

Al Cohen

April 06, 2015 4:28PM

I met Bill three years ago at Classic GMC. I was so impressed with his sincerity, friendliness, love of God and his family that he became the only person I would ever want to buy a car from again. He took care of me and my family like no one has ever done. I know he was a blessing for everyone in his life, especially his family, whom he adored. He was a very special man that will truly be missed by all who knew him. God bless you Bill and your family.

Lori Johnson Thomas

April 06, 2015 3:36PM

I'm so sorry to hear this news, and my condolences go out to Bill's family and loved ones.

Bill and I worked together for many years at KTVT, and I have such fond memories of him as a manager, colleague and friend. I'll remember him for giving good advice, warm hugs, BIG smiles, even BIGGER laughs and for telling countless proud stories about his hometown, family and children.

Praying that God will bless your family with comfort, peace and loving memories.

Greg Turner

April 06, 2015 3:27PM

Bill Maples was a truly genuine man. He touched my life both personally and professionally. Bill's infectious personality, laugh, smile and heart felt direction will be missed.

JoAnne and Mike McAlone

April 06, 2015 2:17PM

I am so saddened to hear of Bill's passing. I have so many fun and warm memories of working at KTVT with him. He truely was so good to me. Vivienne, Elliott, and Darien--my prayers are with you all--God bless.
JoAnne (and Mike) McAlone

Teddi Wiggins

April 06, 2015 1:46PM

I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear the news about Bill. I had the pleasure of working with Bill at KTVT when he started in 1989. As several people have expressed, he was a gentle giant. His heart was as big as they come. His laughter was absolutely contagious! And he always gave the greatest, most warm hugs of friendship when he saw you. My prayers go to Vivienne and your family. Heaven has gained an incredible angel! He will be missed terribly.

Steve Mauldin

April 06, 2015 11:34AM

Bill Maples was the real deal...totally authentic with a heart as big as Texas. He was tough and gentle at the same time and truly one of the sweetest and kindest men i have ever known.
Vivian and Family please know that we will all pray for you and we will always have the warmest memories of your husband, father and our friend.

Daniel Zambrana

April 06, 2015 10:59AM

“With deepest sympathy from your friends and family at McAfee”

Alfred Arias

April 06, 2015 10:58AM

Our prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family at this difficult time.


April 06, 2015 10:13AM

My condolences to the Maples family.
I only knew Mr Maples as I called him here from Classic GMC for about 6 months and in that short time I grew to be very fond of him! He was always so kind and spoke of his grand daughter " Jade" and was always so nice to my daughter who was named Jade as well :) I will forever remember him and be thankful as well to GOD for letting me meet such a good man!
God Bless Mr Maples and hope to see someday to see the KING with you.

Priscilla Johnson Jarrett

April 06, 2015 10:12AM

The Maples Family,

Billy was ever the gentleman. He will always hold a special place in my heart. My friend since first grade. He was blessed to have such a wonderful family who made his life happy and fulfilling. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God's blessings surround you and keep you today and always.

Priscilla Johnson Jarrett
Ponca City Class of 1975

Stephanie and Fred Ertz

April 06, 2015 9:59AM

Vivian, we are saddened to hear the news about Bill. I have such wonderful memories working with Bill at KTVT. Bill’s sense of humor was larger than life and he loved sharing stories about you and the kids. He was so proud of his family. Bill was one of the good guys and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. I’m fortunate to have worked with him for so long and honored to have called him a dear friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Elliot and Darien.

Ken Foote

April 06, 2015 9:38AM

Bill was my longtime colleague and friend going back to 1989 when he joined KTVT. His frienship and impact on my life was priceless. God bless and comfort Vivian and the kids during this very difficult time. Ken and Mary Foote.

Gary Schneider

April 06, 2015 9:00AM

Vivian and Family,
I was so saddened to hear the news about Bill. He was such a great guy and made such positive impact on people. Our prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

Sondra Hawkins

April 06, 2015 6:48AM

I had the pleasure of working for & with Bill. He was a kind man who cared deeply about his family & coworkers. His love for life, his smile & his laughter touched many. May he rest in peace and his family find comfort in God's love.

Phil and Norma Crow

April 05, 2015 9:19PM

We are so sad to have lost an amazing friend with whom we shared many wonderful times at Channel 11. A day was always a better day if you had contact with Bill Maples. Vivian, our prayers are with you and the family as we grieve in your loss and rejoice that we are fortunate to call ourselves your friends. Our lives are richer because of Bill's legacy of love for others. Norma and Phil

ben young

April 05, 2015 6:01PM

my boy

Max Robinson

April 05, 2015 11:53AM

I came to know Bill's dad before Bill when he coached me in grade school football. They were both gentle giants in character and personality. I don't know of anyone who knew or worked with Bill who didn't truly love being around him. Bill placed the call to me to ask if I'd be interested in moving from Tulsa to Dallas. We both enjoyed being a couple of small town Oklahoma boys trying to make it the big city. Bill's passing leaves a big void here on earth and consumes a big space in Heaven.
Our thoughts and Prayers to Vivien,Elliot and Darien.
Max & Sara Robinson

Joe Ellis

April 04, 2015 10:53PM

To Maples Family: I was saddened to hear about the passing of one of my most dearest friend. I will always have fun memories when I think of him. I will smile and I will smile. What a honor for me to have known Billy J Maples Jr. My Phi Beta Sigma Brother, Rest in Peace.

Louis L. Johnson

April 04, 2015 10:38PM

Our Prayers are with the Family for God to give you all strength and comfort.

James K Ford

April 04, 2015 8:57PM

It is great sorrow I send condolences to Mrs. Vivian Maples, son Elliot and daughter Darien. I have known Bill for over thirty years and he was always a kind and caring person.

C. Brent franks

April 04, 2015 7:12PM

The memories of how Bill touched our lives will keep him in our hearts forever. What he has left behind, in the people he has influenced, is a fitting tribute to a man who left us too soon. With love and respect Brent and Kay Franks

Greg Sidwell

April 04, 2015 12:41PM

Vivian and Family;

Those that have struggled together become brothers forever.

Our Family wishes to extend our sympathy to you and we pray that the cherished memories of your Loved one lost will comfort you and your family members during the anguish of bereavement along with God's promise of eternity together through His Son, Jesus, will bring you encouragement.

With our sympathy;
Greg "EL Sid" Sidwell & Family
NWOSU-1974-1978, The Colony, TX