Obituary: Francis "Buddy" Stapins

Obituary: Francis "Buddy" Stapins

Obituary: Francis "Buddy" Stapins

By / Obituaries / Tuesday, 27 July 2021 19:48

On July 22, 2021, Francis "Buddy" Stapins, loving husband and father peacefully entered his Heavenly home at the age of 75.

Buddy was born June 24, 1946 in Massachusetts. He is survived by his wife, Julie Ann Stapins of 54 years; two daughters, Tina Stapins (Keith Brown) and Missy Bowden; three grandchildren, Ashley Lewis (Josh Lewis), PVT Tyler Bowden of the US Army (Courtni Lincke), Mckayla Brown (Mason Chandler); two great-grandchildren, Ava Nobles, Adrianna Bowman. Additionally, he is survived by his sisters, Mary Jones and Carmy.

Buddy's journey began when he joined the US Air Force shortly after high school graduation. He was stationed in the small town of Fort Fisher, NC where he met the love of his life in 1964. He made Carolina Beach his home where he and Julie raised their two daughters. Buddy was heavily involved in his children’s lives, whether it was coaching church league basketball after his days’ work at Bell South or shore fishing with them on the weekends.

He made many friends and memories. You could often find Buddy on the ball field coaching Murray Middle School and Ashley High School JV softball. He was also thoroughly involved with multiple church bands as their avid and passionate drummer and a volunteer at New Hanover Hospital for over 20 years.

Most importantly, Buddy is a child of God who spent his final days shining the light and love of Jesus to all he encountered. We will forever hold him in our hearts until the day we meet again.

His funeral service will be held at 11am Saturday, July 31, 2021, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel, 4108 S. College Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28412. Prior to the service the family will receive friends from 10am until the service hour.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Buddy’s memory may be made online or by mail to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Share online condolences with the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com

 

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